Along with its Syrian neighbor, Damascus, Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world. As well as being the capital of Jordan, it is the port of entry or departure for the majority of tourists in the country.
As capital cities go, Amman is pretty pleasant, but I would still prefer staying near the sights, rather than in the city itself. I recommend Jerash for visits to the north, and Madaba for the south.
For my trip to Jordan
, I had chosen to make a loop of the country, arriving in Amman and departing from there too. Even though it's not necessarily exciting, nor even inherently beautiful, I discovered a capital that operates on a human scale, and a city that is quite pleasant to wander around.