Thirty kilometers from Amman and on the legendary King's Highway, Madaba is well known for its famous mosaics. It's a very pleasant base for your stay, and located south of Amman, an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area.
It's a nicer place to spend time than Amman, and close to the airport, so I recommend that you stay here rather than in the capital.
I arrived in Madaba at the end of my trip to Jordan
. The city is normally calm and peaceful, but during my stay, things became pleasantly more animated. The town was preparing to receive a distinguished visitor, Pope Benedict XVI.