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The village of Wadi Mousa - Petra

The village of Wadi Mousa

Petra Moon Hotel: A family hotel near to the entrance to Petra

The Petra Moon Hotel is a small two star level, family hotel, comfortable and unpretentious and friendly.

If you are staying for more than one night they will give a discount.

Unique Qualities: The great advantage of this hotel is that it is in comfortable walking distance from the entrance to Petra. Most of the other hotels nearby are much more expensive.

Comparison: about average

Directions: Coming from the direction of the Petra Visitors' Centre, turn left and it's up on the hill.

Other Contact: email = petramoonhotel@yahoo.com

Phone: +962.3.215.6220

Price: US$20-40

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 24, 2005
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The "hobbit" houses! - Petra

The "hobbit" houses!

Sofitel Taybet Zamaan: Sharing with the original inhabitants Taybet Zaman Hotel and Resort Review
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This hotel is in fact a conversion of the original village of Taybeh. ("Zaman" means "old")

The old houses have been restored as hotel rooms, and a percentage of the profit from the hotel is paid to the original owners.

The conversion has tried in every way to keep the character of a small village rather than a hotel.

Address: Taybet, Jordan, Petra 00000

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: It's about 8 kilometers from Petra, but free transport is provided.

Price: US$80-120

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2005
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The Amarin Bedouin Camp - Petra

The Amarin Bedouin Camp

Baida : the Amarin Bedouin Camp

The Ammarin tribe are further to the north and thus further from Petra. Few men from among them work in Petra, and they are on the whole much less prosperous than the Bdool in the Bedouin village close to Petra. They do run a tourist camp in Baida, and would like to see it used by more people. At the moment, some guides bring tourists out there for an evening, and very occasionally a group hiking in the area will sleep there, but this is all. You can see more details and photos of this camp at

Unique Qualities: As traditional as possible.

It is a little way from Petra, but most people who have cars reckon that it is worth it, at least for one night.

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$20-40

Theme: Campground

Website: http://www.bedouincamp.net.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 23, 2005
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A terrace at the Taybet Zaman - Petra

A terrace at the Taybet Zaman

Sofitel Taybet Zamaan: Litttle Hobbit houses Taybet Zaman Hotel and Resort Review
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This is a lovely hotel. It's about 12km out of Petra but the view and the ambience make up for any inconvenience of location. All the rooms were once the little houses of an Ottoman village, all are simply but comfortably furnished in traditional style. Some have views of the wadi, others are tucked away in quiet little courtyards - all have bags of character. There's a good restaurant where a huge buffet is served or you can order a simpler meal a-la-carte. Breakfast on the terrace makes a super start to the day.
I will certainly stay here again and would recommend it to anyone who is prepared to pay extra for something special.

Unique Qualities: The hotel is run on strict ecologically aware lines and lays a very low footprint on the earth it stands on. There's a nice pool that the staff were happy to open for us even though it was a little early in the season. There are lots of small terraces where you can sit and watch the sun go down. It is a lovely, tranquil place.

Address: Taybet, Jordan, Petra 00000

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: 12 km south of Wadi Mousa on the road to Wadi Rum.

Price: US$40-80

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.clickinternational.com/res/hotelinfo.asp

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2005
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