Taybet Zaman is the most charming and original hotel in the whole of Jordan. An entire old village, called Taybeh, was renovated and turned into a hotel after its inhabitants abandoned it for more modern facilities next door. The village is complete with a stone alleys, a piazza, an Arab hammam (bath) and a souk (bazaar). Each of the old houses was turned into a suite furnished with Bedouin rugs and fabrics and many have great views over a valley of rugged mountains. The hotel has the right ingredients to be the best hotel in Jordan, but unfortunately it came lacking in a few important ways. First of all the bathrooms are rather old and in serious need of updating. Secondly, the rooms, although charming and adequate, fall short of what a luxury hotel should be, but if the bathrooms were better, I would totally live with the rooms the way they were. Lastly, the room first given to my travel companions had an unbearable bathroom odour (my adjacent room was totally fine). The hotel staff could only offer to send the maintenance staff immediately, but after some insistence on our part, a different, pleasant-smelling room was provided. Another minor disadvantage is the distance from Petra, a 10-minute drive south of Wadi Musa, but it is a non-issue if you have your own car. While I do not regret staying here, I think I would have been happier paying the premium and staying at the Mövenpick, a stone throw away from the entrance to Petra. My next stay at Petra will certainly be there, unless Taybet Zaman undergoes a complete renovation.
Directions: A 10-minute drive south of Petra/Wadi Musa, on the road to Wadi Rum
The taybet zaman is a 5 star hotel of my liking.
It´s nothing like your average boring Hilton or Marriot, but a very unique and tasty hotel buiold in a way so it bleds in with the local architecture in the small village where it is situated.
It has all the facilities you can expect from a good hotel like pool, good restaurants, a buisness room a sauna, etc.
The rooms are situated in small one story buildings and have a very local touch.
It´s not like many other luxury hotels where you don´t know whther you are in Petra or Pittsburgh.
Directions: it´s located 11 kilometers from the entrance to Petra, but the hotel has a free shuttle bus.
We stayed at the Taybet Zaman Hotel. This village has been leased for 30 years by their owners - the inhabitants - to the Sofitel Group, who converted the place into a hotel. The Swiss didn't meet their financial targets and sold the lease to a Jordan company. In about 15 years the inhabitants will decide what to do with the place. It is a unique hotel / resort and we had lovely rooms.
- it doesn't have the atmosphere of a village;
- the food is 'hotel quality', not up the a 5* standard.
They cater for large groups and only have a self-service / counter restaurant. There is a large variety of dishes, this is not the problem. The problem is that most of these dishes are flat, tasteless and rather cold. We preferred the restaurant in Petra, which is also self-service but is cheaper - i'm Dutch - is more tasty and has a hugh turn over: the food doesn't become cold.
Staff is very helpful, it is not their fault.
Unique Quality: A two centuries old village, beautifully renovated. All rooms are different. Great views.
Directions: Taybeh Village, a few kilometers down the road from the 'hotels road'. There is an ATM near the mosque.
when I decided to spend 3 nights in Petra, I could not decide between the Movenpick & Taybet Zaman, ultimately chose Tabyet despite its distance from Petra, because it was a chance to stay at a 19th century Ottoman village converted into a "hotel"
the hotel & my room itself were both charmingly decorated and I would have taken more photos of the hotel except that I was really just there to sleep & shower, so cannot comment on the food there (I did go to the bar for beer and since the price included breakfast, picked up pastries every morning)
what I did not like about the hotel is that they were slow to respond to emails, I ended up having to call them to confirm a change of dates & also the driver (Fares M. Mashaleh) they sent to pick me up from the airport (that I ended up using for the whole trip) turned out to be kind of creepy (he grabbed my knee/thigh area a few times on the last day... I was in jeans & 5 layers of clothes but I still felt molested) ... I don't know enough about Jordanian culture but this was not my 1st solo trip to the Middle East, I did not have any issues with anyone else here or elsewhere in the Middle East (i.e. I loved my bedouin guide Awdeh (962)796-287-982 that I spent 2 days with in Petra to hike to Aaron's tomb, Umm Al-biyara, the high place of sacrifice, & the monastery... also enjoyed the 1 day in Wadi Rum with Atallah (email@example.com) from Rum Horses ... every other Jordanian dude/lady I met were 150% friendly, warm yet courteous ! )
the hotel shuttle bus also ran only twice a day, once at 9:30 a.m. & once at 2:30 pm (Petra opens at 6 a.m., even in Dec), so I ended up having the creepy driver daily (although he did not turn into a creep until the last few hours before he dropped me off at the airport)
overall though, the experience with the hotel & the staff was a positive one and I would still recommend it.
Unique Quality: 19th century Ottoman building
Directions: about 10 minutes away from the Petra gate
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.
Directions: It's about 8 kilometers from Petra, but free transport is provided.
A most pleasurable experience, situated very high up on the hills in Petra.
With the right company, it can be unforgettable!!!
I will upload a picture of the room soon.
To get this at a good rate , book via Dreams Tours in Jordan, speak to Omar AL-Haza'a
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Unique Quality: Turkish Massage , but if you want a female ... it has to be done during the day.
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 Quality: 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.
Directions: 12 km south of Wadi Mousa on the road to Wadi Rum.
This hotel is about 5 km from Petra. From the hotel you have a beautiful view over the mountains of Petra and the Negev desert.
Unique Quality: It is build like an old village with small streets. The rooms are like local homes with handmade quilts and colorful carpets.
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