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.
The El Rashid Hotel is about 3km from Petra's entrance up on the hill at the city's center. The hotel itself has a grand lobby with a restaurant to the side. The staff is very friendly but may lack a little English. The rooms are very spacious and come with very comfortable beds, hot water, and satelitte TV. I was shocked to see Russian pornography when I turned the TV on! My TV watching was limited to BBC America as it was the only English channel out of 255. They had a new A/C unit hooked up but I couldn't find the controls for it.
I just about summed it up in my stay discription. The only problem was the cost. I paid about 20JD a night which isn't much but my guide book says 13JD. My driver actually brought me here so it may be a commission charge... Still, I'm glad he got me within walking distance of Petra!
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