BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JORDAN – GREAT AREAS AND HOTELS FOR ALL BUDGETS
- 1 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JORDAN – GREAT AREAS AND HOTELS FOR ALL BUDGETS
- 2 Dead Sea
- 3 Petra
- 4 Wadi Rum
- 5 Aqaba
- 6 Dana Reservation Camp
- 7 CONCLUSION: WHERE TO STAY IN JORDAN
Are you planning your Jordan trip and wondering about where to stay in Jordan? Then this post is for you. Find out about the best places to stay in Jordan, the best areas, and hotels for all budgets.
The country of Jordan is absolutely amazing. It has become a trendy tourist destination, and for a good reason. This is one of the most beautiful places not only in the Middle East but also in the world. Jordan has so much to offer, from stunning scenery to small cute villages and fun cities.
It is a great place to visit for anyone, whether you are an adventurer, a family, or a solo female traveler. Jordan is very safe. And let’s not forget Jordan’s generous hospitality.
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- Check out my post with general travel tips for Jordan.
- If you plan a Jordan road trip, check out this guide.
Amman is the capital of Jordan, so of course, you must make a stop here. This conservative and traditional Arabic city is full of fun and activity. It is very modern, and with about 4 million people living here, also very hectic and busy.
This city is the perfect place to either start or end your Jordan trip. It’s also in a convenient location, making it easy to take a day trip to Jerash, which is only 48 km north of the capital.
I would suggest staying for 1 night if you plan to be in Jordan for at least 7 days.
Where to Stay in Amman
- I stayed in Nomads Hostel Hotel while I was here. It was very conveniently located near Rainbow Street and made it easy for me to connect with other female travelers. The hostel was fun, modern, and clean, with a great location. Check it out here.
- For a mid-range hotel option, I suggest Albasem Hotel, which is well-rated and centrally located. Check out rates and availabilities here.
- For a luxury hotel, try The House Boutique Suites, which is also near Rainbow Street and offers lots of amenities. Find out more about the hotel here.
The Dead Sea is located along the western shores of Jordan and is a great place to visit in Jordan. This salt lake is situated at the lowest land elevation in the world. If you are visiting this fun locale, one night is enough to experience it.
You should know that there are only luxury hotels here, which are quite expensive.
But staying at one is great if you are looking to relax at the hotel’s private beach or layout by the pool after a few busy days in Jordan – or if you need a place to refuel before the real adventure begins.
Best Places to Stay at the Dead Sea
- I stayed at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa. The staff was really nice and very polite. My room was nice but a little outdated, especially in the bathroom, but the bed was comfortable. The hotel was done in the Arabic style, and breakfast and dinner were included. I would say it was definitely worth the money. Check out rates here.
- The Ma’in Hot Springs Resort & Spa is also a good place to stay, situated among beautiful mountain landscapes and offering relaxing spa amenities. Find out more about this luxury hotel here.
- The Kempinski Hotel is another luxury accommodation here, which sits at the edge of this famous salt lake. Find out about the rates here.
- For a budget option, try the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, a well-rated 4-star hotel with great amenities and private beach access. Find the rates here.
The next great place to stay in Jordan is the country’s most famous and most popular area. This is not just because Indiana Jones was filmed here, though that does increase its popularity.
No, it is also because Petra has been declared one of the world’s new Seven Wonders.
It is just amazing. You must stay in Petra during your time in Jordan. There is so much to do, and it is so huge that you will not be able to see everything in one day. You will need to stay over at least one night.
Best Places to Stay in Petra / Wadi Musa
- The Mövenpick Resort is a very nice luxury hotel located just next to Petra. But it is very popular and fills up fast, so if you want to stay there, then I suggest you book early. It really is the perfect location. Check out rates here.
- Another beautiful place to stay near Petra is the Hayat Zaman Hotel And Resort Petra. It actually is a beautiful luxury hotel about 15 minutes drive from Petra. It was my favorite place to stay in Jordan. Great if you don’t have to watch your budget closely. Check out the hotel here.
- For a cheaper option, you can stay in Wadi Musa at the Cleopatra Hotel. It is only 2 km away from Petra. It is a simple place to stay but was fine for 2 nights as it is close to the main attractions. Read more about the hotel here.
Wadi Rum is a must-see place. Known as the Valley of the Moon, it is the largest wadi in Jordan, and so it doesn’t surprise that it is one of the best places to stay in Jordan.
There are several options to stay in Wadi Rum.
My tip is to stay in a Beduin camp. Though they are made to appeal to visitors from around the world and have been adapted for this purpose, they still feel authentic. There are quite a few camps ranging from simple to luxurious, and most of them also offer desert tours.
I advise that you stay overnight so that you can watch the sunset over the wadi. Though it can rain, the experience is worth it.
My suggestion is to arrive in the late afternoon/evening, end your day in the camp, have dinner at the fire camp (and watch the sunset), and then do a full-day tour the next morning. If you do a full-day tour, it ends around 5 or 6 pm, so you can then spend another night in the camp and then depart in the early morning.
The Bedouin camps will normally breakfast to guests. And you can also have dinner on request. If you do a full-day safari tour, lunch is included with a tour.
While there, I stayed in a simple but nice camp that I booked through Booking.com. However, that camp is – for unknown reasons closed now.
Where to Stay in Wadi Rum
Make sure that you ask about the tours once you have your accommodation booked.
- This camp looks pretty similar to the camp I stayed at, and they also offer tours, so once you have your night booked, then email them and ask about tours.
- Check out this luxury camp that offers beautiful rooms with great views.
Aqaba is a port city in Jordan that is located on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba in the south of Jordan. It is a top destination for water sports lovers.
I didn’t go here because I don’t dive or snorkel, and with only a bit more than 7 days in Jordan, I had to set priorities about the places to visit. Still, Aqaba is very popular among visitors and a great place if you like windsurfing, scuba diving, etc.
The Yamanieh coral reef found at the Aqaba Marine Park is a favored dive site, and if you are into this, then Aqaba is a great place to stay in Jordan.
Best Places to Stay in Aqaba
- You can stay at Al Manara Hotel in Aqaba. It is a luxury resort highly rated for its location, service, and amenities.
- A more mid-range hotel would be the Lacosta Hotel, close to the beach and other attractions and often includes breakfast.
- A budget option would be the Amir Palace Hotel, a charming boutique hotel in the city center.
Dana Reservation Camp
On the way from the Dead Sea to Petra, you will find the less popular and famous Dana Nature Reserve. Despite not being as well-known as other places in Jordan, Dana is gorgeous.
Everything here is quite simple, but it is the place for seeing great sunsets and hiking. Normally, all hotels and Bedouin camps offer hiking tours, which you can join for a fee.
Whether you are staying a full day, two days, or even longer, this is a great place to visit in Jordan. It is a little different than the other spots you will see in the country, but that is part of its appeal. Once you have booked your accommodations, ask about the tours.
Jordan is an amazing country with so many places to see. Picking the right accommodation can help you really enjoy the experience in each city you visit and make it easier for you to explore the country’s landmarks.
Whether it is a 5-star luxury hotel (which does not really exist in Dana) or a tent in a Bedouin camp, you will get to see and experience the true beauty of Jordan if you pick the right activities and the perfect accommodation for you.
Where to Stay in Dana
- I stayed at Al Nawatef Bedouin Camp – it is a very basic camp. You have shared toilets, and mattresses were not great. However, I still recommend it because the views are great (and sunset from here is top!), and the food was great. So, I definitely recommend staying here (plus it is very budget-friendly). Check out their rates here.
- If you are looking for a bit more comfort, you will probably find it at Mount Dana Hotel. You can check out their rates and amenities.
CONCLUSION: WHERE TO STAY IN JORDAN
As stunning as Jordan is, staying in one place and only do day trips is not the best idea. So, traveling around – and changing hotels – is the best way to see the country.
I hope these tips will also help you create your Jordan itinerary, but of course, I also hope you have found the answer to your question on where to stay in Jordan and now know which hotels and areas to choose when planning your Jordan trip (whether you do a road trip or do day trips).
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