Our Jordan trip was unforgettable because of to the beautiful places where we slept. A beautiful sunset from our chalet right next to the Dead Sea, or a night in a tent camp in the desert? These were our favourites!
5 best places to stay in Jordan
#1 Mujib Chalets
Site | This is your spot for the best sunset at the Dead Sea. For 76 JD – so around 95 euros at the current exchange rate – you sleep in a chalet right next to the Dead Sea. Mujib Chalets is therefore cheaper than many large resorts on the Dead Sea. A big plus is the access to the beach during sunset! The beaches at the resorts unfortunately close well before sunset for military reasons (you are very close to the border with Palestine and Israel here). So from there you cannot experience a beautiful sunset.
But don’t count on too much luxury compared to the resorts. Each chalet has a basic bedroom, spacious bathroom and a covered terrace. On request you can get a hammock on the terrace, but unfortunately a comfortable chair or couch is not available. Moreover, the beach at the Mujib Chalets is not a sandy beach where you can spend the day, such as at the resorts. It is a small pebble beach. It does have fresh water showers, but you won’t find the well-known buckets with mud from the Dead Sea that you’ll have at the resorts. These buckets are available here as well, but are only for 5 JD.
Tip: when we wanted to book Mujib Chalets, it was no longer possible to do so on this page on Booking.com. We could only book by e-mail at email@example.com, at a Wild Jordan office in Jordan or by phone.
#2 Wadi Dana Eco Camp
Current prices and avaiability | Another spot for a beautiful sunset from your bed! Wadi Dani Eco Camp is located right next to the picturesque mountain village of Dana in the middle of the nature reserve of the same name. You can make beautiful hikes here and completely unwind in the hilly landscape. The eco-camp has both traditional tents with shared showers and chalets with private bathrooms. All sleeping places are on the edge of the valley and have a breathtakingly beautiful view.
Dinner in the evening – not included in the price – is by candlelight. There is only limited electricity in the camp. Only in the evening there is some power for lighting.
Tip: you cannot drive to the camp with your own rental car. You can walk from the village, but that can be a bit tough with your luggage. The accommodation will pick you up in the village for free upon arrival. For the return trip – which you can’t skip of course – 10 JD is charged. These extra costs, even though not much, are a bit of a downer from such a beautiful place.
#3 Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp
Current prices and availability | In Wadi Musa near Petra you have plenty of places to sleep. From low budget hotels to the popular Mövenpick directly in front of the entrance to Petra. The town is quite large, so you will probably not sleep within easy walking distance of Petra’s visitor entrance. But if you take the car to the entrance anyway, why not drive some extra 5 minutes?
Near Little Petra – an old suburb of the ancient city of Petra – you can find the magical Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp. In this tent camp you’ll sleep in desert tents, get endless cups of traditional tea to drink and it around a large campfire in the evening. The camp only gets a really magical touch just around that time, when the lights are lit in the mountain next to the camp.
The tents do not have their own bathroom. There is a large toilet block in the middle of the camp. Not your thing? For a bit more luxury you can spend the night at the new and luxurious neighboring camp Seven Wonders Luxury Camp.
Tip: do you want to do the ‘backdoor’ hike to Petra? Seven Wonders is one of the few places where you can book a 4WD to the back entrance. It is not far from the camp. It would take around 2 hours to walk. But as you will be walking and climbing more than enough in Petra already, we’d recommend the drive.
#4 Wadi Rum Nature Tours and Camps
Current prices and availability | One of Jordan’s biggest attractions is a night in the Wadi Rum desert. Without the usual light pollution you’ll enjoy the clearest starry sky ever here in the night!
The Bedouins from the desert have set up many tent camps for this unique experience. They differ considerably in price and luxury. We chose the Wadi Rum Nature Tours and Camps camp because of the good stories – all true – and the competitive price for a place to sleep.
It is a basic camp in the shade of mountains that you can also climb with a rock climbing guide (or without one, Sebastiaan accidentally did). There are about 20 double tents and a toilet block. In a large common tent you can relax and the breakfast and dinner buffet is served. For an overnight stay in a traditional tent we paid 30 JOD (which was at that time around 37 euros). That included breakfast, endless cups of tea and transportation in a 4WD to and from the village on the edge of the desert. Dinner and excursions were not included. For a 4WD tour through the desert we paid 80 JD (price per vehiclem 4 hours) and the dinner cost 10 JD per person.
Tip: do you prefer to sleep under the starry sky instead of a tent? No problem, the warm and friendly family that runs this camp will be happy to take you deeper into the desert to spend the night there!
#5 Gallery Guest House Amman
Current prices and availability | The Nomads Hotel and Art Hotel are popular and trendy, but very expensive places to sleep in the capital of Jordan. Instead opt for the atmospheric and better priced Gallery Guest House Amman.
The hotel has spacious, bright and comfortable rooms and has walls full of striking artworks. The location of the hotel is perfect in Downtown Amman. It is around the corner from the legendary Hashem restaurant – hello, falafel and hummus! – and the popular (and free) museum of contemporary art Darat Al-Funun. We paid 43 JD (about 55 euros) for our room, but if you look way more in advance or extremely last minute you’ll get a better price.