Previously a Bedouin village and now refurbished into a resort hotel, Taybet Zaman will provide one of the most memorable stays you’d ever experience. It is authentically Middle Eastern (or Petra-like), very interesting albeit kind of quirky. This hotel, which is made up of sandstone and rocks, is built on the hill slopes and has typical Arabic style furnishing both interiors and exteriors. You get rocks protruding out of the uneven walls, navigate through windy pathways of stone walkways, walking through corridors underneath stone arches. The drawback is, the steps could be very steep with the walkways uneven and there’s insufficient lighting in certain areas. So, you need to be a tad more careful when you’re there.
Located 10-15 minutes drive away from the Petra / Wadi Musa town, it is a bit isolated as there are no shops or amenities outside the resort.
Each bedroom (or villa) is individually different and unique amidst a stone village-like setting. Although the hotel claims to be 5 stars, it felt more 4 star-like as the furnishings were a bit tired and there’s a tinge of musty/dusty smell. The bed and pillows were very average in comfort as it did not provide sufficient support.
Dinner in the hotel was decent – typical Middle Eastern buffet with the salads, various dips etc as appetizers and other meat dishes for the mains. Breakfast was far simpler with a distinct lack of choice. Service from the staff was unenthusiastic, indifferent and lacks attention. We had to locate and get our own coffee after giving up trying to get their attention.
Wifi is free and available in the restaurant and the hotel lobby but there’s no wifi connection in the room. Connection is spotty and a bit slow.
Notwithstanding some shortcomings, I would recommend this place solely for its uniqueness, its memorable architecture and environment. I don’t think you’ll ever get this type of setting anywhere else in the world and you’ve just got to be there to believe it.
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