We stayed at Beit Zaman before and after a 155 mile ultramarathon through the desert in Jordan, so our visit was probably not typical of many who stay here!
We arrived on Friday and check-in was very prompt (we had no reservation details as the hotel had been booked for us by the race organisers). The hotel is a bit like a maze the first time you try and find your room (it would have been nice for a member of staff to show us our room after checking in as we seemed to go round in a circle until we eventually found it!) but once we got used to the layout and corresponding numbers, we found it much easier on our return visit. The rooms are all reached from outside, and the architecture of the hotel has a real traditional Jordanian feel to it and is set it lovely grounds.
Our room was very spacious with a huge bed and bathroom (with bath and shower) - on our return visit after the run (and after not showering for a week), they seemed like the best bath and shower in the world!
As we had a lot of things to do pre-race, we ate in the hotel restaurant for Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch. All were buffet style with a lot of choice - I was particularly impressed with the vegetarian selection.
There were over 200 runners/organisers/volunteers checking out on Saturday and leaving bags with the hotel for storage, but check-out was as seamless as check-in.
7 days and 155 miles later, we returned to the Beit Zaman and our room was ready well before the standard check-in time - this was very much appreciated as we were looking forward to our first taste of civilisation in a week!
Our second room was almost identical to the first in size and amenities - the Dead Sea toiletries were particularly nice.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing in the hotel grounds in the sunshine - there is a decent bar area with in and outside seating. Food was reasonably priced, beer is expensive (but about what you'd expect for a Muslim country). Wifi is only available in communal areas (reception, bar, restaurant) - it was very slow at times, to the point of non-existent, but I think part of this may have been due to the fact that we were 'overloading' the system, as many runners were trying to get in contact with the outside world for the first time in a week!
On our final evening, we had an awards dinner and ceremony hosted in the hotel restaurant/function room, and again the food and service we received was very good.
We had a very early check-out the early morning and this was handled very efficiently. Although our stay at Beit Zaman was slightly different to most, I'd have no reservation at recommending it as a place to stay in Petra based on our experience of it and the way they handled a large group reservation.
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- Also Known As:
- Beit Zaman Hotel Petra / Wadi Musa
- Homewood Suites Petra Wadi Musa
- Beit Zaman Jordan/Petra - Wadi Musa