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Arrival in Amman two places have been suggested as a base for being able to get things done in Amman before I start walking
- Hawa Guest house which has budget and standard rooms
- By the lemon tree which, well I’m not sure what it is but it is NOT a hotel and has great reviews.
There are many other options, airbnb has over 60 when I last checked, from $11 (usd) to way over $200 and you will find all the main chain hotels plus a few more if you like luxury.
A quick google search only turns up one hotel in Um Qais which has very dubious reviews. Even airBnb only has 4 locations, all of which are all very much more expensive than in Amman, around $85. Which is certainly on the high side.
The Trail suggests Beit Baraka guesthouse on the GPX file, which I think is this one at $92
The problem is if you take the very affordable local buses to Um Qais I might arrive too late to complete the walking stage. The other option is a taxi, which is around $100 but would arrive in time to walk the same day.
Um Qais – Fuheis
Unless you are wild camping, Ziglab Ecopark is your only option, the prices range from a family unit around $95 to camping at less than $12. Meals can also be purchased for $5-10.
The Pella countryside hotel is the one I have been recommended and has ok reviews on trip adviser website. Prices are around $60 and $10 for food. according to the website. The Yehya Taamari Family Homestay can also be found in Pella.
I only have a home stay with Adnan Megdadi family listed at $30, with a comment of “speaks no English” so I wonder how I explain that I would like a bed for the night. I should brush up on miming communication skills, as well as basic Arabic! (077 688 9061)
Rasoun and Orjan
In Rasoun Shawashreh Family Homestay, as for many of the homestays this is as much information as I have right now.
I do have a number of home stays marked on the map around Orjan, Eisa Dweekat, near to the soap house is the recommendation for $40 including dinner (079 682 9111) but their brother also has a home stay Mohammad Dweekat Family Homestay. Mariam Bani Saeed Homestay accommodates women only asdoes Zaitoun Family Homestay.
A google search turns up Rasoun Tourist Camp, although I can’t find the proximity to the trail, but it has good reviews for a of the beaten path retreat.
Ajloun hotel is recommended, although has mixed reviews on trip adviser at $35 I don;t think you expect luxurious perfection and the friendliness and familiarity of the owners with the trail is certainly a perk.
The other option in town in Qalet Al Jabal Hotel, which also suffers mixed reviews I imagine for a similar price, but I couldn’t find any details.
Camping in the forested areas should be fairly straightforward as long as you avoid private lands and leave no trace and on the stage to the dam you will have to camp unless getting picked up and returned to the trail the next day.Jordan trail – Um Qais to FuhuisJordan trail – Um Qais to Fuhuis
Fuheis has zero places to stay which I can find online. I’m sure this can’t really be the case but it’s close to Amman although I wouldn’t really want to have to go back into the city if I can help it!
Let me know if you have any other suggestions, prices, contacts
*All prices have been converted to USD and are approximate. They could be out of date.
** Homestays without numbers may or may not still be operational