“Welcome to Jordan! this country is as much yours as mine” said a local stranger to me on the street. Jordan’s country slogan is: “I am Jordan, the land of hospitality.” After visiting over 60 countries, I can say with confidence that I have never experienced the kind of warmth and welcome that I received in Jordan, which you can read more about here.
I wanted to get a taste of everything in Jordan, and I’m not just referring to food. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love unique hotels regardless of how many stars they have, and Jordan has a lot to offer in terms of hospitality in all price ranges. Here are some of the best and most Instagrammable hotels in Jordan, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, and budget hotels. Please note, while I do my best to include the average price for each room, this information can change depending on the season and occupancy. Before finalizing your itinerary, double-check through the links provided or directly on the property websites!
Also, make sure to visit my Instagram, and check out my story highlights from Jordan where I give tours of all the different hotels we stayed in from bedouin camps to luxury properties!
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1. Four Seasons Amman
The Four Seasons Hotel Amman sits on top of the highest of Amman’s seven hills. It is an elegant building made out of a light-colored stone in one of the most prestigious areas of the Capital city. An opulent lobby, wonderful dining options, an indoor and outdoor pool, panoramic views of Amman – the Four Seasons is an Instagrammable hotel in Amman, Jordan! The property is newly renovated: the rooms & suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, updated in-room technology, and beautiful sandy nude, gray, and gold tones. As with all Four Seasons properties I’ve stayed in, the hotel features beautiful artwork and crafts made by local artisans which is a nice touch! The hotel also boasts what many say is the best restaurant in the city called La Capitale Brasserie – my travel buddy Jerome, who is half-French, loved it. The steak frites & the burrata were my favorites!
Arguably the most Instagrammable hotel in Jordan is the Bubble Hotel. Your trip to Jordan would be incomplete if you didn’t stay in [at least] one “bubble” hotel! The concept is exactly as it sounds: three bubbles blown up with air make up the two bedrooms and bathroom of the 20 suites on the property. Each suite is situated on a large sun deck that also has a hot tub and chairs. The property is perched on the mountainside overlooking the breathtaking, panoramic view of the Petra mountains in the distance. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price and there is also a free shuttle that can take you to the Petra visitor center. The experience in the bubble was definitely unique and had both pluses and minuses. The “rooms” are quite spacious and I love that there is a living area with a big couch separate from the bedroom. The rooms come with either a king-sized bed or two twin beds. There is an air conditioner and a heater and depending on which time of the year you go, you may experience both weather extremes. During the day it gets very hot, so the staff covers the bubbles with thick cloths. You likely won’t spend much time there during the day since you’ll be exploring Petra, so it won’t be much of a bother – just doesn’t look very nice. At night it can get quite cold and since the air is always on to keep the bubbles blown up, the heater comes in quite handy!
The sister property of the Petra Bubble Luxotel boasts the same in Wadi Rum. Except, in addition to the bubble rooms, there are also rooms categorized as UFOs. The UFO room at the Bubble Luxotel in Wadi Rum is definitely one of the most Instragammable rooms that I’ve stayed in! UFO rooms, which are quite common in hotels in the Wadi Rum region, are standalone hard-shell rooms (they are not blown up). The property is hidden in the middle of the mountains in the Wadi Rum desert just outside the protected area. When you arrive at the hotel, you have to park your car in a special lot and then a 15 min shuttle takes you to the front desk. The property is very secluded and it is not convenient to get in and out whenever you want. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price. Unlike the bubbles, the UFO rooms are one bedroom with either a king-sized bed or two twin beds. The room is quite spacious however the biggest downside is that there is no door to separate the bathroom. There is a divider that separates the living room area from the bathroom however, there is limited privacy. The UFO rooms don’t have a hot tub on the deck but there is a hammock as well as chairs and a table.
Rates can start at around ~$285 per night half board at the UFO Room and $315 in the Bubble Room.
Sun City Camp is another beautiful, photogenic property right in the heart of the Wadi Rum Desert. As I mentioned in my comprehensive blog post about Jordan, Wadi Rum is a huge area however, only a part of it is known as the “protected area.” The protected area and the area on the outskirts don’t have many differences. In fact, in terms of landscapes, you wouldn’t even tell them apart. Inside the protected area there are inscriptions dating back thousands of years, cultural sites, cliffs, caverns, and archeological remains. You can only enter the protected area with a local guide or a staff member of the property you are staying in and for this reason, we decided to stay outside of the protected area.
Sun City Camp was nothing short of charming. The property has Martian Dome-style rooms (in fact, they were the first to introduce these room categories to the region) and bedouin tents. We chose to stay in the Martian Dome, similar to the UFO room in the Luxotel. The room is simple, spacious, and has a huge floor-to-ceiling window from which you get a lot of light during the day and a jaw-dropping view of the stars at night. What I appreciated most about the room is that the bathroom was completely separated and in comparison to the other properties in the region, you actually felt privacy.
During our trip, we wanted to experience different properties and price points. Seven Wonders Camp is about a 15-minute drive from the Petra Visitor Center (and a 5-minute drive from the Petra Bubble Luxotel) and it is located at the base of the hill, in the middle of these magical, out-of-this-world rock formations. If this property doesn’t feel like it is on a different planet, then I don’t know what will! Seven Wonders Camp is divided into two parts: the Bedouin Camp and the Luxury Camp. They are actually both part of the same property but the room categories differ from each otherother. In the Bedouin camp, there are different tents depending on the number of people staying in the room. The bathroom is shared and there are two separate blocks for men and women (showers have hot water and good pressure!) In the Luxury Camp, there are cabins and “Martian Domes.” On the outside, the cabins actually look like Bedouin Tents and on the inside, they are more comfortable. The cabins have air conditioning, lights, showers, and basic amenities. We loved Seven Wonders Camp particularly because there are nice shared areas where you can listen to traditional music, smoke shisha, and enjoy tea with local bedouins or other guests. Unfortunately, most of the properties were quite empty due to the lack of tourists. The staff was absolutely incredible – they did everything possible to ensure our comfort. In fact, we met our guide for Petra, Hossam, at Seven Wonders Camp!
Rates can start at around ~$100 per night with breakfast at the Luxury Camp and $70 at the Bedouin Camp
In between Amman city center and Queen Alia Airport is the Opal Hotel, where we spent our last night. We booked the property last minute to mitigate the risk of coming to the airport late or getting stuck in traffic the morning of our flight. At a starting price of only $80, I have to say this is the most impressive hotel I’ve stayed at. First of all, Opal Hotel is brand new and it is built on an area of 15,000 square meters which features luscious gardens and fountains. It literally feels like you are staying in a palace! There are marble floors, high ceilings, golden accents, and at night the property is lit up in beautiful bright lights. The hotel is in a quiet area and it is less than 30 minutes away from many important tourist attractions, such as the Dead Sea, the Baptism Site, the Cave Of Sleepers, Mount Nebo, and Madaba City. The hotel also offers transportation to all the large markets, malls, and other cities in Jordan. The rooms are very spacious and they come with all the amenities you’d typically find at a high-end, 5-star hotel. The hotel also has a pool, a gym, and a huge banquet hall. I can’t recommend this property enough and to this day I am shocked at how cheap it is. It can easily be a $200 per night+ room.
Rates can start at around ~$100 per night with breakfast.
Aqaba is Jordan’s beautiful [and only] port city located on the southern tip of the country about an hour away from Wadi Rum. If you saw it in a photo with no Geotag, surely you would think it is somewhere in Mykonos or Santorini. It is easily one of the most Instagrammable places in Jordan and although we didn’t stay in Cloud 7 Residences this time, we will definitely return to the property in the future. Ayla is a megaproject in Aqaba, “a 4.3 million sqm waterfront destination, committed to environmental sustainability by protecting the integrity of its marine and wildlife, recycling its water resources, and harnessing solar energy for power” (Ayla Website). The property features a collection of apartments ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 bedroom duplexes that start at roughly $139 per night. Cloud 7 is located in the heart of the Marina Village, which has a beautiful yacht club, local boutiques, experiences, stores, cafes, restaurants, and much more. If you don’t stay in Aqaba, it is still certainly worth the visit. For example, if you are staying in Wadi Rum for more than two nights, you can take a quick half-day trip to Aqaba to explore and have lunch.