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Dana Guesthouse

Petra & the South

Rating: Simple    

Dana Guesthouse overview

Perched at the edge of Wadi Dana, the Dana Guest House has dramatic views over the gorge and Dana Nature Reserve. The building has been designed using local materials and incorporates traditional features. The rooms are simple but comfortable, and all face the wadi with magnificent views. The rooms do not have en-suite facilities, but there are clean communal toilets and showers. The guesthouse is famous for its excellent local food.

The guesthouse is operated by Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature for the benefit of the local community, and is an important source of employment and education in the local region. The RSCN also operates a handicraft centre and locally produced goods as well as organically grown herbs and preserves are available in the guesthouse shop.

The guesthouse is located just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village of Dana. It is an ideal base for learning about the local community and exploring Dana National Reserve. It is also a great base for longer treks around the Reserve or to nearby Feynan Lodge.


Open:  Dana Guesthouse is open all year.  

Location:  Dana Guesthouse is located on the edge of Dana village overlooking Wadi Dana, about 5kms from Dana Nature Reserve. It is about a 2hr 30min drive from both Amman and Aqaba and about a 1hr 30min drive from Petra.

Rooms:  Accommodation is in 9 comfortable if basic rooms, most of which have a private balcony with wonderful views over Wadi Dana.  One room has an en-suite bathroom. The others have access to shared women’s and men’s bathrooms with showers and hot and cold running water. Some rooms have bunk beds and can accommodate families.  

Activities:  The guesthouse is operated under the direction of Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and most activities revolve around Dana Nature Reserve and include guided walks and hikes and bird watching. Guests can stroll around Dana village and visit the handicrafts workshop and the nature reserve museum.  

Facilities:  The restaurant serves buffet-style Arabic cuisine and has an open fire. No alcohol is served at the hotel. There is a central sitting area and a terrace.  

Dining:  Meals are taken at communal tables.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome but there are no specific facilities for children.  

Health:  Jordan is not a malarial country.

There is no internet access.

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client reviews

Mr. Robert Astridge (24/10/2014)

"Rated as a hostel this would be very good. Great location, really nice staff. Shared bathroom facilities can be an issue though."

Yvonne Chapman (21/10/2012)
"We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the suite, which probably improved our opinion, but we loved this place. Although the accommodation was simple, the staff went out of their way to be helpful and the food was simple but good. We arrived in the dark, and it was amazing to wake up to the spectacular view."
John Cottingham (12/05/2012)
"Better than we expected. Made very welcome by hosts. Friendly atmosphere. Basic local food but all very healthy, well prepared and presented. Guesthouse in a stunning location."
Monica Fisher (22/04/2011)
"Friendly and good food"
Romy Tudor (01/04/2008)
"Lovely atmosphere, basic but clean and comfortable, good food and friendly hosts."

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