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The Biggest Attraction At Dana Guest House in Jordan? Killer Sunset Views

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July 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM | by | ()

Recognized in 1994 as the country's first government-protected natural site, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of Jordan's most scenic, and sought-after, desert hideaways. And when it comes to lodging, you can't do much better than the Dana Guest House, located right in the heart of Dana village, overlooking Wadi Dana.

Though it's finishing up renovations that will double the number of available rooms, there are currently only nine rooms that make up the entire hotel.

Small, simple rooms with wrought-iron bed frames, a vanity, and a nightstand. But taking in the view at sunset from one of the private balconies allotted to each room has to be one of the most satisfying features about the place.

In short, the views are unbeatable. Whether you're looking out from the public terrace by the lobby, or from the privacy of your room, you always get the feeling you've got the entire valley all to yourself. At night, you look up and see thousands of stars and hear only the chirping of crickets. And during the day, mountains stretch off into the distance for miles and miles.

Meals here aren't bad either: each morning and night, an in-house chef whips up traditional Arab fare like molokhia (a leaf-based soup), roasted chicken, hummus and fresh-baked pita. And the food is served buffet style, so after guests fill up their plates, they can choose to eat at the long communal dining table, or out on the terrace overlooking the valley.

You can probably guess which one we chose.

We took the above photos around sunset, right before dinner was served during our one-night stay. And though we're hardly ever late to a meal, we had to spend a few extra minutes just soaking up the golden light that poured onto our private terrace in the dead calm of the early evening. At $70USD, the Guest House might have been more expensive than the nearby hostel, but for the sunset alone, we think we got our money's worth.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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