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“The only choice but don't expect too much”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Azraq Lodge

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Azraq Lodge
Temecula
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“The only choice but don't expect too much”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

The Azraq Lodge appears to be the only choice if you want to see the Azraq Wetland, which is well worth it if you are interested in birds and beauty. But it is best not to expect too much. The lodge itself is ugly. It was formerly a British military hospital, which explains the tent at the entrance. The rooms are spartan with rock hard mattresses, dim lighting, no TV or phone and low water pressure. Although we spent two nights there our room was never serviced. The food was pretty typical but there are no soft drinks available as well as no alcohol.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Basic decor and fixtures, but perfectly clean and everything works.
Meals were good.
Staff friendly and helpful.
A few nice touches, such as locally-made bathroom products, and complimentary healthy snacks in the room.
Certainly appears to be the best option if doing an overnight in Azraq.

It is definitely worth a trip to Azraq for the wetlands reserve, Qasr Azraq and Qasr Amra, but you may consider making it a day trip from Amman, as the drive is only about 90 minutes and none of the sites take very long to tour.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 -8 are on the ground floor with small walk- out patios.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Beauly
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

We stayed at this oasis hotel after a long drive from Amman. Although we had a little trouble finding it in the dark, we were welcomed when we did arrive. The place is amazing, with an attempt to re-produce the experience of being in the desert in the 1950's. There are amazing pictures on the walls, the food was plentiful and good, and the staff were friendly. Accommodation is in a newer block out the back, with great views over the oasis.
It's worth the drive out east into the desert just to be here.

Room Tip: All rooms look over the oasis. The upper floor rooms have the better views.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Clare, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2011

After a drive from Jerash & visiting desert castles & the Wetland Reserve, we checked into the Lodge. The guy at reception took the time to explain the history of the Lodge while checking us in & taking us to our room.
The room was like a haven - lots of little touches - olive oil soap, tissues, big fluffy towels, tea/coffee. We'd booked in for dinner - what a feast. Soup, mezes of 2 salads & 2 dips, olives, braised chicken & vegetables served with rice. Dessert of cake & fresh fruit & coffee/tea to follow. All served buffet style - the hommus was to die for!
Enjoyed the ability to catch up with home/news with free wifi access in the common room/lounge.
Had a great sleep. Breakfast at 8am (which was a tad late for me) - an amazing spread of hommus, zaatar/olive oil, olives, labneh, jam, an omelette, sliced tomato./cucumber & oodles of warm flatbread.
It was a quiet night when we stayed - only 1 other couple. There were activities available but none offered, eg DVDs. No attempt to advertise the RSCN shop either or the craft workshops. A bit more promotion would've beeen appreciated. But I still pushed on & investigated anyway!
Would we stay there again? You bet! I wish we had the time to try out the other RSCN Lodges around Jordan!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2011

RSNC is doing a great job in promoting sustainable tourism in Jordan, and Azraq Lodge is an example of that. It is a good base for visiting the desert's castles, but do not expect too much from Azraq itself.

Unfortunately pretty much nothing remains today of what was once a pleasant oasis in the desert. Azraq today is an ugly village, destination for a number of trucks going to/from Iraq. The lodge's location could be better, just off a road busy with heavy trucks 24x7. However the ugliness of the surrounds is more than compensated by the beautiful interior decoration, where every detail has been carefully designed.

PROS
- Good base for visiting the desert's castles
- Very good food, even if buffet-type only
- Confortable room where an high quality of sleep is guaranteed
- Very nice common areas

CONS
- Location, the surrounds are the ugliest I have ever seen, but this is Azraq today...

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Monica C
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Manchester
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2010

The rooms where great, the most westernised that we stayed in. ( I know you get away for a change but we were starting to miss the little extras youre used to and we were paying western prices) The rooms were spacious, nicely furnished, 2 seperate beds (bit odd), lovely bathroom, balcony and nice tea coffee making facilities. Dinner was the best we'd had at a hotel with plenty to eat and even fish!! It was a lovely place all in all nicely modernised but still telling the story of its original purpose. Here comes the but!..... We wouldnt go all that way again to visit Azraq. It was HOURS from anywhere and the lodge was completey out of the way although near enough to hear the noise of the traffic. The reserve was 10 mins walk away and you could not see it from the lodge. The reserve it self was, well underwhelming! It is a very small place with one main lake and a few walk ways. In a slow pace walk it would take about 8 mins to walk around. I am a wild life fanantic and work outside for a living so was shocked that this nature reserve was so hyped up and in actual fact really was not worth the journey. We saw a few birds including an Egret and some water buffalo which was exciting I'll admitt! You can see more if you pay the incredible price for the safari, we were on a budget and frankly felt that a little bit more should be offered to those staying in the Lodge. As surely they realise the reserve is the only thing encouraging people to stay at the lodge. I dont want to say dont go as if people dont then the reserve will surely disappear but I think the RSCN should really start to cater for the tourist willing to make the effort and part with the cash to stay in their resorts

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2010

Initially I wasn't sure about staying in an old British hospital, but the reality is much better than that. This lodge consists of modern (new last couple of years) accommodation with great bathrooms, large bedroom area and small balcony/patio area. As other reviews noted, there is no TV, although there is free wifi in the public areas.
The old hospital buildings, now refurbished, are home to offices, craft shops, a comfortable reception area which includes some historical notes and pictures of the site, plus the restaurant. A large shaded patio area sits between the buildings. To top it all, an early Land Rover greets you at the entrance.

The location of the lodge is more urban than I had expected (but still outside town). The RSCN, who run the lodge also run the nearby oasis/bird sanctuary, which is about 1.5-2KM through town - walkable if you can stand the heat. So the lodge itself is on a small hill overlooking the town - perfect location away from the noise and dust of the main highways, and the large number of lorries, running through the town. On one side of the site is a Jordanian airforce base, while the rooms themselves overlook the town across - it's not pretty, but as good as you will get in the area, and certainly not the dingy back yard of some urban hotel.
The town of Azraq is perfect as a base for the desert castles - and also as a convenient stopping point if you are driving from the south (Wadi Rum for example) to the North.

We ate in the "restaurant" twice, and compared to anything we considered in town, it was a league above the other restaurants looking in from the outside. You do have to let the staff know by mid afternoon if you want to eat, and there is a fixed time and fixed menu, but what you get tasted as good as any food I had in Jordan. It is presented as a self-service buffet, with a starters (hummous & meze, soup, bread), hot main, sweet cake, piece of fruit and fruit juice and water (not extra cost). All in all a good option. One note - if you are expecting upmarket - it isn't this. It is a clean tidy, lovely homely eatery with new, but period design canvas chairs of the hospital period.

The cost of the room, with a decent breakfast of the usual fare in Jordan (meze, hummous etc) was JD62 + tax (8%). This includes the entrance to the nature reserve, itself approx. JD8 per person.
The evening meal was 11 + tax at 16%.

Overall would totally recommend this location, even if just to escape Amman or as a stop-over between other towns.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Azraq Lodge
Address: Azraq Wetlands Reserve, Azraq, Jordan
Region: Jordan > Zarqa Governorate > Azraq
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Number of rooms: 16
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