After our second day in Petra our legs ached and our driver suggested this hamman a short distance from our hotel . It was a fixed price of 25JOD each which seemed reasonable. Our driver was a decent guy and while we knew this would get him a cut we did not begrudge him that.
I have been to more than my fair share of hammans in various countries and this was clearly a place for the tourists. All other customers were foreigners and it seems we were nearly all there because our hotels or agent or driver had made the booking.
It is a small place. Men and women not separated and I was a little perturbed to see that the manager was in underwear doing the massage for a young blonde tourist woman as I really do not think that is appropriate. I would not have stayed had that been the same for me but a female staff member was allocated for my scrub and massage, luckily.
My husband and I sat in the small steam room for as long as we could stand it and then lay on the marble slab in the central room until called in for our scrubs. These took place in side rooms on EXTREMELY high marble tables. I had to be literally hauled up. I have had more thorough scrubs and massages elsewhere.
The showers had big wholesale bottles of a local shower soap and shampoo so had I known I would have brought my own as they were by no means luxury products. The cleanliness level was fair to average.
Overall, it did the job on our sore legs so OK for that but do not expect an indulgent luxury experience or an authentic one. There was a group of elderly tourist ladies coming in after us and I worried for them a little.
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