By The Lemon Tree

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Hafeth Ibrahim Street, Amman, 11191, Jordan

Non smoking, environmentally and pet friendly Residential Accommodation ideal for medium to long term stays.

The Space

As we come up to the 2 year anniversary of our presence on Airbandb, I thought I’d take a look at the description of our home in view of refreshing it.
And lo! Re-reading the description felt like reading the Old Testament – don’t do this, don’t do that, if you do the other I shall visit my wrath upon you… A proclivity to flaunt my academic degrees in Quantum Pontification and Mental Onanism, showed.
So, here is an all new, all shiny, all singing and all dancing description.
Because some things never change, first things first. By The Lemon Tree is not a hotel. It isn’t and you should never, ever, use the word hotel when making inquiries with travel agents or sundry taxi drivers.

Most importantly, you shall refrain from roaming the vicinity of our house trundling your suitcases and accosting passers by or, worse still, popping into the Tourist Police station across the street, to ask where the “hotel” is.

By The Lemon Tree is not a hotel, therefore there are no signs or blinking neon arrows pointing to our house.

The second thing is that in Jordan, street addresses are not used. Nobody gives directions by giving a street address and taxi drivers are most definitely and thoroughly unaware of either the existence or the utility of street addresses.

Which brings me to the crux of this description.
To make your way here, you either know where you are going or, for the same rate as official taxis, you ask us to send you a taxi to pick you up from the airport or one of the bridges. By way of example, an airport transfer is JD20 for a regular car going one way.

I am not kidding. When making your way to By The Lemon Tree, plan ahead. I can’t even begin to tell you how many guests try to wing it and inevitably call in the middle of the night because they are being pinged around town senselessly.

Once you should make it here, By The Lemon Tree you will find environmentally and pet friendly accommodation, a high degree of privacy and security and, for this part of the world, an unusual breakfast offering such delicacies as bacon and Bloody Mary.

Pet friendly because we have 4 dogs, 8 cats, 3 tortoises and some birds of course.

In closing, I would also like to remind you that if the people pulling up at our gate are not the people whom we have corresponded with, we reserve the right to send you packing. In other words, if you are making a booking for someone other than yourself, you will tell us beforehand.

How would you like to come stay with us then?

If the mundanity of walking around the country looking at vestiges of the past gets to you, here is something else you could do...


We can arrange a wine tasting of the local St. George wines that have won several gold, silver and bronze medals in prestigious blind tastings in Tokyo, Berlin and Paris.

If you enjoy running, you can join me on Friday morning and one or two other times during the week for short 8 to 12 Km runs around town. For Trail Running enthusiasts, there are two unmissable events yearly. There is the Full Moon Desert Marathon in May, and the Mad Dog Desert Marathon in August and we can guarantee entry in all of them.

We also organize an annual sky diving meet in February/March look us up at Flashback Adventures on the web.

Guest Access

A roof terrace, a kitchen with coffee and tea making facilities as well as an Espresso maker.

The Neighborhood

By Jordan's standards, Jabel Webdeh is a historic neighborhood dating, as it does, from the 50s. Within 20 minutes on foot, you can reach the Abdali Friday Flee Market, the Gallery of Modern Art, the French Cultural Center, Darat El Funun, Dar Al Anda, coffee shops, little snack counters, two reasonably well stocked supermarkets, a hospital, Hashem's and Auberge restaurants and the Husseini Mosque. And, of course, the Italian embassy is just next door.

Other Things to Note

We only have two rooms registered with Airbandb but we have 10 rooms available. It is always a good idea to inquire whether we have availability even if the calendar shows there isn't.

Maximum occupancy is 2 persons per room.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 8+
Beds: 10
Extra people: $40 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $630 /week
Monthly Price: $2520 /month
Check In: 9:00 AM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • By the Lemon Tree is in a quiet part of Amman, which comes as a relief after a busy day of sight-seeing. The rooms are well-equipped, spacious and clean and the breakfasts excellent - and a good base for setting out each day.

    April 2014
  • Lovely! Better than many 4/5* hotels! The breakfast spread the ladies whip up in the morning to enjoy under the actual lemon tree was more than plentiful and a very nice touch. Wouldn't hesitate to stay again! Thx!

    April 2014
  • Er... hard to imagine a better place to stay in Amman.

    I needed to get a taxi to get around to where I had to go. The local area of the BnB is relatively central, agreeable and quiet (apart from the very early morning call to prayer also common elsewhere), but the places I needed to visit, or dine at, were not local to the BnB. But taxis were very inexpensive (if you insist they use the meter) and it seems this is how tourists get around everywhere wherever they are staying. So location wise I was happy with this spot.

    I loved this place particularly because the host, and the people who stay here, were all so agreeable, and happy to share their experiences. I was new to Jordan, and the Middle East region, and I learned quite a lot staying here! and learning was the primary reason for my visit.

    I was given a pleasant room, clean, spacious, well furnished, and the common areas (kitchen, large salon area and roof terrace) are all modern and well-equipped and very clean. Good wifi throughout including in the room.

    Ah did I mention breakfast! Excellent! A lovely setting and plenty of delicious fare around an attractive common table with agreeable people. Travelling alone, this was quite a wonderful start to the day!

    A final note. Before I checked in here I was staying at 5 star near 5th circle. As grand as it was, it was on a very busy main road and 15 floors up it was still noisy. I was very pleased when I arrived at By the Lemon Tree by the quiet street and the leafy outlook even though we were still quite central in the city. It was a relief.

    April 2014
  • I had a privileged peek into Guido world as he squeezed me into his family quarters due to being overbooked. A gracious host with warm friends and family!

    The building is fantastic, full of character, like Guido, and easy to navigate to/from once you have your bearings. The bedroom was wonderful, bed cozy and bathroom beyond tidy. I especially loved the collage of family photos on the wall and fresh air through the window. My time in Jordan was short, though many ups and downs – I was pleased to end here…a little pocket of relative sanity and order. And a lemon tree!

    Guido booked a car for my return to the airport, which was really helpful and a fantastic experience on its own. I would definitely stay here again! Five stars!

    January 2014
  • We stayed at The Lemon Tree early Dec .Great area .Apt very comfortable with fabulous (website hidden) had all we needed .Would love to return in summer so we could use the top floor.

    December 2012
  • Guido was an exceptional host and genuinely hospitable! We stumbled across a true gem- lovely home, extremely clean rooms, amazing terrace and all around cool neighborhood! The breakfast was great as well (you may want to be prepared to bring your spandex pants). I would jump at the opportunity to stay again! Thanks Guido!

    November 2012
  • Stayed here a second time -- as great an experience as the first!

    October 2012
  • We stayed in Guido's Lemon Tree 3 bedroom apartment, and it was a very pleasant experience. The apartment was spacious, clean, modern, and very beautifully furnished -- really one of the nicest home-away-from-home places we've ever stayed in. The shared roof terrace was great, and we only wish we had more time to enjoy a glass of wine up there while watching the sun set over Amman.

    Guido was a great host and accommodated our late night arrival, and he even stored some of our luggage for a couple of days while we explored the Dead Sea and Wadi Run before returning to the apartment. We also had a nice breakfast under the lemon tree downstairs one morning.

    We chose to stay in this neighborhood of Amman for nostalgic reasons, and it is easily walkable. Close to the apartment is some good shopping (from antiques to funky t-shirts), the best pastries in the city, and my favorite falafel hole-in-the-wall that has been around for over 45 years. Residents of the city, and especially taxi drivers, consider this neighborhood a bit out of the way, but it's really not. It's the old center of the city, and close to Rainbow Street on the next hill over, which is a great place to hang out for a coffee or dinner.

    Other things to note: Wi-fi worked great. There were plenty of channels on the satellite TV. Washer and dryer also worked fine and were nice to have. None of the three bathrooms have a bathtub (hard to find in Amman anyway due to water conservation). Also, the two twin beds have very hard mattresses, which some people may like, but we didn't.

    October 2012
  • Make sure you confirm whether you would like two twin beds or one queen. This place was perfect. Clean, open space, private bathrooms, ac in rooms.... and the best rooftop terrance I have ever seen. Opt for the breakfast because it is delicious!

    September 2012
  • The location was very convenient and close to downtown. The room was spacious and bathroom was clean and modern. The bed was very comfortable, large and clean. The TV and fridge was a bonus.The breakfast was comprehensive and always delicious. The balcony is wonderful and provides a good view of the citg.

    The host was very friendly and importantly very helpful in providing information and introducing me to locals.

    June 2012
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By The Lemon Tree ... Hospitality with a difference
We are Italians living in Jordan since 1921 when my grandfather arrived here to build and run the Italian hospital - the first facility of its kind anywhere East of the river Jordan till Baghdad. I am newly married (2011) and we have a wonderful 14 months old girl
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