Economy room with smaller private bathroom. Includes all utilities, a/c and Wi-Fi, along with access to a fully equipped kitchen with washer & dryer, a glorious roof terrace, tea & coffee making facilities, bottled water and washing machine detergent
Private en suite room in a convivial space. By The Lemon Tree is where functionality trumps fatuous blather.
A roof terrace with some exercise equipment, a fully equipped kitchen with coffee and tea making facilities.
Interaction with guests
As this is our house and we live on the premises, we are always present and share the breakfast with guests
Other things to note
Street addresses are not used in Jordan. You won't be able to get in a cab and be taken to an address. Refer to "Location" for instructions on arriving By The Lemon Tree.
Keep in mind too that other than the building number, there is no other sign or billboard indicating our building is By The Lemon Tree.
Did we mention By The Lemon Tree is not a hotel and there is no breakfast on Friday?
Do let us know what time you are planning on arriving By The Lemon Tree so we may meet you at the gate.
For obvious reasons, keep the outside gate closed at all times and arrange to meet visitors or drivers at the gate rather than have them ring the bell
HEELS!!!!! are a particularly sticking point with residents… walk softly when wearing heels and keep voice levels down after hours throughout the building
We use (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) to communicate with our current and former guests on various things. In particular, on our (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page you can find ideas on what to do in Webdeh or Jordan, where to eat and how to order room service:
Pay attention to the keys we give you
When keys are lost we must change the locks to the main access doors
Consult the “Notes” section on our (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page. Attention!!! The page we have created is the "community" page. There are 2 other pages that have cropped up but we have no control over.
Only upon reservation by Friday 12pm - Other than your usual eggs, sausage and bacon preparations, this is our opportunity to showcase some traditional recipes derived mostly from the Italian repertoire with other specialties thrown in for good measure. Prosecco flows liberally too of course – By The Lemon Tree guest rate is JD30 per person all inclusive.
Other than for the occasional evening drink served in our home upon invitation, residents are asked not to enter the ground floor house unannounced not least because our four legged friend will not take kindly to the unexpected visit - breakfast is served in the common area.
As a general rule, be mindful of other guests particularly early in the morning and late at night but especially on Saturday morning till 10:30am as most people try to sleep in on their day off.
THOU SHALT NOT
Place luggage, or anything that is routinely placed on the floor, on the beds
Place towels on the floor – you may instead ask for more mats if required
Smoke in your room not least because there are annoyingly loud smoke detectors installed
Eat crumbly food in your room – help us keep pests at bay and the sheets clean
Hang laundry to dry on the roof terrace. If you don’t like the dryer ask for hangers to use in your bathroom
Turn off the a/c and the lights when you leave a/your room if nobody else is there
Use the beach towel provided when using the sun beds
Pick up that cigarette butt you inadvertently flicked unto the sidewalk by the main gate
Leave the key on the door upon checking out
In Jabel Webdeh, water is distributed only once a week on Wednesday night. Wednesday night and Thursday till 3pm is when you want to take long showers
Any other day of the week, do pay attention to the amount of water you use
!!! Pay particular attention to toilets that may run after flushing. If you are unable to stop the flow of water, shut off the toilet water supply (lower left hand side of toilet) and call us. !!!
KITCHEN & LIVING ROOM AREA
On the second floor there is a common area for the enjoyment of all resident guests. Here you can make coffee and tea and you have a washing machine, a dryer, cooking and dining facilities as well as a small lounge covered by Wi-Fi. Although like all common parts of the building we clean this area daily, you are asked to keep these premises clean and in order for the enjoyment of anyone making use of it after you. This is particularly the case after 3pm as our staff begin to leave.
There are filters at floor level on the front panel that require verification and cleaning after five uses of the machine. DO NOT stuff clothes into or take them out of the machine in one ball
To avoid damaging the rubber seal in the door, do not place in or take out laundry in bulk
There are filters in the door and in the lower lip of the drum that require cleaning from lint after every use
Dryer filters are made of mesh. Wipe gently with your fingers without pressing too hard on the mesh
The condensation drawer must be emptied after each use. It is located on the top left hand corner of the machine
Do not stuff the drum full of clothing. Allow enough room for clothes to tumble in the drum when drying
HEATING / COOLING
All rooms are equipped with central heating. Moreover, all rooms have a split unit that can be used for cooling or heating. Particularly during winter, you can use the split unit to compensate or regulate the temperature in your room. Use the remote control to select cooling/heating function and set the desired temperature. NB: The unit can take a few minutes to start.
TV & PROGRAMS
Press the “source or input” button to choose
•Video 2 (input 2) – is connected to the satellite receiver offering a range of free to air satellite channels
•TV – Is connected to the perimeter cameras monitoring the outskirts of the building
•OSN Satellite TV is available in the common area – you can consult the program schedule (EMAIL HIDDEN) under “schedules”
There are 4 Wi-Fi routers:
USE THE BEACH TOWELS PROVIDED WHEN USING THE SUN BEDS. The light switch is by the door that leads to the common staircase. The roof is a common area used by tenants in the building. You are asked to keep it neat and in order for the enjoyment of everyone.
Do remember that breakfast is not served on Friday
A note about reviews in the public domain - Should you be inclined to leave a positive review on Tripadvisor or (URL HIDDEN) we would rather you did not. If you enjoyed your stay with us, we would prefer you “Like” our (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) page instead. Use public fora only for constructive criticism so we can both have a go at each other with witty if insolent remarks that will amuse the peanut gallery. In liking our Fecebook page, make sure you use the “community” page rather than the other 2 pages that have cropped up and of which we have no control.
Activities / Services
•Courtesy mobile phone enabled for local calls if you are staying at least 5 nights
•For the Friday morning run, we depart at 7:10 / 7:30am depending on location
•Courtesy of Fr. Andrew, we now can offer a guitar for your use
•For lessons in Arabic cooking and a fun evening out - Maria at Bait Sitti - (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•For massage therapy, manipulation or acupuncture, contact Dr. Yang’s clinic located by the Bristol hotel – corner building number 22 – Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•For airport transfers or extra urban tours or car rental, contact - Mansour - (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
•For food delivery, the menu is in your room. To order, do not use the general number. Instead call the desired restaurant directly and mention By The Lemon Tree
•We can do your laundry and ironing for JOD30 per week flat fee
•For manicure & pedicure, ask Rowena to arrange a house call for you
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Of Italian origin, I have been in Jordan for some years now where, by pure chance, I now run a quirky guesthouse.
Debate and discussion seems to be a leitmotif at By The Lemon Tree where, should you decide to engage in conversation, you should be prepared to hear arguments that will either conflict with or alter your perception of what you feel your role is or should be in the great scheme of things
If we do our job correctly, you will leave By The Lemon Tree questioning your entire existence
If that does not put you off, then do know that other than your usual bipeds, we also have several quadrupeds of varying sorts pinging around the house.
If you opt to join the Saturday brunch that we sometimes host at The Winemaker, we will offer you the usual fare plus, more unusually for this region of the world, bacon and, more often than is probably sensible, Prosecco along with St George wine that is produced here in Jordan.
Debate and discussion is encouraged and it often goes on till the wee hours of the morning particularly when ethylically induced
Topics range from discussing the advantage or otherwise, of placing the leading edge of the toilet paper to unfold from underneath or over the top of the roll, to sophisms on metacognition and general Quantum Pontification on Mental Onanism
There is something for everyone By The Lemon Tree as too, there are comfortable beds, daily housekeeping, lavish showers* and decadent brunches
What you will not find By The Lemon Tree however, are maps of the country or telephone land lines. Prepare accordingly
Remember! We are not in the business of managing people's sensitivities. If you cannot stand the heat, there is no shade By The Lemon Tree for you
And, yes! I do make liberal use of the royal "we"
Lest we forget:
"Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur!"