I visited Petra first week of January 2013 and we decided to stay at the Marriott in Petra. As others have already reported, the hotel is at the other side of the city - about 10 min. by car to the Petra entrance. Parking is free at the hotel and even though it is at the exit road of the city, there is not that much traffic as other said. Of course, I visited Petra not in high season, but when I was there, there was nearly no traffic at all at night.
The hotel was just recently renovated (including the guest rooms). All the pics available here that do show the old fashioned "green" desing, are not current any more. The rooms are now decorated all in light brown tones...like at every other modern Marriott. Also the bathrooms are new. I was told that all rooms now have showers and no more bathtubs..to help to save energy and water.
Rooms are average size but absolutely enough for a short stay. Bedding is new, but a little bit harder than the regular Marriott bed. We requested a second mattress topper and slept perfectly the second night.
Most members of the staff are relatively fluent in english.
If you are planning to visit Petra I highly suggest to stay two nights, as visiting Petra takes a full day so that you dont need to drive to the next hotel after an exhausting day in the heat. Even though we visited the first week of January, it was already quiet warm in the sunny areas of historical Petra. But when you walked in the shadow and in the late afternoon, you must take a jacket with you.
The hotel is usually empty after 8.30 AM in the morning, as all guest rush to the Petra entrance. We had breakfast at 10 AM...everything was still filled up and fresh. And we had the restaurant for ourselfes....with a fantastic view of the mountains. There is also no rush at the entrance, when you are not trying to be the first in the morning...and its much more relaxed.
Please be advised, that the one day entrance fee to Petra is about 50 EURO or 65 USD. You can NOT pay with credit card...just CASH. If you dont have cash with you, you will find the next ATM in the Entrance of the Mövenpick Hotel about 3 min. walking from the gate. After you passed the inspection tent you enter the hotel and emediately turn right. The ATM is close to the Ice-cream shop. It is operated by a Jordan bank but I remember that there was an extra fee of 2-3 JOD (like nearly everywhere in Jordan).
Some other visitors reported that the Hotel only has one elevator. That is not correct. There are two elevators, one for each wing. We mostly walked the 2-3 floors...if this is already too much for you, you should not consider visiting Petra (only if you are willing to pay about 150 USD for different types of transportation within Petra and for the license to use the horse carriage - in high season it might be even more!!).
The pool is relatively small and has only about 8 sun chairs...thats true. It is also not heated. But if you go to Petra, you are here for the historical site...not for beach vacation. In summer when its hot here during the day, would be sufficient for me.
At night the Hotel offers a buffet for JOD 25. If you dont want to spend that much, you can also order from the a-la-carte menue in the restaurant, the Italian Restaurant or the bar. Once again, guests usually eat early here and than head again for the night tour of Petra. We did not do the tour, but were told that you could not see anything at all....beside the torch lights. There are no other restaurants near by. Pricing was moderate and maybe just 40% over downtown prices. But as the offer traditional Jordan food here, we did not wanted to take any risk with eating outside. But than you need a taxi if you dont want to drive your own car and have a beer or wine (Jordan has a 0% alcohol policy for driving).
The SPA at the hotel has a huge steam room...to which two which two hamman rooms are attached. However the steam room was too big so that it did not got realy hot in there. The sauna is small, but still good for 4-5 People. You get towels from the guy sitting at the entrance...if there is someone sitting.
As a Platinum Premier member the max. upgrade you can get is a room with mountain view and two windows. According to what they told me, they have only 2-3 suites at the property.
For the afternoon I suggest to test the bar for a sundowner watching the mountains.
The hotel has a cinema room in the basement (like a small cinema) , that opens frequently or on request.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Most renowned for its breathtaking views and sunsets, the Petra Marriott Hotel is located uphill, overlooking the surrounding Petra Mountains and landscape. All 100 rooms are newly renovated, with state-of-the-art furniture and decor. They are equipped with flat TVs, Cable TV Channels, Safe Box, Mini Bar, Free Coffee & Tea Making Facilities, and Iron and Iron Boards. Most rooms have beautiful mountain views. The bathrooms feature shower boxes with both regular and rain showers, and hair dryers. The Dushara is the main dining and newly renovated restaurant, serving a big selection of international buffet choices, or A La Carte menu. L'Affresco is the Italian restaurant open for dinner, offering a wide array of freshly prepared salads, antipasti, and wood oven pizzas. The Aretas & Lobby Lounge and Bar serve hot and cold beverages and snacks, with special promotions for the Sunset Hours. Both the Aretas and L'Affresco are located adjacent to the Lobby, and overlook the panoramic views. Free Wi-Fi internet is available for hotel guests in the Lobby and Public Areas. The Loofah Turkish Bath has a steam and sauna, along with its Turkish Hammam experience, in addition to a menu of other treatments. The Outdoor Pool and Pool Bar are seasonal, and the area with its tranquil location offers a unique view of the surrounding mountains. The Atagartis main meeting room can also be divided into two smaller rooms, hosting meetings and events, with natural daylight, while the windows and terraces face the Petra Mountains. The Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the Petra Archeological Site, and transport is easily arranged. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Hotel Petra
- Marriott Petra / Wadi Musa
- Petra / Wadi Musa Marriott
- Petra Marriott Hotel Jordan/Petra - Wadi Musa