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“A good base for exploring Petra, but skip the Turkish Bath”
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Amra Palace Hotel
Ranked #10 of 40 Hotels in Petra - Wadi Musa
San Diego, California
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“A good base for exploring Petra, but skip the Turkish Bath”
Reviewed April 16, 2011

The Amra Palace met our expectations as a good hotel with competent staff. We stayed for two nights and found the room to be clean and comfortable. I would recommend this hotel as an affordable option for tourists visiting Petra. The breakfast was ok and the dinner was even less exciting, but there are numerous good eating options close by in Wadi Musa. However, don't bother indulging in the turkish bath (hammam). The treatment was not deserving of the recommendation we read in our Lonely Planet guide.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

The hotel has character...from the entrance to the special amenities offered. The buffet breakfast is great and the evening buffet is excellent and very reasonably priced. The only drawback (and it really isn't a drawback) is that you can't easily walk to Petra. Maybe that is a good thing as it is 1.6 miles from the entrance to the Treasury and over another mile plus 900 steps to the Monastery.

The staff was unbelievable...just incredible and helpful. The internet (three computers) is in the bar and cost 3JD for an hour.

The most amazing thing about the room was the lighting. So many hotel rooms are dark, but this one was well lit. That is really appreciated. To take the elevator down from the first floor, you have to call for the up elevator! Remember the call to prayer is FIVE times a day so prepare for that.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Bordeaux, France
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

We stayed at the Amra Palace for 2 nights last week. The hotel is a good budget hotel. The room was clean although dated and breakfast was good with a fair selection. The location was also a plus. We were just 1.5km from the entrance to Petra. We had a rental car and parking near the entrance was easy. Though, if you didn't have a car, you could easily walk or take a taxi.

We also took advantage of the Turkish Baths after a long day of walking around Petra. You begin with a steam in the steam room then are scrubbed and massaged. After you can take advantage of the pool or jacuzzi.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Having researched about, or stayed at, several establishments in Wadi Musa the Amra Palace Hotel stands head and shoulders above its rivals. Most budget options will charge between 30-45JD, offer a basic but reasonable breakfast (typically Pitta, spreadable cheese, jam and a boiled egg), have erratic heating and hot water facilities and certainly won't offer the comfort or ameneties of the Amra Palace. The real jewel in the Amra Palace's crown is the fact that at 45JD for a double room it offered sevices and facilities that none of the budget options could compete with, whilst on the whole costing only about 5-10JD a night extra.

Room and Sleeping

Rooms were reasonably sized (though some may find them a little small) with huge wooden-framed beds and tasteful, well maintained decor- not a lick of paint missing or a speck of dirt visible in the bathroom. Heat was provided by a non-invasive and quiet A/C unit and hot water was available throughout the day- and a relaxing shower is a must after a day of trekking in Petra. The television had a myriad of channels catering for speakers of a variety of different languages and the linen on the bed was changed daily by a helpful, friendly cleaner. Sleep was easy, peaceful and replenishing- though we did read reviews from bloggers that the rooms near the laundry can be noisy and disruptive- perhaps best to ask the management if the rooms will be in this part of the hotel and either request a discount or a room change. The view of the town was beautiful from the bedroom window and the moon so vivid over the mountains it's as if you're enjoying a second sunset before sunrise.

Eating

Breakfast buffet is complimentary and also fairly comprehensive. There is a wide range of local and European breads and an even broader selection of cheeses, creams, yoghurts, sauces, jams and marmalades. Boiled eggs, mini hot dogs, scrambled eggs and soup were available as were cereals, juice, milk, doughnuts, cakes, fruit, fruit-salad, vegetables and teas and coffee. All of the food was delicious barring the dodgy hot-dogs (though this is standard fare for countries where pork is not eaten- as I know from living in Dubai). The only lowlight was the functional but unemotive waitresses- the only staff that didn't exhibit an extremely helpful, willing and kind attitude towards their patrons. The evening buffet is a mere 7JD but my partner and I preferred to go and eat at some of the excellent local restaurants- Al Arrabi being the pick of these.

Facilities

The hotel has a pool and simple spa that offers a few tempting extras: for a very reasonable 14JD you can enjoy a Turkish Bath including massage, scrub, sauna, steaming and jacuzzi. Or, if you just prefer the bubbles, 7JD for a day's use of the jacuzzi, with tea and unlimited internet access thrown in. The jacuzzi was a welcome, luxurious and unexpected treat at the end of a hard day's walking, trekking and mountain climbing. The internet service at the hotel is reasonably priced and the connections and computers are modern, fast and available 24 hours a day.

Staff

Staff were efficient, polite, knowledgable, good-humoured and proficient in a number of languages. With the exception of the functional but miserable breakfast-waiting team, all staff were highly professional and pleasantly complemented our stay.

Overall, although Amra Palace is not top-end in the strictest sense of the expression you are getting better than average facilities, great staff and a guaranteed good night's sleep for a minimal outlay of cash. You will pay through the nose for the Movenpick or Crown Plaza, and you will pay a similar rate for a run-down, unreliable budget guest-house or hotel. All in all- when visiting Petra, Amra Palace is a must.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

A good base for visitors to the ancient site of Petra.
The hotel has good sized rooma and includes a good value breakfast. We used the swimming pool and enjoyed it although in the two days that we stayed we did not see anyone else use it so we had it to ourselves each time. The hotel also offers Turkish Baths Saunas and allsorts of other facilities but we did not use them.
The main reason to stay is to visit Petra, we were disappointed because we wanted to see "Petra by Night" where they put hundreds of candles down at night and it is a wonderful experience. Sadly when we went it was raining and it was cancelled!
The hotel says it is a 20/25 minute walk from Petra which I guess it is but there is so much walking around Petra that I think even Sherpa Tenzing would have been exhausted walking back to the hotel after exploring Petra.
Admission to Petra is 50JD for 1 day, 55JD for 2, If you are not staying in Jordan and just visiting the country for a day they charge 90JD admission. I think admission used to include a variety of forms of transportation but now no transportation is included. Horses, Horse drawn vehicles, Camels and donkeys are used to transport people through various parts of Petra. We chose to walk the entire way which is a long walk, I have a pedometer and it measured 21,000 steps, about 1000 of those steps are verticle in the climb to the Monastery which we found a difficult climb! But well worth it. We arrived very early at Petra I think it opens about 6, we were there at 7 and had the place almost completely to ourselves.
Petra is a fascinating place and anyone visiting needs to be aware that they are likely to take about 1000 photographs of all the fantastic sites.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

The Amra Palace Hotel is clean and comfortable, and has a variety of amenities such as a Turkish bath and internet café—but what struck me most was the incredible staff. In particular, a woman named Aya at the front desk who so cheerful and helpful every step of the way. She personifies excellent customer service and the rest of the staff was also excellent.

We opted for the diner buffet at the hotel out first night as we were exhausted, and I can't say we enjoyed the dinner very much, although it was not terrible. However, dining choices in Wadi Mousa are limited as it;'s rather a small town. There is a pretty good shwarma, etc. place callled Al Arabi within walking distance that I would recommend.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Socorro, New Mexico
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

Our tour company placed us here and we were very happy with it. As a family of 4 we had two rooms across the hall from each other (one with a queen bed, one with twin beds where we put the kids ages 12 & 14). The rooms were very clean and the beds comfortable.There was a reasonable amount of space, and the furnishings were in excellent condition. Great shower, which was really nice after a full day of hiking at Petra. Beautiful view from one of our rooms over the town of Wadi Musa (see photo). Breakfast and dinner buffets were very good, with attentive staff. No trouble walking down to Petra, but it would be quite steep coming back, so I recommend a taxi for that (about 3 JD). The hotel had various helpful bits of information posted in the lobby. It was a little noisy early in the morning with activity at nearby construction sites but not enough to cause actual problems.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Amra Palace Hotel
Address: P.O Box 124, Petra - Wadi Musa 71810, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Ma'in Governorate > Petra - Wadi Musa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Petra - Wadi Musa
#5 Business Hotel in Petra - Wadi Musa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Petra - Wadi Musa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Amra Palace Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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