Check in every box-- nothing to complain about. It's not exactly overwhelming luxury, but it's clean, it feels like a well-run place, the rooms are good, and it's all in all a very good hotel. There's a very nice veranda with dining tables and low couch/ ottoman areas. The rooms have a great view of Wadi Musa. Having said that, here are a few tips.
First, unlike some of the other hotels that are closer, Amra Palace is a short drive to the entrance of Petra. If you have a car (we did) it's no problem, as there is ample parking and the directions are easy (but check with the front desk first for directions-- they spoke perfect English and have maps). Also, for your departure, the front desk has a map with easy directions to different places you might need: gas station, grocery store, directions to Petra, Amman, Aqaba and Wadi Rum.
Second, our Lonely Planet highly recommended the Turkish Bath. We got one, and found that it was not quite so intense. Also the guy spilled soap water in my nose which ruined the bath for me, so make sure to protect your nose when he loofahs your face. Also the hot tub next to the pool was scalding hot and therefore unusable, but the pool was quite refreshing.
Third, the breakfast and dinner buffets were not very good and neither was the sheesha. I'm sure this will change very soon, but Petra still has kind of a backwater feel to it.
Fourth, there is a mosque across the street that has a loudspeaker pointed right at the hotel. This mosque is fond of doing a lengthy call to prayer in the middle of the night. It is very, very loud. And long.
Finally, before you go to Petra, bring a backpack and make sure to stop at a grocery store to pick up as many 2litre water bottles as you can carry, as well as some salty snacks for electrolytes and other things for Petra. The best place to do this is on the drive from Amman to Petra, on the side of the road between Amman and the airport in a big rest stop that has a gas station and lots of cheap food shops. Once you're near the front gate of Petra, the place is set up to price gouge the hell out of you, and with all the walking and hiking, you will need plenty of food and water.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Amra Palace
- Amra Palace Hotel Jordan/Petra - Wadi Musa