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.
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.
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 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.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Amra Palace
- Amra Palace Hotel Jordan/Petra - Wadi Musa