My wife and I recently stayed at the Movenpick Resort Petra. We arrived in the late afternoon, after a car ride from Amman. It took us about three hours with a stop for refreshments. Most of the trip from Amman is on a relatively flat road but begins to twist and turn as you near Petra. The hotel is just before the entrance to Petra. Our drive dropped us off at the front and we had to go through the usual but casual security. Check in was quick and we were given M106. It was a standard room, and I would not consider it a luxury room, but it was quite adequate and comfortable. We soon had trouble with the toilet and we called reception and a service person was sent to fix the toilet. After "fixing" the toilet the service person left and within an hour we had the same problem. I went to reception and they struggled to find a replacement but were successful and gave us another room on the fourth floor that was perhaps slightly bigger. Our luggage was transferred by hotel staff.
The hotel is not overly large and all parts are readily accessible. We had a half board room arranged for us in our tour of Egypt and Jordan by Freelancers Travel and we had requested deluxe hotels where possible. For the area this hotel fits this requirement and was true for other areas we stayed.
The room was quite adequate for a one night stay. It might be small for a longer stay. Our main complaint about the room was the shower/tub. The floor of the tub was slippery and dangerous. We used a wet bathroom towel on the floor of the tub to help give a grip. We found this worked.
There is free internet in the business office. I never had any problem accessing one of the computers. Next to the business office is a small deli which has sandwiches, drinks and the famous Movenpick ice cream (really good). We used this for a small lunch before we left and it was nice.
Breakfast and dinner on the half board are buffets. They are large buffets and are typical of most buffets...overcooked food and flavorings are generally bland. Service was poor. Hard to get a cup of tea or coffee. At dinner coffee and tea were extra cost but not at breakfast!
As others have noted this hotel is right next to the entrance to Petra. You exit the hotel, cross the street and turn right. Go through some vendors to the ticket office. You can hire a private guide or do it on your own. I highly recommend you start by 7 a.m. or so. It becomes much warmer by 10 a.m. and the tourist crowds really start to appear around 10 a.m. I found the pictures of the Treasury were lighted differently at around 7 a.m. vs 10 or 11 a.m. In the bookstore you can find some lithographs of sketches done by an artist of Petra in 1839. Really shows how the area has changed.
I rate the hotel as four star minus. It is nice, with good architectural features and decent hotel service except at the buffet. Our room was not luxurious but still above a standard motel room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the hidden city. The Movenpick Resort Petra is the ideal starting point for exciting excursions to the ancient City of the Nabateans. It also offers an enchanting atmosphere for you to relax and unwind as never before. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moevenpick Resort Petra Hotel Petra / Wadi Musa
- mövenpick Petra Wadi Musa
- Movenpick Resort Petra Jordan/Petra - Wadi Musa