More about Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
Crowne Plaza Petra: Best views, but not a great ho
Spend there two nights, December 31st 2005, and January 1st 2006. Hotel was Ok. It has the design of a big resort, with rooms attached like bungalows, a swimming pool, and all the rooms facing the arenisque mountains of Petra, which provides really spectacular views. The location is the best, just 500 metres from Petra Visitors Centre, gate to Petra ancient location.
In some hotel lists this hotel is shown as a 5 star hotel, and in some others as a 4 star hotel. It's a 4 star hotel, not more. Rooms are nice, and well equipped, but some of the furniture needs urgent renewing. Specially chairs and wood chest of drawers, which were literally broken.
Also restaurant facilies are quite standard, and nothing special. Had New Year's Eve dinner at Olive Restaurant, inside the hotel, and was quite mediocre. Absolute and unique views from every room. Together with its locations, are the best things that his hotel have.
So, if you don't have a limited budget and can spend a little bit more money, M?venpick hotel is the right choice for Petra. It's also very near Petra entrance and it is much better than Crowne Plaza.
Balcony of Petra
Petra is the capital of tourism in Jordan, and hotels are spreading over the hills. The newest ones stand some kilometres far from the Visitor Centre, so you must decide carefully about your preferences: either the probable better conditions of the new hotels, or the accessibility of the old ones.
I stayed at Crown Plaza, which stands right beside the Visitor Centre. The only critic I have to make is the small size of the room and bathroom. It was difficult to open two bags at the same time, and to share the bathroom. But everything else was excellent. I was travelling in a 5 stars program, and despite the hotel rated only 4 stars, I didn't complaint. The food was good, the pool overlooking the canyon felt like Eden after the exhaustive visit of Petra, and the service was professional and kind.
A little walk after diner gave us the chance of joining the popular party in the streets of town. It was nice and funny.
Crown Plaza - Petra
Pleasant. Relaxing and peaceful ambiance with rocky view :D Very close to the Nabataen City; just a few minutes walk to the entrance.
I stayed at the Cleopetra (bad...
I stayed at the Cleopetra (bad pun)Hotel. It cost 12 Jordanian dinar per night. I could have done better had I negotiated. Price included just about all the tea I could drink, breakfast, and a ride to Petra's entrance. This is probably a one-star or half-star motel. It's for people who are traveling on the cheap and can accept modest accomodations. I believe that better accomodations at cheaper rates could have been found at the Wadi Moussa Inn. Other hotels and nicer accomodations include:
Grand View Hotel *****
(03) 2156871 FAX (03) 2156984
Movenpick Hotel *****
(03) 2157111 FAX (03) 2157112
Nabatean Castle Hotel *****
(03) 2157201 FAX (03) 2157209
Petra Plaza Hotel *****
(03) 2156407 FAX (03) 2156407
Taybet Zaman Hotel *****
(03) 2150111 FAX (03) 2150101
Golden Tulip ****
(03) 2156799 FAX (03) 2156796
Crown Plaza Petra ****
(03) 2156266 FAX (03) 2156977
Petra Palace ***
(03) 2156723 FAX (03) 215674
Petra Rest House ***
(03) 2156014 FAX (03) 2156977
Silk Road ***
(03) 2157222 FAX (03) 2157244
Petra Panorama ****
(03) 2157398 FAX (03) 2157389
(03) 2156995 FAX (03) 2156994
12 Jordanian dinar If you want to sit with an extended Jordanian family (cousins, uncles, friends, neighbors, etc.) and experience a setting that it more like a house than a hotel, then you might want to try Cleopetra.
Second time at The Crowne Plaza
This was our second stay here and it was as good as I remembered. The rooms were comfortable, with good views over the back of Wadi Musa. Had some entertaining times watching the goatheards with their sometimes unruly flocks!
Location perfect, just a few minutes walk down the steps and path to the entrance to Petra. Drinks reasonable but ate out so didn't use restaurants.
Staff helpful and friendly.
Pool area fine though small pool. But you are not here to laze around!
Preferred its location to other 4/5 stars.
Reasonable Rates and Direct Access to Petra
I thought that Petra would be impressive, but I was wrong; It was amazing! The entry through the Siq and the Treasury would be enough, but the scope of the site is so much more than just those two areas. My wife and I rented a car from the Amman airport and drove to the Crowne Plaza in Wadi Musa in a few hours. The hotel overlooks the mountains that conceal the site and is blended into the side of the hill. The entrance to Petra is about 100 yards from the hotel.
The hotel was nice, but not luxurious, with several dining areas including an outdoor patio and pool, overlooking the mountains. Since the hotel is geared for tour groups, comprehensive buffets are available for all meals. However, these are expensive if not included in the room rate. Ala carte dining, at moderate prices, could be obtained through room service. The room was good-sized with a queen bed, table/chairs and patio.
The cost of the room was low and the location unbeatable. For those traveling to Petra, the Crowne Plaza provides all the amenities required for an enjoyable stay.
This is the place to stay if you are visiting Petra, unless you really want to splurge, in which case the Movenpick would be better. But the view from the Crowne Plaza is fabulous. We arrived in the dark so when we opened the curtains and saw the wonderful sight of the Petra mountains bathed in a soft dawn light we we really delighted. Also saw two wild animals - thought they might be desert foxes on the other side of the permimenter fence one morning. Our room was not large, but adequate. The breakfast was good in terms of food although a bit crowded with large groups (like the one we were with) and so I think it might be a bit much if you were on your own or just a couple. Great cocktails, not too pricey. Lovely pool area. Water was very warm for November - it was hotter in the water than out, although it was quite sunny.
Location is Great
We stayed for two nights. Hotel is walking distance from the entrance to Petra.
Rooms were lovely with beautiful views of the Petra mountains.
Restaurants were a bit of a dissappointment. Smoking is allowed. One evening cigar smoking tourists were seated next to the open buffet, blowing their smoke all over the food.
The hotel have two restaurants and meals can also be enjoyed at the Pub. Beware - they all have the same menu so no need to try a different restaurant every night.
Service at restaurants were a disaster - too little staff for all the tourists.
Not enough seatng in the hotel foyer / pub area. If you wante to enjoy a sun downer, go early otherwise you will not find a seat.
Checking in & out went quick & smoothly.
Why such good reviews?!
Frankly speaking, we do not understand why this hotel has such good reviews, apart from its proximity to the Petra entrance. Despite us staying in the superior room, there was nothing superior or deluxe about the room or its view. The rooms are more like those of economy motels, small and shabby everything. We ate at the hotel restaurant on our first night, and the food was dreadful, to say the least, unless you like “All you can eat” kind of food and quality. Breakfast offers varieties, but in reality, not too appetitive. Staff did not seem either friendly or keen. Overall, it is no more than a OK place to stay for a day or two to visit Petra, but certainly not for longer holidays. We do recommend eating out to such places as “Red Cave” where food is good and the price is half, and it is only 5 minutes walk.
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in December 2006. Upon check-in I was given a room that had a very strange smell, I thought maybe it just needed to air out and opened the sliding glass door. The smell would not go away so I called the front desk. I was promptly moved to a room with no smell issues. The rooms were average--nothing special about them. They reminded me of what a Holiday Inn or Best Western would be in the U.S. I stayed at the Movenpick on the Dead Sea, which was great, and wish I would have stayed at the Movenpick in Petra (also close to the gate).
Guide at Petra Visitor's Center
The Treasury Square
Visit to PETRA
I am planning to visit PETRA on Nov 16-19,2010.
Day 1 arrival in Amman (evening) Overnight in Amman
Day 2 8:00 am Take Bus to PETRA , what time will I arrive in PETRA?
How Can I get to the site, the Treasury, Amphitheatre, etc, and how to get back , Overnight in PETRA
Day 3 8:00 spend half day in the archaeological site and go back to Amman
Day 4 8:00 spend half day in Amman then back to Dubai.
Please advise me if anyone has better way of visiting/enjoying PETRA in a short period of time.
Thank you very much
Re: Visit to PETRA
That looks fine. Of course, you actually want the bus from Amman to Wadi Musa which is the town at the entrance to Petra. You'll have to look up the bus times and other details to check your arrival time. It's about 4 hours as I recall from Amman to Wadi Musa. You want to give yourself as much time as possible in Petra, but don't over do it. You won't notice the slope on the way in, but you will on the way out.
You can visit in the evening. You might struggle to do that though with only one evening in Wadi Musa. A walk in on your first day, and evening visit and a visit the second day would be quite hard work. Don't discount the chance to visit Little Petra as an alternative half day. It's quite different and has a charm of it's own.
As for getting to the various buildings in Petra, you walk. Lots of walking if you want to visit the Monastery which is at the far end of the site and involves a fair climb. OK at this time of year but hard work on a hot day in Summer.
Re: Visit to PETRA
Thanks for your prompt reply "Kakapo". PLease advise me if this is okay, since i am arriving late at night in Amman, i will stay in Amman overnight then catch the first trip to Wadi Musa to arrive before noon. My question is what can i visit or do in Wadi Musa in the afternoon? Can i get the chance to see the Dead Sea? On my 3rd day, go to Petra early morning (is it possible?)and visit the site the whole day, overnight in Wadi Musa and on the fourth day take the bus to Amman, and wait for my evening flight back to Dubai?
How long is the walk from the visitors center to the Siq or i can take the donkey?, then from the Siq to the Treasury, can i take the donkey or just walk?,