- Reviews: 1840
Orient Gate Hotel: Budget stay in the center
Traveling on a self imposed budget, many of the other properties were immediately ruled out due to price, then others since their doors were closed due to the season. Orient Gate is a simple place, but just fine for those on a budget.
The location is central, within walking distance of all shops and restaurants. There is a mosque less than 100m away, so if you're not a deep sleeper, earplugs are highly recommended to avoid waking during the 5am prayer.
Hot water shower works, but it may take a few minutes for the system to warm up. As for heat or air conditioning, neither are available. Cooling in the summer is done by opening the windows. Heating in the winter is just by layering blankets as you need (plenty are available!). This is set up as a hostel, so rooms are set for 1/2/3 people, and en suite and shared bathroom layouts are available.
Another note to remember is that a small (10% deposit) is requested upon booking, payable by credit card through the web page. But only cash is accepted on premises for the balance of payment. ATM/banks are close if needed.
They offer free WiFi, but signal is strongest in the reception area. There is a public computer too. (smoking is allowed in the property)
They offer free transport to/from Petra's gate. They can arrange transport to any other place in Jordan if needed.
Towels will be provided for a small fee.
Breakfast is not included, but is a nominal fee.
They will also pack a lunch (bread, tomato, cucumber, juice, fruit, etc.) for a nominal fee.
- Reviews: 1377
Hotel Amra Palace: Nice small hotel
This is a small hotel not so close to the Petra ruins but, it had a nice restaurant, indoor swimming pool and a coffe shop where to smoke shisha.
They say wi-fi work in all the hotel and this is not true, it actually works good only in the lobby, but apart that, it turned out to be a good choice.
We paid 60€ for a double room in high season, the staff was really helpful and nice, contrary to what happened in Amman.
- Reviews: 4231
Taybet Zaman Resort & Hotel: Most charming & original hotel in Petra
Taybet Zaman is the most charming and original hotel in the whole of Jordan. An entire old village, called Taybeh, was renovated and turned into a hotel after its inhabitants abandoned it for more modern facilities next door. The village is complete with a stone alleys, a piazza, an Arab hammam (bath) and a souk (bazaar). Each of the old houses was turned into a suite furnished with Bedouin rugs and fabrics and many have great views over a valley of rugged mountains. The hotel has the right ingredients to be the best hotel in Jordan, but unfortunately it came lacking in a few important ways. First of all the bathrooms are rather old and in serious need of updating. Secondly, the rooms, although charming and adequate, fall short of what a luxury hotel should be, but if the bathrooms were better, I would totally live with the rooms the way they were. Lastly, the room first given to my travel companions had an unbearable bathroom odour (my adjacent room was totally fine). The hotel staff could only offer to send the maintenance staff immediately, but after some insistence on our part, a different, pleasant-smelling room was provided. Another minor disadvantage is the distance from Petra, a 10-minute drive south of Wadi Musa, but it is a non-issue if you have your own car. While I do not regret staying here, I think I would have been happier paying the premium and staying at the Mövenpick, a stone throw away from the entrance to Petra. My next stay at Petra will certainly be there, unless Taybet Zaman undergoes a complete renovation.
- Reviews: 200
El Rashid Hotel: Spacious Rooms and Nice Lobby
The El Rashid Hotel is about 3km from Petra's entrance up on the hill at the city's center. The hotel itself has a grand lobby with a restaurant to the side. The staff is very friendly but may lack a little English. The rooms are very spacious and come with very comfortable beds, hot water, and satelitte TV. I was shocked to see Russian pornography when I turned the TV on! My TV watching was limited to BBC America as it was the only English channel out of 255. They had a new A/C unit hooked up but I couldn't find the controls for it.
I just about summed it up in my stay discription. The only problem was the cost. I paid about 20JD a night which isn't much but my guide book says 13JD. My driver actually brought me here so it may be a commission charge... Still, I'm glad he got me within walking distance of Petra!
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