Movenpick Resort Petra Hotel
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loved itfrom jordandelight
Very nicefrom Jenny36
t be beat, especially for Petra at Nightfrom tangek
When the park closed around 5pm, we walked back to the hotel to check in. The front desk was very crowded with a tour group, and it was unclear how to form a line to check in. We ended up waiting ~20 minutes before the crowd thinned enough for us to make our way to the front. Good news! We were upgraded to a junior suite, which was a nice gesture.
Our room was quite large and comfortable, with a king size bed, desk, and small living room. Several pieces of fruit were left as a welcoming gift. The room also had a large patio overlooking the town behind the hotel. We could see the pool below, which appeared open despite the cold January temperature. The bathroom was roomy, with a dressing area, sink, toilet, and bathtub/shower combination. Slippers were provided.
The lobby and center indoor courtyard of the hotel are decorated with some nice touches, such as a small tiled courtyard fountain, paneled ceilings, and amazing lights. We ate dinner at the Mediterranean restaurant in the hotel. We immediately informed our waiter that we had tickets to the 8:30pm “Petra by Night” event, so we had only one hour for dinner. This seemed to cause some unexpected anxiety amongst the staff, as the restaurant had haughty pretensions e.g. serving sorbet between courses. Had we known that this would be the case, we probably would have visited another restaurant for simpler fare. We did manage to finish by 8:15pm, but the staff seemed unhappy that we were unable to enjoy their full service.
The hotel’s buffet breakfast was included in the rate, and was standard buffet fare – cereal, breads, fruit, cheeses, omelet station, etc. The breakfast room was busy but food was plentiful and service (refilling coffee, etc.) was quick.
We checked out after breakfast and stored our bags with the bellman again. This time, there was not much of a wait. When we returned to pick up our baggage at 5pm, the bellman was no where in sight, and a long line of people were waiting for their bags. Yet again, it appeared that a tour group was checking out. People got impatient and began searching for their luggage in the storage area, and hotel staff had to ask everyone to return to the line. Eventually a lone bellman returned to the desk and we were able to get our luggage.
Clearly the front desk / bellman area, while very friendly, is understaffed to cope with the influx of large tour groups. This was really the only frustrating point of our otherwise excellent stay at the Moevenpick Petra.
Note that the hotel does have security measures, including checking cars before opening the front gate, passing bags through an x-ray machine, and people through a metal detector. Security seemed to be taken very seriously, which is comforting.
Decent hotel, but nothing specialfrom MarkyM
As for relaxation, the pool's not heated, which means it's effectively closed in the freezing Petra winter, while the steam rooms are the only cold steam rooms I've experienced in my life.
Breakfast, which is plentiful, is served at tables with the trucker cafe style containers of sachet sugars etc. It's the little things like this that disappoint with this place.
Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad hotel, but just not a 5 star luxury hotel. The staff are charming, and helpful, and it's perfectly clean. And it certainly can't be faulted on its location, right next to the Petra gate.
good location,but not a 5 star hotelfrom ErikMorrens
As it was part of a traveltour, we arrived on newyears evening at 18.30 in the hotel. Normally, we should participating the new years diner and party there, but they would not let us in. First they told us we have to pay an extra 65 euros a person for entering the the party. A few people agreed and they paid, with the result they where told that there was no room enough so it was not possible afterall to participate the party.
I, and 19 other persons where not satisfied with the service they gave us, because we have to go out to an other hotel 10 km further to eat and than we should return by 9.00 pm, but we where not aloud to enter the party so the option was to sit in our room. After a lot of words with the front office mananger, and after we all agreed that we write down all the names of the people he refused ,and back in Belgium we will thake a laywer and we are going to ask for a compensation for not received services he agreed to give as a meal in the hotel, but still it was not allowed to participate the party.
Well, we agreed with that offer and we had a lot of fun with the group, but I will never go back to that hotel. The rooms are good, but rating 3 + stars should be enough. Also the next morning and eveningbuffets the food does not meet the standards of a 5 star hotel. 3 star rating is enough I suppose.
The good thing about the hotel is that it gives direct acces to the Petra site.
This hotel rocks with service, attention to detail, and locationfrom pisapie
Not so lost anymore, the ancient city of Petra is well worth the effort, even if you have to schedule a private driver to meet you at the Amman airport and take you the at least 2-3 hour drive to the hotel. This was acknowledged even by my traveling companion, who had to be connived into attendance.
I was really glad to have free internet access at the Cairo airport to let the hotel contact with whom we'd arranged our Amman to Petra transfer know our flight was frustratingly delayed (almost 6 hours late). He was extremely responsive to my updates and reassured us that the driver would be waiting for us at the airport whenever we were able to arrive. Once the flight landed we were soon in the cosy confines of our driver's car. He was professional yet warm and welcoming, as we found all of our Jordanian hosts. We declined oasis stops in preference of speed, and our driver found a comfortable combination of talk and silence. I evaluated several alternative transfers and was very glad we chose the Moevenpick's resource.
Bleary-eyed, we arrived at the hotel about 10.30 pm.After the now-standard security check to enter the grounds (our third hotel on the trip), the staff greeted us with open arms and wished me a happy birthday. Somehow--probably in one of my updates on our flight situation--the staff got the idea that it was my birthday (it was my companion's birthday). Without our knowledge, they upgraded us to a large junior suite, wheeled in a lovely cake and sang 'Happy Birthday' to 'us.' We were overwhelmed and quite embarrassed by the show, but the heart-felt spirit was not lost on our travel-weary souls.
We found out that we'd missed the candlelight walk through Petra they hold twice a week, I believe Monday and Thursday nights, which would have been a wonderful experience.
The public space in the hotel is astounding lovely, with wonderful touches of middle eastern architecture and and a grand lobby atrium. The rooms are western, but with deluxe extras, including loofah scrubbers and sea salts for bathing. The only thing I wish they would have done is to extend the orieintal motif into the rooms, making them a little more exotic.
The following morning we breakfasted alone for at least 10 minutes, which allowed us to comfortably explore our breakfast options and feel like we owned the place. After a couple of misdirections, we found our way to the entrance of the Siq and the city of Petra, about 100m from the guard station of the hotel.
After spending most of the day in Petra, we returned to the hotel. Nearby the ticket gate there were a handful of stores and touts, we also visited a couple tourist shops close by the hotel. All extremely empty, but with very attentive staff.
Descriptions of the various hotel restaurants and cafes had us envisioning a sunset rooftop terrace with expansive views of the area and sunset. At dusk we decided to go to the rooftop cafe, but it was closed for the season, as was their fine dining room, rated #1 in Jordan. No special birthday dinner for my companion. Instead we went to the tea room for tea and renowned Moevenpick ice cream, just missing sunset. While waiting for our treats, I wandered around the room, an interesting homage to T. E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia. As we left, the attendant stoked an inviting fireplace which would have added a little ambiance to the room.
Without too many options for dinner (we had minimal cash--the ATM was a couple of kilometres away--and we saw only one restaurant, likely not to accept credit cards, during our stroll around the neighborhood) we went to the very exotic hotel bar. One full wall as well as the ceiling are carved and painted wood. The seating is divided into small cosy groupings with pillows and stuffed chairs, with the middle of the room having sit down dining seating for those wanting to eat from the somewhat limited bar menu. We were one of three groups in the bar and enjoyed, again, the luxury of quiet and space as well as beautiful surroundings. We could have eaten at the brightly lit buffet, the same location as breakfast, but we didn't feel hungry enough to pony up for the buffet price and we wanted to relax in a comfortable environment.
The next morning we checked out and everything went smoothly, the driver was prompt even though we were early. A word of caution about Jordanian drivers: at night headlights are optional (you can see better without them), in fog don't put on the headlights, but instead use your flashers, in rain only turn on the wipers when you need one or two swipes and then turn them off again. Rules of the road include driving in the center "lane" or left lane of a two lane road when you can't seen anyone coming from the other way (including around blind turns) and do try to be in the right hand lane if you do see oncoming traffic, you can always cut around them at any time if necessary. Our guess was that it was safer driving using some of these rules rather than trying to impose our own rules of the road on Jordanian streets and highways. The driver pointed out several interesting things along the way: a prison for political prisoners, a train line that transported goods and stretched from Istanbul to the Red Sea (though no passenger service was offered), a couple of "Bedouin" towns built not with tents but with bricks and mortar, and several cement factories. We arrived safely at our destination and the driver made sure he'd dropped us at the correct door. The word "Tel Aviv" (our next destination) illicited odd looks on the guards he asked for assistance, but everyone was helpful and we passed through several screenings before we were at the gate area.
Depending on your schedule, there is the JETT bus that has a morning trip from Amman to Petra and a return trip in the evening. Unfortunately, we couldn't take advantage of the much cheaper bus schedule, but were glad to have the option of the private driver, though at $90 for two one way it's not the cheapest method of getting to Petra.
A note about going from Amman to Tel Aviv on Saturday. There is a Royal Jordanian flight that runs on Saturday, so you can get there via air transport if you don't want to drive through the West Bank. The total time if you take a flight is longer than the drive, but with the hot political tensions we felt safer flying over the area than driving through it.
Worth it at whatever cost.from Geekyblonde
very convienent and comfortablefrom wanderlust57
good, not greatfrom undercoverelephant
t stay anywhere elsefrom stradbally
Our room (a Junior Suite) was huge and had a separate seating area which was handy for collapsing on after a hard day's walking around Petra. The bathroom was large and spotless and, as other reviewers have mentioned, nothing beats getting a Movenpick ice cream and sitting up on the roof terrace watching the sun go down.
Wadi Musa doesn't have much going for it other than as a service village for Petra but we had a really good meal at Al-Arabi (by the main roundabout) and we got our laundry done for 3JD by the Valentine Hotel (as recommended in the Rough Guide). The Movenpick charge 1.5JD for laundering a handkerchief!
Top Local Tips for Petra
Petra Monastery Even if you're in pretty good shape, I recommend taking a "taxi" up the 800 steps to the monastery at Petra. Petra is a huge area, and you'll save time and leg muscles you'll likely use seeing some other parts of the area (there's another 500 steps up or so to another site) while still getting exercise walking back down. Be careful on the way down because sand and uneven surfaces can make the going slick. P.S. If you're inclined to get those frosted glass cups "genuine, color is from sand, only made in Jordan" sold in most shops, look at the bottom of the glass very carefully. They bear the stamp of a factory in Germany.
Petra by Night It is very amazing to walk through the Siq (canyon) to the Treasury in silence via candle-light at nighttime. However, this event isn't offered every day. Check the schedule with the ticket office when you arrive and plan accordingly.
Cost of entry to Petra Petra entry cost about JD20 for a one day pass or JD 26 for a two day pass (I hope I'm remembering this right). Anyway, it wasn't much more for a two day pass so if you arrive early or leave late the next day it's worth getting the two day pass and fitting in another visit to Petra.
Other names for Movenpick Resort Petra Hotel
- mövenpick petra wadi musa
- moevenpick hotel petra
- Address: Wadi Moussa - Petra - 71810 - Jordan
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