Movenpick Resort Petra — Wadi Musa, Petra

August 29, 2013
Movenpick Resort Petra (Photo courtesy of

Movenpick Resort Petra (Photo courtesy of

The dramatic hill views are reason alone to stay at this 5-star hotel at the gate of Petra’s ancient city walls. Exceptional staff, relaxing spa treatments and a variety of restaurants are just added bonuses.  
Cleanliness:  ★★★★★
Staff: I cannot say enough good things about the staff here! We arrived late at night and were only staying one night, so they charged half price. Though our stay was short, the incredibly friendly staff made sure it was memorable.
Comfort: The beds are so comfortable! Perfect for getting rest before hiking Petra, and for relaxing afterward.
Proximity to transportation: There are buses to Petra, and though they don’t drop you off at the hotel, the city is not big and you can walk. The best option when visiting Petra though, (as with much of Jordan outside of Amman), is to rent a car.
Nearby Attractions: The entrance gate to Petra is literally across the street. It’s the closest hotel. Also a great location for walking around the small city and a short drive to Little Petra.
Restaurants: The hotel has seven dining options, including a fine-dining rooftop international restaurant, a more casual option, a cafe and a bar, all of which are highly rated. I only had the chance to eat breakfast, but the buffet was plentiful and had unique options compared to most hotel breakfasts. Traditional sweets, dates and tea were highlights, and the fruit was very fresh. 24 hour room service is also available.
Pool/Fitness: Nice outdoor pool and a turkish steam bath. Full health club and spa.
Scenery: You’re surrounded by sandstone cliffs and views of the ancient city of Petra. Stunning.
WiFi: Yes, free
Amenities: Amazing smelling toiletries, hair dryer, free minibar (milk, soda, juice, coffee, tea, water and chips).
Parking: Free
Airport Transfer: No
Bonus: Love the shower here. It feels lavish and spa like with glass walls and a dark interior, and the satellite TV with English channels is much appreciated in the sleepy town.

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