The Petra Marriott Hotel is a stunning 5-star hotel in the desert of Jordan just a few steps from one of the new 7 wonders of the world – The Lost City of Petra. I stayed at the Petra Marriott for 1 night after my day at Petra, before my excursion to Wadi Rum desert. My time at the hotel was brief but it was a pleasurable experience from the time I arrived. We booked the hotel through out tour group, Desert Eco Tours. Being not familiar with the area, or the country for that matter, we wanted to stay at an American chain. The Marriott was the one of the lodging upgrads offered. I’ve been staying at Marriott hotels my entire life so choosing them was a no-brainer.
From the entrance of the Lost City of Petra, the hotel is a short 5K drive through the city of Wadi Mousa. I’d describe it as being on the outskirts of the city, up in the hills.
Being in the hills, the views were spectacular. And being outside the city means quiet nights and a bit of seclusion. After a long day with tons of tourists, this was a nice welcome.
As with everywhere in Jordan, the service was absolutely fantastic. The staff literally catered to our every needs and they did so in a genuine, polite manner. But also like everywhere else in Jordan, tips are very much expected. Not mandatory but expected. The people live off the tips but they also work hard for them.
Clean, modern and comfy. My stay at the hotel was under 24 hours. Since we were only in the area for 1 night, a basic room was all we needed.
After a long day walking around Petra in 100 degrees heat, I wanted 5 things: shower, pool, food, wine, bed.
The bed was extremely comfortable or I was extremely tired. Probably a little bit of both!
Man what a view! You can say that pretty much from every point on the property. I thought I would be over desert views…nope!
We sat outside with a glass of wine from the bar and watched the sunset. It was the perfect ending to a magical day exploring one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
But unfortunately we arrived at the hotel too late to really enjoy the pool. The sun was setting and the pool was not heated. At least it wasn’t when we were there. Still, we enjoyed a quick dip.
The outside bar was open so a couple glasses of wine around the pool was perfect. We literally had the place to ourselves, not another guest in sight.
Just a short walk up the hill from the pool is their Bedouin tent. You can sit and smoke hooka or even has a traditional Bedouin dinner in there. The dinner needs to be arranged hours ahead of time. Since our dinner was included with our tour package, we ate at the hotel buffet however next time I would love to partake.
Notice I said ‘next time’? Like Petra itself, the Petra Marriott Hotel is AMAZING. Since I do plan on visiting Petra again, I hope to once again stay at the Petra Marriott.