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recently spent 7 nights travelling through Jordan which included a two night stint in Petra. As we were only staying two nights we thought we’d treat ourselves to a stay in the Crowne Plaza which is not only the nearest hotel to the site entrance it also has amazing views of the ruins from the rooms, restaurants and the outdoor heated swimming pool.

The rooms are warm and cosy with added extras such as lavender pillow spray, dead sea salts and complementary fruit setting you up for a comfortable stay. Whilst the decor inside maybe dated, the hotel is set to close early this year for a full two year refurbishment, and having heard the plans for the new hotel we can confirm its going to be rather special. Plus waking up to those views really takes some beating!

If you are visiting Petra and the Crowne Plaza is closed we’d recommend checking out the Petra Guest House which is located next door to the Crowne Plaza and owned by the same company. The guest house also benefits from the same views and the hotel was recently fully refurbished. Rooms are modern and clean with all mod cons and the lobby restaurant area boasts an open fire which is perfect for winter months.

The hotel complex also happens to be home to the only bar in town  – The Cave Bar – we walked past and heard the jumping chart music but somehow managed to resist the temptation to go inside…

There has never been a better time to visit Petra with Easyjet flying cheap regular flights and 2012 is set to be extra special as it marks the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra.