In Nabataean Arabic, Petra (the ruins, not the modern-day city) was originally known as Raqmu, and in standard Arabic, Al-Batrӑ. This site lay at the confluence of trade routes, and the Nabataeans had harnessed a vital resource: water.
Petra Moon Hotel sits atop a hill overlooking the Petra historic site entrance. Room 104 on the second floor is spacious, clean, and modern, though not much of a view. Registration and restaurant wait staff are exceptionally courteous and helpful. (Alcohol is not served at this hotel, but is at the neighboring hotel.) The breakfast buffet is phenomenal, and evening meals are sumptuous. Hotels in America can learn much from this location. There is a rooftop pool, but I didn’t consider that with rather cold evening temperatures. There are many accoutrements for discerning guests, spectacular service a main attraction.
In December, nights were quite cool, but I walked to touristy shops along the main street. I never felt uncomfortable in the darker areas, even though I was alone. Shop keepers never were pushy, and many told me where I could find items I sought, if they did not have them. I would have enjoyed visiting here for several days, but the Overseas Adventure Travel tour group allowed only a 2-night stay. Petra Moon is TripAdvisor reviewer rating #2 of 41 area hotels, but in my opinion should be #1. Highly recommended!More
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