The Petra Marriott Hotel
In 1999 BTC acquired an existing 110-room hotel that was operated under an independent local brand/operator in Petra, Wadi Musa. The property is located on a hilltop overlooking the ancient Nabatean City of Petra and its ruins – one of the new 7 wonders of the world, a short 5 minute drive from the town & the entrance to Petra’s Treasury, on a very quiet road and facing the mountains to the west.
BTC spent the required capital of approximately JD4 million to renovate the hotel and bring it up to Marriott International standards. After a complete renovation the hotel re-opened as the Petra Marriott Hotel (PMH) and opened its doors to its first guests at the onset of the new Millennium in 2001. The hotel itself is designed in line with the historical and local architecture, reviving the Nabatean heritage of the area, with a total of 99 rooms and suites, a small spa, two restaurants, a bar, several small meeting rooms and a gift shop.
In 2005 BTC bought an adjacent plot of land (approximately 14,000 sqm) next to the current Petra Marriott Hotel for future expansion of the hotel or to develop another brand under the Marriott umbrella.
Key Developments since opening:
The first 5 Star Hotel Mountaintop Hotel in Petra
The Second 5 Star Hotel at The Dead Sea
Was one of the venues hosting the first World Economic Forum in Jordan
Addition of 50 keys
Solar Thermal Project – First in the Middle East, provides over 65% of water heating needs of the resort
2008 – The first to introduce Solar Technologies: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa
The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa was also the first hotel in the country to use solar power, with 67% of its water heating needs today being generated using solar energy. At the time, this constituted the largest hotel solar project in the world
Complete Rooms Redo & Spa Expansion
In 2008 BTC raised additional capital to add 50 rooms to the property due to very high demand and do a complete rooms-redo and upgrade the spa facility in 2009. This turned out to be a successful move in generating significant additional revenue and utilizing the common facilities more efficiently, while also attracting a different segment of the market with duplex ‘family suites’ and other room types.
Complete Rooms Re-do
408 Below – The first outdoor Event Space that can host up to 1500 people at a time
Jo’s Medi – Patisserie & Grab Ongoing – Beach Improvement (ongoing due to the receding waters of the Dead Sea)
Renovation of Main Restaurant and Meeting Rooms