- Complimentary snacks
- Complimentary hot buffet
- Complimentary soft drinks
- Complimentary house wine and beer
- Complimentary liquor
- Air conditioning
- Conference rooms
- Conference rooms (payment required)
- Flight information monitors
- Newspapers and magazines
- Private rooms (payment required)
- Showers (payment required)
Lounge options don’t abound at Amman’s Queen Alia Airport: most travelers will settle for Royal Jordanian’s centrally-located Crown Lounge. Hidden away near gate 208, on the lower floor of the in-terminal Transit Hotel, is an elegant and quieter alternative: the Petra Lounge. Signage is scarce; look for WHSmith Bookshop and Pharmacy 1, enter through the hotel lobby, then take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
The Petra Lounge serves as the executive club of the Transit Hotel, and doubles as a pay-in retreat for airline passengers. The Petra Lounge is also the designated lounge for Emirates First Class passengers and Etihad’s premium customers, as well as a member of popular airport lounge networks including Priority Pass and LoungeKey.
Petra Lounge (Airport Transit Hotel) AMM design
The elevator to the Petra Lounge is a gateway to another world. From the utilitarian concourse and a narrow hallway, visitors emerge into a luminous airy and space with a residential feel. The club occupies prime real estate with tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, and expansive views over the airport’s manicured gardens.
The eclectic and stylish homely design incorporates both traditional and modern touches. Dark colors, ornate plush armchairs and couches, ottomans, consoles, pillows, mesh curtains, and elaborate lamp shades draw a sharp contrast with the clean lines of the sparkling white backlit bookcase. The ensemble feels sophisticated without being stuffy, bold without being overbearing.
The Petra Lounge is exquisitely quiet most of the day. The club fills up around Emirates and Etihad departure times but remains a peaceful haven in contrast with the ever-busy Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge—so much that visitors often use the couches for some shut-eye on long layovers, for better or worse.
The layout caters primarily to groups, with sofas and chairs around coffee tables. Solo travelers will find plenty of room to stretch out outside peak times, but may find that the club lacks privacy when the lounge fills up. When traveling solo or as a couple, head over to the hallway that links the main seating area with the dining area, for more private seating by the window.
Power and USB outlets can be found in the ground, though they’re not available at every seat.
When we visited we found the Petra Lounge to be a bit too warm compared to the rest of the terminal, and we noted that the staff lacked attention to detail when it came to vacuuming and cleaning. Hopefully our experience does not reflect the norm.
Petra Lounge (Airport Transit Hotel) AMM amenities
The Petra Lounge at Amman airport features a range of essential amenities including business facilities and a hot buffet.
In the elegant dining room, guests can enjoy a variety western and oriental flavors 24 hours a day. The fare is simple, but fresh and tasty. The tables are set hotel-style, with placemats and white linen, in a welcome departure from the typical airport lounge experience.
In the main seating area is a delectable selection of sweets, along with fresh dates, hot tea, and espresso machines.
Bottled water, juices, soda, and beer are available in coolers throughout the lounge. Other alcoholic options are deceptively sparse: the selection is limited to a couple of wines, Sky Vodka, and Johnny Walker Black Label. Alcoholic beverages are not available during the month of Ramadan.
The Petra Lounge offers secure Wi-Fi, as well as three work cubicles. Other amenities include a prayer room, a selection of newspapers and magazines, and two separate smoking rooms with televisions.
In addition, guests can purchase access to the Transit Hotel facilities. Private rooms are available on an hourly basis or for overnight stays. Conference rooms and showers are also available—unfortunately, the showers are considered a hotel facility and come at an extra charge for patrons who are not guests of the hotel.
Petra Lounge (Airport Transit Hotel) AMM bottom line
Located within Amman airport’s airside Transit Hotel, the Petra Lounge is a hidden gem away from the bustle of the terminal, and a superior alternative overall to the home carrier Royal Jordanian’s Crown Lounge.
The club sports a stylish residential décor, soothing views over the airport’s gardens, a posh dining room with white linen, an enjoyable hot buffet, and a wealth of essential amenities including a business center and Wi-Fi.
On the downside, showers aren’t complimentary, the liquor selection is minimalistic, and there are few solo seats so privacy may be limited at peak times. The Petra Lounge might not be flawless, but it’s the best spot at Queen Alia airport—and one of the few places where Priority Pass members enjoy the same facilities as Emirates First Class passengers.
You may have access to Petra Lounge (Airport Transit Hotel) as a premium customer of one of the following airlines, or as an elite member of their frequent flyer program. Check the Access rules tab for more details.
|Emirates (EK)||Etihad (EY)|
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