Why stay in Petra?
Petra is that legendary ancient city carved into the cliffs in Jordan - yes, it is the place that was made famous by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and since that movie came out the historic site has seen more and more tourists coming in by foot, donkey or camel. It might be completely overrun with people at times, but it is still a must-see destination for any traveler who is awed by walking in the footsteps of history.
Petra itself is a protected park, so there are not hostels within the park iteslf. Instead, you will likely stay in a nearby town and take day trips into Petra. The closest city to Petra is Wadi Musa. There might be plenty of cheap beds in Wadi Musa and other nearby towns, but it is not a bad idea to book in advance because of the crowds at certain times. Keep in mind that "hostels" are not only meant for young people or the backpacking crowd (even if the place has the word "backpacker" in the name!) - hostels are perfect for budget-minded travelers who are interested in meeting other travelers. A couple Petra hostels worth mentioning are highlighted below.
Petra Gate Hostel and Hotel is in the center of Wadi Musa, a three minute walk from the bus stop. Cleopetra Hostel is also in the Wadi Musa center close to the bus stop. Both of these hostels offer their guests free transportation to Petra.
If none of these hostels sounds like what you are looking for, do not worry. There are plenty more Petra hostels where those came from. Just keep reading the listings until you find the one that suits you.
Do you need anything else for your trip? You can search for the best deals on international airfare to Jordan and book your ticket now. You can also learn more about the area in our Petra Travel Guide.