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“Beautiful resort in quiet snorkelling/diving area”

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Marina Plaza Hotel Tala Bay
Ranked #21 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Oslo, Norway
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“Beautiful resort in quiet snorkelling/diving area”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

Beautiful quiet resort close to the beach and in walking distance to the beach club. Snorkelling is great right there for those who don't need the very best diving sites. Size of the rooms is good, it's clean and the colours of the builsings and gardens are beautiful. Clean rooms, clean hotel area, friendly staff. Free bus 6 times a day into Aqaba, and it takes only 10-15 mins from the city centre. The food is excellent and the atmosphere cozy. The area is very quiet in low season as most of the apartments in Tala Bay are owned by Jordanians who only come down on weekends and holidays. We loved the place, and we will definitely come back to Marina Plaza if we travel to Jordan again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed at Marina Plaza for one week at the beginning of Feb 2014. We picked the hotel based on the recommendations on the internet and were positively surprised as we actually got to see the hotel. The staff made us most welcome from the very first moment and they were able to answer all our question during our stay, and what's more, they were able to fulfill our requests during the week. Most flexible service I have ever witnessed!

Breakfast was very good indeed, although after a week you kind of get "used" to it as they seem to make not moo many changes in the menu.

The swimming pool area is nice, and especially for families with kids. The Beach Club area just a few hundred metres away by the beach was probably more peaceful and less crowded during the days.

Rooms were nice and pretty clean. Especially the bathroom could be, however, cleaned a bit better. All in all the room cleaner did a good job with our towels were formed into different creatures (crocodile, swan, rose...) each day as we got back into our room which was very nice surprise indeed.

All in all, we found this hotel great value and indeed pleasent place to stay in our first trip to Jordan. Tala Bay is a peaceful neighborhood and strongly recommended for all who seek for safe and peaceful area, nice beach and good service. Tala Bay does not, however, offer too many options when it comes to restaurants, but with the free of charge shuttle bus connecton to Aqaba city, that is not a problem either.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

I have been using the hotel twice. Beautiful atmosphere at this hotel. Very family friendly. Rooms were spacious and clean. Problems always solved quickly. She staff are very service minded and you can trust to solve all types of problems.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

The pool area was very busy during the day which made for a good atmosphere. The beach was only a 5 minute walk away and had it been warmer out, we probabably would've spent more time there. The breakfast was delicious. We ate dinner a la carte which was fairly average. Also, my friend has quite bad asthma and since the no-smoking indoors rule hasn't reached its way to Jordan yet, our dining experience was a bit difficult for her. The hotel offered a shuttle into town which we took. It was very prompt leaving and returning so be on time! Aqaba was well worth the look for the length of time the shuttle allowed. There were some lovely markets and restaurants as well as a very bustling waterfront!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Beautiful atmosphere at this hotel. Very family friendly. 3 pools. Rooms were spacious and clean. Ours had a little balancy overlooking the pool. Problem with our room key was resolved quickly. We walked to the beach area but didn't stay too long. Beach is okay. Pools are very nice.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

This was our last stay before returning to Amman to leave Jordan. The room was spacious and clean and the pools were excellent. The massage at the Wellness Centre was a real treat and professional. Great choice at the breakfast and all hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The location is picturesque but the free shuttle service to Adaba city centre is also worth the time.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vaasa, Finland
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Like most of the reviewers I was really impressed by the staff at Marina Plaza. They made me feel welcome from the moment I stepped inside the hotel and provided excellent service throughout my stay. I was happy with my room locating on 3rd floor and overlooking the pool area with a balcony (which I believe all the rooms have). The room wasn't luxurious but it was spacious and spotlessly clean. No complaints! The breakfast buffet had a lot of variety from fruit salad to local cuisine. The hotel offes free shuttle to Aqaba which worked fine and offers many other services. Also access to beach club by Red Sea was included. Tala Bay itself seemed to be very peaceful location built for tourism. I would stay at Marina Plaza again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Marina Plaza Hotel Tala Bay
Address: Tala Bay | South Coast Road, Aqaba 77110, Jordan
Region: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Aqaba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Aqaba
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Aqaba
#9 Luxury Hotel in Aqaba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Marina Plaza Hotel Tala Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 260
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautifull 4 star hotel located in Tala Bay Marina, 15km south of Aqaba city in Jordan. Enjoying a private beach club on the Red Sea, swimming pool, restaurant, spa with massage, kid's playground, it is a great place to stay and enjoy the Red Sea Beach and Sun or while visiting the sightseeing of Jordan. ... more   less 
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