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Mina Hotel
Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Aqaba
Reviewed 11 March 2012

This is an excellent mid-range choice in center in Aqaba. Room in perfect nick, seemed brand new. Spacious, clean, bright,bath new, entirely pleasant. View was of main street, and window blocked all noise. Flat screen TV. Standard and deluxe rooms, from $52 usd equivalent. Asked and received slight discount. Located right next door to Hilton, central location. This one must have been renovated recently. Looked at everything nearby in this price range and Mina clearly the best. Only drawback is no internet in room; lobby only.

Room Tip: street view, or water view
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Paubranco
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Our non-smoking room on the 7th floor was very good, recently refurbished (not like those on the 4th floor which were not so nice). We had a good flat screen TV (channel in Spanish, French, German and arabic), frigobar, a very nice bathroom and a good view of the city. Supper served on the 8th floor was "reasonable": soup, bread, main course of fish or chicken with a baked potatoe, and a sweet ricotta cake desert. No beverages or glasses on table, though when we asked for a bottle of water we got one 1.5 lt. bottle (2 dinars = 2 Euro).
Breakfast on the pool-level (floor -1) was good: coffee, tea, boiled eggs, variety of hummus, cream cheese, croissants, loaves, jam, honey, tomatos, cucumbers, olives. A good Arab breakfast and very helpful waiters.
Worth its value and conveniently located in downtown Aqaba.

Room Tip: Non smoking 7th floor rooms only (the others reek of tobacco smell and have old carpets that make th...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We liked the hotel, in general. Helpful staff, clean pool (but cold in November), typical Arab breakfast (breads and spreads, some veggies, meats, boiled eggs and drinks). The room was very big, and the bedding was clean. The furnishings were older, but who cares... We got there in time to get a sea view room, which was great. The shower was strong and hot. The floors and the rest wasn't very clean, which is always gross to us... but it was livable. The kitchen even gave us hot water when we left for our thermos. The price was OK, tho. Good luck!

Room Tip: 501 was great, faced the sea, but on Thursday night was a little noisy from local bars...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Muafa A
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

I'd be happy to write a review on the Mina Hotel, which we had a great experience with - but we need the name changed first (or this name removed and start a fresh).

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank CharlotteVLondon
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

I travelled with an agency, we reserved in Aquamarina IV, but when we arrived there (we were a large group of 30 persons), they told us that there's no reservation here , so we walked with our luggage at 11:00pm to Aquamarina II.
they made us wait one hour to distribute rooms for all the group. Some single people got a double room. Everything was messed up.
room size and location are very good.
When i entered the room, i tried to turn on the lamp, the electric wire caused a sparkle, a fog and odor then went off, so all night we stayed without electricity except from the bathroom.

bathrooms are left unclean with strong bad odor.
bed sheets and cushions were left irreplaced , covered with remaining of human hair. burkkk

towels were not clean.
the carpet were full of cigarette waste, dust and hair.
thanks God i stayed for 1 night.
the only thing that i liked was the hairdryer :D

the food is good, the lunch was a variety and tasty

there's no pool
this hotel is in good location in middle of aqaba but far from the beach

  • Stayed: July 2009
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Reviewed 28 July 2008

Due to unforeseen circumstances (eg the hotel we originally booked via Octopus did not have our booking and thus we had no bed, as the hotel was full.) we had to find new accommodation. We walked around Aqaba and looked at a few places when we found Aquamarina II –this was the only place that had 2 nights free….we now understand why!!!!
We were quoted on booking in $93 US per night and when I suggested I would pay straight away the front of house “gentleman” said no just pay when leaving.
Word to the wise…when you are quoted a price which seems reasonable pay it or get it in writing…because on leaving the price changed…..we did clarify initially the price (six times) to make sure that there was no misunderstanding …$93 US per night.
Came to pay and suddenly the price had changed to 93 Dinars which was almost one and half times the price…this left a very bad taste in our mouth and soured our experience in Jordan which prior to this was great…..such as Wadi Rum and Petra (just wonderful).
The accommodation was average, bed acceptable, bathroom OK but as we are non smokers even when requested a non smoking room we ended up with a smoking room.
So avoid this place….there are simply better places around and ones that do not rip off tourists and change prices.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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5  Thank Tas-wanderer
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Reviewed 22 October 2007

Incredibly rude service, charged for things they said were free, the staff were smoking in the "non-smoking" restaurant, too noisy to sleep in, failed to arrange a dive I had booked 3 weeks in advance....if you want to have a nice stay in Aqaba, pay more and stay at a 4 or 5 star place with a private beach, you'll be glad you did.

Stayed: October 2007
2  Thank IowaHawkeyeUae
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Additional Information about Mina Hotel

Address: Al-Nahda St., Aqaba 77110, Jordan
Region: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Aqaba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 41 Hotels in Aqaba
Price Range: £34 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mina Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a fresh look and welcome comforts, Mina Hotel Aqaba is a great choice for business or leisure travelers. Our ideal location is near the shopping and commercial districts, at 10 minutes drive from Aqaba International Airport, Yet still within walking distance of the beach. Our 160 rooms offer views ranging from the stunning Red Sea and the majestic rose mountains of the desert. All rooms are equipped with quality amenities, Free High speed internet access, TV satellite, individual climate control. Our outdoor swimming pool is surrounded with luxurious sun loungers on which to lie under the Aqaba sun. Sea view Restaurant & Terrace is the most warm & welcoming place in town; Whether your in the mood for a quiet night or a party atmosphere with a belly dancer live-show, sea view restaurant & terrace will suit your mood In, the menu will feature hummus and baba ghanouj, salads and Lebanese style kebabs, juicy garlic chicken, olives, pickles and crisp-crusted felafel and a wide selection of Arak & beverage as well as cigars. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aquamarina Ii Aqaba

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