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“Very central but not so good for beaches”
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Aqaba Gulf Hotel
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Very central but not so good for beaches”
Reviewed 15 October 2011

I liked this hotel, primarily because of the central location - you can walk to shops and restaurants in a few minutes which was great as we were only there for two nights.Not so good if you are there primarily for the diving etc as the public beaches in walking distance did not look very clean and were pretty packed, and the beaches with the best reefs are a taxi ride away - and taxis are not that cheap there. Room fine, nothing to write home about but clean. TV reception pretty bad and internet so expensive that we did not bother. Anyway, after a fruitless taxi ride to a beach (it was too windy to sit down, but apparently this is quite unusual), we got another taxi back and spent the rest of the day by the pool where it was sheltered. Pool area very nice, clean. Most staff very pleasant except a couple of the front desk guys were quite sniffy. Pleasantly surprised by the buffet, being an avid buffet hater, both breakfast and dinner very good, with fresh options in addition (e.g. freshly cooked eggs at breakfast and one dish each evening that was cooked to order). Wine expensive as it seems to be in other hotels in Jordan.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

we used this hotel as base for a two day trip to jordan - good that we only stayed for one night - welcome was pretty cold - room was OK but the bathroom was the smallest I've ever seen - all the alcohol prices look OK but then you get hit by a service charge and tax AND everyone expects a tip - dinner was not good - town was very busy - breakfast was very dissapointing and we were not too sad to leave

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Doha, Qatar
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80 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2010

We arrived late and checked out first thing in the morning. I cannot say a lot, but the breakfast was the best we had in Jordan. Fresh egg cook in the buffet. We sat by the pool to eat and it was romantic and nice. The room was clean, well laid out and comfortable. A good size. The staff was friendly that helped us. This is a great location to walk from and there is a lot to see. There is no direct beach access but really go down to the beach and take a glass bottom boat or go to one of the clubs and book a tour. It is a way better way to see the ocean.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2010

Great location and staff are very helpful and friendly ( a lot o filipino staff work there who are so nice). I would recommend this hotel

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

On a recent organised tour of Jordan we stayed at this hotel for three nights, where we were welcomed by staff with trays of soft drinks, and then allocated twin room 619 which is on the top floor. This had been the third hotel during our tour, and this was certainly a better choice by the tour company compared to the first two hotels. The location was good, being nearto the local shops, and to a shop that sold water and soft drinks. Bearing in mind that, in general, hotel prices are high, we bought our own supplies and took them discreetly into our hotel room with no problem. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and there was a ‘happy hour’ in the bar every night during our visit with up to 30% off bar prices.

The room was equipped with twin beds, table, chairs, desk, mini bar and flat screen TV. A room safe was provided in the wardrobe. The majority of rooms appear to be angled to face the Gulf of Aqaba, however being on the top floor, this was not the case, so our view of the Gulf was more of a side view, but was still very pleasant. The bathroom was small, but adequate, with over-bath shower, toiletries and hairdryer. The beds were comfortable and there were tea and coffee making facilities.

Breakfasts and dinner are night were buffet style and very good with a good choice. There was a lovely pool with sunbeds and tables and chairs. It looked particularly pretty at night when lit up. Although there appeared to be a snack bar at the pool, this was never open during our stay.

All in all, we had a very pleasant stay at this hotel. It ticked all the boxes for us as far as comfort and location were concerned, which made our stay here very enjoyable.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2010

Reasonable quality and price structure, rooms clean and well serviced. Take care if buying internet time I got it wrong and it cost me 5JD for 5 minutes

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Aqaba, Jordan
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2010

I stayed in this hotel with my family several times , getting better every time , it's located in the center , few minutes walk to the beach , large comfortable rooms with plasma tv. large swimming pool , rich breakfast , friendly staff , indeed good value for money and i strongly recommend this hotel. Ayman El Madanat MD.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Aqaba Gulf Hotel
Address: King Hussein Street | P.O Box 1312, 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 Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqaba Gulf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glad you are here! This is what we want to say to all our guests from the distant corners of the universe. The Aqaba Gulf Hotel, an auspiciously stinging-white edifice represents all that is exciting in this beach-front city, rejuvenating your body and soul through the freshness of the deep blue sea. The stylish hospitality of Aqaba Gulf Hotel is truly original, mellowing local flavors and high international service, with its extremely-conscious staff creating comfort, happiness and belonging for our guests to reflect on their Aqaba holiday long after they’ve gone home. The ticking improvements at the Aqaba Gulf Hotel adds to our standards and reputation whether in reception, lobby, culinary, cuisine or in good housekeeping. Our rooms are designed to suit your every taste. Our trained staff are at your beck-and-call, 24-hours-a day, offering advice and recommend where-to-go in Aqaba, whether it’s on the beach for swimming, sun-bathing, diving and snorkeling, or to the quaint shops for your mementos, souvenirs and duty-free goods. At the Aqaba Gulf Hotel, guests are at a happy medium experiencing a cozy diversity and an aroma of delicacies in the background of towering pink mountains that you can breathtakingly climb if you wish. Enjoy your holiday in the comfort of our hotel and experience the scenery and action in Aqaba. Wish you were here... ... more   less 
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