Stayed at this hotel one week in December 2012. The hotel is offered by Apollo charter travel, which we went with. Rooms can also be booked at other booking sites.
Location: Aqaba Gulf Hotel is situated centrally in the center of Aqaba. Small shops, a gym, a local travel agency, McDonald's and some local bars are very close to the hotel. Mövenpick Hotel is the nearest neighbor. No need for transportation around in Aqaba center as it's pretty small. But if you want a taxi there are hundreds of them circulating around all the time.
Beach & pool conditions: the public beach in Aqaba didn't seem very tempting during night time when we went there, so we never checked it out during daytime. But Aqaba Gulf Hotel has good corporation agreement with a new beach club facility 20 minutes drive away (Berenice Beach). A bus arrives outside the hotel three times a day (09:20, 10:20 & 11:20 a.m) to pick up guests, and takes you back in the afternoon (03:00, 04:00 & 05:00 p.m.). The cost is 7 JOD ($ 10 USD) for transportation, entrance and towels (sun beds are free of charge). The beach club is stunning, and offers drinks, affordable pizzas and other snacks. Several pools and a nice beach with good snorkeling conditions. Absolutely recommendable!
Back at the hotel there is one pool. During our stay (in December) the water was too cold for us to swim in, but some guests used it occasionally. The sun hits the pool side between around 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.
During our stay there weren't so many guests at the hotel, so there was never a problem to find available sun beds at the pool.
The rooms: At first we were given to single beds, but after complaining we got an other room with double bed the day after. The rooms are spacious, and contains of a small bathroom with a bath tub with shower, a closet, mini safe, flat screen with about 20 channels (some in English), air condition, a table and a couple of chairs. Some noise from the street if you choose to have the window open instead of using the AC. Some of the rooms are allowed for smoking, ask for a non-smoking room if you don't smoke! The rooms are cleaned every day.
The staff/service: Most of the staff are polite, helpful and keep a high class of service. We had a semi inclusive-package where drinks and food where supposed to be included at certain times during the day. This caused some trouble with especially one of the managing staff at the bar which refused to serve us local drinks (just wine and beer) until the two last days of our stay after several complaints to her and the travel agency (Apollo). This was a big disappointment, and caused us quite an extra cost as we had to pay about 4 - 5 JOD for the local drinks during most of our stay. They also closed the “open bar” half an hour before the time which was stated at Apollo’s home page.
The food: the hotel offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffets were OK, but with limited variation. Some of the guests complained to Apollo about the variation of the food at the dinner, which contained of either fish or meat. The buffet did always offered a good choice of fruit or vegetables.
Wi-Fi: The hotel offers high speed internet for an expensive charge: 3 JOD for one hour and 10 JOD ($14 USD) for 24 hours. Should have been free or at least cheaper! No computers to rent, so you have use your own devices.
Conclusion: This “4 star” hotel is a good and cheap choice when staying in Aqaba, but has some issues with their all inclusive-deal that need to be fixed.
- 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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