One of the best hotels in Aqaba
We stayed there for one night only as my friend was only in Aqaba for work. But it was definatly a hotel I would return to anytime I come to Aqaba! The hotel got 3 pools, which one of them is on the bridge! It got its own private beach, which seem really clean, and not disturbed by people from the outside.
The rooms are ok, nothing special IMO, but got what you need. I didnt get the greatest view, as I had the parking space just outside my window, but I didnt use much time there anyway so it didnt matter to me.
It has a nice location too, close to shops and resturants, so you got everything you need withing walking distance. Adjecant to the archaeological site of the ancient Islamic city Ayla, known as Aqaba, on the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea). The main hotel building is on the King Hussein (Cornish) Street, and a large bridge inspired by Ayla incorporating a lap pool and a pedestrian market links it to the beach side.
All rooms include air-conditioning, electric door locks, hair dryer, heating, make up / shaving mirror, minibar, in-room movies, multi channel satellite tv, safes, IDD-phones with two lines, a phone in the bathroom.
- 235 rooms and suites.
- Non-smoking and handicap rooms available.
- 24 hours room service.
shops, health club, swimming pools, privat beach, sauna, massage, jacuzzis, children`s club.
Rooms for up to 550 persons.
Health Club; including in- and outdoor pool, gym, cardiovascular machinery, strength trainging equipment, jacuzzi / whrilpool
They are trying their best
I and my 5 years old daughter spent 1 night in this hotel as part of our 3 night holiday in Aqaba and Dead sea . To start with :Aqaba is a very nice place to visit with very friendly people. We arrived to the Moevenpick around 12 mid day. The reception staffs at Moevenpick were very friendly but they were short of staff!!!...we were given our room 3 hours later which made my daughter very distressed...their excuse was that they are short of staff.
Very nice, well maintained and modern room. House keeping staffs are very friendly but again they are short of staff!!! Having said that I have to say that when I visited the Moevenpick on 30/03/2007 the hotel was fully booked.
Swimming pools, beach and out door gardens are really nice but not as nice as those of the Inter continental hotel in Aqaba.
Another thing I have to mention is that the hotel did not provide free high speed internet access - which would have been nice.
To sum up Moevenpick Aqaba, is an average 4.5 star rather than a 5 star hotel but I would still recommend for a short family holiday.try Dead sea Movenpick...slightly better and same charge.
it could be better
We stayed at 2 Moevenpick resorts in Jordan during early Apr 07. Moevenpick Aqaba was the last hotel in our 8-day trip. The hotel is elegant in design. It is also conveniently located; in less than 10-minute walk you will find many local restaurants and shops for souvenirs & cheap deadsea products (compared to Petra). However, its services were not as good as the same at Moevenpick Dead Sea.
The reception desk was short of staff. We waited for a few hours to get our rooms. In our 3D-2N stay, we saw many tourists waiting for rooms every time we passed by the reception area. The housekeeping dept was also short of staff too: our room had a smoky smell, chairs were dirty.
Its beach and gardens are good, just the sea water is still very cold in April. We joined a ½ day snorkeling tour arranged by the hotel. It was disappointing as the water was too cold for water sport. Moreover, over 80% of the coral was dying, and not much beautiful fish except jelly fish.
The breakfast & dinner buffets at Palm Court Terrace are good in food quality & variety. It's a pity that there is no spa facility at this resort. We stayed at Movenpick Dead Sea but couldn't have a chance to try its famous Zara Spa as it was fully-booked. We then went to Intercontinental Aqaba for massage and deadsea mud treatment.
We would recommend this hotel to those traveling with kids and old people because of its location & restaurants. If you don't mind a bit walking, you may consider Intercontinental Aqaba.
A great hotel experience
Husband and I stayed at this hotel from 2 - 6 March 2007 and we couldn't have wanted for anything better. We travelled from the Movenpick in Petra and settled into our accommodation very quickly. One restaurant was closed for refurbishment, but we loved the buffet in the other - from breakfast through to dinner - with dishes for everyone. The hotel gardens and beach are just lovely, well tended and the beach bar served wonderful salads and icecreams. As in our bedroom, we had no problems with the marble floors elsewhere which are obviously designed to keep everyone cool. Most importantly, the attention we received from all the staff was second to none, lovely people only wanting their guests to have a great time. We are finding excuses to go back very soon!
How is this place so safe but not 'discovered'.
March 22nd 2007. David and Ros, Southgate, N London. Two weeks in Aqaba at the Movenpick. Here are some highlights before some tips.
Jordan may be in the Middle East, but it is friends with all its neighbours. Re; terrorism it is safer than London. Re; walking out and about, it is safer than Little-Netherbottom-by-The-Stream, wherever the hell that might be.
Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum are must see must do's.
The Movenpick is superb and the staff are the business. Breakfast on the patio, staff remember your name. Very smart, friendly hotel, while the Intercontinental is huge and soulless (like a museum) and the Aqaba Gulf next door is just shabby and has no beach; believe me, you do not want to be a westerner on the stoney, public beach in a bikini in a Muslim country. Movenpick private beach is cute, protected and has all the beds and umbrellas you could need. Rooms are lovely.
Aqaba; ever been pestered in Egypt or pinched in Italy? Not in Aqaba. Muslim it may be, but relaxed it is and tolerant. Off licences on every street corner; just show a little respect. Drunken louts and girls with flashing boob tubes will be offensive to Jordanians who are just so friendly. My wife felt so comfortable she would take a stroll in the evening on her own in the streets to buy something and the shop owners would call out 'Welcome' just to see you walk by. It is all part of the Bedouin attitude to hospitality, which is so strong that for a foreigner to be abused or hurt in their country would bring shame on the nation. Plenty of restaurants and bars. Eating is cheap and good, wind and water sports are top knotch.
Sharm El Sheikh this is not. If you want a purpose-built, touristy, Blackpool-overseas then go to Sharm. Aqaba is a working city with 4000 years of history and a laid back lifestyle - but it is developing at the rate of knots. 3 huge multi hotel / appartment / golf / villa complexes are being built, so this city will become an even bigger city with more to do.
TIPS. - Movenpick; If you do not want to pay for a sea view, ask for a wing room with a view overlooking the breakfast patio.
- Bar meals are huge and great value.
- buy Water from the shops close by, the hotel charges £2 for 1.5 l while the shops sell it at 20p
- Always set your price before setting off in a taxi
- If you go to the aquarium, allow about 45 minutes inside. It ain't huge.
- Go under your own steam to Petra by taxi. It should cost £60 for 2 of you plus £22 each to get into Petra, saving £40+ and the taxi comes and goes when you want to. Get an english speaking driver. Take a coat. Really.
- Wadi Rum. Definitely go and stay overnight if you can. I have seen the stars from the top of the rockies ... these are just as good, but from a bedouin camp, with a fire and locals playing their own music.
- Smile. A Jordanian will ALWAYS smile back.
Heaven on Earth
we visited Aqabah in march 2005 and spend a wonderful 7 days in Movenpick resort. There are no words to describe the hotel, everything is as it should be at its best. the food is great and ther are different kind of restaurants for everyones taste, pools are not crowded and the location of the hotel is also ideal for everyone as it's close to some historical ruins of Ayla & the oldest church in the world and of course great access to shopping centers, the beach is really nice and above all the attention to details from the friendly people of Movenpick is unforgettable. If you want to feel the true meaning of SERENITY , Movenpick Aqabah is just the place.
We stayed at the Movenpick in Aqaba for 4 nights as part of a week long trip to Jordan and thought it was very comfortable. The location
is good, just a short stroll from shops and restaurants (including Ali Baba's and the Royal Yacht Club which I would recommend) and opposite the ruins of the ancient town of Aila.
Our room was very comfortable with a lovely balcony - looked over some waste ground but you could see the sea from one side. Housekeeping was a little hit and miss - a couple of times we had a random selection of towels (or none at all) and my request for a non-allergenic pillow (as detailed in the information folder) took several confusing phone conversations and resulted in another feather
one. But service was always friendly!
Breakfasts were excellent and we also ate at the beachside restaurant
and in the bar - both were good. The pools were lovely but the beach was a bit disappointing - it's pretty small with lots of sunloungers and an uninspiring view of big container ships (although we should have expected that as it is a fairly busy port).
I wouldn't come to Aqaba for a beach holiday but it made a great base
for visiting Petra and Wadi Rum (both do-able by taxi) and we had a good day snorkelling at the Royal Diving Club south of the town.