The hotel Aqaba Gulf is an impressive building, situated by the side of a road. It could be good for a few nights' stay but it doesn't have direct access to the beach which could become a nuisance eventually.
This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.
The hotel Aqaba Gulf is located in the centre of Aqaba but not on the seafront. It doesn't give direct access to the beach and neither does it have a private beach. However, it does have a view of the Red Sea.
No direct access to the beach. This may be able to be negotiated with other hotels which have access to the beach.
Built in 1991, certain parts of the hotel could do with being renovated. The hall of the reception sets the mood right away - white and dark grey tiles, outdated armchairs and kitsch pictures. The style of the hotel is still a bit 90's. Some of you who are nostalgic about those years will probably like the decoration. A small bar, which can only hold about ten people, is not far from the reception. There is also an outdoor swimming pool where you can go for a dip if you don't feel up to walking to the beach. The deckchair and parasol area around the pool is quite spacious and is surrounded by palm trees which provide plenty of shade. A tennis court is also available. To get to the the beach, we recommend that you ask another hotel if you can use their private access as the Aqaba Gulf is not situated on the sea front.
This white six-storey building holds 201 simply decorated rooms. Don't pay too much attention to details and finishes (badly cut carpets, the mini bar is not concealed behind a wooden door, etc.). You will also probably not fail to notice that the furniture is old and the curtains and bed spreads are outdated, however, on the whole, the rooms are clean and bright. They are equipped with a television, a telephone, air-conditioning, a mini bar and tea and coffee facilities. They also offer a host of different views: sea view, view of the swimming pool, view of Aqaba. The bathroom is a reasonable size. It has a bathtub, a hair-dryer, hospitality products and a magnifying mirror.
A large (dark) restaurant hall is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cuisine is both international and local, presented as a buffet. The hall is decorated with dark wood, but the yellow and green curtains and table cloths brighten it up. Kitsch pictures adorn the walls. In the summer, the swimming pool terrace allows you to enjoy the sunshine. There is another larger restaurant upstairs, overlooking the pool. The bay windows surrounding the restaurant allow plenty of light into the room. This restaurant hasn't got a terrace though. A snack and pizza bar is situated near the pool for light meals (open from 10:00am to 6:00pm). A rum bar (which will hold no more than 10 people) serves different kinds of cocktails and a coffee lobby serves coffee, tea, wine and champagne, accompanied by background music.
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