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“Not very nice at all” 1 of 5 stars
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Al Zatari
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   King Talal Street, Aqaba, Jordan   |  
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Ranked #29 of 33 hotels in Aqaba
Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not very nice at all”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2008

The reason we booked this hotel was it was rated in our guide book as 'highly recommended' mid-range hotel in Aqaba, and all of their previous recommendations we had used had been fairly good. Oh how wrong they were.

This is a horrible hotel and should be avoided. I usually like to give a couple of pros in my reviews but this hotel had no real redeeming qualities so I will list the reasons as to why you should not stay here - followed by a couple of things that were alright with the hotel.

Cons:

Cleanliness: Very bad - the room was absolutely disgusting. The bathroom did not look like it had been clean and there was a number of pubic hairs all over the place (nasty). Also we were only there for two nights and the room was not cleaned at all during our stay.

Security: Very bad - the balcony door did not lock, and we were on the first floor - we asked if we could change rooms but the staff was exceptionally rude and did not allow for this to happen (thankfully we had a portable lock and were able to secure the door that way).

Location: It is near the bus station so it is pretty loud throughout the day and especially in the mornings. It is relatively close to downtown but still a bit of a walk. Staff: Could not have been more unhelpful if they tried. We asked for help about getting to the Royal Diving Club and they were rude and basically told us to figure it out ourselves.

Breakfast: Bad - Stale pita bread and jam, with very bad coffee (although it is free better to get something in town).

Pros:

Room: Size was not too bad - it was painted entirely in purple which was not that bad it was just very odd

Air conditioning: It worked, but only if you had a pair of pliers...

And lastly there was a fridge.

Overall I would recommend that people avoid this hotel. Although it is fairly cheap (35-40JD) there are far better hotels for only 10JD more and it is totally worth it to avoid the nightmare of staying here.

Stayed October 2008
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Oxford, UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2008

This hotel is well located just next to the bus station in Aqaba, a short walk from the town centre. Staff are very friendly and very efficient. English and French are both well spoken. We had an early flight to catch so the hotel arranged for us to have an early breakfast (before the normal dining time) and had a taxi waiting. We were very impressed. Our room was spacious and comfortable but certainly not luxurious. This is most definitely a mid-range hotel so don't expect 5 stars. There was no hot water when we arrived (6pm). The price (35 JD) was resonable for what we got.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — No hot water.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Al Zatari

Address: King Talal Street, Aqaba, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Aqaba
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Ranked #29 of 33 hotels in Aqaba
Hotel Class:2 star — Al Zatari 2*

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