I spent my birthday in Jordan and also at this hotel which made it even a better experience for me.
First I would say the positives are - very modern decor - minimilist kind of look to it but as it is quite new, nothing looks tired. The one negative is that they don't seem to have thought of putting the name of the hotel on the outside and we drove past it a few times - only after enquiring at the InterContinental next door were we able to find out the building which looked like a modern Govt building from the outside was actually the hotel Kempinski. When you get into the hotel though, the facilities are really cool. You get a panoramic view from the whole reception area and the staff are extremely attentive from the minute you arrive offering cool clothes in the heat and a welcome glass of cold apple juice. Our car was taken by the valet and put away safely. We did not have to wait long to register and were taken to our room by one of the staff who showed us all the facilities. It was a bit amusing to see a clear glass ceiling to floor window between the bathroom and the bedroom but we since discovered a blind over the bath which can be brought down, especially if like me you prefer to go to the loo in private. The rooms are very white with a little touch of grey but it works well. The minibar is free and well stocked with minerals and some beer. The wardrobe space is just great and the balcony is wonderful and you can watch the sun go down in the evening from the comfort there or enjoy a drink or meal even. The swimming areas were different to other hotels. One of the pools is about 50 metres while there is a long canal style entrance from one pool to the next. There is a really big jacuzzi pool though too many children using it for swimming in which was a pity. There is a nice a childrens pool and lots of easy access down to the beach. There is a water pool bar but this wasn't open during our stay. The restaurants and breakfast buffet in the hotel are very good. We also ate one evening at the Lebanese restaurant in the neighbouring InterContinental and found it excellent. We thought we might eat at the restaurants in the Aqaba Gateway centre but found most of them a bit dirty and unappealing. This shopping centre is supposed to have 30 shops but really has about 26 empty units so nothing much there other than a couple of bars. The Rovers Return was a nice enough bar but one night we had a group of loud lads who came in and were just so overbearing we had to leave. There is not much else in the area other than the restaurtants in our hotel or the neighbouring Movenpick fish restaurant which we will visit tonight. Great Pizza and interesting sandwiches and snacks at the pizza restaurant in Kempinski. Will try the fish restaurant before we leave.
All in all very classy hotel with great facities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gracefully situated on the white sandy beaches and azure waters of the Red Sea, The Kempinski Hotel Aqaba offers a transcendent sensory experience. With an array of culinary options, leisure activities, and top-tier pampering and perfectly at home within its picturesque surroundings, this resort is heaven to explorers and leisure seekers alike. Set against a stunning backdrop, the hotel combines the warmth of the Jordanians with the highest standards of a luxury European resort. Style is contemporary chic and the resort’s fascinating tear drop design guarantees sea views from every room, complemented by luxurious facilities and state-of-the-art technology. There are three lounges and three eateries to choose from serving everything from extensive gourmet buffets, delicious fresh seafood and an assortment of tantalizing treats. At night the hotel blossoms with wondrous facade lighting, paving the way for an unforgettable evening of cocktails and malts, around the sunken pool or at Aqua Lounge, a favourite with romantics due to its gorgeous views of the Red Sea. For pampering and healing both inside and out, Kempinski The Spa offers a journey of tranquility with treatments using an assortment of luxurious elixirs and ingredients. With a fully equipped gym overlooking the ocean, the resort offers everything your body needs to unwind and rejuvenate. It goes without saying that the diving here is incredible and guests can explore the largest collection of natural soft corals in the world when delving into the glittery, calm waters. Aqaba is a warm and inviting city, fringed with palm trees, shopping and a vast array of leisure, sporting and entertainment facilities. Ideal for year round sunshine, Kempinski Aqaba is the perfect location to explore all the delights that Jordan has to offer. ... more less
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