We had 4 nights and 3 full days in Aqaba, staying at Darna Hotel. We stayed there that long only because we had booked: the place is poor but not quite bad enough for us to go through the bother of checking out.
It does have some some good points: the location, at the south end of the Japanese Garden Reef is great. There is a good view across the Red sea from the pool-side terrace; we found the beds firm but comfortable; the air-conditioning in our room worked; some of the staff were very pleasant; and they have a nicely relaxed attitude towards accounting for refreshments and food.
Everything else was poor. Although recently built, the place is crumbling. Most of the items listed on the menu were not available and the food that was served was dull (and the comments on their web-site about getting the best of the catch from local fisherman is surely pure fantasy). Our room wasn't cleaned at all, not even to empty the bin: in an establishment that asks its guests to put toilet paper in the bin rather than down the toilet, this is surely inexcusable. The standard of service was generally poor, sometimes to the point of being surly. And the promised early breakfast on the morning of our departure failed to appear, despite us having paid for it.
The Bedouin Garden Village, immediately behind Darna, seemed really nice and the couple of evening meals we had there were delicious. Stay there instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located some 12kms south of Aqaba downtown, 50 meters from the sea, ideal place for relaxing, diving, snorkeling. Air-conditioned Single-, Double-, Twin- and Triple rooms. Shared dorm is also available. On-site dive center and restaurant. ... more less
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