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“A "semi-inclusive" experience with Apollo”
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Aqaba Gulf Hotel
Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Tromsø, Troms, Norway
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“A "semi-inclusive" experience with Apollo”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed at this hotel one week in December 2012. The hotel is offered by Apollo charter travel, which we went with. Rooms can also be booked at other booking sites.

Location: Aqaba Gulf Hotel is situated centrally in the center of Aqaba. Small shops, a gym, a local travel agency, McDonald's and some local bars are very close to the hotel. Mövenpick Hotel is the nearest neighbor. No need for transportation around in Aqaba center as it's pretty small. But if you want a taxi there are hundreds of them circulating around all the time.

Beach & pool conditions: the public beach in Aqaba didn't seem very tempting during night time when we went there, so we never checked it out during daytime. But Aqaba Gulf Hotel has good corporation agreement with a new beach club facility 20 minutes drive away (Berenice Beach). A bus arrives outside the hotel three times a day (09:20, 10:20 & 11:20 a.m) to pick up guests, and takes you back in the afternoon (03:00, 04:00 & 05:00 p.m.). The cost is 7 JOD ($ 10 USD) for transportation, entrance and towels (sun beds are free of charge). The beach club is stunning, and offers drinks, affordable pizzas and other snacks. Several pools and a nice beach with good snorkeling conditions. Absolutely recommendable!

Back at the hotel there is one pool. During our stay (in December) the water was too cold for us to swim in, but some guests used it occasionally. The sun hits the pool side between around 10 a.m. To 4 p.m.

During our stay there weren't so many guests at the hotel, so there was never a problem to find available sun beds at the pool.

The rooms: At first we were given to single beds, but after complaining we got an other room with double bed the day after. The rooms are spacious, and contains of a small bathroom with a bath tub with shower, a closet, mini safe, flat screen with about 20 channels (some in English), air condition, a table and a couple of chairs. Some noise from the street if you choose to have the window open instead of using the AC. Some of the rooms are allowed for smoking, ask for a non-smoking room if you don't smoke! The rooms are cleaned every day.

The staff/service: Most of the staff are polite, helpful and keep a high class of service. We had a semi inclusive-package where drinks and food where supposed to be included at certain times during the day. This caused some trouble with especially one of the managing staff at the bar which refused to serve us local drinks (just wine and beer) until the two last days of our stay after several complaints to her and the travel agency (Apollo). This was a big disappointment, and caused us quite an extra cost as we had to pay about 4 - 5 JOD for the local drinks during most of our stay. They also closed the “open bar” half an hour before the time which was stated at Apollo’s home page.

The food: the hotel offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffets were OK, but with limited variation. Some of the guests complained to Apollo about the variation of the food at the dinner, which contained of either fish or meat. The buffet did always offered a good choice of fruit or vegetables.

Wi-Fi: The hotel offers high speed internet for an expensive charge: 3 JOD for one hour and 10 JOD ($14 USD) for 24 hours. Should have been free or at least cheaper! No computers to rent, so you have use your own devices.

Conclusion: This “4 star” hotel is a good and cheap choice when staying in Aqaba, but has some issues with their all inclusive-deal that need to be fixed.

Room Tip: Corner rooms are a bit bigger. Ask for non-smoking rooms. Ask for rooms not facing the road if you a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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AGHotel, General Manager at Aqaba Gulf Hotel, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you Sir for your valid comments and notes and for choosing staying at AGH
We are happy that you've enjoyed your stay and be sure that we will keep also improving our services for a better and comfortable stay
Wish to see you again on board for another exceptional experiences and comfortable stay; Good luck and Best Regards
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We found this hotel by just driving are Aqaba. Good find. Great staff and very helpful. Short walk to town. Swimming pool excellent, especially after you have spent two days in the desert. Room was clean and spacious with good internet. Lunch by the pool excellent.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Firstly, our thanks to Rowena (bar/restaurant) and Lina (front desk) for excellent service. I ordered a fresh lemon juice but Rowena recommended a fresh lemon juice with mint - where else would you see the staff pick fresh mint from the garden for your drink?! It was absolutely wonderful! Tourist numbers are down in Jordan and this was apparent with guest numbers in the hotel. Although there appeared to be a reduction in staff numbers, they did well to cover all duties. Whilst by the pool, I did have to go in search of someone so that I could order a drink or snack but this was really no problem. The sandwiches were absolutely excellent! The bedroom/bathroom were a little small but typical for an hotel of this age. Everywhere was very clean, including the pool area. The breakfast selection covered all tastes and certainly set us up for the day. The location of the hotel was excellent for getting into the downtown area and please, don't resist the temptation to wander off the the main roads to get a feel for the local area and people. Personally, we enjoyed Aqaba and the local people the most about Jordan.

Room Tip: The higher the better and facing east so you can see the neighbouring countries.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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AGHotel, Front Office Manager at Aqaba Gulf Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
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We do appreciate that you have taken the time to write this wonderful review about your stay in October. Thank you very much indeed for the positive comments on our property and in particular your kind words about our employees. We hope we will have an opportunity to welcome you back.
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The hotel has an excellent location, almost right in Aqaba downtown. It is put very close to the shore what makes it a good point for sea trips. The pool feels a little too small, but for a refresh swim is, in my opinion, sufficient. Food could be in a bigger choice, but is always fresh and no complaint on its taste. The staff is very, very, helpful, kind, and ready to provide any kind of support.

Room Tip: Rooms located in the corners feel more open and spacious.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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london
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

the rooms are ok, big and confortable. the bathroom is dated but the shower was ok and everything was clean. Good breakfast .very helpful staff
the location is very good, close to the old town shops and restaurants.
they sell, 7 euro, the entrance to berenice beach and swimming pool. beach towel and free shuttle to the beach are included.
internet is not free: 3 euro 1 hour, 10 euro 1 day

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Piacenza, Italy
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I stayed here during a tour in Jordan, so I didn't choose this hotel myself. But I was totally satisfied of it. My room was really big, with two big and comfortable beds, a little table, tv fridge, air conditioning and safety box. I didn't need anything else. I definitely liked the room and felt so fine there! The bathroom was quite simple, but ok. In my opinion it matches the 4 stars rating, even if they could take care a little bit more of it: there were little details such as broken edges in some pieces of furniture or scratches on the floor. The restaurant offered a nice buffet, the rice was delicious for example. Not an incredible big choice of food, but the quality was good, same for breakfast. The hotel is not on the beach, but on a quiet place and in few minutes you're in the center of Aqaba. Nice swimming pool also, even if I didn't enjoy it too much being out on tour the whole day. What I didn't like was the wifi connection that was not for free, but quite expensive. This is the only reason why I'm not giving the best rating to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We had 2 nights in the hotel, 7th and 8th of June 2012. The staff were really helpful [in fact with typical Jordanian generousity, they couldn't do enough for us], the rooms were spacious and comfortable and the hotel was spotlessly clean.
The air conditioned coolness was very welcome as was the large pool after the 42 degree heat outside.
Breakfasts were also excellent.
I would certainly recommend the hotel although if I had one [only slight] reservation it would be that the pool was only available from about 9.30 am to 7 pm - it would have been nice to have had a swim before b'fast and after a day out.
Apart from that, it was a really pleasureable stay.
Well done to the hotel and its staff

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aqaba Gulf Hotel
Address: King Hussein Street | P.O Box 1312, Aqaba 77110, Jordan
Location: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Aqaba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #32 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqaba Gulf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glad you are here! This is what we want to say to all our guests from the distant corners of the universe. The Aqaba Gulf Hotel, an auspiciously stinging-white edifice represents all that is exciting in this beach-front city, rejuvenating your body and soul through the freshness of the deep blue sea. The stylish hospitality of Aqaba Gulf Hotel is truly original, mellowing local flavors and high international service, with its extremely-conscious staff creating comfort, happiness and belonging for our guests to reflect on their Aqaba holiday long after they’ve gone home. The ticking improvements at the Aqaba Gulf Hotel adds to our standards and reputation whether in reception, lobby, culinary, cuisine or in good housekeeping. Our rooms are designed to suit your every taste. Our trained staff are at your beck-and-call, 24-hours-a day, offering advice and recommend where-to-go in Aqaba, whether it’s on the beach for swimming, sun-bathing, diving and snorkeling, or to the quaint shops for your mementos, souvenirs and duty-free goods. At the Aqaba Gulf Hotel, guests are at a happy medium experiencing a cozy diversity and an aroma of delicacies in the background of towering pink mountains that you can breathtakingly climb if you wish. Enjoy your holiday in the comfort of our hotel and experience the scenery and action in Aqaba. Wish you were here... ... more   less 
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