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InterContinental Aqaba Resort
Ranked #2 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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“A classic international 5* resort”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I stayed at the InterContinental in Aqaba on the first Friday/Saturday of November this year. This meant that Aqaba town was filled with Jordanians escaping Amman for the beach for their weekend (which means the town was buzzing - a great thing to see).

The hotel was "very good" to "excellent" all round. It is a very impressive building with a great pool and private beach area in a prime spot on the bay of Aqaba. There's a huge development being built to the Western side of the hotel (but there's development all over Aqaba so this isn't unusual). This development will continue for a long time, but it didn't affect our stay in any way... the only noise we heard was from the music from the loud speakers down on the public beach in town (which blare out at a ridiculous volume!)

It COULD be said that the pool / beach area looked a little "tired" and I think it could certainly do with a spruce up soon, but this is being very picky. It's well worth getting one of the hotels with a private beach... the public beach is a no-go for Western women wanting to wear a swimsuit and other private beaches down the coast cost a lot to use... In terms of service down there, it was very good indeed, with complimentary water (in an ice bucket) accompanying your beach towels in the morning. The complimentary water was great all round actually - plenty each morning left in your room too, which was very useful. The ONE negative (and not really the hotel's fault) was a very large group of rowdy Polish men who stayed on our final night and noisily dominated the pool and jacuzzi in the late afternoon - just when we were nicely relaxed.

Our room was fantastic - can't fault anything in there at all and it had everything you'd expect from an international 5* hotel.

In terms of food, we only ate breakfast in the hotel, choosing to eat other meals in Aqaba itself (a much cheaper option)! The breakfast buffet though was excellent - it had everything to tempt you to stuff your face and to skip lunch!

All in all, a very, very good hotel. Not the BEST I've ever stayed in, but certainly worthy of it's 5 stars.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zeinab R, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Aqaba Resort, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Greetings from InterContinental Aqaba Resort!

I would like to take the chance to first thank you for your review and comments, hoping that your each and every stay at InterContinental Aqaba Resort provides the services that our loyal guests deserve.

I must admit that I was feeling very proud of the service delivered by my colleagues. This is our philosophy to make our guests stay the most comfortable and relaxing one, and our initiatives are genuine and coming from the heart.

Warm Regards,

Zeinab Rawajfeh
Guest Relations Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Stayed here for a couple of days whilst diving in Aqaba. Beautiful decor, and helpful staff. I had a room overlooking the sea- view was mildly obstructed by a wall but still nice. Bathroom is very luxurious! The resort facilities are fantastic- swimming pool, deck chairs etc. they also give you a little easy with water which is a nice touch. I used the on site facilities to go water skiing too- very professional but ran about 30-45 mins late so don't plan it on a tight schedule. The resort is about 15 mins walk away from downtown where there were plenty of restaurants. Breakfast buffet was incredible! 2 downsides- room service was not great. I had a chicken hot pot which was the most bland thing I've had for a while. Serving size was also poor- I ended up eating the entire bread basket! Second downside- wifi is ridiculously expensive at 8JD an hour. Its a little hard to fathom why... Many (actually almost all) restaurants downtown have free wifi, whilst the Internet cafes charge 1 JD an hour, so yeah. Disappointing given that everything else was brilliant!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Zeinab R, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Aqaba Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Greetings from InterContinental Aqaba Resort!

Thank you for your review and your kind words. To keep it simple, we will ensure that we maintain the plus points, and we will work on the minus points in order to provide a fully positive experience and regarding the Wi-Fi issue i would like to share with you the fact that we will be providing free basic Internet throughout the hotel very soon, to ensure that our loyal guests have the full 5 star experience InterContinental Hotels provide.

Thank you for your comments.

Warm Regards,

Zeinab Rawajfeh
Guest Relations Manager
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed 2 weeks in Aqaba January 2012. Fantastic hotel! Excellent service. Relaxing atmosphere. Great staff, that helped us with diving information and good advices for our day trips to the Jordan river, Dead sea, Petra and Wadi Rum. 5 stars, no question!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Zeinab R, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Aqaba Resort, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Greetings from InterContinental Aqaba Resort!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of InterContinental Aqaba Resort for your wonderful comments, where it is wonderful to read a heartfelt review from our loyal guests.

Hoping on your next visit we continue to give the level of service InterContinental Hotels provides their loyal guests.

Warm Regards,

Zeinab Rawajfeh
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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights in this lovely hotel during the Eid weekend. Since the entire country was on holidays and most people were coming to Aqaba to enjoy the warm weather and the sea breezes, the Intercontinental, like many other hotels were completely full with no vacancies. Our check in was smooth even though we arrived prior to the usual 3p.m. check in times. Our room was perfect with a wonderful sea view and a balcony to enjoy the view from. The hotel had its own beach area in addition to several swimming pools. There were programs for the kids. Although we did not have our children or grandchildren with us, it was notable how many young families selected this hotel. There were children everywhere ranging from babes to teens. They were welcomed in all parts of the hotel. There were also several restaurants on site serving different types of food. Our only complaint was the cost. Since this was during the Eid holidays, the hotel charged considerably higher rates for their rooms and breakfast was not included in the room rates. Perhaps this is a bit different during off season. Buffet breakfast was lovely, but also quite expensive.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zeinab R, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Aqaba Resort, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Greetings from Sunny Aqaba!

Firstly i would like to thank you on behalf of InterContinental Aqaba Resort for your wonderful and kind review. Keeping it simple, we will ensure that we maintain the level of services for our loyal guests making each and every stay memorable in high seasons and in off seasons, assuring the guest has the InterContinental service throughout their stay.

Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Kind Regards,

Zeinab Rawajfeh
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here in October, wish it was longer as the hotel is lovely, relaxing and it has a beautiful beach.
A wee glitch at check in was handled well and all the staff made us feel special. We ate her on 2 nights and the food was lovely, outside at the Martini lounge.
Breakfasts were the best we had throughout Jordan and it was lovely eating them outside in glorious heat.
I wish we were there just now rather than freezing back in Scotland!!
Having walked in to Aqabq and eaten one night there I would recommend eating in the ICH even though it's a few JOD more.
The only -ve I can think of for this hotel is the crazy cost of wifi, it was 8 JOD/hour or 15 for the day, bearing in mind the Internet is so important nowadays for travellers it should be free and was at all other hotels we stayed in in Jordan
I thoroughly recommend this hotel if you ever crave luxury and beautiful weather in October/November.

Room Tip: Make sure you have a Red Sea view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Spend one night there after travelling from Amman, hotel was meeting the criteria of a 5 star and the reputation of the chain.

Service and checking in was painless and the location of the hotel easy to find. The only downside was the techno-ambiance music that was blasting at the pool after 10 am and could be heard everywhere in the hotel.

The view from the beach on the red sea was nice, only spoiled by a couple of cargo boat in the view.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Very nice hotel to take a short (or long) break. Excellent location, service, food and friendly staff. We visited Aqaba during the Eid weekend and the town was bursting at the seams - the hotel was fully booked but we had no problems with any service. And a wonderfull spa!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Zeinab R, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Aqaba Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Greetings from InterContinental Aqaba Resort!

Firstly i would like to thank you for your review and your kind words. To keep it simple, we will ensure that we maintain the level of services for our loyal guests making each and every stay memorable

Thank you for your wonderful comments.

Kind Regards,

Zeinab Rawajfeh
Guest Relations Manager
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Property: InterContinental Aqaba Resort
Address: King Hussain Street | Sweimah, Aqaba 77110, Jordan
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Location: Jordan > Al Aqabah Governorate > Aqaba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Aqaba
#1 Business Hotel in Aqaba
#2 Spa Hotel in Aqaba
#2 Luxury Hotel in Aqaba
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Aqaba
#5 Romantic Hotel in Aqaba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Aqaba Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A PRIVATE PARADISE ON JORDAN’S RED SEA. InterContinental Aqaba Resort combines relaxing atmospheres and welcoming accommodations. This Red Sea beach resort has exceptional views of the Gulf of Aqaba, which is well known for its coral reef scuba diving and water sports. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre, where a variety of historical ruins, the aquarium and a taste of Middle Eastern culture can always be found. ... more   less 
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