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InterContinental Aqaba Resort
Ranked #2 of 40 Hotels in Aqaba
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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14 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 7, 2009

We stayed at the Intercontinental for 10 nights during Christmas and New Year. The hotel itself is in a good location on the beach and about a 10 minute walk into town. We stayed in a club room and made the most of the delicious cakes in the afternoon and nibbles in the evening which if you'd had a big lunch were more than a substantial alternative to dinner, with this we also got free alcoholic drinks for an hour and there was a very good choice available. Our room was on the 5th floor over looking the pool/sea, it was a good size and cleaned on a daily basis with a turn down service in the evening. The pool area was very nice with plenty of sunbeds, there were a few cats around but not enough to bother you. The staff were very friendly and attentive but the hotel was quiet so not sure how it would be at the height of the season.

Aqaba itself is expensive, especially alcohol and with the 10% service charge and 7% tax added to everything it made it even more pricey. We only ate in the hotel once, walked into town to Ali Baba's which was ok although we weren't sure why some people raved about it, we also ate at Romeros at the Yatch Club which was very nice and for some relatively cheap food the Rovers Return was a good option!

My husband went diving every day, the sea was cold but he had a dry suit, he did comment on the amount of 'faffing' they seem to do and hadn't experienced anything so dis-organised before but once in the water he was happy!

The only downside to the holiday was the 3-1/2 transfer from Amman airport. Aqaba does have an airport but BMI who we flew with didn't fly direct, so we there arrived very late (3am!) and had to leave very early (2am) for our flight home!

Overall the holiday was good, can't complain about the hotel or Aqaba itself, however if it's a diving holiday you're looking for, Egypt would be a better option, less hassle to get to and cheaper!

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hevelee
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Reviewed November 27, 2008

This hotel is absolutely the best hotel in Aqaba for business travelers at the moment.
Very friendly staff, excellent food and superb location with private beach. I recommand the Cote d'or restaurant and the Lebanese restaurant.
A lot of construction going on next to the hotel as they are building 4 5* hotels just across the street. If you have a room with sea view, you don't have any noise disturbance of the constructions.
Just 3 negative points: - a lot of cats in the buffet restaurant outside area who beg the guests for food and a lot of Russian guests who think they own the hotel and don't have appropriate manners and clothing. The swimming pool is not heated which is a pity.
Aqaba is not touristic at all and is very nice to discover for shopping and snorkling.

  • Liked — nice location
  • Disliked — pool not heated
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2008

We stayed one night at the Intercontinental after a stay in Petra, and then went back to Amman. It is a beautiful hotel. Helpful and friendly staff, very open to talking with patrons. I would definitely want to stay here again if I return. Great location on the beach. The pool is great, extending all along the back side in a curving and inviting way, with foot bridges over it that lead down to the beach. If you catch one of the taxis that linger in the front, be sure to check to see that they have a meter. As with another post on this website, I went with one guy for one negotiated price but he tried to increase it once we got rolling. Not a major problem, I just said no, just the price agreed on, and he consented. But still a pain.

As a travel note, the cost of getting a taxi from Aqaba to Amman will be in the 70-100 JOD (dinar) range. We opted for the express bus, which was nonstop to Amman, air conditioned, and comfortable, like a tour bus. The cost was only 7.5 JOD. Quite a difference. It took 4 hours, which is about what it would take for a taxi, although that depends on the driver. We were very happy with the trip. Two bus companies, Jett and Trust. Staff at the Intercontinental recommended Jett, which is the one we took. It is next to the Movenpick Hotel, so just a short walk from the Intercontinental.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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gloucester england
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Reviewed October 26, 2008

great stay at this 5* hotel - well worth getting a higher floor room.
some building work next door - but not intrusive.
cannot praise staff high enough.
great location / pool with beautiful views.
really worth paying that bit extra for.

  • Liked — great room
  • Disliked — paying
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, England
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Reviewed September 24, 2008

I and my wife stayed in this hotel for 3 nights celebrating our wedding anniversary in August 2008. We checked in early on the day of arrival, 10:00 a.m and they were O.K. with that, but the gentleman on reception looked tired and was not smiling at all. After talking to the reception manager, he apologized on behalf of his colleague which was a good gesture of the hotel team. They have also upgraded us to a club room when they knew about our wedding anniversary.
The hotel is one of the best in Aqaba at the moment; however, both the newly built Radisson and Keminski will be very strong competitive. The Inter has got a very good location, walking distance from the city centre, but then, in Aqaba, you are better spending most of your day on the beach as all the 5 star hotels have got superb sandy beaches with very nice pools.
The food is great, the breakfast was superb and for dinner, you could try the hotel restaurants which are slightly expensive but with very good atmosphere. Make sure you try the Chinese restaurant, 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel, behind the Macdonald’s.
I would strongly recommend Aqaba for a nice romantic holiday with a 1 day visit to Petra.

  • Stayed August 2008
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Reviewed September 3, 2008

We stayed at the Aqaba Intercontinental for a one night stop on a trip that took us from Amman, to Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Petra and back to Amman. The tour was arranged as a package, hotels and meals with driver included, through Jordan Tours in Petra so I’m not sure about the exact price paid for each hotel. However, we felt the overall price per person was quite reasonable.

The Intercontinental was by far the nicest hotel in which we stayed. The other two being Movenpicks. Our rooms were on the Club Floor which gave access to the Club Lounge that included snacks in the afternoon, Happy Hour, and a very nice breakfast. The rooms - and bathrooms - were large and beautiful! It is an excellent hotel and the nicest Intercontinental we have seen. It may have looked even better, however, after spending the previous night camping in Wadi Rum! The dinner buffet at Corniche also wonderful.

The only negative we experienced, which had nothing to do with the Intercontinental, was the taxi drivers parked outside. Beware! We used one of the drivers with an agreed upon price prior to leaving the hotel and he tried to quadruple to price when he returned us to the hotel. Needless to say, an argument ensued and the driver only got the amount to which he originally agreed!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2008

The only reason to come to Aqaba is a) for the beach and hotel pool and/or b) as a transit stop en route to the Wadi Rum or Petra.

The InterContinental is essentially what you would find on Waikiki beach on Oahu; it is an oversized hotel with large family-friendly pools and a private stretch of beach and essentially nothing else to do. The beach area is enclosed by ropes, is rather small, and some portions of the beach and rocky and hard on the feet. Bring your footwear if you plan to go in the water!

We stayed in a room with Club Lounge access and the lounge gets only mixed reviews; while the view of the Gulf of Aqaba is amazing there is nothing at all served in the lounge during the day (no water, sodas, snacks, etc.). That is correct -- nothing. When we ordered a bottle of water mid-day while sitting in the lounge were charged! I have rarely, if ever, seen a lounge that charges for soft drinks and/or water during opening hours and this was a big negative considering how much extra we paid in our room rate to be able to access the lounge. That being said both the included lounge breakfast and happy hour were excellent with a variety of foods and drinks prepared by the servers. In fact the evening selection of food was so good you could probably call it a "light dinner.” There are also 4 full-service computer terminals with free internet access in the lounge.

While I found the IC to be “fine” I would probably check out the Movenpick should there ever be a “next time” to Aqaba.

Tip: We hired a taxi to take us one-way from Aqaba to Petra and it cost 50JD (about US$70). The trip took just under two hours without any stops. The desert between Aqaba and Petra is spectacular!

Stayed August 2008
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Aqaba
#2 Spa Hotel in Aqaba
#2 Luxury 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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