Movenpick Resort Aqaba Hotel

, Aqaba, Jordan
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Movenpick Resort Aqaba Hotel

King Hussein St - Aqaba - 77119 - Jordan Hotel Website | 5/203/4020
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10/10
Great service & accommodation
Submitted by: Ady Khoueiry in 23/10/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Lebanon
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Movenpick Aqaba in my opinion is much better than Movenpick Lebanon I have been in almost all parts of this super beautiful hotel the swimming pools are great the sand beach also is nice I wish Movenpick managment Aqaba the best and thank u

Historical Traveller Reviews of Movenpick Resort Aqaba Hotel

Cannot fault the service at this hotel

from rozza
Have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Jordan.
We stayed 4 nights at the Movenpick in Aqaba and 3 nights at the Movenpick in The Dead Sea.
Both hotels were first class. I liked the Aqaba hotel because of it's access to Aqaba town which we wondered around and ate in the various restaurants. The locals call this hotel the Fairy Hotel because of the lights around the palm trees, also call it the Prison because of the ornate ironwork around the balconies. But whatever it's called it is a beautiful place to rest. The pools and gardens are reached via a bridge over the road. The bridge houses shops and a fitness centre. The gardens are lovely with pools and at the end a bar and the beach.
Eating breakfast outside in the courtyard with fountains is a good start to the day.
The staff could not do enough for you.
Would go back tomorrow...

Christmas in Aqaba

from tiggeroo
For the first time ever, my husband and I decided to spend Christmas away from home and chose Jordan as offering a completely different experience. We found the Movenpick, Aqaba to be extremely welcoming, efficient and friendly and an ideal place to combine relaxation by the sea with visits to Petra. Our room was bright, clean, comfortable and well equiped. A problem with our phone was sorted promptly. Staff later checked again to see if all was well.

Staff went to great trouble to find a local source in Aqaba for a particularly beautiful Christmas ornament we admired. The landscaping around the grounds and pools are delightful and the clever use of the space available makes the whole outside area seem much bigger, with pool leading to pool and then on to the beach. The beachside restaurant terrace was an excellent place to relax and enjoy a drink, snack lunch and of course the Movenpick ice cream treats.

The main dining / breakfast room is rather dark but the excellent buffet food was more than adequate compensation. Chefs very willing to discuss the dishes and explain ingredients. Breakfast taken outside on the sunny terrace was a real pleasure.

If you want a Christmas without any indication of the festive season, this is not the hotel for you as it was adorned with trees and decorations. In our opinion these were subtle and tasteful, but we do agree with another reviewer, that we could do without the constant rewind of Christmas songs.

We would certainly return to this hotel and recommend it.

Beware school holidays!

from ross39
Spent 4 nights in the hotel,26-29 Jan., as part of a package to the Red Sea. The overall look is glitzy, rather old-fashioned, 1990s. Was concerned when I was taken to my room as I had a "lovely" view of the carpark just below and a street beyond, was worried about noise etc, so asked to be moved. I was told that the hotel was full, as it was Jordanian school hols, that my tour company had paid for a standard room, but that it would be possible to change next day as many would be leaving as Friday night is the second day of their
"weekend". In fact the noise was not from the street or carpark - external insulation was very good - but from the uncarpeted
corridors clacked along all night by noisy late-returning teenagers who generally let their doors bang closed. Was busy all next day and the hotel seemed much quieter so inertia took over and I didn't change my room. Big mistake - the same problem. The next day I went to Petra and on my return asked for a quiet room, regardless of view -I wanted a few hours of unbroken sleep. Was promised one at the end of the corridor, much better room etc, in an hour's time, but when I called the desk after 2 hours the guy had gone home without leaving any instructions. I was furious at his discourtesy - was promised a move within 10 minutes. Which I got, to the top floor, better view etc. But the same problem - 3 times between midnight and 4 am I had to poke my head out the door and ask groups of young people to stop their full voice conversations. Next morning spoke to Front Office manager Mr Alayan who promised me a quiet room I'd like, on my return from the afternoon's trip to Wadi Rum. And he kept his word - a splendid suite on the main terrace, noise from the corridor insulated by a spectacular huge bathroom.
So all's well that ends well - though a pity they didn't move me there the night before and accept the fact that they need either to carpet the corridors and try to insulate the rooms internally or have security people by the elevators to control late night revels. This was not 5 star hotel standards. Tourists going on often early-start tours need quiet nights and if they are going to let rooms to groups of unsupervised young people they should make sure each group is on a separate floor!!!

Great place, great staff

from Amsterdam2007
We (two adults and two children 9 and 10) have just returned from Aqaba after staying in the Movenpick Resort for 15 days during Christmas and the New Year.

The Movenpick Resort is a great place to be, no complaints whatsoever. On the contrary, specially the staff, either the housekeeping or the people at the bars and restaurants and reception were all very friendly and tried their utmost to make our stay an unfortgettable one.

The weather during the time we were there was good, however we had a few days which were cloudy, which makes temperatures drop to a level where you need a coat to be comfortable outside. In the evenings temperatures drop as well, even during sunny days. On the sunny days, the beach is a great place to be, good temperatures to sunbathe but not too hot. The sun goes down at about 16.30, after that it is too cold to be outside at least in bathing suits. We were told that this was the coldest winter in Aqaba in 20 years, which might mean that the number of cloudy days we had was an exception.

Aqaba itself is small and so far untouched by mass tourism, which we liked, but I can imagine that for people who want to party all night, this is not the place to go to. As they are in the process of building a great number of new tourist facilities, including a new man made lagoon just opposite the Movenpick and some extensive new development is in process on the South Beach, the number of 5 star hotels will go up to about 10 (from two currently) in the next 5 years. This will probably mean that the charm of the place will go down, but obviously this is matter of personal taste more than anything else.

During our stay there were a number of tour groups from the US, Spain, Hungary and Russia, mainly 30 years old and up, some couples with small children, and some `independents` like us. It´s a quiet place, which we liked.

The prices for food and drinks in the hotel are very reasonable for a 5 star resort, restaurants in Aqaba itself even cheaper and great food, if you like Middle Eastern cuisine. Some restaurants in Aqaba serve alcohol, others do not.

There is some building going on around the hotel, however as we had a sea view room, it did not bother us at all. I can imagine however that people with a city view room will have had more noise problems.

The good thing about the Movenpick in comparison with the Intercontental next door is that the pools at the Movenpick are sheltered from the wind, which can be important during the winter months. We went and checked out the Intercontinental and asked to see a room. Obviously the Intercontental is newer and it shows, however it has less charm than the Movenpick, it has no heated pool which is again important in the winter season, the unheated pools were too cold to swim in. In spring, summer or autumn, both resorts would be great to stay in.

All in all, what mainly made us have a great time were the people, both in the hotel as well as in the town itself. Very very friendly, not `polluted` by mass tourism, safe, very friendly to children. If you get bored with the beach, Wadi Rum and Petra are a `must see`.

On our way back we took the JETT bus service (next to the Movenpick, make a reservation a few days before), which was cheap and very comfortable, takes 4 hours to the center of Amman.

For those who found the Movenpick `tired`, the new Swiss GM has started major room renovation works and the new competition will surely force them to keep their standards up. The place is 7 years old and that shows here and there, it did not bother us at all. Service was great, people were great, a vacation to remember.

Superior service in a first class resort!

from Geekyblonde
For location, service, and accomodations, the Movenpick Aqaba can not be beat! I stayed there on 4 consecutive visits and each times was greeted with a warm smile and excellent service. Their private beach is worth the cost of the room alone, and their facilities are world class. If you want a nice relaxing visit to Aqaba, then the Movenpick is exactly where you want to be.

Very Tired Hotel

from leightravelclub
This is probably the worst hotel we have stayed in. Our room was dirty and shabby. We had to request even the most basic of room servicing and despite of the good efforts of the hotel manager we could not get the tea and coffee ingredients topped up. Dishes from a room service meal were left in our room for three days! We had to ask for toilet paper to be replenished. The list goes on.
On our return to the UK I contacted HO but they were not interested. They even denied the building works that was going on every day around the area of the pools.
Very poor hotel with no redeeming features.

Good hotel, shame about the town

from undercoverelephant
A pleasant hotel with overly helpful staff. Good pools and beach. Rooms are clean and can be small. Buffet breakfast very good, but the toaster under cooks toast and then prompty burns it. Good bars but sometimes close too early. Good products in rooms with a well priced minibar.

Nice hotel but needs a little work

from wanderlust57
I have stayed at this hotel a few times over the last couple years. It has a nice atmosphere (although the main dining room could use a redo - it is dim and looking tired). I love to eat outside in the court yard - it has an elegant feel to it - when I can get a seat and weather is comfortable. The food is decent and I like the buffett. Last Christmas they played the same Christmas song over and over again non stop for 2 days - it became funny! I once had the best fish (snapper) at the Portifino restaurant but it was a great disappointment in September when they tried to passed off the distinctive fish called Hammour (it it has the texture of a steak). They were trying to fool the wrong person. The service at all the restaurants could use improvement. We tried to have dessert and coffee at the Red Sea Grill later that night and they would not let us sit at a table even though there were plenty of them. We went back to our room to the Intercon instead.

The rooms are nice but then again this is an older hotel. The beds have nice duvets and would be a lot more comfortable with new cotton sheets (and bed pads like the Dead Sea Marriott has - awesome!) My sheets were so pilly one time I thought they would drive me crazy from being so itchy. This can easily be fixed - these sheets need to be tossed out. It would be nice to have free internet in the room like the Intercon has.

The hotel is spread out and some may not like the walk to the beach front. The grounds are lovely but the pool could use a scrubbing and upkeep - it sounds like they may be doing this according to a previous post. The beach and pool have a more secluded feel then the open beachfront of the Intercon. This is good in winter to shield you from the winds but at the same time - it leaves you to have to deal with the flies.

Shame about the rooms

from stradbally
We have recently returned from a holiday in Jordan during which we spent 6 nights at the Movenpick in Aqaba. I can't really add much to what a previous reviewer (Whinbrook) has said and I agree absolutely with their review. It is a shame that an hotel that could be excellent, has been allowed to slip to such an extent.

The public areas of the hotel are beautiful, especially in the evening when candles are lit and placed on tables in the lobbies, around lovely vases of flowers. And the gardens are lush and well maintained - I hope they're using 'grey' water to keep everything looking so green and healthy.

But there are so many small, niggly things wrong that it starts to get annoying after a while (and maybe we spent too long in one place!). There is no system in place to ensure that you are seated and then attended to at the breakfast buffet. You might be lucky to be spotted sitting down (having struggled to find a cleared table) and then offered tea or coffee (which is the only thing that is not self-service) but more often than not, we were on the verge of helping ourselves. However, the choice of food was superb and there was no chance of going hungry!

The bedrooms are extremely tired and overdue for re-furbishment: walls were marked, cabinets were badly scratched, bath had holes worn in the enamel, grout between the tiles was dirty. These are all things that cannot be fixed by daily cleaning (and the cleaning staff were good).

Apparently there is a new (Swiss) manager who has recently taken over and there are signs that re-furbishment is starting - one of the pools was being re-lined while we were there. This must have been a stunning hotel when it opened and I hope that it can be made so again.

The best choice in Aqaba...(for the time being)

from Anybid
We stayed at the Moevenpick in Aqaba for five nights on our Jordan trip in May. Aqaba is a good choice, if you want to see Petra and Wadi Rum and also if you want to enjoy a few days at the beach (with almost guaranteed good weather). At the moment there is a huge project going on in Aqaba: the plan is to build about five big new hotels, while one of the old ones (the Radisson) will be torn down. Since the beach in Aqaba is very limited, the Moevenpick is one of the few hotels, that has it's own beach area (and a very nice one too). Therefore the only alternative to the Moevenpick (in this category with beach) is the Inter Continental, wich is simply too big and has not much charm in my opinion. The Moevenpick is not a small hotel either, but it somehow feels more authentic and warm. The pool area (there are three outdoor pools) and the beach area are are very nicely laid out, with beautiful landscape and well maintained. The food in the restaurants was very good and the service extremely friendly (although not always quite as efficient). The breakfast buffet was wonderful and open until 10:00 AM (I personally prefer breakfast until 11:00 AM). Our room was nice and clean and had a great view, but the beds were not very comfortabel. So for now the Moevenpick is one of the best (if not the best) hotel in Aqaba. We will see, how the (big) competition will look like in the future...

Top Local Tips for Aqaba

Go out!! Try the small cafes and restaurants in the town. Very good value compared with the hotel and the Jordanians are charming friendly people.

Go out!! Try the small cafes and restaurants in the town. Very good value compared with the hotel and the Jordanians are charming friendly people.

No Hassles The Jordanians are very friendly and will not hassle you for buying, except in Petra, which have a lot of children following you to sell you rocks etc !!! You will have no problem with pickpockets in Aqaba town.

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  • Address: King Hussein St - Aqaba - 77119 - Jordan
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