I had the pleasure of staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba for 1 night before my excursion to Petra. While brief, it was a wonderful experience from moment I arrived. When I say brief, I mean it. My entire time in Aqaba was under 24 hours. Having said that, I had such a pleasurable experience that I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to the area.
The Hilton DoubleTree Aqaba is located in the center of downtown Aqaba. We heard from several people that worked for the tour company we were using (Desert Eco Tours), that the DoubleTree had the best location in the city and I understand why. It’s right smack in the middle of the city with the Gulf of Aqaba just a few minutes away. Desert Eco Tours handled the booking of our lodging and meals for our stay in Jordan. We literally just had to show up. Everything was taken care of.
The staff is seriously the reason I highly recommend this hotel. Overall I found the Jordanians to be extremely nice people. Genuinely nice; they’re not just smiling to your face for the money. I never got that impression at least. Everyone was willing to assist if we needed anything and they did it with a smile on their face.
After a long day of flying and crossing the border, we just wanted to relax and get a good night’s sleep before our tour the next day. We had a 32-inch flat screen TV, free WiFi (throughout the hotel) and a large desk.
Our room was all we needed.
Dinner and breakfast were both included with our package so we did not venture out for any local cuisine. We ate both meals at Gusto. They were both buffets with an overwhelming amount of food. The food was GREAT! Every last drop of it. Can you tell I’m all about the food??
In addition to Gusto, there are 4 other restaurants and cafés, including Diwan, their The View Rooftop Lounge.
Pool! Do they have one? Is it nice? After friendly staff, air conditioning, and a nice bed, a pool is probably the most important factor to us when booking a room . While the pool was small, it was welcoming and it had great views of the Red Sea. The pool waitstaff was very friendly and attentive.
There’s a sign at the pool that says ‘appropriate swim swear please’. I’m not sure what that actually means but I specifically bought an one-piece bathing suit to wear during my time in Jordan. While I’m sure a bikini would have been okay, I’m glad I did I had my one-piece because there was no one in a two-piece.
There’s a fitness center, steam room, and sauna. I did not utilize the fitness center or sauna. My husband went to the steam room briefly and he’s only complaint is that it could have been a little hotter.
If you haven’t noticed, the important things to me are food, pool, and a comfortable bed. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba nailed it across the board. If I’m ever in Aqaba again, I know where I’ll be staying. To read about my trip to Petra/Wadi Rum, Jordan click here.