Travel Weekly Middle East editor Grant Flowers recently stayed
at the Movenpick Aqaba, in Aqaba, Jordan. Here is his report:
AQABA, Jordan -- This Jordanian city, the only port in the
country, may still lag behind Israel's Eilat as a Red Sea tourism
destination, but it is making progress.
In recent years, the city has added a number of properties. One
of the newest is the Movenpick Aqaba, a 235-room hotel that opened
in April 2000.
The Movenpick Aqaba has a top-notch beachfront location, though
to access the beach, guests must cross a road. Traffic can be
avoided by taking a pedestrian overpass across the road.
The Movenpick's lobby and lower-level public area make a
surprisingly grand entrance. A two-story entrance hall with a
fountain provides a sense of arrival, and guests will find plenty
of plush seating in the lobby. The area's dimness offers a welcome
change from the light outside.
Meeting rooms also are located on this level, as well as an
The rooms are very nice, placing emphasis on creating a cool,
shady environment -- important when temperatures outside can soar
above 100 degrees.
Thick, gold curtains can keep out the sun, and gold also is used
in the upholstery on a lounge chair and ottoman.
Beds are wonderful, with great threads and a duvet. Toss in
ceiling fans and an efficient air conditioner, and the outside heat
is forgotten very easily.
The bathrooms are classy and very European in style. Fixtures
are a gleaming white, and the sink is inset into the counter.
There's plenty of room and light.