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Where to Stay in Aqaba: Best Areas & Hotel Recommendations

Planning a trip to Jordan is almost an adventure in itself: for most of us, it’s a bucket list trip, and working to create your itinerary and understand transportation routes and options can be intimidating since you want to get it right.

Choosing where to stay is another hurdle, especially as you’ll be moving from place to place every night or two. In some communities, it’s not too tough; there are only so many Dead Sea resorts and hotels near Petra… In larger cities like Amman and Aqaba though, you might be quickly overwhelmed.

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In this post, and based on my own trips to Jordan, I’m sharing tips on where to stay in Aqaba, Jordan’s port city on the banks of the Red Sea. I’ll cover both neighborhoods/areas that have a generally good range of hotels to choose from, as well as the specific properties I’ve stayed at and recommend. Use this as a starting point to find the perfect place to stay, or follow my lead and sort out this part of your trip easily. Let’s get to it!

Areas to Stay in Aqaba

First, I’d like to show you the areas where to stay in Aqaba should you visit; these are convenient and offer a variety of accommodations – even if you don’t end up booking one of the specific hotels I recommend in the next section of this post. Here are the areas to stay in Aqaba:

  • King Hussein Street – King Hussein Street is renowned for its stunning beach-front resorts. If your idea of visiting Aqaba is waking up to the sound of waves and spending your days lounging by the sea, this is the area for you. Naturally, this area is perfect for beach lovers who want easy access to water sports, and private beaches. Foodies also have great access to luxury dining options right at their doorstep. There’s also a lively promenade on the street lined with cafes, shops, and eateries.
  • Central Aqaba – For those who appreciate history and culture, Central Aqaba is a good place to stay. This historic district sits near Princess Salma Park and is filled with traditional markets, ancient ruins, and charming streets. Staying here gives you the chance to explore Aqaba’s heritage, visit local souks, and dine at traditional Jordanian restaurants. It’s ideal for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the local culture and history.
  • Ayla Marina Village – Ayla Marina Village is a modern and stylish area, perfect for those seeking a luxurious and contemporary stay. This area is centered around the marina and offers stunning views of the yachts and the Red Sea. It’s an excellent choice for travelers who are looking for a more luxurious stay. The area is dotted with fashionable shops, upscale restaurants, and a waterfront environment. The village also features golf courses and other recreational facilities.

5 Great Hotels in Aqaba

Aqaba has literally hundreds of hotels to choose from, even if you narrow your search to the areas I recommend. I obviously haven’t stayed at all of them, but below you’ll find the Aqaba hotels I most recommend, across the spectrum of price and travel style If these work for your travel dates and budget, you’ll have a great stay!

1. Al Manara, Saraya Aqaba

Al Manara is definitely one of the best hotels in Aqaba if you want to pamper yourself during their stay. This luxurious beachfront resort is located in the heart of Saraya Aqaba. It offers a blend of traditional Jordanian design and modern amenities.

You can enjoy spacious rooms with breathtaking views of the Red Sea, a private beach, an infinity pool, and a world-class spa. The hotel also has several gourmet restaurants serving local and international cuisine. 

Rooms start from $183/night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com

2. Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba

If you’re not a hotel person but enjoy the conveniences of one, Cloud7 Residence is a new addition to the Ayla Marina Village worth checking out. These serviced apartments are ideal for both short and long-term stays. You can book one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom serviced apartments; they all come with spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, and private balconies overlooking the sea and mountains.

The residence also includes access to a private beach, a fitness center, and various dining options. As you can see, Cloud7 Residence is perfect for families or travelers who prefer a home-like environment with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel.

Rooms start from $228/night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com

3. DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba

Located in the heart of Central Aqaba, DoubleTree by Hilton offers a good option for travelers on a budget. The highlight of this hotel is the location – you’re literally near everything – and the staff – they truly pay attention to every detail.

You’ll be close to various restaurants and within walking distance of the Gulf and public beach; the hotel also has a rooftop bar that boasts stunning views. As for the amenities, rooms may look a bit outdated but feature everything you need for a comfortable stay and are sparkling clean.  

Rooms start from $108/night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com

4. Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea

The Kempinski Hotel is another one of Aqaba hotels with luxurious as a defining adjective. This hotel is a perfect retreat for those looking to unwind without the burden of planning. The beachfront property features chic rooms with panoramic views of the Red Sea, a private beach, and multiple swimming pools. You can indulge in treatments at the luxurious spa or dine at the hotel’s gourmet restaurants.

Small tip: Make sure to dine at the Rehan restaurant; the Gilgamesh platter, in particular, is delicious!

Rooms start from $205/night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com

5. Mövenpick Aqaba

Save the best for last, they say. Mövenpick Aqaba combines Swiss hospitality with Jordanian charm, an odd combination that works perfectly, despite how odd it sounds. You’ll be absolutely amazed by the beauty and class of the hotel – its design is truly magnificent!

On top of that, the hotel offers a perfect location between the city and the sea, with direct access to the Red Sea through its private beach. The resort also features multiple swimming pools, a fitness center, a spa, and numerous recreational activities, making it ideal for both families and couples. The rooms are beautiful – I recommend you take one with a sea view if you can, the view is incredible!

Rooms start from $182/night; book on Booking.com or Hotels.com

While this isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list, I hope it helps provide you some guidance on both areas and hotels to start checking dates and prices. Have any other questions about where to stay in Aqaba? Let me know in the comments below!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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