Aqaba is perched on the tip of the Red Sea and has become much easier to get to thanks to various airlines flying right into the International Airport in the city. There are plenty of hotels in Aqaba from budget accommodations to five-star beach resorts. Whether you are wanting to enjoy the luxuries of a beach vacation or are looking to do some diving, you will find the best hotels in Aqaba to stay in in this post.
Aqaba is the perfect base for a trip to Jordan because of its year-round warm climate, its access to Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan’s desert, its underwater marine life just off shore, and its beach resort options. While some people just stop in for a few hours en route back to Amman or somewhere else in Jordan, if you are reading this post I am assuming you are at least planning to spend one night at a hotel in Aqaba.
First I will tell you a few things. Aqaba is a holiday destination for both Jordanians and foreigners. During public holidays, Jordanians flock south on their days off to enjoy some time in Aqaba with their families (especially in the spring and fall – in the summer it is pretty hot!). So keeping that in mind, the city does cater to both locals and foreigners. There are tons of accommodation options for all budgets, as well as restaurants where you can eat for a few dollars or ten times that amount.
Best 5 Star Hotels in Aqaba
Movenpick Aqaba is a five star resort and located right in the heart of Aqaba. It is one of the Aqaba hotels with private beachfront right in the middle of the city. There is even a swimming pool perched overtop of the road in Aqaba!
Movenpick Tala Bay is also a five-star resort but it is located in nearby Tala Bay. If you want to be out of the city and really feel the resort life, consider booking this, or any of the other beachfront hotels in Tala Bay. With that being said, it is a 15 minute drive into Aqaba from Tala Bay. Most hotels offer car and shuttle services if you are visiting without a car.
Read my review of Movenpick Tala Bay when we stayed with kids!
Hyatt Ayla is just 2 minutes by taxi from downtown Aqaba. Located in Ayla, a purpose-built community inside Aqaba it offers several pools and a lagoon-style private beach club to enjoy sandy shores and the red sea.
Cloud 7 Ayla is perfect for families looking for a residence-style accommodation. It is right in the marina village of Ayla (just 2 minutes by Taxi from downtown Aqaba) and has full kitchens and living rooms. These condo style accommodations are perfect for families wanting a little more space and even come with washing machines in the rooms! Just outside the residences at cloud 7 there are restaurants and bars and beautiful views.
Best Midrange Hotels in Aqaba
DoubleTree Aqaba is centrally located close to shopping and restaurants.
My Luxury Hotel is a midrange hotel that recently had a brand new renovation. It is centrally located and has a pool.