May 16, 2016
Although a typical resort kind of place, we got a great deal on an advanced reservation and were upgraded to a deluxe room with a balcony facing the sea.
The room was spacious and what you would expect from this type of establishment. We aren’t resort people, however, and don’t use most of their services.
The hotel is conveniently located in the center of town and near many local restaurants and dive shops. Wifi was the fastest we encountered yet in Jordan. Great shower and comfortable bed. The bathroom, however, is in need of sprucing up as it has moldy tile and is in disrepair.
We skipped the breakfast buffet, not included in our special rate, and ordered a la carte – one order of eggs, one order of pancakes. Both came with bread and coffee and at 10 JOD total instead of the breakfast buffet at 14JOD each was quite a bargain.
Dinner – During the week in May the hotels are quite empty and they don’t open the better hotel restaurants. We ate dinner a la carte on the patio outside the Palm Court where they also serve a buffet dinner. The menu offers a limited choice of mostly salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and a few main dishes.
After our day of diving, I ordered a hamburger with fries – freshly cooked and nicely done. Don ordered the salmon bouillabaisse – cooked well but not the freshest salmon.
A great break from Arabic food, this establishment serves pretty authentic Chinese. In fact, more authentic than most Chinese places I’ve eaten at in the US. It’s located in the downtown area, behind the MacDonald’s in the Aqaba Gate shopping complex.
We started with the steamed beef dumplings. Homemade and yummy they took me back to my teaching days in China.
For mains and we ordered the sizzling fish – served steaming hot and yes, sizzling,
and the ma po dou fu – pretty much right on, but lacked the true ma Sichuan pepper. Service is friendly. They serve very reasonably priced beer compared to other places we’ve eaten at in the last week.
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