June 7, 2002
Our room was fairly clean, though not exceptionally well furnished. It felt more like a double room with the third bed thrown in, leaving little space to walk about. The air-conditioning was functioning, at least, but we left the balcony doors open to allow in fresh sea breezes. The evening view was exceptional as the glowing orange sun retreated behind the irregular peaks of the mountain chain, its golden rays shimmering on the water surface. The silhouette of the city’s largest mosque makes this a truly Middle Eastern experience.
Having just enjoyed the wonderful breakfast spread a day before at the Grand Palace in Amman, breakfast at Al-Shula was utterly disappointing. Stale pita bread, jam and a plate of cucumbers and tomatoes. More stale bread and slow service. The bill stipulated JD2 for each breakfast portion, so it appears that it could have been avoided, but I am not sure. In any case, express some disinterest in the hotel room before agreeing to stay a night and you should enjoy a better offer. We shaved JD4 off the rate for a triple room, but our circumstances could have been exceptional as war was being waged just across the gulf at the time.
From journal Aqaba - The Definitive Guide