If like us you're skeptical about hotels with "amazing" online reviews, but that turn out to be lemons, don't worry - you've finally stumbled upon the right place.
Dahab Plaza is actually the real deal. Emad and his staff run an excellent hotel that is great value for money, right from the clean, well presented rooms with reliable quiet A/C to the swimming pool and the free laundry. Yes, free laundry! (and breakfast, bottled water, tea, coffee,...)! He's a friendly sort, knows what backpackers and Westeners are like, doesn't push tours/dive trips/taxi guides/etc onto you, and always has a cheerful hello when he sees you.
The guys pride themselves on having a safe place - we were a bit nervous initially, but I can honestly say it's one of the few places we felt happy leaving our stuff in our room all day. There's always at least 2 of the staff around the outside, cleaning and just generally keeping an eye on things.
Breakfast is at his restaurant, about a minute walk away on the seafront. It's good, comes out quickly, and the view is not too bad either. We didn't eat there in the evenings so can't tell you what that was like, but he does offer 30% off on dinner as a resident, plus a free entree and dessert. Prices looked pretty similar to the other restaurants along the waterfront.
We'd happily come back in a heartbeat. We even tried to change our flights to give us a couple more days (too expensive...).
Last thing: Just watch yourselves on the doors, they're a little 'too' secure to open again sometimes...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dahab Plaza Hotel is located only 2 minutes from the sea, markets and shops. Breakfast in two of our private restaurants on the beach. Our typical and authentic hotel offers comfortable and budget accommodations. Dahab Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of Dahab town, in strategic place where all that you can need is near you. It is located at Al Masbat between the pavement of bazaars and shops, and the main road to Al Asalah. That is why you can be sure that you will not waste your time and you will use this vacation in full volume. All important things you will find next door: the bazaars, Egyptian food restaurants, dive centers, supermarkets and more. The hotel was built in modern style, wide and comfortable, the views are magnificent. It has two entrances. The main one on road to Al Asalah has a mountain view and you are invited every day to watch the magnificent sunsets of desert sun. Second gate are leading you to bazaars, shops, restaurants on the beach and all places that maybe you would like to visit. Dahab Plaza Hotel building is two-storeroom with 40 rooms. There are single, double and triple rooms, all are stylishly decorated and have air conditioning, fridge, bathroom, internet connection and satellite TV. You can ask for mineral water, tea or coffee at any time. The staff of the hotel is very friendly and ready to help you at any time. The reception is 24/7 and the check-in also, the management of the hotel is ready to give you an advice or help you in anything during all your stay at the hotel.At night you are invited to join us for drinking Bedouin tea, smoking shisha and watching TV with a large screen, sitting with comfort around fire in our Bedouin chill out. And here is a list of some entertainments and service places which you can reach on foot from the hotel: * One minute on foot – you can reach Dahab clinic, supermarkets, pharmacy, bazaars, and restaurants of Egyptian food. * Two minutes on foot – you can reach the beach, "Same-Same" restaurant, "Ghazala-market" – the biggest supermarket at Dahab and many different bazaars selling souvenirs, spices and many other amazing goods. * After five minutes on foot you can reach the Dahab bridge, "Fresh fish" restaurant, the Light House – most famous site at Dahab for diving and snorkeling and a lot of different shops and restaurants on the beach. That is why we are proud of our hotel and we do our best to make your stay here very comfortable and full of pleasant hours. Welcome! Be our dear guest! ... more less
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