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“I can't even give this hotel a 1 star. It's the worst I have ever been to in my life”

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Star Of Dahab Hotel
Ranked #34 of 53 Hotels in Dahab
Reviewed 23 January 2014

I can't even give this hotel a 1 star. It's the worst I have ever been to in my life. Totally disgusting in every possible way. It's never been cleaned, rooms are vile to the extent of having mould all over our bathroom and a brown rim around our toilet seat. Food you just cannot eat. It's not food. I could go on and on. All I can say is don't be conned by the professional pictures taken like we did. We got moved after a day as my other half couldn't even take a shower. I get the feeling that this hotel serves the windsurfers who just want something basic near by and aren't too fussed as out all day at sea. I have never Been anywhere so disgusting in my life and would never go back if you paid me.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

The Star of Dahab is an excellent hotel with great staff and friendly service. The team are always available and happy to accommodate any requests you have, including early morning breakfasts before heading out diving.
The hotel is beautifully clean and well looked after set in a beautifully relaxing section of Dahab away from the mayhem of the main strip. The hotels restaurant is set on the waterfront looking out over the Red Sea and breakfast down here every morning is a treat and a perfect way to start the day.
We were here for 10 days and had some of the most peaceful nights sleep in a long while.
Thank you to all at the Star for making us feel so welcome!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Aaron W
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

The Star of Dahab is a great choice in Dahab. We stayed here in Mid October during the 2013 eid holiday. In spite of the rotten tourist season, we were treated compassionately and generously by our host Khalid, who corrected errors in our planning and helped us find appropriate activities - we went on a great hike up Mount Sinai and watched the sunrise on the summit. Breakfasts were simple, but healthy and soothing. On one occasion stuffed eggplants were passed around to guests and staff - they were good. Our rooms were clean and comfortable, and wifi worked quite well. Laundry service was free. The seaside deck was welcoming and suitable for meals as well as sunbathing, reading, stretching, etc.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Susanetta
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Stayed at the Star of Dahab for 10 days.
food very good, cleanliness excellent, free wifi, different breakfast everyday (GOOD!), about 5 meters from the dive centre, the staff and management are very accommodating.
If you want budget with 5 star service at very good prices then this is the one for you!

Thanks for a great stay and see you next year.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony room with the sea view over the red sea. its breathtaking.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Shaun D
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

The Star of Dahab

In my book, this is quite an appropriate name for this hotel. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place. Nothing was too much trouble

Having spent a noisy, restless and very uncomfortable night in another hotel, my protestations of ‘it’ll be fine’ were ignored by my partner, who insisted we find somewhere else to stay (After several years he has finally come to understand that ‘fine’ means ‘terrible, awful, foul….’ in fact anything BUT fine…)

As we were on a diving holiday, we asked the dive centre to recommend somewhere…and guess what, this hotel was right next door…. Oh joy, wake up, eat breakfast, dive…perfect, possibly 
Abdo showed us a couple of rooms and then we wandered off to look at some other places to make sure that this was the right choice. We came back, had a look at a couple more rooms and decided on the one next to the one with the tree growing through the balcony.
Straight away a lift back to our original hotel was arranged, they waited whilst we packed and drove back to our ‘new home’.

The rooms are clean and comfortable; most have balconies, fridges that are stocked with life’s essentials…water, chocolate and pop, extra blankets, a TV, WiFi, plenty of plug sockets, the hot water was a bit unpredictable but it was just a matter of getting used to the boiler
We had to wait a short while as the room was cleaned but once we were in the room we started to make ourselves at home…..

Could we have extra pillows please… no problem

Can we have glasses to keep in the room….no problem

Coffee cups for our own drinks?.....no problem (We took our own kettle, coffee and tea to satisfy our caffeine addiction, which doesn’t stretch quite as far as an Egyptian coffee but needs more than a Nescafe to quench it)

We asked for really early breakfasts some days to allow us to leave for dive trips….again, no problem

After a few days I asked Abdo not to change the bedding every day, it was a waste of resources, time and energy, every other would do for us, save the water and the electricity….again no problem. The rooms were kept clean, the fridge kept stocked and the prices were no different to the local shops so don’t think you’ll be stuck with a huge bill at the end of the holiday
At one point we were the only people in the hotel but were soon joined by others but it was really quiet most of the time, the whole area was affected by the massive reduction in tourism, which was great for us as we enjoy the quiet, but very sad for the locals in the area, whose businesses and livelihoods were, and still are, suffering.

The breakfasts were amazing, a little slow on one or two occasions but there was only Abdo and one other there to do all the work and they really are worth the wait. We were even treated to Abdo’s local Bedouin cuisine a couple of times in the evening, which was fabulous and if you have the chance you really must try but beware the cats because the little blighters will steal anything… one of the little cuties stole half a duck, for which she will never be forgiven, you have been warned….cute but fast and very sneaky.

The hotel is away from the main area and was really peaceful. We enjoyed our breakfasts outside across the roadway overlooking the sea and with the occasional horse or camel passing behind us. Idyllic, really.
Dahab is much quieter and far more laid back than Sharm or Hurgarda, I really can’t wait to visit again as there are still many places not visited or dived and I would be more than happy to revisit the Star of Dahab and Big Blue next door.

Handy hints and tips….if you are on a budget, eat local, avoid the restaurants on the front and eat where the locals do….Yums yums make fabulous falafels and fresh bread and you can eat well for less than a pound, King Chicken is another…..If you eat in any of the restaurants on the front check before you order to see if you get a free mezze…. These are real filler-uppers and you might not need the starter as well….just saying : )

Highly recommended for the friendly staff, great views, peaceful location and great views across the Red Sea to Saudi…..

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

Second stay at the star of dahab and the welcome was warmer than ever, rooms are basic but clean and regularly serviced, beds changed every other day and fresh towels daily. Breakfast on the beach overlooking the red sea and the mountains of Saudi was just lovely. The staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Would recommend to anyone as a great option if on a budget.
Will definitely return.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank DiverDeeBrighton
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Second time In Dahab, first time to the Star of Dahab, made to feel like a member of the family
within minutes of arrival.
So convenient for the Big Blue dive centre and many cafe's and restaurants
The manager, Abdo Is a Star, nothing is too much trouble, he prepares amazing Egyptian food.
The room has a comfortable bed and good air conditioning, just what you need after a days diving, the shower Is a little temperamental but did the job.
would I go back? of course, already planning next years trip.

Room Tip: Room 33, has its own palm tree growing through the balcony!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank johnnyg777
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Address: Al Mashrabah Street, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #34 of 53 Hotels in Dahab
Price Range: £19 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Star Of Dahab Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Star Of Dahab Hotel is located on the sea front side of Dahab Village and is the perfect place if you are looking for a chilly holiday; visit us and you won't regret it! We offer a wide range of rooms: from rooms with single occupancy to 4 and 6-bed family rooms. They all come with private en-suite and private balcony and side sea view. Breakfast is included in the on-line room rate; we usually have a 24/7 reception and are available daily between 6 am and 1 pm; we would really appreciate to be contacted in case your estimated arrival time changes. We are really looking forward to having you at Star of Dahab. ... more   less 
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