We decided to write a long review since our experience differs from those of the other reviewers.
We found this place both on booking.com and dahab.net. We decided to book through dahab.net since it volunteered more details so we thought they were more sincere and upfront about the properties they advertised.
We booked this place for 10 nights starting 23rd June 2013. We stayed one night and left and lost all our money.
We arrived at this place and were so thoroughly disappointed with it!! While dahab.net said it’s 2 minutes away from the beach, we were quite surprised that as the car pulled into town it swerved into a dirt alley quite far from the beach. While we were hoping it was just a short-cut, it wasn’t!! This is called Villa boheme, but not sure why this is called a villa while it’s merely a regular house cooped up in a little side alley on a dirt road! The toilet wouldn't flush and the kitchen cupboards smelled of bug spray. A few minutes of turning on the AC in one bedroom (no AC in the living room) it started to leak. The property itself is quite run down and tired. We felt very cheated after looking at the property. We wouldn't pay more than EUR 20 per night vs. EUR 45 we paid per night.
To make it worse, when we called dahab.net to sort out about cancellation and refund (even a partial one) after seeing the place, we didn’t hear a hint of reconciliation, instead we heard a lot of defence and justification.Customer relations are completely amiss!!
Since according to dahab.net the beach is 2 minutes away, we tried different routes to the beach and it’s DEFINITELY not 2 minutes away!!There are no lights when you walk back in the evening, people sleeping on the streets so be careful to not step on them and lots of goat droppings.
We had to sleep with the leaking AC and the water dripping on the floor the whole night since the other room wouldn't cool down and the living room doesn't have an AC so we couldn't use the loft either. The bathroom was dirty with cockroaches making the rounds at night.
We paid EUR 45 per night and lost all the money finally. We had been travelling for 2 months and decided to go to Dahab to get some rest. We didn't want to spend our break in Dahab at such a disappointing place so we moved out the next day.
To conclude, this place is totally overpriced and over-sold. It has no location advantage (given that there are PLENTY of places right on the promenade with direct access to the beach, bars, restaurants and great value for money), run down, cockroaches and bug spray smells and wrongly called a villa!
We are definitely not going back there and perhaps will stick with websites like booking.com who have more transparent cancellation policies and a great customer service / relations, in our perspective.
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