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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Nice rooms for the money! Good restaurant and dive shop right next to it!
Will go back next april with a group!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank gdecarie
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

First of all the positives: its got a great location in Dahab, not in the hustle and bustle of the main restaurant street but very close to it, very near the Funny Mummy - an amazing restaurant, and with a great view to the sea from the top floor rooms - great to wake up to. Pillow lounge a bit grotty but nice too... Room was good for what we paid, lovely balcony, good AC and not too small.

The diving offers great value for money and the lady at the dive counter was lovely. I went on a discovery dive and the instructor who came along with my boyfriend and I was lovely too - I was very nervous and he was very calming, friendly and made my experience amazing! Thank you! See below for diving negatives too though.

Now the negatives:

- Something was wrong with the electrics in our room so that the taps (and the water) gave you a strong electric shock everytime you touched it - very scary - had to refrain from touching it for all of the last day!

- Staff - could be very unfriendly at times and seemed to suffer from some friendliness schizofrenia. Sometimes there were amazing and lovely and helpful then 2 hours later they were abrupt, grumpy and didnt want to waste their time with you. Reception was terrible - there was never anyone there and if you really needed them you either had to wait for ages and ages or come back later (hence why we couldn't be bothered to report the electic problem - we would have waited hours!)

- Diving - this was not very well organised - very often the trips left very late (once it was over 1 hour late and we just had to wait and wait and wait...), and the staff seemed more interested in their own banter than looking after paying customers. It was infuriating! Also, my boyfriend did 3 dives with a different instructor who he said was so moody he hardly said a word to him the whole trip - although the dive itself was beautiful it completely took the fun out of it!

- Trip to Mt Sinai - this is 100% worth it and beautiful but maybe find another company to do it with. The driver was late, and the 'guide' we had to take us up the mountain guided us about 3/4 of the way up and then seemed to lose interest in keeping us together - at the summit and on the way down we lost him and all went down in different ways - he was not there to take us around St catherines either.

To summarise the hotel as such is good and the diving is cheap and beautiful, but there seems to me to be much better places to stay in Dahab - you did not get the impression that the staff were there to help you and make your stay better they seemed more interested in what they were doing. Go elsewhere and if you're on a budget you can always dive with them separately.

Room Tip: Top floor sea view AC room with balcony very nice
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank barbican01
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

Dahab City Tours was a website that displayed all sorts of day tours around Dahab. My husband and I wanted to reserve day tours ahead of our trip and this looked like an easy way to do it (and you put 10% down using paypal). However, we would not recommend doing any tours through this company. First, we signed up for Ras Mohammad national park. They showed up 45 min late and then we had to drive around the city for an hour to pick up the taxi driver because he overslept. We didn't actually get to leave until 2 hours after the initial time we should have started. Next, we did not have a guide like the website stated (just a taxi driver). Also, we were supposed to have entrance fees included and they tried to tell us they weren't...and they even showed up at our hotel later begging for the money. Third, our taxi driver left 3 times while we were snorkeling (and we had no idea if he would return since he didn't say where he went) so we had to take turns snorkeling since we could not leave our belongings in the car. The park was amazing, but we were really disappointed that we had all of these problems and we lost a lot of time snorkeling since we had to still leave when the park closed (and we lost 2 hours at the beginning).

Also, we had trouble finding them (since we only knew the name "Dahab City Tours") and it took a phone call to set up the tours once we arrived in Dahab. They did not respond to emails after we paid 10% down.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
Thank Megan S
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

Horrible experience for a number of reasons:

- I met a girl here who was studying Arabic. While we were checking in, she overheard them, not only calling guests checking in "sons of B***es" and degrade them with swear words, but also one told the other to overcharge a tourist. They were rude and disrespectful.
- Do not book trips with them either. We booked a trip to Mt. Sinai and the driver they hired was 2 hours late. We had to run up the mountain for sunrise.
- Do not rent from the dive shop. The woman at the front desk overcharged us for the snorkeling gear. When our friend went up to order it, she charged her less. Plus, she tried to pull a fast one and give us incorrect change.

Out of all the trips that I have taken, this was, by far, the worst hotel experience that I have ever encountered. The employees that run this place are locals that are looking to take advantage of tourists. Same yourself the verbal abuse and disrespect and stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else. There are loads of other places to stay in Dahab.
  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank jlschoenig
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

I stayed here at the beginning of the summer and would go back. The staff were all excellent and accommodating.
I was particularly impressed by the trips to mount Sinai and Petra that we organised through them, they were really well organised. The Petra trip is a long haul but worth it if you only have a day and the meal we got on the way back was really good which was important because it was such a long trip. We also stayed in the Hilton for a few days because we got a really good deak and I preferred the penguin!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Thank leftofthestage
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