I traveled with a friend and we had a great time there. Thankfully, it is far away from the downtown tourist stores and the harsh lights that come with that.
I disagree with other reviewers. The staff is phenomenal. If you pay attention, and look hard, then sure yeah not everyone loves working there but that was 1-2 people of the whole bunch. However, everyone is so lighthearted and enjoys cracking jokes. It's also just good practice to try and get to know the staff at any hotel/restaurant because that is often the best way to gain insight about the local people. Anyone working in reception here knows English so be friendly and maybe try to learn some Egyptian Arabic (colloquial form).
Our room was simple but great. Look on your bed for a cool surprise once they prepare it for you. Yes, the water was slightly salty but my hair still felt clean after showering. Just remember to buy water bottles for drinking (about 2 LE for 1.5L, 5 LE for 7L).
When eating at the restaurant, I'd recommend not ordering an appetizer right away because it sometimes comes free (as does dessert). When you consider the location, the staff, the FOOD!, and the free appetizer/dessert, then the dinner price is a great value. Meal prices were pretty standard across all restaurants but here you get so much more. Ask if they can make fish in the Bedouin style---amazing. We ordered it twice because it was so good. I'm missing it now as I write this.
In regards to side trips, I'm pretty sure we were overcharged but unless you know Arabic then I'd suggest accepting the fact that commission is included in the price. Note: overcharged by Egyptian standards but still SUPER CHEAP by US standards. And everything should be included so be skeptical if someone along the trip asks for payment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly, clean hotel located on the waterfront. A range of rooms including ones with A/C, private bathrooms and balcony with red Sea views. Onsite restaurant and dive center offering recreational diving and PADI courses. Pick up service from anywhere in Egypt and assistance in arranging tours to surrounding cities and the Sinai region.hope to see you soon> ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Penguin Village Dahab
- Penguin Village Hotel Dahab