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Dahab Resort
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Reviewed 7 January 2010

I couldn't agree with the previous reviewer more. I think we were there at the same time.

Before I start, I had to laugh at the other reviewers who bragged about how they could get a taxi for 20LE into town. Do not pay any more than 5. Ever. Even on the return journey. One driver might not like it, but we did about 20 trips into town and never paid more than 5, even on New Year.

We checked out Dahabeya and Swiss Inn down the road, both for rooms and food for next time. Both were VASTLY superior to the Hilton AND a lot cheaper. Both also within 5 min walk of the dive centre, so no problems there. I'd go for Dahabeya immediately on return, and we will return to Dahab - just never to the Hilton.

Let me start with the positives:

Grounds pleasant and spread out
Quiet while we were there - away from the bustle of town
Rooms decent size with good terrace
Lagoons pretty, but can't swim in them
Housekeeping very friendly and attentive
Good hygiene (didn't get sick - a result in Egypt)
Great dive centre on site (but ironically nothing to do with the Hilton)
Masbat (Dahab center) nearby (25 min walk or 5 min taxi)

er, that's it really. Now let me start with why you should NOT stay at this hotel.

1. It's knackered and it so far short of what you expect from both the brand and the marketing, it's not even funny. The rooms have the most bizarre decor (picture of tsunami above bed??) and look like nothing has changed since it was built some decades ago. Terrible smell in the bathroom (though I think that's more the local water than the hotel itself). The whole place needs gutting and refurbing.

2. It's tacky - this place has all the charm and ambience of a Happy Chef. Walking into reception, there was a huge (and slightly terrifying) headless snowman that had been glued to the ground with expanding foam, hideous flashy lights everywhere, and two very disturbing floating Santas in the lagoons, which were still there on departure in Jan.

3. The FOOD. This should really be #1. The food in this hotel is diabolical (in the mirage restaurant - didn't dare go near the others). We checked out the 3* competition down the road and it is like comparing a hotel to a school cafeteria, and not in the Hilton's favour. Food was clearly prepared for breakfast the night before, staff were late to work and forgot to bring things every day like coffee/tea, it was unappetizing, poor variety, terrible greasy smell in the restaurant. I even brought these things up in person to the F&B manager - next day and the next, the same problems. In the end we actually paid money to eat breakfast somewhere else, even though we'd paid for the hilton food in our rate. Very very very poor. The only good thing I can say is the fresh OJ and the fact that we didn't get sick, so obviously hygiene is being taken seriously.

We ate the evening food once on the first night (we were only on B&B thanks goodness) and didn't know whether to laugh or cry. The highlight seemed to be a man preparing kebabs... say no more... The only edible thing seemed to be the babaganoush and the salad. Decent bread selection though. I really feel sorry for people who had paid for all-inclusive. I would rather eat my own body parts with a rusty implement than eat there again.

4. The hotel is far far away from being a 5* experience. The whole place (apart from the grounds) looks shabby and in dire need of a refit. We paid more to come to this hotel thinking it'd be better than the competition at lower star ratings, and we very disappointed overall. The rooms were a great size and the balcony was a nice touch, as were the sheets/covers/mattress, but other than that, just really really battered and tired. The reception area looked more like a package resort in the worst resorts in southern spain than a hilton.

5. The internet prices? Not a deal-breaker, but I pay less for one month than I would have done for 1 day at the hilton. Outrageous, especially when you can log on for free down the road.

6. The pool, whilst a lovely spot is a bit of a health hazard. There is fungus growing in the grout in the pool, and the pool paving is dirty and uneven to the point of being dangerous. We saw lots of people tripping on the slabs. I'm just disappointed some of them didn't hurt themselves ;)

7. Some money mysteriously vanished from our room. I can't believe it was housekeeping, as they were delightful and very hard working, but make sure everything is in the safe, even small amounts.

8. We were charged for a minibar item that we hadn't taken. Other reviewers seem to have said the same. Check your bill when you leave! The bizarre thing was that the price they tried to charge me didn't match even one item on their minibar menu.

9. The whole place smells of grease from their retch-inducing food.

10. Prices - this is well over-priced. Rooms, food and drinks. Tip? Get a 5 LE taxi into town and buy the same wine for 1/4 the price. Large water is 2LE in town. Small one is 8LE in the hotel. You decide.

I'm sure I could go on, but these are the key things. This hotel is running on empty. Overall, we did have a good stay, but that was in spite of the hotel itself. Diving, people, geography totally incredible.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank steve_blag
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

As a mum with 2 grown up children (19 and 21), we have made it a Christmas tradition to go to Egypt every year and up until now we have never been disappointed. However, the Hilton in Dahab was a big let down. Supposedly a 5* hotel with an international name, we felt we couldn't go wrong but.....
the rooms were pokey with a small ensuite - 3 tiny drawers only to store our stuff and the
shower was over the bath
the food was very average and very repetative
the 'all inclusive' tariff was a joke - no cocktails allowed, no food allowed from beachside
cafe, only certain flavours of ice cream permitted!!
the gym was closed
the spas was closed
the childrens pool was closed
the so called 'lagoon' looked amazing in the brochure but was for show only
the main pool was too cold to swim in.

Take my advice and spend a liitle more and go to the Ritz Carlton in Sharm - there's no comparison and you'll definately feel you're in a 5*+ accomodation.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Sha007
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Reviewed 15 December 2009

The equivalent of a UK 3 star, but still it's a nice hotel. Go for the room upgrade or you get the ground floor of an out-of-the-way block. Don't expect a view either.
The food is very standard but not poisonous like a lot of other reports would imply for hotels elsewhere in Egypt.
The all-inclusive is not to be recommended. Asking for a beer you'll get a half glass of foam and you're made to feel like you're begging for it. The staff do not like handing it over even though you've paid for it. They keep the rest of the bottle it's been poured from.
The all inclusive consists of local beer (half a glass), local wine (awful) and soft drinks. Cocktails as promised do not exist and spirits were refused to us unless we paid extra. It's in one bar only that no one goes in and also the cafe. I won't call it a restaurant that would imply that it is something that it is not.
The snacks at the beach bar are sandwiches wrapped in cling film and the staff will not be pleased if you ask for them. There is one plate made up in total and the staff are used to taking them home(?).
The beach setup is very nice but as per usual the Germans get there early to try and grab the best spots by leaving their belongings (a book or towel) at a table.
Dahab is pretty good if you windsurf, otherwise there's not much there. The town itself is a dump but interesting.
Take hand-sanitizer and use it frequently, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Joe_Camel_666
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

B&B holiday via Thomson, solo female traveller.
Great breakfast, wide choice of food and drink. Attentive staff from front desk, housekeeping, beach bar and restaurant. Pricey mini bar (20LE for Redbull versus 12LE in supermarket). Friendly onsite spa service, Swan Spa - the beauty technician, Walaa was great and has good customer focus. Clean beach with plenty of sun loungers and parasols. Friendly and attentive staff. Taxi into town, should be no more than 20LE, plenty of food options, particularly the Blue House for Thai food. Dahab is good if looking for a relaxed and quiet environment, it's nothing like Sharm El Chav. Try a trip into the desert for a Bedouin night with astonshing star gazing. Inland is arid, mountainous and challenging - but go and have a look. Snorkeling is amazing, both coral and marine life. Check out St Katherine's Monastery for religious history lesson.I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled solo
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Thank Tango1967
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Reviewed 17 November 2009

We usually don’t stay in American chain properties when overseas, but took a chance on the Hilton Dahab, and it paid off for the most part - with a few drawbacks. It's a beautiful property with a great beach and large pool area, and while the rooms were basic they each had covered terraces with hammocks that I loved. We did have some problems with the A/C in one of the upstairs rooms that resulted in an unbearably hot night; the lower rooms seemed naturally much cooler.

Pros:
- Excellent dive center (Sinai Divers) on-site
- Great beach and pool area
- Large terraces with hammocks for many rooms
- Massive breakfasts
- The Italian restaurant had surprisingly good food, good service, and was relatively reasonably priced

Cons:
- Somewhat useless front desk staff
- Top floor rooms can be much too warm, even with A/C on full blast
- Bedrooms and bathrooms rather basic for the price
- Attention to detail in room cleaning was lacking (e.g. large dust bunny in closet)
- Downtown Dahab isn’t really within walking distance, and the hotel wasn’t operating a shuttle when we were there, leaving us at the mercy of local taxi drivers (make sure you know the correct price before you go, and agree on the price before you get in) – for many folks, though, you might never really need to leave the property

Tips:
- The hotel next door has proper Thai food (a nice break from the hummous/kebab routine), staffed by at least one bona fide Thai person. If the actual (tiny) Thai restaurant isn’t open, the casual open air café near the beach has the Thai menu available.
- The bar above the dive center was a nice place for sundowners, with good views of the sunset and the best service we found amongst the hotel’s various bar options.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JenneP
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