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“A Charming hidden Gem”

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Tobya Boutique Hotel
Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Taba
Pinhal Novo, Portugal
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137 reviews
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“A Charming hidden Gem”
Reviewed 3 September 2012

I agree with all the other reviews here. The Tobya is a little oasis away from the crowds and luxury of the Hilton and Movempick crews. If, like me, you enjoy travelling rather than being a tourist then the Toby is really worth the visit. Naturally, being isolated as it is, 2km from the border, with nothing around it, makes for very little to do. But I believe that that is exactly the point. I spent 2 nights at Tobya, one on my way down to Sharm and one on the last night of our 30 day voyage. The first night had many guests and even a wonderful dance show. The last night we were alone. This did not dampen our spirits at all. The Tobya's staff are all remarkable people: lovely, charming and polite. The pools were fine. The beach on the Gulf of Aqaba is lovely with its coral and marine life. It's like a massive bonus extra. Take your snorkel. The sunset is gorgeous with views of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The only problem can be the food, which is limited if you are the only guests staying although, the restaurant staff do grilled meats and healthy Egyptian food. If you want one ot two nights' rest, this is the place to stay. The decor, as has already been mentioned is absolutely lovely and the rooms are fine. Don't pay more than 20EGP for taxis to the border or bus station. Reception will arrange.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool room on the first floor; direct access to pool and view of the sea.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

The Tobya appears to have been greatly affected by the lack of tourism in this area.
We were the hotels only guests during our 1 night stay.
The staff was friendly & really helped us immensely.
However, the casino was closed & the pool was dirty.
The hotel itself is beautiful but almost abandoned.
The South Western style is refreshing but again... The lack of ANY other tourists make it kinda' almost creepy.
The taxis wanted to charge $40 US for a 2 km ride to the border!!!
However, the hotel manager called & arranged a ride for a more reasonable $8.
Due to the lack of business... The kitchen was closed (when we arrived)
& dinner was below average.
The room rates should be lower in order to attract more business.

Overall, the Tobya is worth a visit-- especially, if/when biz improves

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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5 Thank Bradley I
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Reviewed 12 May 2012

nice stay would go back. Really enjoyable . Very good choice for family.

  • Stayed April 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2012

This hotel (pronounced Tobb-ee-a) is 1km out of Taba, which is why it is often ignored by the tourists. When I went in January 2012 it was almost deserted because of the collapse of tourism following the Arab Spring. The Russians and Israelis who used to visit are all staying 10 minutes up the road in Eilat (some may regard this as a blessing). But the hotel is a gem. Unlike the rather bland chains in Taba itself, the Tobya Boutique Hotel is pleasing on the eye, with a faux style of Egyptian architecture. All the staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was OK, although there was effectively no menu (ie just one fixed dish) because of the shortage of customers. The room was comfortable with a lovely view of the Red Sea. A small but very private beach with some excellent snorkelling is reached via a short tunnel. A great place to relax (which is all you can do, since there is nothing but a few shops and a rather glitzy casino in Taba itself), but PLEASE visit this hotel before any more staff are laid off (the owner Nadia told me she has had to fire 35 of her 60 staff). They deserve better.

Also, don't get ripped off by the taxis if you are coming from Israel. Not knowing where the hotel was, I paid 60 Egyptian pounds for a short 2km ride that was actually walkable. Should have cost 20 pounds. Ring Nadia and the hotel may even collect you.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Taba , Egypt
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

We were traveling from Israel to Egypt for only 1 night in Taba, the hotel is very close to the Israeli border approx 2 km . The minute we entered we were surprised of how beautiful the hotel was . Walking into the lobby was like visiting a small Egyptian museum. The staff is very friendly , the rooms we had were not very big but very nicely furnished and decorated .
The food was very good, mainly Egyptian cuisine that tasted really different .
The owner , who is also the manager of the hotel showed us other rooms that are much bigger for couple with children. The time was really short but definitely if we come back to Taba , this is the place we will choose.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Dallas
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Reviewed 18 January 2011

This hotel/resort was the most amazing find. It is family run - indeed, the owner Madam Nadia personally took care that everything was perfect for us! The hotel consists of separate buildings, nestled into the mountainous desert with its own access to the most amazing beach and coral reefs. From the beach you can see the lights of Eilat in Israel, Aqaba in Jordan and the long coastline of Saudia Arabia to the South simultaneously. How wonderful would it be if everybody could not only look at these different coasts from afar...
Tobya is a tranquil paradise that invites and treats everybody royally. We can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2011

If you want to feel like a princess in Egypt go to Tobya!! We were in this time of the year almost alone in the hotel. The owner was so kind to take us a party because she thought it was a bit boring for us (wasn't) so few people.
The staff is very very kind. they even are learning Dutch. For my birthday I was offered a great cake and the boys sang Happy Birthday in Arabic.! The hotel is very different from Hiltonlike hotels, this hotel is very authentic and arty. Don't know how it will be in summertime.
This will be our new spot for the wintertime.

The best reef we ever saw is just 10 mts from the beach, 40 species to be seen.
Not so much to do in the surroundings, but when you want to take a rest this is theplace

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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12 Thank molenpiep
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Property: Tobya Boutique Hotel
Address: Km 2, Taba International Road, Taba, Egypt
Region: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Taba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Taba
Hotel Class:4 star — Tobya Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 91
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