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Tobya Boutique Hotel
Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Taba
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gem of a hotel”
Reviewed 30 March 2009

Not being a fan of the big, impersonal chain hotels, I found the Tobya via Trip Advisor as I was unsure as to which Red Sea resort to visit. We virtually had the hotel to ourselves due to credit crunch and other world events hitting the Russian tourist market . Consequently we had undivided personal attention from the staff and Nadia was fantastic. The hotel is beautifully presented - very artistic and aesthetically pleasing!! We were upgraded to a lovely suite with views over the pool and on the horizon across towards Jordan. There were a number of trips that the hotel organised on our behalf - a visit to the Coloured canyon (again - we had a guide to ourselves!), a boat trip with 3 stops for snorkelling andswimming (do mind the Coral - its not a great idea to accidently brush against it as your skin could react quite badly if you do - witness my partner!), and a fantastic meal at Castle Zeman. Didnt go into the pools as the water was cold - the sea was warmer and a lot more interesting, although do beware of the sea urchins which have incredibly long spines when going in the sea from the hotel beach - the water can be quite shallow! The only slight negative for me was that, as the resort is relatively undeveloped, nightlife can be very quiet especially if there are few other guests. I would recommend this hotel to any travellers who are looking for something out of the ordinary in a quietish resort, without hesitation. Thank you very much to Nadia and her staff for looking after us so well and making us so welcome.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield
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Reviewed 21 July 2008

We've been to Taba several times as we love diving in the Red Sea and always stayed at the Hilton. Not any more! We've found a great new hotel which we can't wait to return to.

The Tobya Boutique Hotel is one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in and offers a truly authentic Egyptian experience for anyone who doesn't like the big chains and the tacky 'all inclusive' holiday.

The hotel is owned and run by Nadia and Sadiq Shalaby and their fantastic team. All the rooms in the hotel are different, there are two beautiful swimming pools and a private beach with its own coral reefs teeming with fish.

We stayed on a half-board basis and weren't disappointed. We had the chance to try a variety of Egyptian specialities including falafel and koubeba, as well as stone baked pizzas and fresh salads. There are three chefs at the hotel so you won't go hungry and Egyptian wine is delicious!

Nothing is too much trouble at the Tobya and we made some great friends in the two weeks we were there - Eygptian hospitality is some of the best in the world.

If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a gorgeous location with wall to wall blue skies and that personal touch that is sadly lacking in so many hotels, look no further than the Tobya - you wil not be disappointed.

Tip: Book your flight through www.thomsonfly.co.uk and your accommodation direct with www.tobyaboutiquehotel.com - you'll get a much better deal!

  • Liked — Every room is different! And they're styled in a truly authentic Egyptian way.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2008

We stayed here for 2 separate nights either side of a visit to Israel. The hotel itself is stunning, great design, very generous public areas and some really quirky design features. The two pool areas were very quiet. The rooms were an adequate size with balcony overlooking the pool and sea. The bathrooms were small, water pressure in the shower (over a half bath) was variable and a hair dryer was only available for one out of the two nights. The main problem with this hotel is the influx of Russian tourists who have been driving the staff to distraction we were told. When the staff realised we were not Russian, we were treated very differently. The buffet was stripped after 20 minutes of opening on an evening and after 1 hour at breakfast. Almost every other guest stuffed a bag full of goodies and then disappeared with it. We were told that this was inevitably left strewn around the room these guests vacated. The buffet was not replenished and this was the reason for our decision to change to a B&B basis on the second night rather than 1/2 board as we had initially booked. There are other eating options available for car drivers in the area and those who wish to explore other hotels in the vicinity (up to 18km away). The hotel provided a very efficient transfer to the border and collected us on request on our return. In spite of the other guests and some of our comments so far, we would still stay here again.

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  • Disliked — Other guests.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2006

If you want crowds and music bars don't come here.
If, on the other hand, you want to take a break from your hectic life in a tranquil oasis and enjoy good old fashioned hospitality, book now!
Looking for guaranteed sunshine in October we dismissed the Canary Islands and opted for Egypt.
Reading other TripAdvisor reports, the Tobya Boutique seemed ideal as it is not 'all inclusive' and attracts the independent traveller.
We booked a Monarch flight from Gatwick to Taba through Travel Republic and found the best room rates are offered by the Hotel directly from their web site - tobyaboutiquehotel.com -.Book Half Board and ask the hotel to arrange airport transfers as Taba Airport does not have car hire and we did not notice any taxis.
As described elsewhere, the hotel is an architectural delight in its own right, succesfully blending ancient Egyptian building themes into a comfortable modern resort set in artistically landscaped gardens. The owners,Nadia and her husband are artists and the interiors are filled with examples of their work - Tapestries, paintings and statues depicting Egyptian history and culture abound all over the resort. Even the tunnel under the coast road to the beach club is festooned with works of art.

We were welcomed by Nadia on arrival and upgraded to a suite overlooking the South pool and Red Sea. Throughout our stay all the staff were polite and eager to be of service. The room boys apart from keeping our room imaculately clean specialise in 'Towel Origami' Each evening we found different creations from Swans to hearts with flower petals decorating the bed. Their 'piece de resistence' was a magnificent crocodile!

Nadia was pleased to arrange for the Hotel shuttle to take us to places of interest. Castle Zamman is a must.. Its 30 mins drive down the coast and Hani the owner spent five years converting a hilltop with magnificent sea views into a medieval castle of the Roman period using traditional building techniques. It is a stunning setting with chillout jazz and classical music wafting through the rooms and pool area. You need to arrive mid morning and order lunch as it takes 3 hours to slow cook. The result are the tastiest casseroles you will ever eat.
Ask Nadia if she can arrange a desert trip involving a drive up onto the desert plateau to meet a local Bedouin who takes you on an afternoon of offroad driving and a 'fun' Wadi walk complete with beautiful rock formations, ancient wall carvings, wild Falcons ( if your lucky and observant ), the sound of the desert silence and a very independent minded camel.

The hotel food is very good, freshly cooked in spotlessly clean kitchens. No sign of Egyptian tummy here.They also have their own bakery so forget the diet and enjoy! Try the Eqyptian Oblisk red wine from the Nile Valley - it is slighty sweet and full of Eastern flavours - a perfect accompaniment to the fine Arabian ( & International ) Restaurant menu.

The current Political troubles are keeping visitor numbers down which is a shame. The maxim of lightening does not strike twice in the same place is as good as any, especially as you can be terrorised just staying at home in London. The hotel have strict airport style security and the tourist Police run a Checkpoint at the Cairo / Coast road juction on the approaches to the Hotel.
The Hilton up the road at the Israeli border is rebuilt and open for business with a Dive Centre.
Take advantage of this delightful part of the world before the crowds return.

  • Liked — Tranquillity
  • Disliked — Noisy A?C
  • Tips/Secrets — Book direct
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank 007Licensedtotravel
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Salisbury, England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2006

Reading the reviews on this website led us to this gem of a hotel. If you are after bright lights, discos and noise - don't bother coming here. On the other hand if you want peace and quiet in lovely surroundings, good service by pleasant, friendly staff, give this place a go. If you do want a bit of exitement the hotel has a newly opened casino.
At the time of writing (summer 06), the situation in this part of the world is turning tourists away. Take advantage and visit! While you are there, take time to have a go at diving at Aqua Sport [--] just down the road near the Taba Hilton.

  • Liked — Sympathetic architecture
  • Disliked — Noisy air conditioning
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 May 2006

I pass the worst time in my life in this hotel. The landscape is beautiful. but service is really bad. rooms are dirty and the food is mediocre plus slow service. I wait more than an hour for a simple salad. My things were stolen from the room. Lucky the sea is nice, but you can get much better place in taba for the same money

  • Stayed May 2005
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Reviewed 3 May 2006

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week at the Tobya Hotel in Taba Egypt. We booked this independently and not as part of a tour. It was more than we could have expected, especially for the price! We wanted a relaxing week to do nothing but lie by the pool and scuba dive.

The hotel itself is beautiful. The staff were efficient, helpful and above all friendly - they really could not seem to do enough for us. Nadia, the owner takes time to make sure that each and every guest is happy and has everything they need and is always on hand - the women never seems to rest! I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet week in a relaxing hotel in the sun! This is great for couples as well as groups and families. There are 2 stunning pools, so there is more than enough space to accommodate everyone. If you are interested in diving, Tobya will recommend a local dive centre that was also great. They are due to open a small casino shortly so that will allow for more entertainment! We left feeling like we would definitely be back and we are already planning our next visit!

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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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