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As we were going to be in Egypt for my birthday, we decided to treat ourselves. Egypt is largely empty at the moment, and we found a Hilton 5* resort offering lagoon suites for less than the cost of a Travel Lodge in the UK. This was too good an opportunity to miss, so checked ourselves in for a week of luxury and relaxation on the banks of the Red …
Felucca sailing down the Nile was the most idyllic experience I have ever had. It was THAT good. We had 3 feluccas in our fleet and had 8 people on each. The boat is an open wide hull with a massive big mattress all over the boat from the mast back, where we lay in the sun, read books, chatted, drank, played games, sun baked, slept and ate.....for …
... 8211; desert country and massive rocky outcrops and mountains as well as the Red Sea with outlines of oil tankers and oil rigs on the horizon. We arrive in Dahab at 5pm – travel weary but all OK. The hotel is a spectacular complex. We are the winners in the down turn of the tourism trade as On the Go would not usually be able to put us into such a grand hotel – Mercure Dahab Bayview. The photos will tell you I am definitely not slumming ...
... and stunning. The night is mild, right now, and I feel warm – food, more tea and a wee shot of vodka to sustain me. Alan watches a movie on his iphone and I play with my computer. The boys chat in Bedouin which always sounds a bit like they are arguing about politics or sports.
Is it bedtime yet? Not yet, the stars and moon are just getting ready for the nightly show in the desert of Sinai. Ah, yes, and another spot of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Dahab
My wife, 14 month baby and I have recently returned from this hotel. We have stayed at Sharm before but fancied somewhere quieter. From the minute we arrived until we left, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff and service levesl were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble.
We stayed bed and breakfast as we like the autonomy of trying other places to eat. The coconut bar was the perfect place to chill at the end of the day and sip on a cool beer with a panoramic view of the lagoon. The overall attention to detail on the complex was excellent and the accomodation spotless. Try the Italian restaurant for the food and the decent wine list. the prawns in the seafood restaurant are fab too.
I can thoroughly reccomend this place to anyone with a family wanting a relaxing location for a holiday. I've travelled extensively and it's nice to be able to take my little family somewhere so relaxing. I feel it is important for me to write this review, despite the recent attacks, which my family and I have narrowly avoided, as I hope, in some small way it will still encourage people to visit the region and contribute to the economy of the Egyptian people.
Can I just add that my throughts and prayers go out to the families of those whose loved ones have been either taken from them or hurt in the recent terrorist attack. Whatever their nationality or religon my heart goes out to them.
Great diving holiday
We stayed at the Hilton Dahab in October 2005 and over new year 2004/5. Both times we had a lovely stay.
One of the good things is that rooms are good value so we could afford a separate room for our 15 year old daughter
The rooms are nice and big. The setting for the hotel is lovely. And the food is fantastic - a lot of choice and a range of food from different nationalities. Breakfast was particularly nice because at that time of year you could sit outside in the sunshine.
We went diving with Poseidon divers the second time and they were fanstastic. If you want to see some of the pictures we took diving go to --------
A very nice place to stay
Lovely honeymoon hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Hilton Dahab for two weeks in July 2005. We were given the holiday as a wedding present, and were really looking forward to staying in such a luxurious hotel for our honeymoon. We were not disappointed. The setting was outstanding- amazing views with the mountains behind the hotel and the stunning beach in front. The hotel grounds were well maintained and lush.
Our room was large, with a comfortable bed, private balcony with a hammock and sea views, and cleaned regularly. All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
The beach was fantastic, with enough space to have a private area, with loungers and a shade every day. Although there was no coral off the beach hotel, the snorkelling was still good, and we saw lots of fish. We went on a number of the snlorkelling excursions, which can be booked on the hilton beach. These were very good value (about £7 each), and the coral reefs were unbelievable!!
The only negative feature of this hotel was the food. The breakfasts were good, the lunches fine (standard snack bar sandwiches etc), but the evening meals were poor. The buffet food was bland and not always hot. We were concerned about some hygiene practices e.g. cooked meat being handled with tongs that had been used to handle raw meat. The other restaurants served overpriced 'international' cuisine. Considering we were staying near a busy fishing port, we were surprised to be served fish straight out a freezer! The food in dahab town is amazing and excellent value (3 courses, 2 people, £10!). We both became very ill with food poisoning, and suspect the hilton restaurant was responsible. Apart from this small blip (it did not affect our enjoyment of the holiday), we had a great time.
I would highly recommend dahab for people who are after a relaxing hotel, and who enjoy snorkelling. Dahab is not a lively resort, but has plenty of restaurants and bars that do stay open late. Dahab does not have a beach, so it was good to stay slightly out of town at the hilton, as the beach there was fab.
We are going to dahab again this year, although we will not be going back to the hilton, and are trying our luck at a hotel along the bay.
My husband and I greatly enjoyed our honeymoon at the Hilton Dahab in August 2005. The staff were extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. They went out of their way for us, happily arranging an amazing candle-lit dinner on the beach, breakfast in our room etc. All of the service we received was excellent. Our suite was lovely, though the sofa and bathroom were a little tired. The hammock on the balcony was a great touch. Breakfast was good with lots of choice. The meals we had in the Italian and seafood restaurants (Portofino and Neptunes) were excellent and inexpensive (except for the wine which seems to be pricey in Egypt). The scuba diving was reasonably priced and professionally run. The beach and views were lovely. The grounds were quiet and felt comfortable, whereas the town was busy and unattractive. The resort didn't seem at all crowded, quite empty in fact, though that may have been the layout or time of year. I'm definitely looking forward to going back one day. Note that getting from Sharm el Sheikh airport to Dahab by taxi can be expensive (approx. £35 each way, a lot for an Egyptian taxi ride) as the drivers at the airport charge a lot and wont negotiate. I would recommend you pre-book transfers with the hotel or a tour operator if you can.
Extremely friendly staff
My friend and I loved the Hilton. After traveling and touring around Egypt for 10 days we were ready for some down time and the Hilton provided just that. It was a beautiful and clean hotel with a very friendly staff. Everyone we came in contact with had something kind to say and wanted to chat for a little while. We loved the beach and the hammock on our porch.
Leaves a lot of be desired
My wife and I spent a week in early November at the Hilton Dahab. One of the main reasons we chose it was that we believed that it would be less built up then the main resorts in Sharm. We were wrong, the Hilton is on a smallish bay, which has four other hotels and it has by far the smallest of the beaches. It was case of going out before breakfast to try and get a beach chair. Yes it is full of package tourists who do that!
While windsurfing is the main activity, the bay does get overly crowded and the Club Mistral rental office on the Hilton's beach is by far the most expensive and has the rudest staff. I used the one at the Swiss Hotel next door.
I would also recommend that you make the trip into town for dinner. Since many of the guests are on half board, the buffet dinners are crowded, the service is poor and we found many times the food was cold. The hotel's Italian resturant is good, but it needs more staff, since we had to wait over an hour one eveing for our food.
Overall, the level of service is poor, giventhe fact that it says that it is a 5-star resort. I would rate it closer to a poor 3-star hotel. Be warned!
Far from a Four-Star resort
I spent five nights at the Hilton Dahab at the end of October. Overall, I was very disappointed with both the beach and level of service. For a Hilton that says that it is four-star resort, it falls far short of other places I have stayed in Egypt.
It is one of five hotels that are located on a bay. It has the smallest and therefore, the most crowded of the hotels' beaches. Also the level of service is more like a package holiday resort, then what you would expect from a Hilton.
Both breakfast and the main resturant leaves a lot to be desired. The lack of interest from the staff and the fact that the food on the buffets most of the time looked far from fresh, made the place feel even more like a cheap package place. If you do stay there, town is a short ride or 30min walk. It is full of small local places to eat that are much better value and much better food.
While the hotel does have a lovely setting, with the mountains just behind, the beach is too small given the number of rooms at the hotel when it if full.
Since windsurfing is a major activity, expect the bay to be very crowded with boards. Also, we found that both Fun Systems and Club Dahab, windsurfer rental places on the Swiss Hotel side of the beach provided both better service, lessons and were better value than Club Mistral which is on the Hilton's own beach. The staff there can be both rude and their instruction too short for beginners.
Overall, I would not recommend the Hilton unless you like the 'package holiday' level of service, which is poor.
Surprise at checkout
Contrary to some positive reviews on the Hilton Dahab Resort, my holiday experience was totally ruined at checkout time. I was accused of breaking a kettle and after spending almost 8 hours at the police station, on the advice of my consul I was forced into admitting it and paying 450 pounds in order to catch my flight. The hotel manager, the elusive Peter Forsyth did not find the time to listen to my complaints and I ended up being accused of breaking the kettle and refusing to pay for it by the Egyptian managers in the hands of the Egyptian police.
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Four of us spent four nights in two separate rooms at the Hilton Dahab. After spending a few weeks in much more "budget" accomodation , the Dahab Hilton was wonderful. We were originally booked into one of Dahab's lower budget hotels, but after seeing our rooms we decided we could not spend the precious last few days of our holiday in a dump, so we picked up our bags and walked to the Hilton.
There were a few nice hotels in the area, so we decided to walk around and check out the prices. When we asked at the reception desk, we were originally told it was $110US per night with breakfast. This was a touch more that what we wanted to pay, so we decided to try elsewhere. Just as we were about to walk out the door the desk clerk called us back and said he would give us our rooms for $90US per night including breakfast - SOLD!.
Originally I was told that my partmer & I could have a king room - on filling out the hotel paperwork, the desk clerk noticed that my surname was different to my partners (therefore unmarried), and suddenly changed his mind and said that the only rooms available were with two single beds. We didnt mind too much.
Rooms were reasonably spacious and spotlessly clean. Great private balcony, ice cold air con and nice decor. Everything you would expect of a Hilton Hotel.
Overall the hotel was great. Having its own private beach was a huge bonus. This meant that you could enjoy the amazing waters of the red sea without the rubbish and staring men that your would get in town.
Breakfast was great - very fresh with lots of variety. Hotel cleaners were excellent, not only did they do their jobs to perfection, they did it with the biggest and warmest smiles I saw my whole time in Egypt.
The hotel restaurants were kind of pricey - but its the Hilton i guess.
The fact that the hotel is a 1-2 kilometres out of town has its pros and cons. The only con is that you have to catch a taxi into town, although there are always plenty of taxi's waiting outside for you. But the advantage is that its completely quiet and tranquil at night.
Loved the Dahab Hilton, if I ever come back, I will not stay anywhere else.
What a lovely experience
I've now stayed 4 times in the Dahab Hilton in the last 6 months. I have to say that it is one of the nicest hotel experiences I have had in a long time. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the food is good, but above all the staff are the happiest, friendliest and most helpful I have come across. Everyone from the gardeners to the beach attendants are friendly and smiley all day long. Well done!