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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberotel Dahabeya
Rundherum gut aufgehoben und hoch zufrieden
Iritiert im Rahmen der Reisevorbereitung durch diverse Kritiken , wie: Essen nur Durchschnitt, mehr für Surfer und Taucher, nichts für Schnorchel-Fans, gelang es dem Hotelmanagement und Personal, uns rundweg zu überzeugen.
Einchecken um 03.30 Uhr morgens - kein Problem, Welcome-Cocktail und kleiner Imbiss auf dem Zimmer, Service rund um die Uhr.
Sauberkeit der Hotelanlage, Zimmer tip-tpo, täglich neue Bettwäsche, Handtücher sowieso, Außenanlage mit Dattelpalmen, Hisbiken u.a. bestanden, gepflegter kurzer Rasen (tägliche Bewässerung). Strand morgens "gefegt".Liegeplätze reichlich, beschirmt und mit Windschutz.
Ach, ja, im Juni wehte fast täglich ein frischer Ostwind - zur Freude der Windsurfer. Das Rote Meer trägt gut und wirkte mit 26-27Grad erfrischend. Wasser kristallklar, Schwimmerbereich mit kleinen Bojen und Seilmarkiert und abgetrennt.
Essen - abwechslungsreich, stets Auswahl, frisch, verführerisch, von heimisch (Falafel, Foul....) bis internationale Küche, Salatbars, Obsttheke, süßes Buffet mit verlockenden Torten.....
All inclusive angeraten (bei den hohen Temperaturen und der geringen Luftfeuchte muss man viel trinken).
Alle nichtalkoholischen Getränke, auch Weine und Bier, dazu diverse Cocktails.
Gepflegte Pool-Area, mit abgetrenntem Kinderbecken.
Animation dezentn und nie aufdringlich. Kurze Abendunterhaltung mit Shows wie: Bauchtanz, Feuertanz, ägyptischer Abend, Folkloretänzer...
Mal krank Diarrhoe oder leicht dehydriert, kein Problem, Dr. Sadek ist binnen 16 Minuten zur Stelle, das Management sorgt sich persönlich, stellt Betreuung sicher (Barkeeper Maher A. Star brachte sechs Mal Tee und Wasser, lehnte es ab, von einem Kranken ein Bakschisch anzunehmen).
Das Personal durchweg sehr freundlich, aufmerksam und zuvorkommend. Ein Bakschisch wird gerne angenommen (gemeinsame Topf von Bedienungspersonal und Küchenpersonal).
Ein 14 Tage - Aufenthalt erscheint mir zweckmäßig. Ausflugsprogramme werden über die Reiseleitung vorgeschlagen.
Das Hotel war nur zu 60% belegt, die Mischung des internationalen Publikums war noch OK (im Nachbarhotel war der Anteil Osteuropa deutlich höher).
In Dahabeya gibt es bis dato keine Hotelburgen - eher niedrig gehaltene Bauten, mit angenehmen Flair.
Negative Dinge, eher Kleinigkeiten, gibt es natürlich auch, oft ist es auch der spontane Augenblick und das persönliche Empfinden. Das schreibe ich, wenn er will, dem HM - Tamer Abdel Gawad, persönlich. Er hat sein Haus fest im Griff, geht auch mal selbst zugreifend, mit gutem Beispiel voran. Tägliche Kontrolle, Mitarbeitergespräche und beispielhafte Gastgebereigenschaften kennzeichnen seinen kooperativen Führungsstil.
In das Iberotel Dahabeya würde ich jederzeit wieder einziehen.
Viel Freude und eine gute Erholung wünsche ich Ihnen dort!
A perfect holiday for all ages
A mixed age group of 7 of us had just about the perfect holiday here at half term. The group was myself and wife (both 65+), daughter and son-in-law (40s) and 3 grandchildren - boys 16 and 13 and grandaughter of 10. At the end of the holiday we all said that it was the holiday to beat. Over the last 6/7 years we have half-termed in most of the Canaries, Malta, Tunisia and The Gambia, so this was praise indeed.
The food was wide-ranging (including good veggie choices for the 5 veggies in the group), piping hot, and very tasty. As buffet food goes, it would be hard to beat. Initially we went half board, but quickly switched to all inclusive, as drinks prices were quite high (£3.50 or so for a glass of wine) and there were no restaurants near the hotel for lunch. Friends we made there on half board took a taxi into Dahab town every other day to buy food for lunches in their room.
The staff were more than pleasant and - important for our grandchildren - the small animation team of Mojo (Egyptian) and Natalia (Russian) were very energetic and friendly. Mojo in particular was just a bundle of fun, and our disabled grandaughter loved him. They put on various activities during the day, including volleyball, boules, water polo, etc, and in the evening they had a mini-disco followed by a one hour show. The shows included belly dancers, a whirling Dervish kind of dancer (amazing), audience participation shows (which our kids love), and one night of bingo. An evening pool competition was also arranged.
The hotel has an extremely nice pool - well heated - and from the pool it is only a few steps down to a lovely beach and the even lovelier Red Sea - calm, gently shelving, very salty/buoyant - so perfectly safe. Just out from the hotel, but still within the swimming area was a small lump of very colourful coral, with hundreds of fish around it. The local glass-bottomed boat went from the side of the hotel beach twice a day for a 1.5 hour trip over fantastic coral and fish - and all for about £3.50.
Dahab town itself is a short taxi ride away, and is a typical Middle Eastern town. The traders are pleasant, and don't press you into their shops, and there are lots of restaurants set around the rather pretty bay, so it is worth at least one trip in.
I could go on, but that's enough. If we ever went back to the same place twice, we would go back here - it just beat The Gambia by a short head.
Great Hotel But Avoid The Russians!
We visited Dahab in March (8th-22nd) and stayed at the Iberotel Dahabeya.
Had a great time apart from a large Russian/Estonian windsurfing group (more on that later!).
Hotel staff friendly and attentive.
Restaurant good with a fair selection from a buffet.
Good location right on the beach.
My only gripe really was as I have mentioned earlier, were a noisy group who behaved as if they owned the place and had no regard for anyone but themselves. Problem sorted immediately by management.
That said we had a nice holiday with good diving and would go back again.
Excellent service at the Dahabeya (London, UK)
Visited Iberotel Dahabeya in January. Would recommend you organise a transfer via the Hotel if you're not booking with Thomsons from the airport. The Blue and white taxis at the airport aren't classed as that "safe" and its a long ride through the middle of nowhere to Dahab. The Sharm airport is a shambles, queues everywhere, lack of announcements etc but once through and into Dahab you'll enjoy it. We have since been told we could have flew to Taba which isn't so busy and only about 1 1/2 hours from Dahab. The service at the Hotel was excellent, with all members of staff extremely friendly and helpful (whether you were half board like us or wearing the all inclusive wrist band the service was always excellent), the food was very good and we had different themed nights throughout our 7 days stay. There is however entertainment EVERY evening in the hotel lobby which is very close to the rooms overlooking the pool. If you're a light sleeper or like to go to bed early, I would recommend booking a room near the atrium or far away from the lobby as it is quite noisy but it does stop at 11:00pm. The maid service was fantastic. We came back to various different towel sculptures and flowers! plus a very clean and tidy room. Everywhere in the Hotel is very clean. The dive centre at the Hotel - Sub Aqua - is excellent and even though run by Germans they all speak excellent English and all guides are great, it has good shore dives and an excellent boat dive too, would highly recommend. Didn't do any windsurfing but plenty of people did. The hotel provide a free shuttle bus three times a day (including in the evening) into Masbat centre (Dahab town) but when we went it was obviously low season and we had to say no a few times otherwise we would have been in every restaurant and shop on the sea front - which can get extremely windy and a bit chilly. I would highly recommend the Hotel and the amenities etc it provides, especially the dive centre.
Great holiday great hotel
We went to Dahab for windsurfing so we chose the Iberotel Dahabeya as it also advertised itself as a windsurfing centre. Actually the centre on the hotel beach (Harry Nass), although it couldn't be closer, isn't exactly linked to the hotel and they charge in Euros, and cash only, so if you're planning to windsurf it might be worth taking euros, although they quite happily converted our bill to Egyptian pounds and we withdrew cash from the machine right outside the hotel. Couldn't fault their operation, friendly and efficient. I was also amazed by the level of service in the hotel itself, the manageress was constantly moving around all areas of the hotel and beach overseeing everything, and stopped by us at least four times during our week to make sure we were happy and enjoying our stay. All the hotel staff were friendly and many asked and remembered our first names within 24 hours. I felt everyone in the hotel bent over backwards to ensure we had everything we needed and were enjoying ourselves. I would definitely return and recommend! Also more generally, it's a spectacular location and the sea is warm, crystal clear and beautiful!
Nice proprety but ...
decided to stay at the iberotel dahab because the hilton was under going some renovations. picked this hotel purely on trip adviser reviews. we were here for four nights and found the hotel to be a little above average( based mostly on it's a beautiful hotel in a beautiful location. the rooms were very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. the property is very nice. staff OK.
the pool and red sea were fantastic but people did stake out the beach beds close to the water well before the area opened but there were always some open further back.
the buffet food was average but the service was good.
my main complaint was the service at the pool bar and beach bar; it sucked. i wasn't full board so when i belly up to a bar and pay full price i expect service in a timely fashion and it just wasn't there. you order a drink at the pool bar and someone brings it to you an hour later is poor service. it was the same at the beach bar, just pathetic service for any resort. i went next door to the swiss inn and got vip treatment at the beach bar.
Loved the place
We stayed at the Dahabeya in March 2006. We read the few reviews there were on this site so we had a little idea of what would expect us.
There is really nothing to complain about this hotel.
Staff: Very friendly, Animation Team of 4 Guys, cooks, room boys (it's all men in Egypt, no women..) were really nice and they treat you with a lot of respect. Check this out: On the day of our Departure we couldnt find a Bulgari-Ring anymore worth several 100 $. The Bus was about to leave and there was the room boy hurrying to the lobby to bring us the ring he found in the room while cleaning it and making it ready for the next guests. He could have easily taken it, as the room was empty and we were about to leave. What a nice expirience that was.
Animation: Animation Team of 4 Guys, there is a lot to do with the animation team, Volleyball, Water Gymnastic, Darts, Table Tennis, Billard etc. There are some shows in the evening (dancing, Oriental show)
Rooms: As you can see on the picture of other guests, very clean rooms, housekeeping comes around twice a day, nice Bathrooms, AC, TV, Minibar, everything is there and working.
Food: We had the half Board, Breakfast is awesome, Dinner is good. Every night there is a new Food Theme (Oriental, German, American, Italian etc.) We ate almost everything and we never got sick.
Facilities: Gym (some weights, 2 Exercise Machines, Threadmill, nothing outstanding, but enough for 2 Weeks. Dive-School (Subaqua) directly at the beach, Harry Nass surf rental is also directly at the hotel beach.
Beach: There were always enough sunbeds for everybody (free of charge) and there are Beach Boys who hand you a new towel every day. Beautiful golden sand, warm water and a very nice scenery.
The only thing we disliked was the reception staff. Three unfriendly guys who, when you ask them to call you a taxi, call their friend and charge you double the price for a regular taxi... But I hope they change the reception guys every year :-)
We can strongly recommend this hotel.
Relax in dahab
this hotel had friendly staff , very clean , reasonably good buffet meals ,excellent pool and clean beach , very sheltered lagoon , safe sea ,slow depth and ideal for kids. we were all inclusive which is probably the best way to go , we were there for 7 days , which if you are OK with sun /sea/ reading under a brolly is just about right , the hotel has a dive centre ( subaqua ) on the beach and you can do house shore dives for fun ,but there is a good selection of local shore dives about 30 to 45 mins drive from hotel. hotel is about 10min taxi journey to small town centre , not a lot to see there , usual arab shops /restaurants ( most don,t sell booze) , taxi costs about 10 egypt pounds , hotel has bus to centre 4 times a day. no real beach sports except windsurfing which is very popular in bay , on a windy day hundreds to watch, there is a wind surf school next to hotel at beach so if diving or windsurfing is your thing then this is great.we were there in march which was idea temp about 28-30c not humid , takes about an hour by taxi from sharm airport
john & tricia
Iberotel Dahabeya Freindly
This Hotel Is set in a breathtaking location , it is sat right on the beach> very freindly helpfull honest staff.
Sunbeds Were not Prebooked
Food could of been warmer but varied.
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