Hilton Dahab Hotel
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re going back!from run_about_now!
Although I suspect Club Mistral was a tadge more expensive than some of the other clubs on the bay, the Harry Nass centre (fun systems) has been wholeheartedly criticised by the experienced, well travelled windsurfers in the boards forum (www.boards.co.uk) for their level of equipment and lack of kit rigging skills. If you stay at the Hilton, you have the freedom to walk into any of the clubs in the bay - you're not tied.
Anyway - the windsurfing rocks for all except for the gnarliest wave sailors and the staff at Club Mistral came out sailing on the speedy strip and gave free advice just because they were nice people - the local staff couldn't do enough for us, always rigging our kit, carrying boards after a tough day's sailing.
The hotel was superb - we stocked up on food at breakfast - a great selection with the unforgettable "pancake man" catering for the kids after they'd had a fill of the great selection of fruit and cereals.
We had good evening meals with 6 out of 7 nights spent at the hotel restaurants and I had a battle taking a bottle of wine back to the room after my meal without assistance!
The staff all around the hotel were courteous and extremely family friendly - always looking out for my two children, paying attention and ensuring their safety. On the one evening that my eldest had picked up a bug from drinking melon juice in town (don't do it!) and projectile vomited all around the room, the room staff cleaned up efficiently and the manager ensured that we were well looked after.
The hotel was clean and being really well maintained - presumably for Ramadan which ended the day before we left - perhaps that's a time to avoid, when all the locals roll into town and the beach gets really busy?
The beach staff were great - very quickly sussed out the way my partner likes her coffee, being efficient at lunchtimes bringing food to the beach. And there was a massage tent on the beach.
Separated from the windsurfers, the special swimming areas made play in the water safe for the kids.
At the end of the holiday, I did something I've never done and sent an email to the staff thanking them for such an enjoyable stay.
And we're just planning to go back with a friend and her 2 lads for 10-14 days next April.
Perfect, even if the deco is a bit datedfrom smobytart
We had a standard room with a lagoon view, and even though at the time they were refurbishing them it was lovely. In the daytime the hotel was more beautiful than the pictures! Breakfast was good, with a massive range to keep everyone happy.
We were diving in Dahab Town, as opposed to the expensive on-site shop, so only used the beach in the late afternoon but this was perfect. Even though the hotel was full there was plenty of space on the beach.
Only thing that could have been improved was the room decoration as this was a bit tired - but then you don't come to Egypt to stay in your room!
We chose the Hilton for three reasons - Mark Warner use it (although we didnt travel with Mark Warner); the generally positive feedback in Tripadvisor; on site Dive Centre.
I arranged the hotel and flight via Longwood Travel - good Rep support on arrival at the Airport (both before and after immigration and customs).
The Longwood Airport Rep pointed out to us that we didn't need a visa stamp if we were only visiting Sinai: check this carefully if you dont hold a British passport or plan to take trips out side of your resort, so I got the visa because my diving trips might have taken me into Ras Mohamed (which requires visa), but my wife was staying on shore so didn't bother). We got the visa on arrival at the airport - another queue, but not much hassle - no forms, just hand over the money!
We arrived early evening, the checkin was painless. One thing of note is that if you have Hilton status offer your card at check in - we got offered an upgrade (although wasn't of use to us because we'd already booked a suite), daily fruit basket or bottle of wine.
The rooms are pleasant and set in small groups - the majority are single storey but a few were two storey blocks.
Our room had two rooms and a veranda. the rooms have air con, but also have mesh screened windows. We didn't experience any mosquitos but I did notice that the room had provided a plug in mossie killer and some tablets. The bed in the living room was a slightly saggy sofa bed, but the main bed is fine.
There is a hammock on the veranda. If you havent been in a nice hammock before, then this is one reason you should go to this hotel - very relaxing!
Food is ok in the Mirage Restaurant (buffet style) - the main place that you'll eat if you are on B&B or HB. There is an 'Italian' Restaurant (Portofino) on site - it serves pasta but isn't very 'italian'. There is also a Fish Restaurant on site. If you are on HB you'll get a credit of LE50 if you eat at one of the Restaurants rather than the Mirage. One thing to note is that the Mirage doesnt open for dinner until 7pm - and it can be a bit of scrum at that point (one of the reasons we ended up eating at the Portfino twice) - very international hotel guestwise and the different nationalities each have their own interpretation of what "forming a queue" means!
The hotel brochure shows a lot of pools, but you should note that only one pool is the swimming pool, however at night the overall effect is quite magical. Most people chose to go to the sun beds on the beach so the pool was actually quite quiet.
Whilst we were there there was some refurbishment of the stone work around the (non swimming) pools going on - a bit of noise, but that was the only thing that could be deemed 'building work' going on.
The hotel has it's own watersports centre, Mark Warner guests have their own centre - usual good selection of windsurfing kit from MW.
Going into town (Masbat) is simple - either get the Max Driver to take you down (LE10) or get the gate keeper to call a cab (they'll probably ask LE20). Getting back from town is similarly easy, either your Driver can pick you up again or find a cab by the bridge by the main promanade in Masbat. "Cab" has a rather different meaning than you may be used to at home - seat belts are certainly optional, doors may be rickety.
It is well worth visiting the Town, both for shopping and eating. If you go into town, pick up some bottles of water etc - considerably cheaper than the hotel offers.
I went diving using the on site operation: Sinai. Very well organised and kit is in good condition. I booked online before I arrived as this saves sales tax, but you have to pay for kit hire locally.
Most Diving in Dahab is shore based, but Sinai has a boat, so you can visit a few sites that you wouldn't otherwise get to. Yes, they do the Blue Hole and the Canyon also.
We did the star gazing trip (arranged via Max desk onsite, but most tour operators will offer this), unfortunately it was a half moon so you couldn't really appreciate the fainter stars and the milky way - if you could do this trip at new moon I think it would be truely magical. It was enjoyable.
Would I go back? Yes. Best bits: the hammock and meal in Masbat looking out over the bay; worst bit: waiting at Sharm airport were it seemed obligatory to smoke (not very nice for non smokers) and too little space to cope with the number of departing flights (just be stoical for this bit!)
Dahab Hilton - a super experiencefrom sailor7
The layout is unusual: a central main lobby, shopping and dining complex, with guest accommodation spread attractively around the large, lagoon-themed grounds. Most guests are housed in 2-storey blocks of 6 suites, each with en-suite bath/shower and WC. Rooms are spacious, very clean, well-furnished, air-conditioned and have either twin or double beds plus a sofabed. Plenty of cupboard space for clothes, and a large covered patio/balcony area for each room. Satellite TV (with 4 English-speaking movie channels, Disney, Nickelodeon, BBC Prime, CNN) and minibar in all rooms. But note that the sofabeds were a bit short in length and slightly soggy: fine for children as 3rd person in a double room, but less so for strapping teenagers.
The clientele is well mixed: UK, Egyptian, Israeli, French, a few US, German: probably others too. The staff in rotuine contact with the guests spoke good English. There was a reassuring security guard presence at the main gate, lobby entrance and side (beach) accesses.
3 restaurants: Mirage (for all meals, included in half- and full-board packages); Portofino (Italian-themed dinner, at around 10-12 pounds UK per person without drinks); and Neptune (lunch/dinner: seafood, pasta, pizza) at around 6-7 pounds UK. Guests on packages each get a 5 pounds UK allowance towards Portofino/Neptune meals, making these an affordable occasional change of scene from Mirage.
Mirage food scores about 6-7 out of 10. Excellent buffet breakfasts, variable themed buffet diners, but the buffet lunches are relatively unspectacular. Not very much in the way of choice for vegetarians at any meal, but one can get by with salads, eggs, potatoes, hot veg and pastas.
Bar prices are reasonable (2 pounds UK for a 500ml local beer; about 1 pound for a soft drink or for 1500ml bottled water). There is no additional mark-up for the minibar. But wine is pricey at 12 pounds UK for a pretty average local house red/white. 24-hour room service is also very reasonable, as is the very efficient in-house laundry (eg trousers at under 1 pound UK).
Despite acres of artificial (salt water) lagoons, there is only one outdoor swimming pool, plus adjacent children's pool - but these are clean, well-maintained and adequate in size, with lovely lounger arrangements (many with shade) around the sides. The beach is lovely: golden sand, plenty of room with adequate numbers of loungers with shade (no cost). Windsurfing is the major local watersport, with snorkelling, scuba and sailing, although we were surprised at how few sailboats were available - even for those of us on Mark Warner packages (I believe the plan is to boost sailing facilities imminently). There is a safe, cordoned-off paddling and swimming area off the beach.
A variety of tours were available from the hotel. Cairo by air (expensive at 170 pounds UK each); the Sharm-el-Sheikh water park (30 pounds, including lunch); Mount Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery (30 pounds including breakfast - 2 of us did this and were not disappointed). Many diving,snorkelling and jeep or quad-bike trips also available. Taxi into Dahab village ('Masbat') for souvenirs and bars/restaurants - about 2 UK pounds each way for a 2km ride.
Altogether, this was a super experience. We loved the hotel and grounds, were very happy with the restaurants and bars, and the children were never bored. Best feature of all were the hotel and resort staff: unremittingly friendly, courteous, helpful and absolutely marvellous with children. I would not hesitate to come back.
Great for families with teenagers.from Eric_Cliff
This was our first holiday with Mark Warner and our two boys (11 & 15 yrs) thoroughly enjoyed the activities which James & the Mark Warner team ran with such enthusiasm.
The Hilton staff were attentive and helpful, the hotel grounds a delight with space always to be found by the pool or beach.
The food was excellent with plenty of choice in the main restaurant on an all inclusive tariff and reasonably priced menus at the two speciality restaurants.
The rooms are a good size and the view of beach & mountains from the hammock was stunning.
Sinai Divers is conveniently located in the hotel grounds and it's an excellent opportunity to dive for the first time, my instructor Roberto was very patient and safety conscious.
The Moses Mountain trip really does require you to be physically fit and prepared for a good two hours strenuous walking over rough ground to reach the summit and enjoy the sunrise, and then there is the walk back down to St Catharine’s Monastery which was disappointing.
It is possible to hire a camel for £6.50 on Moses Mountain and you will gain a great respect for both the camel and the Bedouin who make their way in the dark along the mountain paths.
Dahab is just £1 taxi ride away from the hotel and good for souvenirs and eating freshly grilled seafood by the beach which was not cheap despite some limited bargaining.
Frequent boats run snorkelling trips out to the local coral reefs and this includes the Blue Hole which is a must.
Any negatives, well I caught a stomach bug but the hotel has an excellent doctor who was dealing with it, ten minutes after the first call to the Hilton Reception.
Excellent Resortfrom TravelAdvisor6
The staff was very courteous, friendly and helpful. The meals were in keeping with the standard of a 4 star hotel.
We went diving with Sinaidivers, who are located on the property. The staff of Sinaidivers comprise of very warm and attentive people. We were amateurs and our coach Katy was so patient and kind, we couldnt have asked for a better start to our diving experience.
The resort is self contained, so we didnt feel the need to venture out.
The rooms were very clean and well kept, each with a balcony. The bathrooms could do with an upgrade though.
Overall an excellent choice.
Good hotel, nice staff... but loads of building work!!!from MasterJurgen
The biggest draw back was the building work both to their own water landscpaes and at the side of the Corelia next door. Make sure you ask for room FAR away if possible... ifnot, don't stay until they've finished.
Fantastic rooms and layoutfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are really nice with huge screened wooden windows and French doors that open to a hammocked patio. The desert wind blows constantly and leaves its unique sent and just a hint of sand on the floors which the staff fastidiously cleans.
Service on the beach was fast and friendly.
Breakfast buffet was good. They have a fresh orange juice machine which squeezes the oranges on demand, however, the oranges (as the room you're eating in) are warm. A fellow traveler found fly larvae swimming in her fresh squeezed juice and management immediately removed the machine... though it was more likely they didn't inspect the oranges before they put them in the machine.
Beach was lovely. Location was lovely. The Red Sea spectacular. The Sinai amazing.
The amount of marketing material Hilton puts in the rooms is vulgar. I don't want to think about all the other Hiltons in the world when I'm trying to enjoy where I'm at.
You can't channel surf on the TV.
It's damned near impossible to get a proper cocktail in Egypt and Hilton is no exception. Ordered Pina Coladas on the beach. They brought warm milk-like drinks with very little rum.
Waiters were scattered and disorganized with large groups.
Air conditioner didn't work when I checked in (at 2:00 a.m.). Front desk insisted on sending out a technician twice before agreeing to switch my room.
In all that marketing material NOTHING said that the rooms had internet service and I ended up using their "internet cafe" which was two computers that you had to buy codes to use and went through a fixed IP... couldn't use my IP Phone. There was no "cafe" by the way. The computers were quite isolated on the second floor of the reception area.
Front desk service was terrible. I spent 15 minutes trying to get one of their staff to leave a note for a fellow traveler.. .tipped him 10 pounds to do it and of course it never happened. I had a friend attempt to call me there and they couldn't find me on their computer .... couldn't seem to get the call through to MY room even after he gave them my room number.
Had lunch at the Neptune and it was underwhelming. Eating in town is much better.
Americans like COLD COLD COLD drinks with plenty of ice if necessary... this was vexing throughout Egypt. Beer served in a hot and windy environment will warm up in minutes and quickly become unpleasant to drink. I guess it's not an issue because not that many Americans go to Dahab or Egypt for that matter. Europeans, I guess, are used to warm beverages and can deal with it, but it is a huge issue for Americans. The Rush Lounge in town has the coldest beer in Egypt!!
They should consider selling or offering insulating sleeves for beverage bottles and cans.
Minibars only kept things cool... not cold. This was true everywhere in Egypt.
Room service menu was extraordinarily limited and boring.
The people of Dahab, especially the noble Bedoin, are, "Strong like the desert, soft like the sea and work hard like the wind."
The locals in Dahab are still grieving for their lost loved ones and are suffering greatly from a drop in business due to the recent bombing. With some encouragement, they openly share their feelings and stories which I believe takes a lot of courage given the political climate of Egypt and the region.
The conspicuous lack of resentment toward Americans was most gratifying, but not surprising after experiencing the warm and open hearts of nearly everyone in this country. I went to Egypt for the first time because I felt that a part of my spirit never left there to begin with. I found that lost part of me in the desert while sitting quietly and staring at the stars with the Bedoins and also while sipping tea and smoking a sheesha with the shop owners of Dahab.
Exceeded our expectationsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Dahab town is worth several visits for dinner / drinks / souvenirs, and you get less hassled here than in Cairo or Sharm. You will, however, be chaperoned into Al Capone's at least once, and the food here is very good, so no need to resist too hard! Take a taxi to town - we walked it once - it's a long way in the heat, and as taxis are £1GBP each way, it's just not worth it!
Diving was great overall. We used the hotel diving centre (Sinai Divers). They are not the cheapest, but very convenient. The level of tuition was high, and the team was very friendly, well organised and safety concious.
Agreat beach holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Rooms are spacious, beds huge, balconeys also huge, (big enogh to string a hammock).
Our first room had a splendid view of the sewage works, (together with the sounds and smells). A word at the desk and our room was changed without hesitation.
The aircon in the new room didn't work. A call to the desk and an engineer was there to fix it within 20 minutes.
Buffet meals less than inspired.
Friendly, efficient, helpful staff.
Italian and Seafood restaurants, (the latter with live music) with generous meals at reasonable prices.
Diverse beach facilities - watersports and bar, again inexpensive.
Top Local Tips for Dahab
Get out of the Hotel and into Town Do a camel ride.If old enough go Quad biking. But basically get out of the hotel and into the town centre especially in the evenings even with the kids as they would enjoy the experience and the food. It's so cheap too. We were diving, you have to travel from the hotel to the good diving sites
Eat in Dahab. Get out of the hotels! Eat in central Dahab. The food was great with many restaurants to choose from.
local cabs the going rate from the hilton to the 'bridge' in town is 5-10LE but you can get a very different vehicle for your money, sometimes they even have headlights....but hey enjoy the haggling!!
Other names for Hilton Dahab Hotel
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- Address: Dahab Beach - Dahab - Egypt
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