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Paradise in Dahab
I've just returned from the Dahab Paradise yesterday and was so impressed that I had to write a review on them. The hotel is about a 5min drive from the centre of the town (costing about 10-15 Egyptian pounds) but could be walkable if you fancied it. Because its out of town its really quiet and the staff are there for your every whim. We spent 9 days in Dahab most of it diving but when we got back to the hotel the staff were always smiling and helpful however tired we were. Not everything is perfect, we went half board and there was a little confusion on a menu but the food was excellent so it wasn't a huge issue. All rooms had a balcony overlooking the pool and the sea which was lovely to sit on during the day. They were simple but comfortable rooms with no television however it was really nice to get completely away from home and if you really wanted to stay up-to-date with the world there was free wi-fi in the hotel. Overall a really relaxing place, really enjoyable, excellent food. We would definatly go again!
The perfect stay in Dahab
The staff could not be more helpful and welcoming. Rooms are clean, pool and surroundings are excellent.
Overall the staff make your stay the best ever! I will definitely be returning to the Dahab Paradise to to stay one day.
Its a great location for relaxing but being able to go into the town so it has the best of both worlds.
The only think i would like to see is more Egyptian food on there menu!!!
Truly is Paradise
My girlfriend and I finished off our Egyptian sightseeing tour at Dahab Paradise with a 5 day stay… and it wasn’t long enough! We were welcomed by friendly staff to an air conditioned room with our own bathroom and double bed with a fridge. This was all we needed, as we spent most of our time snorkelling at the nearby Bluehole & Three Pools, and relaxing on loungers and swimming in the pool area located directly in front of the rooms.
The township is a 5 minute drive and most snorkelling/diving destinations, close by.
I would recommend anyone heading to Dahab to stay here as the staff are extremely friendly and willing to help with anything you need, whether it was snorkelling/diving (you can hire any snorkelling gear for a small daily fee), quad biking, finding good restaurants, etc. Dahab Paradise is well manicured with a clean, fresh outlook and location, with evening lights and lanterns strategically placed around the surrounding hills to give a surreal atmosphere at night.
The food was excellent and great value, not to mention the amazing towel origami every time they made up the rooms, to give it that extra little touch! It really was Paradise.
All in all we found it great value for money, great staff and location and look forward to staying with Sam and the team in the future.
Our best hotel in Egypt...stunning hotel and fabulous staff!!!!!!
We have just come back from a holiday in Egypt, and our last days we spent them at Dahab, at the Dahab paradise hotel.
The hotel is very beautiful, with all beautiful rooms with wooden balconies facing the sea and overlooking also the lovely pool area.
The people who work at this hotel are unveliebable, we were spoilt... they were friendly, helpfull and their customer services skills are superb!!!
We also tried the restaurant, ( vey creative dishes created by Sam who is the cheff and also one of the hotel managers). The food was the best we did try all over Egypt, one night we had the bufet dinner, it was superb!!!, and the last night we had grilled fish, it was also fantastic!!
Thy also offer any kind of trips and diving at amazing prices.
thanks to all the team at the Dahab paradise!!!!
We stayed at the Dahab Paradise recently as part of a tour and it was the best hotel we had stayed at in our 2 weeks in Jordan and Egypt. Rooms are small but perfectly formed. Great seating area outside overlooking the pool and sea close by. Its a distance from town but having been into Dahab that's no bad thing.
Food was nice, staff pleasant. Flies were a problem but that seems like Egypt all over. Would recommend.
This hotel was a welcome end to a busy, busy trip. We wanted to find a place to stay that would allow us to relax and do nothing in a beautiful, comfortable setting after spending the previous 10 days jetting around Egypt doing all sorts of things. And Dahab Paradise was just that. The staff was welcoming and able to help us finding restaurants or little activities to do that suited our tastes.
The rooms were beautiful, the owner told us he used antique, black wood found in Cairo to add something special to the rooms. It was beautiful. The rooms all have their own balcony (if on 2nd floor) or patio (for us 1st floor people) which is a nice place to relax. I definitely got eaten alive each night of my stay but had brought insect repellent because I had expected as much in Egypt, so it wasn't a big problem. Bathrooms weren't as luxurious as I expected, but they were certainly nice.
There is a restaurant there which serves Westernized food (pizza, pasta, salads) but you can also get Egyptian food if you ask. Having a fresh banana juice by the pool after lazing about was a delight.
Sam (the owner) also has local Bedouin employed and they often come to play music and dance in the evenings which is fun. If that's not your thing, its an easy walk to the Dahab boardwalk which has tons of restaurants, bars, etc.
If you go, check out the mountain behind the hotel, you can walk up it and catch some great views of the Red Sea. And try snorkeling at Three Pools, beautiful and peaceful (if you go later in the day when most of the tourists are gone).
Basic rooms but air conditioned
This is a 3-star hotel and is 2-star by North American standards. The room is small with very basic furnishing and dimly lit. The best way to describe it is rustic - it can certainly appeal to some people. The bathroom constantly had a hint of sewage odour, the sink had no counter, the shower stall was very tiny and the shower door was difficult to open and close, the water pressure is very low, and the hot water is limited (but sufficient as long as you don't take long hot showers). We were told that all the rooms were the same. We found a cockroach in the room at one point that was a little over an inch long.
On the upside, the hotel has very nice landscaping... the pool and the palm trees in the courtyard, with the sea in the background, really does feel like paradise. The fact that it's small and isolated gives it this quaint "hidden gem" feeling. However, it is used by a tour operator so when the busload arrives the place turns into a typical busy resort atmosphere. The isolation also means you will need to take a taxi into and back from town, but it was only 15EGP each way through the hotel. The staff was friendly and the food was mediocre, but we found the food in Dahab to be generally mediocre. In fact the vegetarian pizza at Dahab Paradise was sometimes a lot better that some other places we tried in Dahab, but it was inconsistent. (It seemed like the staple in Dahab, at least at places that catered to tourists/divers, is pizza). The guava juice was also inconsistent... sometimes it was one of the best we had in Egypt, sometimes it tasted watered down and milky. We did not use the hotel dive shop... we used Penguin Divers in town. They came to pick us up and dropped us off and the price there was significantly lower than the hotel's.
We give the hotel 3 stars due to the mix of positives and negatives. We stayed here for a week and even my wife eventually got used to room (she minded the room more because she hates bugs and small bathrooms). Like I mentioned above, some will not even mind the room and actually find its rustic nature quite charming. The room was air conditioned so there is certainly much worse accommodation out there.
Perfect for relaxing, quiet and just outside of town but near enough to walk to.
The staff were fantastic and very helpful. The rooms although basic they were clean and the bathroom was new. The pool area was tidy and the gardens were kept beautifully. It is just outside of town and is quiet and relaxing but near enough to walk (25mins) or "taxi" (8mins) into.
Would definitely go there again. If you want to experience a more rustic stay then go here as it is nicer than the very basic hotels near town but not as boring and standard as the mainstream ones nearer the lagoon.
Excellent except food & sheets
I've just stayed there for 10 days and we agree entirely with all the comments below. This is an excellent hotel in a beautiful setting with very attentive staff and reasonable prices.
However, there are 2 things we weren't happy with:
1. We chose the half-board option and were very disappointed to only be given a choice of 2 main courses each night. The 1st option was as follows:
Night 1. Chicken ravioli, Night 2. Curry, N3 Pizza Margherita, N4 Seafood pasta etc. The 2nd option each night was always along the lines of 'chicken burger'/grilled sandwich etc. i.e. 'bar snacks' and we never chose this. Additionally, the only desert choice every night was 'fruit salad' which looked like it was from a tin.
2. Our double bed had sheets (&blankets) from 2 single beds but they were bodged across-ways to cover the whole bed, meaning that the bed got trashed each night and we were continually waking up cold with no sheets or blankets on our legs etc. cos the sheets got pulled off in the night (unlike a normal double bed sheet that tucks in round 3 sides)
We discussed the above with Sam, the manager and were advised as follows:
1. He can't offer any more choices (odd, because the options we were offered were off the restaurant's Menu, which had plenty of other options for people who were dining A la Carte -rather than the half-board package like us). However, he did offer us Ice Cream as an alternative to Fruit Salad every night (and we preferred this).
2. Sam said that he didn't have any double-bed sheets (only single bed ones).
I should add that the breakfasts were always top notch egyptian and continental food.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this hotel to all, but:
a) don't choose the HALF-BOARD option -just choose what you want off the Restaurants menu (only western-style food). Better still, just offer 10-15 Egyptian pounds to any passing driver (everyone's an amateur Taxi driver!) and they will take you 5mins into Dahab to all the great restaurants there, although you will still have to look around to find non-western food.
b) Take your own double-bed sheets.
Awesome place to stay and relax
After long trips in Dahab I found that awesome place to relax and enjoy the nature all around with breathtaking view form my room balcony day and night.
The friendly staff and cleanness just leave a good experience for me and my friends.