More about Iberotel Dahabeya
Great Family Holiday in Ibertotel Dahab
One week half term with 2 children 7 and 11. We booked from Thomson online, but was unable to ask for connecting rooms, one email to the friendly Iberotel Dahab reception and we had an email back saying it was arranged.
The hotel is beautiful with a lovely backdrop of the mountains and a lovely beach.
I can't say enough good things about this hotel, ALL the staff are so friendly, the Animation team were great with the children, the bar star are great, the waiters, reception, everyone. The rooms were lovely, well decorated, good size and great view from your personaly balcony. We had a double ensuite with a connecting twin ensuite for the children. They only have a few connecting rooms so book early to avoid dissapointment.
The pool is great, a main pool with swim up bar and a smaller kids pool that is much warmer. Three bars, one of beach, one in pool and one near reception. Games room with billiards and table football, small gym with weights and cardio machines and of course loads of stuff to do on the beach (especially windsurfing !).
Make sure you choose the all inclusive, local spirits are not great so you may want to bring some duty free with you. Beer is fine and suprisingly so was the Egyptian wine. I would like to have premium brands included in the all inclusive even if we had to pay a bit more, but a minor complaint really.
Do go into the local town and walk along the sea front and have a dinner bedouin style overlooking the sea. If you choose fish (why wouldn't you ?), then agree a price. We had starters, main fish course of prawns, calamari and sea bass and desert with beer and drinks for 4 of us for under 50 UKP.
One tip, you don't need a tourist visa if you are just going to a resort, you only need it if you are going to Delhi, Pyramids etc. We didn't get one and it was fine.
An amazing winter break
The hotel enjoys a great location right on the beach, with the majority of rooms surrounding the lovely pool. The staff were endlessly helpful and friendly, although the sense of humour sometimes doesn't translate! Dahab itself is quiet and very laid back. I was windsurfing with Club Dahab, which is a short stroll along the beach where the tuition and equipment is excellent. Club Dahab is also a great spot for a beer in the evening although Dahab probably isnt the best place to come if you like wild nightlife.
A week all inclusuve at the Dahabeya and tuition at Club Dahab worked out cheaper than half board with Club Dahab staying at the Ganet Sinai. Having looked around that establishment I have no doubt that the Dahabeya is a better option.
The room and the hotel generally are kept spotlessly clean, and the shower in the bathroom is hot and powerful - ideal after a day on the water. The animation team are friendly but aren't pushy if you would rather sit and relax.
You don't really go to an all inclusive hotel in Eqypt for culinary delights, and the food was pretty much as expected. There was a fair choice, a reasonable variety over the week, and neither of us suffered any food poisoning (although we did stick to cooked food and bottled water). If you were there for two weeks you might become a little bored, but with the free shuttle bus to town there are lots of other options. Ali Baba in Dahab is a great little restaurant although if you want beer you will need to bring your own.
All in all, this was an absolutely amazing holiday in a lovely hotel in a magical place. Definitely take the Quad bike adventure to a mountain oasis, and a stunning snorkel around beautiful coral heads. (Although take some small change as snorkels and extra drinks are offered and then charged! Indeed, do get small change as soon as possible so you can tip the staff).
The Reality behind the Sweetness...
I have returned from my fourth or fifth stay in Dahab, Egypt, and this time it was in Iberotel, the 4 * hotel, finally a pleasant change from the more rough and simple motels for divers, I thought. Here's what I and my family have to say... Althought the off-peak prices are acceptable and the hotel interior quite pretty, yes, anything else, you name it, is simply head over heels expensive!
1. The internet. If you want to use your laptop (or theirs), you can but at ridiculous prices, 30LE an hour, and ONLY in the hotel foyer/reception, not in your room. You cannot go directly to the internet room either, you need to wait until your special 30LE voucher is issued.
2. Electricity keeps switching itself off regardless of the key being in the slot (that's the system). We had a superior seaview suite and the light/tv/hairdryer etc. kept switching off suddenly a good couple of times in one shower.
3. Cleaning service is below generally accepted standards. We saw no change to the room and there were days it wasn't cleaned at all. They simply missed it. You come back from the beach 4 o'clock (cleaning usually takes please before noon) and it's a mess, suddenly there is a guy standing at the door reapeating "housekeeping". Now? are you crazy, I am in the shower, getting changed.. So you are left with a dirty room.
4. A related thing is hotel staff knocking on your door repeatedly for 20 minutes (no exeggeration) in the afternoon in order to "stock up minibar" while they had all day to do that. If you're in the shower, are asleep or cannot open up for any other reason they use their own key and let themsleves in, the chain on the door doesn't do its job and can be removed by anyone outside (the little metal rail on the inside is not horizontal, it's vertical). They come in, see you do whatever it is you are doing (having sex with your spouse) and having assessed the situation, leave, to stand at the door continuing the knocking. Yes. So you open the door this time by yourself and say: listen, i am naked and i can't deal with it right now, okay?...
5. The bars (and there are 3 bars - reception, pool and beach) served me coffee at different prices depending on the bartender.
6. Waiting for waffles at breafast doesn't gurantee you'll get one. Turn around to get a fork and your portion will be served to someone else.
7. My greatest complaint is the staff WHISTLING and making calling noises and funny sounds at me everywhere I went. This is quite offensive or at least annoying to a white woman - and her husband - chucking and clucking from a guy who just cleaned your toilet, but obviously a lot of fun to them. Very uncivilized.
Good times in Dahab at the Iberotel
We were lucky enough to spend a family holiday here at the same time as A_S_M Rotherham (although we didn't meet until the airport bus at Sharm hurtled us through the dark to Dahab).
The welcome was efficient and refreshing and in little time we were off to our poolside room, which was spotless and had virtually all we could wish for (being a bit strange - I'd have liked a kettle for an early morning coffee sat on the patio watching the staff go about their work).
Small currency is the order of the day - Egyptian non-essential - I took a lot of $1, $5, $10 US and they worked a treat. A few dollars here and there smooth the way to quick service, folded swans in your room etc. not that you'd be disappointed if you left your tipping until the end.
Th'Animation Team kept the kids, and more willing adults busy during the day, from "Stretching" first thing (ideal for all ages - not too testing - mainly for the ladies) "boules on the beach" "Belly dancing by the pool" "Arabic lessons in the beach bar" whilst the lovely Alla did a great job keeping the younger children occupied.
Meals were buffet style, with lots of choice (but don't go expecting chips every day) and there were no big queues at the servery - the chef would always prepare an omelette for you at breakast or a lunchtime pasta dish while you wait.
The Animation Team (Mojo, Momo, Bavey, Alla, & Hamada) did a mini-disco at night for the little ones, organised guest entertainment and did a show of their own to keep us amused until about 10 pm - Ahmed & Ali kept the drinks coming as necessary - all nationality of guests seemed happy & comfortable - seemingly mainly Russian, German, British & French.
Not much to do at night for teenagers/early twenties - but if you want P&Q you'd be well impressed.
We've never yet been anywhere twice - the Iberhotel may just be the first place we go back to.
good but not great
i have just returned from the iberotel in dahab. although i had a good holiday i wouldnt go back, as compared to other hotels in the same category it didnt measure up!!
the xfer from sharm to dahab took about 1 hour, but we were crammed into a small sardine tin mini van, for 9 of us.
the hotel welcomes you with a drink and gives you some quick info about the hotel. we arrived about 9pm. dinner was till 10 so we went for a quick bite to eat. our first impression of the food wasnt great it was very dry and not much out, with v poor choice.
as it was late we hoped the next night would be better.breakfast was ok, we only went twice as it was nothing special.
lunch was ok , and dinner was good. quite often they had a bbq near the pool so the food was always fresh and realy nice.
one thing i didnt like was the fact that you have to have all ur meals in the main restaurant., they serve food at the beach bar, but this is not part of the all inclusive so you have to pay. they do have an alacarte restaurant but never bother to open it!! they instead put a table for you by the pool, you have a set menu, which wasant fantastic, but u have to pay for your drinks!!!!
we went into dahab one night on the free minibus, we had a fantastic meal of lobster and prawns!! was realy cheap, i recomend a restaurant called friends it has little fires in the sand!!! dont go to the first rest u get to when u go over the bridge they will try and rip u off!!
the rooms are realy nice and modern with comfy beds, there is a tv with english movie channel and bbc world. no kettle. and the mini bar is not included in all inc and has soft drinks in it.
the pool is realy nice, if a bit too cold!!! and has a swim up bar. whilst we were there we had to endure 2 days of them using a neumatic stone cutter as they were replacing the pool guttering.
the beach is nice, but as its a windsurfing resort, if you want to go swimming and have to do this in special roped off areas. there is no coral in these bits so you cant do any snorkeling at the beach!!
the beach bar is open till 6, which is a shame as you then have to go to the only remaining var in reception which is very busy and takes ages to get a drink.
the staff are realy nice and friendly and will do anything for you, but they are very overworked and understaffed which means it takes ages to get drink in the evenings. you will see lots of "managers" standing about nagging the staff!! too many chiefs and not en uf indians!!!
i booked this hotel as we have been to the iberotel coraya beach in marsa alam, and i assumed it would be of the same standards, this hotel is like the poor relation!!! if you want a realy nice hotel in egypt then book the marsa alam one!!!
if i had been to this hotel first then maybe i wouldnt have been so critical, they have a realy nice hotel, but i feel they dont make the most of it!!
the best service ever
The service at this hotel is second to none, the staff are falling over themselves to help you. I have travelled extensively and stayed at many hotels throughout the world, never have i received such obliging service. From the moment we checked in, the reception staff were friendly, efficient and eager to please. The service from the housekeeping was first class, with a friendly face every day. Never have I been asked randomly if everything is OK , on a regular basis. I would say that the only thing that lets the hotel down slightly is the food, whilst it is very edible there wasn't a vast choice, the breakfast and salad bar were the same every day, at times it was a little un-inspiring. We had a beach front room which led directly onto the beach, superb! The location of the hotel is perfect, being a short distance from the centre of Masbat. The hotel runs a shuttle bus three times a day, but taxis are readily available and cost £1.00 each way. The animation team work hard and are so friendly, however if you do not want to take part in any activities there is no pressure. The hotel has its own Bedouin tent run by a guy, Tarik, quite a character! plenty of time to try the Shisha pipe and play back gammon, a truly chilled out experience.
One extremely minor grumble would be that the sun beds could be updated,not the comfiest. The hotel is set in an idyllic location, with a very clean stretch of beach, no hassle from beach sellers. All in all a fabulous week made even more memorable by the high level of hospitality.I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and the resort of Dahab, far less commercialised than the British influenced Sharm.
An excellent hotel
My boyfriend and I spend a wonderful week at this hotel. The all-inclusive option was very good value for money and the range of buffet food and drinks was good. The staff made our holiday; they could not do enough to help us and treated us like friends. The swimming pool, gardens and beach facilities were superb. Everything was spotlessly clean and tidy and well-thought out.
The location is perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday. We would recommend a trip into the local town Masbat (you can take the free hotel minibus or a taxi for £1) which is a charming and lively place full of beach bars and open air restaurants.
This hotel was one of the best we have ever stayed in and I can thoroughly recommend it.
Above average for Red Sea
This resort was about an hour and a bit from Sharm airport through the desert. Bring some water with you from the plane incase you are delayed at the (appalling) airport. You will have an armed guard with you on the bus - but this is just a precaution as they are paranoid about terrorists threats after the bombs a few years ago at the temple.
It is interesting to see the Bedouin people living in 40+degrees heat in nothing more than tents in the middle of nowhere! Makes you realise how lucky you are when you get to your luxurious air-conditioned hotel!! The Iberotel is situated at the end of a track so it is very quiet outside the hotel (no traffic, just dirt tracks and mountains with the odd camel). The sea area is covered with wind-surfers and this makes it difficult to swim any distance unless you go out in a boat (very cheap) or dive.
This was our third visit to Egypt and I would urge people who are thinking about going - just do it! The scenery is wonderful, the people are friendly, bright with a great sense of humour, the food is always good (never had a problem with stomach bugs - despite this being the common fear) and the weather is consistently good all year long. Best of all is the value for money. Go 'all inclusive' here and take some English pounds (or $) with you so that you can tip a couple to the strategic people who are 'middle managers'. The hierachy here (like everywhere in this part of the world) is very important. Delay your tips until the second or third day of arrival. You will see (look for the different coloured shirts) who the prominent guys are who 'kick [----]'. They are the people who will make sure you get the excellent service. Don't get me wrong - this isn't necessary as the service is excellent anyway. Tipping will just ensure that NOTHING is left for you to do at all (e.g. not even having to ask anyone for a drink when you need one). At this hotel the waiters etc share out their tips at the end of the evening so you can reserve this duty until the end of your stay.
We were never bothered by any of the staff - they were always polite and hard-working and discrete in their duties.
The 'gym room' was a disappointment. The equipment is old and tatty. If you are desperate for a work-out (other than the weights) you are better off running along the long stretch of golden sand directly outside the hotel than on that unstable treadmill. Who knows - you might bump into a nice camel along the way(!)
Food is a buffet style (like it always is with this set-up). Lots of choice and excellent salads. We were glad we weren't there for 2 weeks as I'm sure it would've probably got a bit mundane. They did their best to make it different though with frequent BBQs by the pool and other 'traditional' evenings.
The Animation team were very professional and I enjoyed the yoga by the pool every morning. There was plenty to do with the surfing and diving and aerobics etc but only if you wanted to - they left you alone if you just wanted to chill out by the sea and read (which is what hubby and I did most days).
The minibus runs to the town 3 times a day - if you have the energy(!)
Rooms are well-equipped and very clean. We were by the pool which was very convenient for a trip to the beach/pool bars!
I would recommend the masseurs. As always in Egypt very professional and very cheap! Relax and make the most of the de-stressing opportunity. Unfortunately not a beauty salon on site although plenty in the town.
There is a small shop next door to the hotel selling trinkets - although we found you were better off walking 3 minutes outside the hotel (to the left as you face the sea - you can walk along the beach to save you walking past the security guards etc). There is a very good souvenir shop and pharmacy and grocery etc where things are cheaper and better (if you can't be bothered to go into the town that is).
Make sure you leave some Egyptian Pounds to pay your room bill when you check out. They make a fuss about putting it in a credit card etc and the currency exchange isn't too good.
I would recommend having at least one large bottle of water delivered to your room every day (at a small cost) as this saves alot of hassle in getting bottles filled up as and when you may need them. This was my only gripe - the fact that the bars did not seem to open at the right times - e.g. you would expect the beach bar to be open in the evenings - but it wasn't, and the pool bar to be open after 4pm - but it wasn't.. It was a pain! Also it would have been better if we could have eaten by the beach instead of having either pay or go inside the restaurant.
We spoke to the manager (Abd El) about this and other issues. He explained they have real problems (due to the security issues) with getting experienced staff. Most of the 'good' people get snapped up prior to the last check-point before Sharm El Sheik. Abd is fairly new and from a larger hotel with lots of ideas about how to improve things there. Overall the hotel is well-run and a really friendly place to stay. I'm sure it will be even more successful in the future and I personally wouldn't hesitate to return for a relaxing week in the sun.
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Reasonable for the money
This hotel is small, well kept and absolutely spotless. Most of the hotel staff from Reception through to gardener are polite and friendly and make you feel most welcome.
The animation team are good and make every effort to get people involved but are not pushy if you just want to relax.
The rooms are very comfortable and cleaned everyday to a high standard.
There is a mini bar in your room that is charged extra which is a let down as lots of hotels of the same standard supply soft drinks all included.
The hotels location is excellent and is on it's own beach. This was kept clean and tidy. If you are into windsurfing or kite surfing this is the resort for you.
It seems to catch the wind everyday and you can't move for windsurfer on the beach or in the sea outside the roped off areas.
There is no snorkelling to be had from the beach, however you can pay a few pounds/ Euros at Francos just along the beach and they will take you to some good snorkelling spots either by boat or jeep.
The food at the hotel was okay. There was just about enough choice for one weks stay. Anymore than that would have been a struggle. It was always hot and well prepared.
The bar in reception is the only one open in the evenings and it is far too small to cope with the volume of customers.
The biggest let down for this hotel is the All Inclusive option. The drinks are limited and it provides an all inclusive service at the lower end of the market.
The cocktail list was basic and even a slight variation was at a cost.
On the whole however you get what you pay for and this hotel was reasonably priced and in my opinion we got value for money.
If you fancy something a little more upmarket but not breaking the bank I strongly recommend the Iberotel Palace in Sharm. We couldn't find any fault with this hotel when we stayed a few months ago.
Has anyone stayed at this hotel?
Im thinkin of going in Dec... it looks fantastic and id love to hear more about it also also Dahab as ive not been before.
Re: Hilton Dahab
haven't been at the Hilton, but heard different postitions.
I'd probably prefer the Dahabeya or the Swiss Inn GOldeb Beach.
Would definetly check hotel reviews at tripadvisor.
here's some great info on Dahab: