Definitely the best in Dahab. Lovely position, large and comfortable rooms, interesting architecture, great views, immaculate grounds and, if you hunt around for a deal, excellent value. Breakfast good, staff throughout fantastic – nothing was too much trouble but they weren't not intrusive.
Now for the ...buts...But the WiFi is a rip-off, as is the water and you could have two meals for two at one of Dahab's more expensive restaurants for the price of one evening buffet (food's fine but nothing to write home about – try the beach restaurant during the day too). Plus the pools were grubby and the gym contains an ornamental exercise bike, two deflated Swiss balls, a par each of 0.5 k and 1k weights and several paper-thin mats, which isn't a lot of use. The cross-trainer works, though. Oh, and watch out for the surrounds on the beds, which are blond wood and have sharp, pointed corners that tend to get hidden under bedclothes. I had a severely bruised ankle by the end of the week.
Here's some useful info that the hotel don't give you:
1. You can piggy-back the hotel WiFi for free in reception, instead of paying $25 a day.
2. They run a free shuttle bus down to Dahab at 8.30 and back at 10 but you need to book (probably better to get a cab one way as this doesn't leave you much time to eat – the fare should be c£30 Egyptian, or around £3UK – ask to be dropped at the bridge and walk towards the sea).
3. Almost all restaurants are BYO – ask for an off-licence on the strip (they have them whichever way you turn) and buy wine, beer, water, whatever (take loads of water back to the hotel, paying about £2 Egyptian for a large bottle instead of £16 in the hotel).
4. Essence just before the bridge on the right is excellent. The Thai if you turn left is good. Almost everywhere does good fish and salads, burgers, steaks and so on. There's also an Indian, a Thai and several good Italians. Bizarrely, the only thing we couldn't find was Middle Eastern food – I think they think tourists won't like it – but there are little take-aways if you look, with roast chicken, salad, great falafel and more. Cheap as the proverbial chips, which you can get too.
4. Poseidon Divers has two bases at the hotel, one diving and one watersports, both good and reliable. I'd do that rather than taking pot luck elsewhere if you want to dive or snorkel. You can buy a cheap mask, snorkel and fins in Dahab rather than eat up your baggage allowance, or hire everything.
5. The Kids' Club compound is fab for families and also contains the gym and a games room with ping pong (top marks for supplying lots of new balls) and a snooker table.
6. If you are allergic to or frightened of cats, this is not the hotel for you. They have quite a few, who lounge around in reception and beg politely at breakfast. All friendly, glossy and happy but they might not appeal to you.
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