10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Perfect getway hotel for both long and short stays
"I just returned from a 12 day stay at the Dahab Paradise. While it was good to be back home, I feel like the Dahab Paradise became my second home during my holiday. The hotel's location and grounds are indeed paradise. The staff are wonderful--everyone is genuinely friendly. Staying at the hotel feels a bit like becoming part of a big extended family during your stay--definitely not the same vibe you'll find at a larger resort hotel. We knew all the staff by name and they knew us by name after a few days. The comfortable nature of the hotel enabled me to really relax during my stay. The rooms are basic yet comfortable. The beds were just right but some of the bathroom fixtures in the showers needed a little TLC in some of the rooms we had. Small fridges allowed us to chill juices, beers from the store, or extra food. The absence of TVs was wonderful. Wifi is available, but spotty in certain rooms, and the connection can be a bit slow.
The hotel is very kid friendly, as there were multiple families staying at the hotel and the kids (and parents) looked like they were having a great time. That being said, if you are looking to sleep in a bit, make sure you ask for a room away from kids. We were traveling as a group of friends and enjoyed having ground floor rooms next to each other so we could hang out together. There were also multiple couples on romantic breaks and some individual travelers.
I highly recommend staying here if you want to enjoy and relax in Dahab--the fact that this location is just a bit off the main beach boardwalk makes it much more peaceful and it's very easy to quickly hop into town. You can walk or take a short ride for 15 EGP. If you're a diver, the dive center affiliated with the hotel, Big Blue, is also fantastic and will pick you up/drop you off. The hotel also arranged an excellent hiking trip up Mt. Sinai for us. Also, the hotel looks exactly like the photos on the hotel website.
This is the perfect hotel for those wanting to stay somewhere nice, clean and comfortable, but not looking for the impersonal nature, cost, or sometimes mediocre service at a larger resort."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of January 2010
"a really beautiful small hotel in a quiet location just out of town. all the rooms have a balcony or terrace and a sea view over the pretty and well-tended grounds and across the Arabian gulf to Saudi. service is excellent - to name names, Guro who is in charge on a day-to-day basis who really put herself out to ensure that we had a good time, and Edris the main receptionist who was so friendly. The beds were comfortable and very clean, with new towels daily turned into a heart one day or an elephant the next! there was a fridge but no TV. the ensuite bathroom was nice but did smell of the drains from time to time. there is good wireless connection all round the hotel and if you can't get it or don't have a laptop you can borrow one. the hotel seemed to be used by two types - couples there for a relaxing break, and a weekly tour group of younger, more adventurous people. however, there was no conflict, and we shared the bedouin tea and chat round the nightly outdoor fire. the swimming pool looked lovely but was freezing! The food was very good indeed for daytime snacks, but the main menu was somewhat limited and the breakfasts got very boring after a week. you can however buy fresh fruit in Dahab and walking along the beach to the nearest restaurants took 25 minutes. Dahab's main attraction is the coral reefs and you can snorkel anywhere from the famed Blue Hole to the Three Pools with some of the best right in front of the hotel - get in at the small promontory past the police check point. Equipment is available to hire. We did a side trip to Petra ably organised by Guro, and would highly recommend spending 2 days there rather than the 1 that most people do.
In summary, I would go back tomorrow!"
- Travel date: Fri 1st of January 2010
Truly a Paradise
"Me and my husband decided to go to Dahab for our first marriage anniversary, and we chose Dahab Paradise as our hotel after a lot of research, and am so gld we went there. We had a few queries before our travel and when we called up the hotel and told them about it, they were more than glad to look into them. We also told them that we were celebrating our anniversary and promptly the manager told us that she would give us their "Honeymoon" package for 3 nights though their actual package was for 7 nights.
The whole experience was awesome. The location of the hotel is absolutely beautiful, all the rooms in the hotel face the sea and its breathtaking to sit in the balcony in the evenings and just stare at the sea. The rooms are clean and the restaurant serves a lot of italian food. The hotel arranges dive packages and other services that we may require and are very accomodative. The best part of the Hotel though is the staff who are very very warm and friendly. They go an extra mile to serve you and at the end of the day u cant help but leave with a smile. HIghly Recommended"
- Travel date: Sat 19th of December 2009
"It really is Paradise"
"The best hotel in Dahab by far, my stay there was perfect, I really felt at home. I couldnât fault the staff, cleanliness of the rooms, location of the otel, restaurant or the entertainment provided. Big thanks to all the staff and GM Ossama for making my stay so comfortable and memorable. The staff were always welcoming, friendly and happy to please, they attended to my every need. The relaxed nature of the otel is reflected through Ossama and his wonderful team. If you are looking for something special, your own piece of paradise, this is it."
- Travel date: Mon 7th of December 2009
The Cheers of Dahab
"I though the hotel was well well set out, nicely landscaped, good rooms with some character. The staff were excellent, and very friendly, no doubt the influence of Ossama the manager who is always happy to chat with you."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of December 2009
Really Chilled, All that you need, Shame about the pond!
"For the cost of the hotel, this is hard to beat. Rooms all face the pool and its small size leads to a cosy feel. Bar / Restaurant area served good food at very reasonable costs and the beer was cold (ish) and cheap!
The only down side is the mosquito breading zone that is the pond. Many of our group came away looking like dart boards after the world finals, but still smiling after a great week there.
Would I go back, definately!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of November 2009
Dahab Paradise - paradise indeed!!!
"We have just got back from a week in Dahab - staying at Dahab Paradise - and are still thinking how lucky we were to have been in such a fantastic location (out of town from all the blaring lights and hassle), overlooking the Red Sea, with the Egyptian mountains as an uplit backdrop, with great service and beautiful balcony views. Not to mention the ever entertaining towel art. Kick back, enjoy and get ready for truly friendly and enthusiastic service. We loved our time at Dahab Paradise and know you will too!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of November 2009
For Independent Traveler's, this is Dahab's Best
"Dahab generally offers two types of hotels - the package-tour behemoths found in the southwestern lagoon area, and the generic 2-3 Star accommodations on the northeastern coast. The Dahab Paradise transcends these generic categories bringing the "boutique" style to Egypt's most relaxing beach town.
The photos in the fantastic website do not lie - amazing lighting, landscaping and natural settings make this the most beautiful hotel in town. The rooms are elegant with large wooden balconies almost as large as the room itself. The bedouin-style carved wooden furniture gives the impression that the owners are actually trying to create a local experience for the guests, which can't be said for most hotels in town.
The location of the hotel, a 5-10 minute walk north of the main part of town allows convenient access to town but the peace and quiet one associates with a relaxing vacation on the Red Sea. Unlike the hotels in downtown, you don't have souvenir-hawkers and camel-ride salesmen hassling you the minute you step out of the hotel. Also, the location offers gorgeous sunset views of the town and sea, as well as top-notch snorkeling directly in front of the hotel.
We can't say enough about the team at Dahab Paradise, from the GM Ossama who greeted us and offered snacks upon our arrival at 1am, to the restaurant's "team of angels" and the housekeeping staff who amazed us with incredibly elaborate towel animal creations each day. The hotel is small and the receptionists knew each guest's daily plans and always made valuable suggestions.
We will certainly be returning to Dahab in the near future and there is no question in our minds that the Dahab Paradise is the best place in town. Unless you are looking for the large international hotel chains (Hilton, Sofitel...) where a stay in Dahab is exactly the same as a stay in any other sea sand and sun destination the world over, you really need to try this hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 9th of November 2009
Good name for this hotel
"There cannot be many more spectacular views from a hotel bedroom than from this hotel. Sunrise through palm trees, overlooking the clear Red Sea with the mountains of Saudi just across the water.
Staff very attentive and the boss is a great guy to chat with. Only one UK pound (two to three if you don't bargain!) taxi fare into Dahab centre and the main diving centres.
Could do with some chairs in the rooms though"
- Travel date: Thu 29th of October 2009
Great hotel, great people!
"This hotel made my trip such a pleasant experience.
The location of the hotel is a prodigy! It's secluded so you can get that quiet time you need to relax, however, it's very close to the main areas in Dahab (5 minute drive). The people that work there are just extraordinary with there friendly demeanor and there urge to help in any way possible. Room service always get the job done and well without you having to nag about it. The breakfast was fantastic especially the view you have of the sea from the restaurant.
It's definitely a place I would come back to visit.
If you're an Egyptian and you tried to personally pick up the phone and try to contact hotels to make a reservation, then you probably faced the same problems I did. It's extremely difficult to find a place during high seasons like October. Mainly because the hotels and camps like to shrug off Egyptians so they can sell their rooms for a much more expensive price to foreigners. Basically, you have to know someone in Dahab to make a reservation for you! Dahab Paradise Hotel was much different with the way they handle their customers! Very helpful and very friendly. During my stay there I noticed there were just as many Egyptians as foreigners, and they were all happy. Just goes to show you how honest and thoughtful management is at this hotel."
- Travel date: Sun 18th of October 2009