Dawar El Omda
6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We spent one week in mid-April at this hotel. This was the end of the high-season, so, our experience may have been affected by the low volume of tourists visiting while we were there.
Cleanliness: Our room was clean enough but dingy. If you're looking for the little touches that make a hotel special, this isn't the place for you, unless you count dirty decorative pillows on the bed. Also, keep in mind the pillows were like bricks, so, you may want to bring your own if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.
Service: The service in this hotel may be good, but every smile will cost you. Because we spent very little time in the hotel, the staff was clearly disappointed with our contribution and it showed. We respect that tipping is part of the culture in Egypt and aren't cheap but we felt we were being blackmailed into tipping with dirty looks.
Food: Meals were buffet style and usually included spaghetti, some kind of meat in sauce, a vegetable, rice, bread, different salads, and cakes and pudding for desert. The variety was good but we would have traded variety for freshness. The bread we was usually hard and stale and the salads wilted. One evening we noticed that our âpotato pureeâ was the same mixture of fake mashed potatoes we had been served as âbreakfast potatoesâ that morning. Unfortunately, we were also disappointed with the options for food outside of the hotel. El Gouna has a huge variety of overpriced restaurants representing food from all over the world, but it is hard to find any local food. Our best meals were outside of El Gouna where we could find falafel for $1.00 or a huge dinner with chicken, salad, bread, humus, and baba ganoush for $5.00, which in the Dawar Al Omda will only get you one beer.
Pool: The hotel does have a nice pool area and a small infinity pool overlooking one of the manmade lagoons. If you let the darkness of evening and some really good artificial lighting, fool you into forgetting that you are surrounded by cheap, quickly constructed buildings, the view around the pool and patio can be relaxing in the evening. The hotel has done a very good job with foliage in the patio area and after spending the day in a place as artificial as El Gouna, any bit of nature is to be appreciated, especially the beautiful pink bouganville. Evenings were a bit windy but still comfortably warm.
Beach: The biggest disappointment was the beach. The boat that supposedly ran to the beach was cancelled without notice for our entire trip. You can walk to the beach too but you might not want to stay long once you get there. The shore of the manmade beach is rocky making it hard to get into the water and the beach is more dirt and hard ground than sand. We saw a similar situation at the Sheraton beach.
We recommend this hotel for the traveler who only wants to lay by the pool and sip drinks. After visiting Hurgada, a 45 minute bus ride away, we regretted staying in El Gouna all together. In Hurgada, you can enjoy all the quiet luxury of a resort hotel, but still have the option to step outside into a real city and eat in local restaurants if you want. El Gouna is basically a compound, surrounded by desert."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of May 2007
"Just got back from a week's stay at the Dawar El Omda and we couldn't wait to write a review! We had read the other reviews before we went and we have to agree this is a little gem in a very beautiful resort in the red sea. Admittedly it is not as 'glitzy' as the 5 star hotels in the resort but it makes up for it in its charm, friendly staff, beautiful infinity pool, interior design and architecture - not faceless and europeanly designed, great location - in downtown el gouna so near all the restaurants etc. Even though it is centrally located there isn't excessive noise past 10.30pm.
If you are going to learn to Scuba dive then definitely book with TGI Diving. I learnt with them over the 4 days and they are excellent, and Paul did 4 days diving and swam with wild dolphins! They have the best friendly staff who take safety very seriously whilst having fun. Great boats which leaves from their own centre rather than from the busy marina where all the other boats go from, great equipment and excellent guides.
We will definitely be staying at the Dawar again and will be diving with TGI in the near future.
We could go on, bu you should try it out for yourselves!
Michelle and Paul"
- Travel date: Fri 27th of April 2007
"This was the first hotel I stayed in in Elgouna and Ireally cant fault it. The staff were lovley and the room beautiful.
I have since been to elgouna 5 times (to bigger hotels) and with the exception of the stigenberger nothing touches it.
If you get a good price stay here it's fab"
- Travel date: Wed 21st of February 2007
Really Enjoyed This Hotel
"Lovely little hotel that we throughly enjoyed. Very quiet area. Right in the center of town which had nice restaurants etc.
Breakfast which was included in our package was great and the hotel was clean & the staff were friendly."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of May 2006
Great little hotel in a hot oasis
"Really loved this hotel in El Gouna - a real change from the huge 5 stars in the area.
El Gouna has a number of good hotels but the Dawar El Gouna is small and boutique like making it much more personal than most. The rooms are delightful, clean and have air con. The pool is small but most people take the daily shuttle boat to the secluded beach.
You can also get a Â£1 weekly ticket for the local bus service that takes you to all the resorts and the marina. For the same price try a local tuk tuk as you get to see more!
Our favourite bar was Palma on the water front and the cheapest place to eat locally was the food court. The best food locally was The Grill - very reasonable barbequed meat and fish with a huge free mezze thrown in.
We went over Easter 2006 when the weather was very warm, but the winds can be high. The resort was lovely and quiet at that time but it does seem to get very lively later on. Very good local website ---."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of May 2006
Lovely local hotel, better than the 5 stars!
"Really nice little hotel in El Gouna. Having been to the five star all inclusive resorts of Sharm El Sheikh it was refreshing to find a small hotel that operated on a B&B basis. Went over Easter 2006 and was quiet and very hot. Had a small pool on site which was heated or you could get a small boat to a private beach each day from the hotel next door. Loungers and towels available at the beach and pool.
El Gouna is a great resort - the whole town is a resort with easy access to all hotels around via a shuttle bus that cost Â£1 for a week! The Marina is beautiful with some amazing yachts and selection of restaurants. Most importantly the whole town felt very safe.
There are lots of restaurants near the hotel - our favourite Food Court in Tamr Henna was which was frequented by the locals and was the cheapest in the area. Follow it by a drink and shisha at Palma's (say hello to Mido). El Gouna can be windy but it's a relief when the temparatures are 35 -40 degrees. There is entertainment somewhere in town most nights and if you are AI they have a great system where you can eat at any other AI hotel in town or have vouchers for restaurants giving much more choice. Food is not super cheap - about Â£20 for dinner with beer for two. Oh, on that note the Oriental Grill near the hotel is a bargain - BBQ meat or fish with veg, and a free mezze to start (which was nearly enough in itself!)
Great local website (-)elgouna(-)"
- Travel date: Fri 28th of April 2006