21 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
3rd time 8th october
"back in 4 weeks 8th october, cant wait to see everyone , (ally weeka) ,pool/towel attendant. (raggab) the best chef in the world. our great friends (azzam)+(hannay)sam mojo and the team, and all your great staff who make our holiday every thing it should be.we are hoping to meet (chris) new manager , and will miss (martin) the old one.what a great time we had on previous visits, a must try is the cassa tabba fantastic service and ex,staff see you all soon , les/meg . carrol/steve.(ps if you could let ally raggab and azzam know we are coming that would be great) "
- Travel date: Tue 11th of September 2012
JoRo Bromsgrove - Great value
"Have just returned from the Hilton Taba where my wife and I enjoyed a fantastic week on an all inclusive basis. The food was plentiful and a very good selection was always available. The staff were outstanding with their friendliness and service and nothing was too much trouble.The pool was emptied and cleaned three times during our stay which we have never come across before! This was our fourteenth holiday in Egypt and counts as one of the most relaxing and best we have experienced."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of May 2012
Nothing too much trouble (stayed All inclusive 08-15 march 2012)
"This hotel is one of the best hotels i have stayed in.
The choice & standards of the food served is 5*
The general hygene is 5*
The well serviced room and ensuite 5*
The beach & pools were clean and serviced daily ,there was more than enough sunbeds and clean towels for everyone
The friendliest most helpful staff ever encountered - nothing was too much trouble
Really the whole resort felt very safe very clean & very comfortable
All persons were catered for
The in resort shops sold everything @ reasonable prices
Dont let tour operator con you into doing Sharm airport its a gruelling 2+ hour drive
Taba has its own airport,if it costs you extra -invest & pay it
- Travel date: Sun 18th of March 2012
Thanks to all
"We have just returned fron a week stay at the Hilton Taba and have had the most amazing time.All the staff were exceptionaly helpful , polite and could not do enough for us.The respect showed by all the staff was very refreshing.Special mention must be given to the housekeeping staff who kept us guessing as to what the next wonderful creation was , made from the towels.Amazing ,the crocodile was very very good.
Thank you to you all."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of February 2012
January 2011 Hilton Taba and area
"Tiniest airport at Taba, with very long q to get through the one passport control guard. Then onto coach via the 'porters' with their hands out for Â£1 coins.
Journey through desert to Hilton Taba about 40 minutes through desert and winding mountain roads.
on arrival at Hotel, coaches security checked and then they drive you to a building with another X-Ray machine and more queing, then your luggage taken upto reception while you walk up slight hill to reception. Checkin was friendly and then identify your luggage and porter brout to room within 5 minutes of us getting there.
I cannot say how friendly ALL of the staff were, from the maintenance man to the waiting and bar staff and everyone else you come across.
HIGHLY recommend the Casa Taba restaurant for at least one of your nights-it's not on the all inclusive, but we did get a 20% discount in there and the food and service were amazing. Food far superior to the buffet all inclusive.
They have 2 other very small restaurants, the nelsons is a more casual Tex Mex with a small menu on the all inclusive and the Marhaba serves a small menu of Egyptian and middle east style food. Both were a very nice change from the buffet, BUT you have to join a queue to get a reservation each day for these restuarants, and the 95% Russian guests do not always seem to understand the concept of polite queing! They seem to send one person to try and reserve 8 tables!! As the restauarants are very small that leaves little for anyone else.
The sea was lovely to snorkel and bathe in, and actually warmer than either of the pools which were very cold.
The quad biking excursion offered at the hotel was very good, but it's through a deep canyon, so even if its warm I suggest you take a sweatshirt or something.
Our room was very nicely looked after by our room boy. Nothing was ever too much trouble from the staff, who I sometimes felt got a raw deal from some of the Russian guests who did not seems to know how to say please or thanks in any language.
They did not however spoil our trip, and after a cloudy start the weather really picked up to a very nice 23 degrees every day and not a cloud in sight!
Nowhere to really go outside of the hotel, except if on organised sea or land excursions. Great location if you do want to pop over to Jordan or Israel though.
Tio Tip-take a few pound coins for tips at airport and remember that if you DO go into Israel you will have to pay a tax of about Â£8 when you cross back into the Sinai crossing on your way back to the airport.
Nothing worth buying at the airport.
- Travel date: Tue 25th of January 2011
"Do yourself a favour, book yourself an all inclusive week here.
We were blown away by the location, standards of service and the genuine friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. Martin Rogers, the General Manager made himself available to guests very frequently and it is very clear that he and his staff the Taba Hilton Resort try very successfully to deliver all you could expect and more.
Excellent food and lovely rooms-upgrade recommended as good value- guaranteed sea view, towel "sculptures" late check- out, lovely meal at one of the resort's restaurant, dressing gowns etc.
Superb service from all but special thanks to Khalifa and Ibrahim at the restaurant and to Tareq at the Pirates Bar who went out of his way to make us feel welcome- even spending some time teaching us some arabic- which seemed really appreciated by all the people we met.
The hotel has around 1km of private beach with amazing snorkelling all along, just offshore. We saw an huge array of corals and fish, and were lucky enough to see barracuda, a moray eel and lots of lionfish. The beach was never packed with sunbeds/ hammocks always available- towels provided at the beach- Luxury :o)
We are definitely returning here for a break around November.
It's worth a walk outside in the border area. If you're worried about security at Taba there is no need- it is VERY well taken care of.
Tipping- We brought US dollars but found that the exchange rate was very unfavourable. Bring plenty of Egypt Pounds and tip small amounts frequently. It doesn't add up to an awful lot over the course of a week.
If you need to totally relax for a week without any decision making about where to eat, drink etc come here- you will decide to return."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of February 2009
Total bliss at Taba
"We've just stayed at the Hilton Taba Resort and absolutely loved it. We didn't want to leave. We booked directly through the hotel and found flights via Thomas Cook as a friend over there was picking us up from the airport. Most people are on package deals that include shuttle bus transfers (and negotiations at the several check points between the airport and hotel). Pricewise there probably isn't a lot in it.
Our room was fabulous overlooking Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and of course Egypt. The usual Hilton standard and cleaned to perfection each day with cute added extras from the staff.
Food was superb. We were (as were most guests) on an all inclusive deal which meant you could dine at the main Palm Garden restaurant and a set menu at the Egyptian themed Marhaba. A la carte menus at the laid back Tex Mex and 5 star Casa Taba were extra but with 10% off. Service at all restaurants was top notch, friendly and attentive. Those we'll miss are Khalifa (who greets you every day at the Palm Garden); Ibrahim (who served outdoors with a big smile); Mohammed on the pool bar (anticipating your every need); Ahmed (supervising your satisfaction); Mohammed Abdel Fattah(food and beverage manager who obviously inspires his team).
Facilities were great from the various pools, to the wonderful beach front. There were loads of activities available and encouraged. We indulged in diving in the safe hands of Mohammed Ali (manager), Karina (instructor), and a big smiling helpful fun team. There was an amazing abundance of marine life - wrasses, parrotfish, angelfish, demoiselles, anemone fish, puffer fish, trigger fish, pipe fish and even a crocodile fish. And this was just off the beach, 10 yards from your sun bed with a snorkel and mask. I've dived in the southern Red Sea as well and this area was up with that in quality. Dolphins are further up towards Israel but we unfortunately didn't make that trip.
We did go on an excursion to Mount Horeb in the middle of the Sinai which was amazing. And also a shopping trip to Eilat, Israel which was dubious in terms of price (no recession hit here yet) and interesting in terms of border crossings. Do your research before you go. Our guide and driver on both trips, Mr Amir, was very patient.
We visited in Feb 2009, in their winter, when the weather was a very comfortable 26 to 28 deg, such that you could lie out in the sun and feel warmed by the rays without feeling burnt. It also meant that there were few people and it was very peaceful, backed by nothing but the Sinai mountains and looking out over the wonderful Red Sea.
I've already recommended it to all my friends.
Thank-you Hilton for a fantastic stay. We miss you all so much that we hope to return in May this year."
- Travel date: Thu 12th of February 2009
"I would like to say a very sincere THANK YOU to Mr Martin Rogers, Mr Mohammed Fattah, and Executive chef Mohammed and all the staff at Taba Hilton for their kindness, hospitality and for the care they showed me. Yes it is a quiet resort, but it is not dead, there are lots of things to do and trips to go on should you feel inclined, but book a fortnight so you can pace yourself. I am hopefully returning in September to do just that. If like me you have never visited Egypt and have worries about upset tums and the like then head for Taba Hilton you will be well looked after for it is spotlessly clean, bright and a very happy place to holiday and ALL THE STAFF and MANAGEMENT are excellent. Once again many thanks to you all for taking such very good care of me. Kindest Regards Everyone, from Annie Simmonds"
- Travel date: Wed 11th of February 2009
A gem we are glad to have found
"To start with I need to say that we booked this holiday to Taba less than 24hrs before we due to arrive, so we weren't sure what to expect other than we had gone for the Hilton name...
From the second we arrived to the second we had to leave (which we grugingly had to do) our time at the Hilton Taba was a holiday we WILL be doing again.
The location of the Hilton is just meters away from the border of Israel and from the beach you can see Jordan and Saudi... there is the Movenpick next door and a few other shops outside of the complex but don't go expecting nightlife and duty free gallore... which I hope it never becomes as it will spoil the area.
The hotel itself is a credit to the Hilton chain, its clean, rooms are large, and the staff have to be some of the best staff I have ever come across in my travels. They are never short of a smile, a helping hand and never pester you for tips (even if its how they survive...)
We went on holiday with our 2 and a half year old son who was known by name by everyone by mid-week and it was lovely that everyone made such an effort with him. The kids club and the animation team are worth their weight in gold as our son decided to go to the kids club for 3 of the 7 days of our stay... he loved them and would have stayed with them if we had let him!!!
The AI option of staying here is well worth the little bit extra, its not your typical AI where the food is recycled and your choice is limited to cold pasta if you don't eat meat. A small conversation with the Exec Chef and your sorted for the week. Each meal time food is freshly cooked and there is the option of freshly prepared dishes at all times... my husband loved the oriental breakfast option and me... well my specially made spicy pasta dishes put any pregnancy cravings to bed.
If you want to relax and venture over the border on day trips I can't reccommed this hotel enough, nor can I tell you how much I think you should take your kids here, its lovely and we will be going back with our expanding brood."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of February 2009
To all the staff at the hilton
"hi to all the staff at the hilton xx
i got back sat feb 9th i can not believe how beautiful it was martin you and your wife was so nice and the staff all became freinds i felt sad coming home the weather was so hot, the food was out standing and most of all the staff they were all like a little family and now a few my freinds thank you so much for making my boyfreind mum annie holiday so special as she just had her operation i cant thank you enough xxx to every one
- Travel date: Tue 10th of February 2009
perfect place to relax!
"Stayed in the hilton taba from 5th january for 1 week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Staff were excellent and gave 100% service and particularly liked british guests as they appreciated their efforts unlike the russians! Met Hugh, the dive school manager from Pontypool and also saw Martin the new manager from England but unfortunately didnt get a chance to meet but could see that the Hotel was really well run and staff respected him. Had a nice room on the 7th floor together with bathrobes and beautiful views over israel, jordan and saudi.
The only comment i would really like to make is that as it states by other visitors on tripadvisor, you don't have to pay to go over the border to israel, it is completely wrong! we crossed over to shop in eliat for just 1 hour and on the way back were charged almost Â£20 each! then we were going on a day trip to petra two days later and had to pay further taxes to travel out of egypt! this needs to be better explained in the Hotel and at welcome meetings by tour reps (ours, Hotels4u never mentioned anything about paying and we told him that we were going!!) The israeli people weren't very friendly either. Petra was well worth the visit and was totally amazed at the sights.
All in all a fabulous holiday, perfect weather too... must return x
p.s. maybe a fitness suite could be added to the hotel to burn off some calories from all the lovely food and drinks consumed when on an all inclusive basis."
- Travel date: Tue 27th of January 2009
Wonderful rest is in a remarkable place, Irina, Ukraine, Kiev
"In Egypt I was not first time, but in this last times my stay was remarkable. In Taboo departed by reason of that, to go to Israel and Jordan. It was perfectly!
Wonderful kind from a room on 3 countries: Israel, Egypt and Jordan, kind at the seaside and on a pool simply charmed us. Rooms were very comfortable and clean, beds very comfortable, luxurious, sleep was wonderful.
A beach was clean and very comfortable for bathing, it is not needed it was to search a place, where it is more comfortable possible it was to touch at a sea, because a beach was very comfortable. Territory of hotel is very beautiful. Unique not good-this is available spaces on a beach. It is needed it was early in the morning to go to the beach, take seat, go to breakfast.
Very friendly command of hotel, its employees. Always friendly, formed, will always ask, how are you, how is a mood?
Especially, it is very pleasant it was to socialize with manager Ehab and his boys in bars, always attentive to us, friendly, high-quality and in time brought drinks, served us. Thank you for attention, it was very pleasantly to feel guests which are waited.
I will the friends and acquaintances recommend this hotel and hope yet will arrive again in Taba."
- Travel date: Fri 23rd of January 2009