We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
TRAVEL ALERT: SECURITY CONCERNS More info

Dahlak Hotel

Taulud Island, Massawa, Eritrea
Dahlak Hotel
Write a Review

30 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1
    13
    12
    3
    1
See reviews for
4
3
5
3
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room Tips
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (30)
  • Mar-May only
    (4)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (7)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (9)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (10)
All months
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I stayed here for one night in August 2014 while visiting Massawa. It was so hot that we literally hid in our room for a few hours sleeping after we arrived because the AC was nice and cool. The hotel is very pretty. Outside of the rooms it is stiflingly hot everywhere. The wifi was a bit hit and miss.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Trieste, Italy
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Grand Dahlak hotel is conveniently located at the top of Tualud island, right before the causeway connecting it to Batse island, where the Old Town is situated, just five minutes away. As there were quite few people in the hotel I could land only a double despite being alone, so probably booking in advance can be needed, the prices... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Paris, France
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
144 hotel reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This hotel is supposedly the best in town, therefore busy both with locals and foreigners. However, the property is hugely disappointing: - Reception staff is numerous, but all they do is fill in registers and forms. They seem to love their administration rather than trying to make their clients happy. - My bedroom was decently spacious, yet the A/C didn't... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers are raving about these Massawa hotels

Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
27 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Dirty room with a view of an algae and debris filled pool! The food was basic and its best to go down the street for lunch and dinner. The City has wonderful historical sights and this is not one of them. Staff did not care whether we needed anything and stood around talking to each other! It does not cost... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
21 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

this hotel looks great in web....in reality is worst , but have to take in consideration that massawa was a city heavily destroyed by war.... Unfortunately the most beautiful part of the hotel was closed so, we had to stay in the most recent but less characteristic part....anyway is best hotel in Massawa and have a nice salt water pool... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Falls Church, Virginia
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
26 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The hotel is probably the best you can find in Massawa but it is certainly not first-world. There are plenty of people at the front desk but between the five of them you can't get a piece of paper moved and they are not responsive to complaints or requests for assistance. The rooms are spacious and my aircon and fan... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Berlin, Germany
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

When you enter the hotellobby you have really feel that you be in a Grand Hotel. The staff at the reception is very friendly but incompetent in case of complaints. The beds are clean, the rest of the room less clean. Just the bathroom can be in terms of cleanliness to fishing to be desired. Many valves were damaged. Also,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
89 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Great renovated historic building with nice facade and lobby. The rest is a bit worn. Rooms are ok although the AC is weak. Massawa is hot! Location is good just 200 m from Old Town. The pool is Dirty, don't Use it. We paid 1500 in local currency. Breakfast was not included. Hotel felt safe. WiFi was ok but not... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toulouse, France
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

I stayed twice in this hotel. The first time the hotel was empty so I was upgraded in the room at the first floor on the pool, huge and clean. The second , I was on the road, the rooms are not so nice. The pool is huge but was not clean. It is possible to have a swim in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manchester, UK
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
40 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is a huge rambling, labyrinthine hotel, which at first sight looks highly promising, with a salt water swimming pool around which the building spreads. There are indeed some nice touches in the public areas, with Arabic designs incorporated. The first let down comes with the reception desk staff, who were completely incapable of booking in eight people into six... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

17 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (17)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Other (10)

Amenities

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question