We had a really really lovely stay at Ghazala hotel, and this was mostly due to the excellent staff.
This hotel is perfect for the price. It is nothing fancy and the rooms are very basic, but they are clean and comfortable. We had a problem with our shower on the first day and this was fixed in minutes.
The hotel has it's own cafe/restaurant which serves good food and the location on the beach is lovely. It's only really possible to swim at high tide and if it's not too windy/choppy, but even if you can't swim, lazing on the beach is perfect. If you are lucky enough to be around for high tide and have a relatively calm day, then the snorkelling on the reef in front of the hotel was one of the best we experienced in Dahab and you will probably be alone out there, instead of bumping into numerous other divers and snorkelers as you might at the other reefs. We were amazed, after days of diving elsewhere we think we saw more fish there than anywhere.
You have to walk out over the rocks so water shoes are advisable.
The downsides to our experience where firstly that the aircon worked only sporadically, but this wasn't too much of a problem as temperatures are lower in November, so we didn't even tell the staff, and secondly, the mosquitos. They were quite a problem, the room has screens over the windows but no net over the bed, so we were regularly woken up by the buzzing around our heads. They were also a problem if we sat outside after the sun set. We later discovered that there only seemed to be mosquitoes in the south of Dahab, south of the main town area? Someone mentioned to us that this was due to a nearby water treatment facility that had stopped dealing with the mosquito problem.
I'm sure there is nothing the hotel can do about this and we managed to cover up in the evening to avoid the problem, but we would have been much happier sleeping under a bet net.
I really want to say a huge thank you to all the staff, they really made our stay very pleasant and nothing was ever too much trouble. They were chatty and friendly and there was always a warm welcome whenever they saw us. They really are an asset to the hotel!
We were also there when it rained and hailed very heavily, which is apparently extremely rare for Dahab and the staff were excellent. They dealt with the crisis and the clear up really quickly and efficiently.
Overall we had an excellent stay and we are very glad we chose Ghazala hotel. You may be able to get a slightly fancier room for quite a bit more money elsewhere, but I'm not sure it would be worth it. This place was really great.
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