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Desert Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Al Qasr, Dakhla, Egypt   |  
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“Lovely Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

I spent two nights here, driving out and back to Luxor (there is now a weekly Dakhla/Cairo flight!). My room was large, so breezy that I needed to shut the windows at night and comfortable, in an eco-lodge kind of way.

They recently changed their pricing from dollars to Euros which makes this MUCH more expensive for American tourists. The car to / from Luxor is also charged in Euros and is also expensive.

The vast majority of their clients are German or Swiss.

My first night there the hotel was full so they had a folkloric dance performance. The troop that performed was excellent.

I didn't use the small thermal pool - I couldn't get past the rusty red colored water - and the water was lukewarm, not hot, so I didn't see the point.

Internet was two PCs at $6 / 30 minutes. No WiFi.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2009

Stayed here for 2 nights on a tour of the oases with Ancient World Tours. Stunning location, great views towards the creamy pink edge of the plateau on the one side and over medieval El-Qasr and the oasis on the other. Highly romantic buildings grouped together like a spacious old village, faced to look like mud-brick. My room was huge and simple, very stylish in local rustic mode. Decent bathroom - a pokey plastic corner shower was the only jarring note. But there was no aircon, only a big fan, and as the bed was built out of a wall that was in full sun all day it was like an oven, even at night, but especially at siesta time on our second afternoon. And the fresh wind that blew up during the nght didn't manage to penetrate my huge space. So avoid Room 103 - choose one that is north facing, preferably backed to the south by another room or building, and has cross ventilation. I should have asked to move after my fairly sleepless first night, but inertia takes over and also the hotel seemed very full on the second night. A pity I struck it unlucky, as it was the loveliest looking hotel of our oases trip; on the plus side I was up to see the stars fade and the sun rise !
The staff were charming and eager to help and the food, especially the breakfast, was very good.
Another word of warning. The hot pool is great fun but be very thorough in washing yourself off with plenty of soap in your shower afterwards. I washed as normal, put on a white shirt and went to dinner and when I took it off the lower sleeves and collar were a lovely shade of pink, courtesy of my hairy arms and neckline, and after about 10 washes in the machine back home the shirt is only now approaching wearable.

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

On a hill, overlooking the village of Al Qasr. Rooms are bungalows build in traditional style. Not exactly luxurious but very typical and comfortable. Everything you need is there. Stayed 2 nights while on a tour in Egypt. No airco but there is a ceiling fan and the way it is built keeps the room cool.
Staff is polite and friendly. Location and surrounding landscape makes it very special. In the depression and the oasis of Dahkla.
Food was good but nothing special. Nice place considering it is in an oasis in the desert and certainly nice for a stopover.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Desert Lodge

Address: Al Qasr, Dakhla, Egypt
Location: Egypt > New Valley Governorate > Dakhla
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Dakhla
Hotel Class:3 star — Desert Lodge 3*

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