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“Wonderful holiday.”
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Shams Hotel
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
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somerset
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1 review
“Wonderful holiday.”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

We have been to Dahab before but this is our favourite of the three places we have stayed. Booking was easy and Shams, the owner, was prompt and helpful in his emails and in arranging our transfers.

The hotel is located at the quieter end of the boardwalk in Dahab, south of the bridge but only two minutes walk to the busier parts of the seafront. It is also very close to the less touristy part of Dahab which means you are close to some of the cheaper restaurants and cafes that the locals frequent. Although you are close to lots of amenities this hotel is peaceful and a great place to relax.

Our room, room 1, was large, clean and cool with a balcony and windows on two sides which gave us a great view of the sea and the boardwalk. The beds are large and comfortable and we slept as well as if we were at home. The room and bathroom were cleaned daily by excellent staff who always did a thorough job.

There is a choice of 5 or 6 breakfasts not including the omlettes and pancakes, we tried most of them and they were all good. The restaurant is one of the most relaxing environments I've ever encountered in a hotel, it is right on the edge of the sea with large cushioned seating ares as well as tables and chairs, and the staff are friendly and provide excellent service. When we ate there at lunch or dinner the food was fresh and tasty with a good selection available.

We weren't diving but did hire gear for snorkelling which was in good condition, well looked after and really good value to hire for a few days. We did visit some reefs outside of Dahab for snorkelling and Ashraf at Shams organised all our transport which meant we had a great driver and again good reliable service.

Overall what really made this hotel stand out is that every morning Shams came to talk to us to make sure we were happy with everything and if we needed anything. He, and his staff, were always happy to take the time to answer any questions we had and give us advice on trips and snorkelling etc. We can't wait to return, a big thank you to Shams and all his staff for a wonderfully relaxing holiday, Marianne and Nick.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mangmang
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shamsdahab, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Dear Marianna , Dear Nike ...
Thanks for the nice review you wrote , we do our best trying making our guest happy . That is why we are here for . I hope you are having a great time .
Really looking forward to see you again
Shams
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

The hotel rooms, food, beverages and the freindly service from the staff were all unsurpassable.

Shams is a legend.

I can't recommend this establishment enough.

Get up, get there, relax, enjoy

  • Stayed May 2011
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
Thanks for a great review
Shams Hotel team is greatfull for the positive experience you had here
Welcome at any time
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Shams has everything - it is a great location, in the middle of everything and right on the water. The rooms are nice and clean. The shower was the best we had during our whole trip! Breakfast is delicious in the restaurant and the service is amazing! All of the guys that work at Shams are friendly and fun. They always went above and beyond to help us out. The diving center was also wonderful - great instruction and very professional. We were originally staying at another hotel in Dahab and switched to Shams after one night. I'm so glad we did because it really made our time in Dahab exceptional.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank K C
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
Thanks for a great review
Shams Hotel team is greatfull for the positive experience you had here
Welcome at any time
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Portland
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We had originally booked our stay in a different hotel, but upon arriving in Dahab, we liked the vibe of Sham's so much that we changed our reservation. The patio is perfect for relaxing, and the rooms all have some sort of ocean view, and are very clean and bright. Sham's himself was so welcoming, and the staff were always accommodating and friendly. The food here is great too. Free breakfast with the room, and an excellent dive center made this a great value. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
Thanks for a great review
Shams Hotel team is greatfull for the positive experience you had here
Welcome at any time
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The location just in the middle of mashrabeya and close to Sooq and all restaurants... Rooms are nice and clean

The diving center is one of the best with new equipment and it's highly taken care of

The best out of everything is the friendliness of the staff where the always smile and keen to help and make your stay a memorable one. At the end, you will know it's not just a place u stay in, it's a place where u will make friends at and would definitely want to be back again and again and again :)))

  • Stayed December 2011
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
Thanks for a great review
Shams Hotel team is greatfull for the positive experience you had here
Welcome at any time :)
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Paris, France
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

I've been living in Egypt for a year and I really enjoy going to Dahab to spend the weekend and disconnect from Cairo, as it is a very quiet and relaxing place. After trying many hotels in Dahab, Shams is definitely my favorite, it is very clean, absolutely charming and the decoration of the rooms is done with very good taste, all of them have sea view and nice balcony. You can also rent individual bungalows, also very charming (I tried both, and I prefer the rooms). The service is really high quality and the cliche "come as a guest, leave as a friend" truly applies for Shams' team, they do everything they can to make you feel home and happy!

Room Tip: I prefer rooms than bungalows, but both are very nice!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
We in Shams hotel are so happy to see how happy you was here & that make us proud of our work, Hope we see you again soon
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

I have been to Dahab many times and I have to say Shams is my favorite spot. I visited Shams twice so far and I have to admit that I had a very pleasant experience.
It was great diving with shams, the center is very well organized, very clean and the equipment is brand new. Staff is very friendly, organized and helpful from the manager to the truck driver. Thank you Ahmed, Hamdy, Omar, Amr, Ali and Hamada.
The Hotel is very clean, tidy, has fresh water and above all very relaxing and comfortable. Staff is very helpful, many thanks for managing my transfere back to sharm. Cant wait till we get back
Cheers.
Ahmed

Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Ahmed M
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Shamsiii, Owner at Shams Hotel, responded to this review, January 26, 2016
Thanks for taking the time & reviewing us
It was great to meet you & looking forward to see you soon again
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Additional Information about Shams Hotel

Property: Shams Hotel
Address: Al Mashraba Street, Dahab, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shams Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shams Hotel & Dive Centre – the premier budget accommodation catering for rec, tec and CCR divers in Dahab. Shams Hotel recently opened in 2006 and comprises two stylish accommodation facilities. Designed in an oriental style, the hotel is located right in the heart of touristic Mashraba in Dahab, about 15 metres away from the shores of the gorgeous Red Sea. We welcome you in our airy and scenic reception area, where you can check out our latest dive trips, safaris, entertainment options and selection of books to escape right there... right now! Between the hotel and the beach, comfortable Bedouin-style seating and chilling areas enable you to enjoy breakfast whilst contemplating the harmony of the rolling waves on the ocean... feet in the water, or just about. The hotel is kept small, with a friendly feel and atmosphere, and offers a total of 20 single, double or triple rooms. The accommodation options are divided between 14 standard hotel rooms located at ground or first level, and 6 wooden bungalows. Most rooms present a sea or a mountain view, and are just perfect for your ideal romantic escape to the delightful sea resorts of Egypt. Families are groups are well-catered after too... trust us to make your vacation eventful or restful, just as you wish it to be! ... more   less 
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