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.
- 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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