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“V Good if u r diving”
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Penguin Village
Ranked #13 of 52 Hotels in Dahab
Alexandria, Egypt
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“V Good if u r diving”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

the hotel is very primitive, rooms are just OK, No TV, No fridge in the rooms not facing the sea (stay out of them)

the service is OK, the staff is very helpful and kind

i had the most expensive room (facing the sea in the upper floor) the balcony was almost the same size of the room
the diving center was just in the ground floor which was very convenient as i was in a diving trip

Bottom line: if u r on a diving trip, the hotel & the diving center will be a perfect choice

Room Tip: first floor, facing the sea
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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PenguinDiversDahab, General Manager at Penguin Village, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taken the time to write this nice helpful review,
It is our pleasure to have our customers happy about our services,Yes it is a place for divers.
We wish you a good day, and please send us more friends,
Kind regards,
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2013

There are many reasons why we keep coming back to Penguin Village. The staff are helpful, Ahmed at reception is always there if you need anything and the other members of staff are just as friendly, welcoming and generally really cool to talk to. The rooms are amazing value for money no matter what you decide to go for, be it a balcony room with sea views or one with shared bathroom facilities. The rooms are clean and the shared bathroom facilities are cleaned regularly as there are always staff keeping the place looking at its best. The seafront location means that you have snorkeling on your doorstep. The restaurant staff are again genuinely nice people, they offer great service, especially their good coffee, egyptian tea and breakfast.
The dive centre at Penguin is very good, Hanan and the others offer quality service and the instructors are top notch as we had the pleasure to work with Ahmed for our Advanced Course.
There is a very relaxed atmosphere at Penguin, and whether you are into diving or not there is always something to do.
I've just come back from Dahab but I am eager to go back, especially to Penguin!

Room Tip: A balcony room means louder music in the evening from the restaurant so you might want to take this...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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PenguinDiversDahab, General Manager at Penguin Village, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taken the time to write this nice helpful review,thank you for the hint about the louder music,it is more controled now,
It is our pleasure to have our customers happy about our services,
We wish you a good day, and please send us more friends,
Kind regards,
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I had the opportunity to stay 4 days at Penguin Village! The staff (of reception and restaurant) are very cool and the offer good options of tours and adventures in Sinai. If you like to dive, they are the persons that will help you. The hotel is in a basic place but in a kind of village (looks greece) very nice. The rooms are basic but confortable. The restaurant in front of the hotel is very cool with a great and relaxing view to Red Sea.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Fernandobabu
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PenguinDiversDahab, General Manager at Penguin Village, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taken the time to write this nice helpful review,
It is our pleasure to have our customers happy about our services,
We wish you a good day, and please send us more friends,and hope to see you again soon,
Kind regards,
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Uk
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69 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2013

I had a fab time in Penguin Village Dahab and also had a great time learning to dive. The village is friendly and helpful. One evening I lost some money in the ATM exchange machine - the shop keeper over the road rang the bank for me and then the Penguin guys followed up to ensure I got my money back. It was such a beautiful setting, I went for a run each morning down the coast and in the evening I hooked up with other solo travellers and enjoyed a relaxing dinner.

The rooms are getting a little tired and are pretty basic, but they are also clean. In terms fo value for money including diving you cannot do better than this and the diving instructor quality was first class.

Room Tip: Sea view has to be the way forward, althugh sadly I didn't manage to get one of these.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank luceeann
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PenguinDiversDahab, General Manager at Penguin Village, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taken the time to write this nice helpful review,
It is our pleasure to have our customers happy about our services,Taken in consederation to always looking after solo female traveller,and keeping them happy and safe.
We wish you a good day, and please send us more friends,
Kind regards,
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Loved this place. Right on the water with a dive shop (excellent prices and instructors), a laundry, a restaurant with yummy food (also good prices) and an Internet cafe (or free wifi if you have a device to hook up to).
We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom (which could have been cleaned more regularly & one of the toilets didn't flush) but it was cheap 50pounds per night and the location is ideal. The strip is not big so it's nice to be away from the touts.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank shilohmilo
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PenguinDiversDahab, General Manager at Penguin Village, responded to this review, January 21, 2014
Thank you for taken the time to write this nice helpful review,
It is our pleasure to have our customers happy about our services,
We wish you a good day, and please send us more friends,
Kind regards,
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

I stayed in a dorm room at Penguins in 2012 for 8 nights. It is located on the main strip in Penguins, but it is further out from the busier part of the strip which is perfect. The room was basic but clean, the staff absolutely lovely and accommodating. The restaurant serves amazing breakfast and is great value. I also did an Open Water Dive course with Penguin Divers and it was well organised and professional.

Room Tip: The dorm room is cheap and simple.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Shark432
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Sabie, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Great location right on the sea and a short walk from the main shopping/restaurant area. Restaurant is amazing...tastiest and cheapest we could find in Dahab with a great balcony and beautiful views. Rooms were clean and comfortable. The dive shop is relaxed, user friendly, all staff were great and diving was crazy cheap! All staff are friendly, helpful and can teach you the great game of Basrah (spelling??). They can also organize trips to Petra, Mt Sinai and many other places right from the hotel. We only stayed 5 days but will definitely be back one day for longer!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Kate B
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Additional Information about Penguin Village

Property: Penguin Village
Address: Mashraba St, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Dahab
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Penguin Village 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Friendly, clean hotel located on the waterfront. A range of rooms including ones with A/C, private bathrooms and balcony with red Sea views. Onsite restaurant and dive center offering recreational diving and PADI courses. Pick up service from anywhere in Egypt and assistance in arranging tours to surrounding cities and the Sinai region.hope to see you soon> ... more   less 
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