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“Great hotel, great friendly service, fantastic dive centre”
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Acacia Dahab Hotel
Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Dahab
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Just finished a week at the Acacia with my family (wife and kids, 10&12). To give a breakdown;

Location: Perfect, in the quiet area of Dahab, very chilled but easy access to everything
Rooms: spotlessly clean, basic but very comfortable. Our bathroom (we had the basic option) could do with some updating but quite serviceable.
Staff: Unfailingly helpful and pleasant.
Restaurant: The open area by the front for breakfast/ drinks is a great area, back from the street but right in the centre of things. Great place to hang out.
Restaurant - opposite hotel. Basic menu but really good food and very reasonably priced. Occasionally plays bad music...!
Pool: Average sized, but quite adequate. Spotlessly clean

Dive centre- Sea Dancer. I have dived all over the world and this is the best dive centre that I have used. Very friendly staff, fantastic safety ethos, good quality gear, organisation tightly run. Ashraf runs a very tight ship. On first impressions I used them for everything for the entire week and they were great - my only minor quibble being a boat trip that had great diving but a coupe of the sites weren't easy enough snorkelling for our kids. A mixture of British/ Dutch/ Australian and Egyptian instructors that worked very well. Everyone there bent over backwards to help at every stage.

Complaints; my only small issue was the live music setup in the bar that encouraged some local bands to noisily strangle some of the many stray cats during the day- they shut up after a quiet word. One night I had to call reception at 22:30 as band was noisy - I would have been happy for a bit less volume but they stopped immediately!

Dahab: I really grew to love this bizarre, chilled out place. Such a liberal mix of East and West. Inevitably I [--] though the eye of a needle on a couple of occasions and my son was sick one day. Par for the course for Egypt - if only food safety could be as good as their dive safety. Road travel is interesting, there seem to be no rules at all. Driving on the right is usual but not guaranteed!

My daughter says that this has been her best holiday ever. Booking next years trip soon...

Room Tip: We had a 2 bed suite- worked well, but would have liked to have been able to book the superior bathr...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a very good choice for staying in Dahab for divers and relaxers alike. Clean rooms with airco, hot showers, a nice pool, and a good restaurant with direct view over sea. Perfect place to lounge after a well-spent day diving, sight seeing or relaxing. Staff is very friendly and ready to improve things, help with anything you need.

Some points for improvement:
- Showers are really tiny, making you fight the wet shower curtain constantly while washing your hair. We had ample supply of (very) warm water, but in some cases there was no warn water
- As the rooms are pretty new, they are nice, some rooms are starting to need some maintenance
- The quality of the food in the restaurant is good (there was a guest with salmonella poisoning in the restaurant next door, and we all had stomach problems after eating in a local place), but service can be pretty slow (like waiting half an hour for breakfast, or 45 mins for a meal). Not a problem if you have all the time in the world, but inconvenient if you have to be early for a dive trip.

But all in all, we had a great time here, and would certainly recommend everybody staying here. The on-site diving outfit (Sea Dancer Acacia) is excellent, making a perfect combination

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I stayed in Acacia hotel for one week.I am a diver from Greece and i have visited Sinai for diving several times.Excellent hotel,friendly staff,cool pool and bar,fantastic food at the hotel`s restaurant,fantastic location and atmosphere and good value for money.Will definately return!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Mikegr_12
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Very clean, friendly and familiar hotel. Well suited for divers or snorkelers. The service is excellent with very good food and an excellent in-house dive base. The hotel is situated in the very center of Dahab with a promomenade sea front boardwalk.The hotel is nicely grouped around adult palms and has a very enjoyable swimming pool and a nice restaurant/cafe at the sea side.There is a very nice house reef with access at high tides.

The hotel is well suited for active holidays (no sand beaches in Dahab center). Excellent diving trips in the neighboring areas are available as well as trips to the desert or to Mount Sinai.

We very much enjoied the stay at Acacia. It was our greatest holiday trip!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

I love the food at Acacia! friendly staff and sooo relaxing hanging by the pool. try the crepes, french toast with cream and jam, sweet potato fries, focaccia chicken without the chicken for us veggies thats a grilled veg with pesto sauce sandwich-to die for! the cocktails are the best in town and the beautiful Maddy has just installed a pool table-what more can you ask for??!!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Well, how can I start, this is just excellent, everything is just perfect, starting from Mineral tab water, till the cleanliness and coziness of the place.

it's in the heart of Dahab, on a side u can find restaurants and the sea and the touristic alley, and the other side is the road of the commercial area, where u can get antiques and groceries if u want.

Pool is amazing, just lil bit small, but this is how they're all in Dahab, all staff are friendly, smiles don't ever leave their faces, help u with whatever u want even if out side the hotel, like a family, still have to mention the sexy Adham and the sexy Hossam, hehe, as well Yasser and Nader and Shawky, all are friendly and helpful.

rooms are clean, nice, room service is quite and professional, toilet wasn't really large but enough for proper use.

Food is of very good quality, the Chef is nice and friendly as well, Blake in the diving center is nice and friendly.

Price is AMAZING for the quality of the Hotel, I would recommend it for anyone who'e trying to enjoy his stay in Dahab without wasting a moment trying to fix something out.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are very nice but if pool crowd doesn't bother you.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

This hotel is great. Very attractive, well maintained and situated down the quieter end of town but still within easy walking distance of the busy sea front restaurants, the lighthouse and eel garden areas with their excellent snorkelling and restaurants.

The Acacia is spotlessly clean with a lovely pool area and attractive palms and gardens. Delicious meals served either by the pool; in the restaurant; right by the sea or on the roof-top. Yassir and his staff make fabulous cocktails both non and alcoholic in the bar.

It's really the people that make this hotel such a good place to stay. Thanks to Sam and all the guys who work so hard - always smiling and you feel that nothing is too much trouble.

Sea Dancer is brilliant - Ashref runs this great dive centre and thanks to Khaled our instructor. (See Sea Dancer review)

All in all - this is a cool place to stay . Think we'll be back.

Room Tip: Ask for room with balcony facing the pool
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 5 Mashraba Street, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Dahab
Price Range: $41 - $64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Acacia Dahab Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of peaceful Dahab, Egypt is the Acacia Dahab Hotel. Our newly renovated, family-run hotel is situated directly on the waterfront. Overlooking the amazing Red Sea, you will find your stay at the Acacia Dahab Hotel an experience of serenity and a place for every type of traveler. Much like the atmosphere of Dahab itself, the hotel design creates a calm soothing, and private atmosphere for our guests. It is our pleasure to welcome you to Dahab, Sinai, and Egypt to show you the many wonders it has to offer. ... more   less 
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