I try and write a review for able bodied as well as disabled travellers when I've returned from holiday, so I hope this may help anyone who is thinking of visiting this hotel.
The hotel is classed as 5*, but to be fair as with most hotels in Egypt this would be more in keeping with a 4* as say to Mauritius or the Far East, but don't let this deter you,because it more than makes up for this with the impeccable service and the can do attitude of all staff.
The hotel is approx 5 years old, a little faded round the edges in parts, but as soon as you arrive you feel comfortable with your surroundings.
Le Meridien is situated on a hillside, so everywhere you look you have lovely views over the bay and to the rear, the magnificent backdrop of mountains. Reception/lobby area is capacious with lots of quiet places to sit and if you wish free Wi-Fi is available here. The Horizons bar (with happy hour twice a day) offers comfortable surroundings with magnificent views. Bar prices are not extortionate e.g. large measure of gin with tonic and a good quality cocktail worked out at 113 EGP. Decent bar selection also. Bedrooms are simply furnished, reasonably sized with good a/c and heating, TV, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities with copious amounts of tea and coffee, toiletries replenished every day and bathrobes and slippers whiched are changed whenever you need them to be. I missed not having turndown service in the evening, but it was no big deal.
Mozzies are a problem anywhere in Dahab, and the Meridien is no exception, but we soon had that sorted ---- 3 Raid anti mosquito plug ins in the room!!!, a/c turned down to 18 degrees in the evening, spraying the room prior to going out and before long the little blighters didn't dare come into the room. Nets are provided if you have wee ones, just ask, and also the hotel offered to provide us with nets if we so wished. We found Boots tropical strength mozzie spray (50% deet) a god send.
We only booked room and breakfast which I find is much better, as it's such a shame to come to Egypt and not try the local cuisine, so we did a mixture of eating in the hotel and in Dahab town. The main dining room offers Buffet service approx 200 EGP p.p., plenty of choice but mediocre food. The A'La Carte restaurant, mainly oriental, was very good, with reasonable prices. We paid 395 EGP for two course meal for two people. Room service menu had a good selection and again very reasonable. Breakfast was a delight and Chef Saber was an absolute treasure with the personal service he gave to us. Porridge (we are going to award him the "Golden Spurttle" for porridge making in Egypt), and smoked Salmon with scrambled eggs, but there are plenty of choices too numerous to mention, and all cooked well. There is a shop within the lobby area which stocks most of your holiday needs, in fact if you venture into the rear of the shop you will find an Aladdin's cave of artwork, all agreeably priced. We spent many an hour happily drinking tea and having conversations with Isaac who has the shop, such a lovely man. If you just take time to talk you find out so much more about the culture and family life etc.
The beach is of a very coarse sand, and as Dahab tends to be windy at times, the whicker pods are a boon, they keep you sheltered from the wind whilst being extremely comfortable. Diving and wind surfing schools are on site, also bar, eatery, jetty and a house reef.
For the disabled traveller
The hotel does cover a large area with many inclines, but golf buggies( with ease of entry) are available if you wish at any time day or night. Smooth roads all around the resort. Good access down to the beach, with staff on hand to lift wheelchair if you would like to go onto the beach. Entry to reception and lobby, not good, access is by approx 6 steps down, but plenty of staff to assist. Breakfast/Buffet restaurant accessed through lobby area and then a further 6 steps down, again staff on hand. Horizons bar is level entry and also some toilets on this level. A'La Carte restaurant, level entry. The best pool I would say for ease of use is by this restaurant. I think the bedrooms that are better situated are superior and de luxe in the 700 block, near to amenities etc. All rooms are on one level with shower and level patios, but I'm unsure if there are specially adapted rooms.
In an ideal world hotels everywhere would be designed with the disabled traveller in mind, but alas that's not the case. This hotel does try and fit the bill in most areas, but staff are more than willing to assist, without one having to ask.
In conclusion: Wonderful staff, comfortable beds, fantastic service, good quality breakfasts. What more could one wish for.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Dahab Hotel Dahab
- Dahab Le Meridien