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Le Meridien Dahab Resort
Ranked #8 of 53 Hotels in Dahab
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2013

The stay at Le Meridian Resort was comfortable and restful. The design and layout of the hotel complex offer privacy when wanted, and chance to ‘people watch’ when you don’t. The beach has nice sunbathing chairs, an attractive pier, and views of the Saudi coastline. Passing tourist touts for camel and horse rides add to the feel.

We were on a B&B basis only, (wanting to eat locally rather than the usual overwhelming buffet dining).

The room was very comfortable, with a clean and well-designed bathroom. Really good kettle and hairdryer provided.

Our sea view did include the roof top water heaters –but no complaints really. Remember that like all Red Sea locations – it can be windy so a bit chilly on the beach at times. And there are mosquitos so spray your ankles!

We enjoyed fresh juices, breads and eggs for breakfasts. The weekly ‘newsletter’ was a good service.
We mostly ate in Dahab town. This is a 5 minute taxi ride from the hotel. As usual, the hotel complex is situated quite a way from the town base, but taxis were no more than Egyptian pounds/ £GB3, or you could use the free hotel shuttle bus. My only criticism with that is that the shuttle bus timings are a bit odd – I guess for people dining at the hotel in the evening – it would be great if they ran more frequently.

Walking beyond the hotel complex puts you on a rubbish-strewn beach – just shows how inconsiderate tourists are to their environment.

The hotel bars are smart but welcoming. We ate and drank at the xx beach bar, and found the food well presented, clean and fresh. The mezze is enough for two for a lunch time snack. The a la carte restaurant likewise served fresh Asian-style food which was really nice. (Beer prices are OK, but wine and spirits are pricey as you would expect in Egypt).

Unfortunately a number of factors made the hotel too quiet for us (perceptions of the recent civil upheaval, the Syrian situation, economic slump – or just being January?). So we felt a bit isolated and lonely in the hotel at times. (The discovery of Star Wars movies on TV helped!)

Given that it was January we were not surprised to see some maintenance work going on in the hotel. We had no disturbance or complaint, in fact I would suggest that the hotel could have been more confident in closing some areas off for storm damage repair.

Dahab itself is a small place for tourists (although the residential and local area spreads out a lot further), with just one ‘promenade’ of shops and cafes along the sea front.

There are lots of places to eat – with non of the international chains and brands now dominating Sharm. Good Egyptian menus are complemented with some Asian and European options.

We ate at The Cave which was cozy and relaxed. (Quite arty and chilled).

Ali Baba Restaurant felt a bit like the kind of large scale Indian restaurants you get in Manchester and Leeds – lots of bustle, fun waiters and both Egyptian and tourist customers. Really good quality sea food and meat. The portions are pretty big, and they give you mezze dips and a sweet too! Pop to the loo and pass the kitchen where you can see the bread being made. The at table hand washing is a lovely practical and hospitable touch.

The best coffee I had was at Scoops cafe in the Lighthouse area, (off the main drag). Amazing waffles and great toasties.

The Kitchen Restaurant did very reasonable Chinese – again, fresh and clean.

Note that most restaurants are alcohol free but you can BYO – there is a nearby beer and wine shop. (Bottled water is only about 3 Egyptian pounds / 30pence UK).

We popped into Churchills Bar – but frankly thought it was a bit of a dump – not worth seeking out the ‘ex-pat’ style bar unless you have agreed to meet up with other people/ divers there. Pretty crap service, tatty and unwelcoming.

The tourist shop owners do constantly hustle you – but there seemed to be a good variety of t-shirts and Arabic – style decorations to buy. I think this seemed to be a nice place to wander with children.

There are lots of cats – and restaurants provide water squirters to put of feline beggars!

There are hundreds of dive shops and it is really entertaining to watch all the divers entering the water next to the cafes and shops. If you are a diver you might want to pick your centre carefully as some kit looked a bit tatty and some of the centres cater mostly for Russian or UK divers (pick your preference).

We can recommend H2O Dive Centre as a good international team, with UK style training at both recreational and technical diver standards.

If you have only been to Sharm or Hurguargda you will find Dahab a lot more laid back, and water sport orientated, and with a lingering ‘hippy’ feel. Once you get used to the unlit streets and Egyptian friendliness it felt like a safe and welcoming place. (I was here over 12 years ago when there were no big resorts so glad to see the place has retained some originality).

We had a private car airport transfer – the drive through the desert landscape added to the holiday. Note that the airport toilets at Sharm are terrible, and the airport can be packed.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashraf R, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2013

Dear gilliandyson

It is a great pleasure to read your valuable comments in which we really appreciated and delighted to read that you enjoyed a good experience at Dahab,

We would like to inform you that we are in the way to organize and lead sort of community services such as a General Cleaning Campaign in Dahab between all hotels, restaurants, and bars to create the awareness and the importance of the clean and green environment,

and again we thank you for your comments and feed back.

Look forward to welcoming you again at Le Meridien Dahab Resort,

ashraf

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We picked this hotel as most reviews described as the place to stay if one was looking for a relaxing break, & we were not disappointed. This is the perfect hotel/resort to visit if you are just looking to lie around on a nice beach, soaking up the sun & doing some easy snorkelling in the warm clear waters. All the staff are great with the right balance of service emphasis. Special mention to the recreation guys & the staff in Sails (restaurant/bar on the beach).
Overall, a very strong recommendation if you're looking for a chilled out holiday/break. We hope to return later this year.

A couple of minor points/clarification of the ratings:
The spa was out of action due to a very severe recent storm (which also washed away 15km of the Sharm to Dahab road). So this can't be helped
WIFi is only free in the lobby, given the hotel's billing (& the minimal cost to provide) free WIFI should be available throughout the resort.
Fitness Centre & games room is a bit basic. But the pools & great beach more than make up for this.
We only ate twice in the Vie Restaurant, it was fine, but there are far better places to eat in Dahab. The hotel provides a free shuttle bus service or a cab costs only about £3 each way.
Recommended restaurants are, Friends, Ali Baba's, Shark, all provide fantastic fresh fish, prawns etc etc. There are also numerous other restaurants/bars catering for pretty much all tastes. Our favourite by far was Friends.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashraf R, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Dear Chris F

We are delighted to know that you had a good experience with us at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, and we thank you for your valuable comments as through these kind of comments we could do better in the future, We hope to see you very soon for your next experience when visiting Le Meridien Dahab Resort.

Thanks and best Regards
ashraf

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I stayed at the hotel for a solo mini break. I was totally impressed with the hotel and in particular the service. It is a short taxi ride from the main town; great if you want to be 'away from it all', convenient if you don't. The hotel is a definite cut above the rest in Dahab (which is more of a traveller's hangout), it's beautiful and very well maintained. I always was very well attended to; the staff were also very friendly, which, as a solo traveller was great.

The gym only had two machines and poor air conditioning, but I think I was the only guest using the facilities in the time I was there!

I would definitely recommend this hotel for those who want some luxuy after climbing Mt Sinai or camel trekking!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Ashraf R, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Dear Harriettink

I would like to thank you for your comments on your return from our sunny resort.

We are always anxious to read all comments from our valuable guests and we are pleased to know from you that we did our job in the way you like, as for the Gym we are on the way to move it to a larger place with more modern equipments to fulfill our guests’ needs.

Look forward to welcome you back at Le Meridien Dahab Resort.

Thanks and Best Regards
Ashraf

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I consulted TA extensively in booking this holiday with my wife and now I need to give back....

Stayed in a deluxe suite which is double the size of the non suite so you get a living room with good size TV plus an extra toilet. The extra width gives you a bigger patio to the front and a bigger 'garden' to the rear. The garden to the rear included loungers a shower and an excellent stone hot tub. A fixed shade meant little sun available at this time of year.
The room was clean and there were a few mozzies but the air con and plug ins were controlling OK. The usual shampoo/conditioner/gel were there plus slippers /thin gowns/shaving kit.
Two bottles of water each day were welcome and it wasnt expensive to purchase more.
The site is quite windy and there isnt much shelter from it but as it often so warm didnt see this as a big deal.
The supply of towels for sunbathing/swimming was good and easy to access. There were plenty of places to sunbathe as the guest numbers were low. Not sure how it would bear up to high occupancy. The sunloungers were good and the square ones on the beach were great.

The site is built on a hillside which adds character and views. It is nicely designed and had a good feel. its isolated as it is across the bay from the 'lagoon' hotels and the 'beach either side is in reality a wasteland (litter and debris and the occasional disused building). We walked across to the lagoon area a few times to take a glass bottomed boat trip (8 euros per head with snorkelling thrown in = 90 mins - they provide kit - well worth it!) and stretch the legs - it was an easy 30 minute walk on a beach track. Visited the Hilton in the more populous lagoon area and this was still quite quiet and looked pretty good but I was pleased to be staying where we were.

The staff were good and the facilities fine. The gardening could have been better - the Hilton and some other hotels felt a bit greener but the Bougainvillea over the rooms was lovely. Didnt play tennis but this looked ok. The pools were fine but not big in relation to the potential number of guests - they were well maintained. The buildings and lighting were very good - architect designed - which added to the quality of experience.

The beach bar was great and the snorkelling was good - the water was warm enough for a 30 minute expedition along the shallow reef. You can see a decent array of fish - lots of bright colours. Brought my own gear - you should check with hotel if you want to use their gear as a guest was asking me where I got mine.....?

The only blot on the hotel's copy book related to food. This was below the quality of the hotel itself and made me glad we had only B&B. It wasnt inedible but it wasnt good either. It was spectacularly mediocre. I had the Mussaman curry two nights and this was good. The red wine we were served was good. For breakfast there was a decent choice but the cooked food was not popular as it was so average - the saving grace was the facility to have your own eggs cooked for you.

To eat in town we used a mix of shuttlebus and taxi - 300 EP (3 quid) was the going rate.
We ate at the Aladdin as it had good write ups and was well run. We were not adventurous - we were happy enough with what they offered. A decent meal for two was less than £30 as the starter (bead and dips) plus dessert (pastries) were complimentary. alcohol you bring your own and a 500ml bottle of beer is less than a quid!

Dahab itself is averagely OK - a welcome change of scene to the quiet hotel - - we didnt explore it fully but we found the traders a bit tiresome after a while. They are not rude and they shouldnt really worry you but it detracts from the experience IMO.

This is a good place for those seeking a quiet time. The fact that there were so few tourists added to the quietness. If want action other than watersports you might want somewhere else. After a week we were happy to come home after a restful stay.
Next time we will 'do' Petra as a fellow guest said this long trip was well worthwhile.

To get to Dahab I emailed Simona - Simona@dahab-info.com - she was very good - 300 euros was a decent price for one direction (added a 10% tip to driver). They want you to pay up front on outbound - did this via PayPal. They then give you confirmation and phone number in case of any issue.

The airport was an OK experience was just fine - expected it to be poor but it was smooth. On return we ate at the airport and there was some choice of hot food that was OK.

The weather was sunny the whole time - a bit of high cloud ssome days but always hot enough to sunbathe and then look for shade. The evenings were cold enough for trousers and maybe a light jacket or pullover. The restaurants in town were typically open air but they had heaters which made it v comfortable. The week before we went the weather hadnt been so good but it was set fair when we left (8th Feb).

Will be happy to return.

Room Tip: Other travellers had recommended 620 to 625 for deluxe rooms and I could see why - the view and acce...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashraf R, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Dear u035122

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feed back and we are happy to learn that you enjoyed your experience at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, also would like to inform you that we contracted a landscaping company to enhance our Gradens, I’m sure that you will note the deference if you decide to visit us in the near future.

We look forward to welcome you back to Le Meridien Dahab Resort.

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Ashraf

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We spent our usual Christmas in the Meridien. It was great, on the whole. Unfortuantely, there seemed to be an air of discontent at the hotel, with many members of staff moaning about the management. This was a pity as it kind of took the edge off things. There was also a lot of manic work everywhere on the run up to Christmas- I had to ask a gardener to come back later, as I did not feel comfortable with him working a metre from where I was sunbathing. .

Breakfast was great as always, although the bread rolls are still rock hard. I was absolutely dellighted to see that they had introduced an Egyptian station with fuul mesdames (boiled beans mashed, to which you add a selection of spices, such as chilli and cumin, lime and oil all to taste...delicious!), falafel, tahini and flatbreads. As this was something I had commented on before, I was thrilled that they had made this addition.

We ate at the a la carte restaurant one night, but would not bother again: it was very poor value for money and, apart from the tempura prawns, was pretty poor, especially the dessert of chocolate mousse.

In the evenings, we tended to walk from the hotel towards town, as far as the Hilton and got a taxi from there into town (LE15) and a taxi all the way back to the hotel (LE25).

We ate a lot of meals at The Kitchen, just over the bridge and on the left which is a BYO. They make pretty decent Indian food, but fairly inconsistent: the chicken tikka masala varied tremendously over the course of our stay in Dahab. I had previously recommended buying the SA Cape Bay merlot from the drinks' seller by the central statue/feature on the right as you approach the stretch towards the bridge. Since we have been to him every year, we did not bother asking anyone else about the price, to check. It appeared he was over-charging us by LE 15 every day. So it does pay to shop around and we won't buy from him again on principle!

Regarding the beach at the hotel, even though there were not that many people around, there were battles for the baskets, which provide privacy and shelter from the wind. The cushions are also looking a bit tatty. This is a great pity as people played the 'claim the basket' game, meaning that if you didn't also do this, you stood no chance of getting one. Perhaps more baskets might be a more preferable option.

The room was great, bed very comfortable and housekeeping good.

We will probably be back again next year as we still love the hotel's views.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mahmoud S, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you very much for your feedback and your nice comments about our hotel, the service delivered to you and the fantastic location and it's unique nature between the mountain and the red sea. customer care is amongst our highest priorities and it is always gratifying to receive such praise, I was delighted to read your motivating words and to learn that you had a memorable experience with us. Be assured that your nice words have already shared with our Team. We do hope that we will be able to welcoming you again and again to Le Meridien Dahab in the not too distant future.

Kind regards
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Design hotel!!

Great, sensitive and fantastic staff
Several quiet and cosy corners
Comfortable seaview room and bathroom
Great breakfast and dinner
Excellent food in the sailsbar, cosy bar (horizon) and there is a happy hour!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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LeMeridien1937, Director of Rooms at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Dear Linda2707_12

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience @ Le Meridien Dahab Resort on Trip advisor.

We are so glad to read that you've enjoyed your experience, specially with the Food @ the SAILS restaurant and bar and our cocktail bar HORIZONS.

Once again many thanks for your compliments, and we look forward to welcome you back to Le Meridien Dahab resort.

Best regards
Mohamed

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Stayed here for a week in April. Hotel is set in a beautiful area on the beach, resort is incredibly relaxing and quiet. Superb location for divers as Poseiden are based on site.

Breakfast was okay, staff friendly, only downside was the lack of a proper gym and seemingly fellow guests. Free bus to town evey night though......would go back.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mahmoud S, Front Office Manager at Le Meridien Dahab Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you very much for your feedback and your nice comments about our hotel, the service delivered to you and the fantastic location and it's unique nature between the mountain and the red sea. customer care is amongst our highest priorities and it is always gratifying to receive such praise, I was delighted to read your motivating words and to learn that you had a memorable experience with us. Be assured that your nice words have already shared with our Team. We do hope that we will be able to welcoming you again and again to Le Meridien Dahab in the not too distant future.

Kind regards
The Management

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Address: Al Tahrir St | PO Box 2, Dahab, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Dahab
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Dahab
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Dahab
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Dahab
#8 Romantic Hotel in Dahab
#9 Family Hotel in Dahab
Price Range: $65 - $137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 182
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