I read about this place and was prepared! I think that is a good way to be - there are few options here after all!
The hotel really does have charm and is just incredibly located (see pics for view at night). You stay, after all, where the Israelites camped! Just don't expect too much from the hotel and you'll be fine. The beds are decent, the linen seemed clean. There was dust over everything - but what else can you expect!
Our issue was the bathroom - our toilet was leaking and by the time we left water was covering a large part of the floor. Also, there was no hot water - the hot water system in our bathroom seemed to be broken and with a big group coming in we knew that it wouldn't get seen to for hours, they might also expect a tip for their work (as they did for assistance with bags) and so we thought we'd cut our losses and deal with it. Other people's bathrooms were fine I'm sure.
Please be careful with the food. Don't eat the custard or milk based products at the restaurant ! A friend of ours got sick from it. Stick to grain based things - breads, etc. We had a little meat as it seemed well cooked, but that was it and we were fine. Read up on what not to eat in Egypt before you go - food poisoning has been a problem for many of our friends visiting there. The coffee is generally horrible - if you can buy coffee bags in your country - bring them.
As a quick stop over to get you to the top of Mount Sinai - this will do! It is an experience of a lifetime so one night in 'not so great' accommodation is no big deal (unless you're fussy of course).
- Also Known As:
- St. Katherine Tourist Village (Wadi Raha Hotel) Hotel Saint Catherine