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“Terrible place” 1 of 5 stars
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El Wady El Mouqudess Hotel
Saint Catherine, Egypt   |  
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India
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Terrible place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is a terrible hotel and you should avoid it. The pictures look good but that's not reality. It's in a good location with good views and that's about it.
The rooms were okay. The food was terrible. The bathrooms dirty and the worst of all the staff was rude. They seemed to be doing us a favour.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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English first
London, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

There were hairs all over our walls and the floor. There were dead mosquitoes also covering the walls. Regardless of whether you got your room cleaned, it stayed dirty. And it was noisy as hell. The staff is badly behaved and the General Manager, Mr. Amin Abdul Ghani, wants to marry all married women. Poor service, smelly staff. Yuck!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2010

Dirty: There were hairs all over my room and in the smallest bathroom Arabs could have built. It was noisy as hell, this hotel is not for peaceful retreats in St. Katherine. The staff is ill-mannered, and if you're a woman and you dare to use the balconies at this place, the staff members would literally stalk you. And they are noise polluters, big time. When you ask them to shut up, they tell you to move into another room where the staff won't bother you. They smell, too. And the hotel manager insists that women should always be with men. I was referred to as Miss so-and-so all over the place although the hotel records would clearly show that I am a Mrs. In short, the hotel management wants all women to itself!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo, Egypt
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

St Catherine's is not a resort town. Ideally, this area should be an place for pilgrims making their trek to visit the monastery. Of course, this is not the case and people are expecting 5 star hotels and amusement parks when they visit here. I found El Wady El Mouqudess Hotel very pleasant. I was here with my husband and a friend. Overall, we all enjoyed our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. This hotel, as well as others in the area, are nothing fancy. I found the hotel "clean" by area standards. We had breakfast only here, as we ate our dinner in the town. Standard Egyptian breakfast with fuul, cheese, bread, tomatoes, etc.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cambridge
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

The front of the hotel was very nice with beautiful reception area and rooms. Unfortunately, as I was travelling with my Egyptian husband they gave us an older room on the back. The room was not very clean, towels were provided for 1 person only, and the door would not lock. I even found a pin in my bed. An Egyptian group were later checked into the same rooms and a member of staff hit one of the group members. The boy had some kind of mental illness and was clearly shaken. My husband diffused the situation, threatening to call the police. As the group were also unhappy with their rooms and making a lot of noise we requested to change the room. After a 2nd complaint and threats to call the tourist police we were moved to a room at the front of the hotel. It was a big improvement, although it had a leaky toilet. It was quite clean and spacious with new furnishings. The lock on the balcony door was broken. The meals served were very poor. The breakfast was continental or salad! the evening meal was a little better, although I found a hair in my salad. The dining area was in bad need of painting. The pool was half full and the pool area would have been so much nicer if it had clean tables and chairs - they were very dusty.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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42 hotel reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

It's all about expectations and mine weren't particularly high. So I was pleasantly suprised to find that the hotel is perfectly okay. Hot and cold running water, AC, fridge, cooked breakfast, plenty of parking space across the road. And all for LE150 for a double room - excellent value for money.

We only stayed 1 night for a trek up Mt. Sinai, but the rooms were quiet and comfortable and we managed to grab a few hours sleep before the ascent of the mountain at 2am. We then returned to the hotel for hot showers and cooked breakfasts before checking out and visiting the monestry.

I had booked the rooms in advance, but needn't have bothered, there didn't seem to be anyone else staying; all the tourists on coach tours seemed to be staying at the Catherine Plaza next door.

The downside? Well, you wouldn't want to spend too long here. The pool isn't particularly clean and the bar seemed to be under construction. But overall, a perfectly acceptable place to spend a night.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois USA & Cairo, Egypt
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48 hotel reviews
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158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

Well, the first thing you must know is that St. Catherine's village is not a huge resort town! It's at the foot of Mt. Sinai and people come here for basically two purposes: seeing the monastery and climbing Mt. Sinai (Mount Musa), and perhaps ride camels or go on a jeep desert safari. And that's it. It is not a place for luxury. Having said that, our family (foreign residents in Cairo) came here for 3 nights to get away from the noisy Cairo life and enjoy some time with family and friends. In December, it is freezing here at night, but the hotel had very strong heaters, and so we had no problems with comfort in our hotel room. For the price, we had absolutely no problems along with breakfast included.

However, considering the overall idea of a hotel and as a TripAdvisor member, I will try to give an objective review of the hotel for someone who has never been here and wishes to spend a night in St. Catherine's village.

I would rank this hotel as a 2-star hotel. But even then, it is pretty shabby. The room was sufficient. You don't come to St. Catherine's and spend time in the room. The hotel management was very sparse, and the hotel seemed pretty empty except for one group the first night. The breakfast is basic and very Egyptian - medames beans, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, cheese, breads, etc. There were no drinks of any sort. There was some Orange Tang mix or something but it was obvious it was mixed with the tap water, so we stopped drinking it.

There is a pool, but it is emptied out during the cold weather months, so it was not filled with water. But the empty pool made my kids climb down and enjoy an awesome time running around in there.

Meals were great and awesome at the Fox Camp down the road near the main roundabout. We went into the camp, inside the Bedouin-style tent and had campfire, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, and our kids loved it. We drank hot tea and ordered meals from the restaurant - half-chicken, rice, and soup for 35 Egyptian pounds ($7 USD). Very cheap and affordable. And the food tasted great!!! From the same camp, the owner set up a family hike over two small mountains to a Bedouin village where we had snacks and tea. That was really great and our kids loved the whole trek.

The hotel didn't have hot water all the time. But when we asked them to do somthing about it, shortly afterward, we had it. The faucet in our shower kept falling off, but we managed. Parts of the hotel construction seemed shoddy and imperfect, but that's the way construction is done here in Egypt unless it is supervised really well.

Basically, if you want a decent place to spend the night before you climb Mt. Sinai, consider this hotel. It is cheap, but don't expect a whole lot. Most visitors spend only one night and then wake up at 1 am to go up the mountain. Since we stayed there 3 nights, we never saw any maid service. We made our own beds and cleaned our own rooms.

There is no room service and the TVs in the room are not hooked up to satellite or anything. Don't expect to be entertained much in the hotel. The telephones in the rooms are there for show. They don't connect to the front desk or anything. They basically don't work and you can't dial out.

By the way, going up the mountain is customarily a thing done late at night in order to see the sunrise. But just know that it is extremely cold when you get to the top. You need winter clothes up there. If you can't weather the cold, then don't go climb the mountain at 1 am. Go up during the day. But you won't see any sunrise... just a bunch of mountains.

If you plan to go up during the night, remember to bring a flashlight with fresh batteries. If not, you might trip and FALLLLLL!

If you're daring, pay some money to take camels up to 3/4th of the way up the mountain during the day. Then camp out there and wake up at 3 am or so. Then climb the last 1/4 to see the sunrise. Again, bring lots of warm clothes and sleeping bag.

  • Liked — Bargain value! Good heating system!
  • Disliked — Intermittent hot water, poor TV and phone.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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El Wady El Mouqudess Hotel Saint Catherine, Egypt - Red Sea And Sinai
Address: Saint Catherine, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Saint Catherine
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