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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.