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Daniela Village St. Katherine
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   St. Katherine Road, Saint Catherine, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Saint Catherine
Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“worse hotel ever!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Visited this hotel for one night after climbing Mount Sinai as wanted somewhere to stay before visiting St Catherine's Monastery the next day. The tour company suggested staying at Morganland but due to poor reviews on this site I asked to stay at Daniela as the reviews were good. What a terrible mistake!! We had booked a suite as there were 3 of us. initially we were shown a small room with just enough space for 3 beds. Then we were shown 'the suite'. Whilst it did comprise of 2 rooms with a double bed in one and a single in the other it was filthy, the bed had broken , there were bits of fallen plaster all over the beds and floor and no heat. we were assured it would be prepared by the time we had walked up the mountain and back.
On our return it had been cleaned but there was the smell of damp and plaster dust everywhere and no heating. It gets very cold in the Sinai desert at night. The large radiator had bare wires with no plugon the end and the 2 ancient heating units produced just cold air. There was mold and peeling plaster on the walls and ceilings.
We went for dinner to find we were the only guests. the dining room floor was filthy and the cloths on tables dirty. 2 men acted as waiters, both kept their anoraks on throughout as it was freezing!! The food was actually very nice and there was wine.
We returned to our room. All 3 of us slept in one bed fully clothed as it was so cold. They did bring an electric oil heater for us but it was next to useless.
In the morning there was no hot water for the ancient shower and the toilet blocked.
We had a solitary breakfast in the freezing dining room again waited on by men in coats. the food was again surprisingly good.
We were grateful to leave and I cannot believe the people who have written previous reviews could possibly have stayed at the same place however the photographs of the small chalets confirm it is the same place.
Our guide stayed with us. He works for Memphis tours and has stayed at Morganland and the Monastery guest house both of which are much better. He was embarrassed that we had experienced such poor quality in his country.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and I stayed one night at this hotel on the 15 January 2013, res no. 22510-26463686. This is a nice hotel by Egyptian standards and is a comfortable place to put your head down before you go up Mt Sinai early in the morning. All Egyptian hosts are friendly so I'll say no more about that. A nice stone unit for my wife and I and it was very cean and tidy with all the basic facilities you should expect. It had a heater and airconditioner and believe it or not a mosquito net that is needed in winter. The beds were very comfortable and the bathroom of a decent size. The shower was hot but they still suffer from the usual Egyptian problem, how to control the water after it leaves the shower spout. It gets all over the floor and the shower curtain seems only an after thought, however, I have become use to this situation in Egyptian hotels in my travels around Africa and the Middle East. The food at the restaurant was very good but the table hygiene could be much better for the rave reviews they get. I was disappointed that you are not given a choice to choose from for lunch or dinner, it was just served. I also thought a little expensive considering the restaurant is in need of renovation and presentation. The manager arranged a guide and a breakfast box for the climb up Mt Sinai and gave us a call so we could be ready to go on time. Overal this place is a good place to stay the night but a little renovation and attention to detail could make this hotel a top place and truly justify its bed price that is a little high for budget level facilities. I don't want this review to put anyone off staying at this hotel as it is quite good by Egyptian standards and you will enjoy a comfortable stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Davie, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I stayed two nights at this hotel on October 2012. It seemed to me that I was the only guest at the time. Since my arrival the manager was extremely nice and friendly. I felt very welcomed and it was kind of like staying at a relative's home. He arranged a driver to take me at 2 am to mount Sinai one day and then he arranged for my transfer to Taba the next day. All at a very reasonable price. My room was spacious and clean. The food served at their restaurant was cheap, plentiful and tasty. The manager even let me borrow the computer in his office to check my e mail and one afternoon we sat down for a nice leisured conversation over Bedouin tea. Can anybody ask for more?

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Daniela Hotel is postcard lovely.

My family of four had two large rooms which were like little stone chalets with two rooms in each making a little village. There was heating/cooling in each room and mosquito nets over each bed which we were advised to use even in winter.

We had three meals there – lunch, dinner then breakfast – and each meal was tasty and laid out buffet style for us to help ourselves. There were different and varied foods to try. Alcohol is available.

The showers are the hose type (very common throughout Egypt) and ours sagged which meant you had to get close to the wall to use it or else hold it.

Overall we thought Daniela was a lovely hotel to stay at if you’re visiting Mt Sinai and St Katherine's Monastery.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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135 reviews 135 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

Stayed here overnight during a recent Geckos tour. Really nice atmosphere, little cabins, rustic feel to the rooms. Buffet dinner and breakfast were included for us, and the food was good, plenty of variety. Very close to Mt Sinai, St Catherine's Monastery.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Loved this hotel with it's unique stone faced bungalows, which blend in beautifully with the surrounding mountains. We were the only guests at this time due to the downturn in tourism at the time and all the staff went out of their way to make us at home. The room was very comfortable with a lovely outlook to the mountains. Most visitors to Saint Catherine swarm in on buses from Sharm el Sheik to do the Mt Sinai and monastery combination in the early hours and then head back to Sharm. St Catherine (El Milga) though, is a great place to spend a couple of days. Quiet and relaxing after all the buses have gone, and with sensational scenery. The many other hiking options other than Mt. Sinai that don't attract the crowds.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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173 reviews 173 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

The rooms are clean with gd showers, comfortable bed with gd mosquito nets, generous BBQ (with beer) and good breakfast spread. There has been no security issues in this area, the local Bedouin have a huge interest in keeping tourists safe - and with the dearth of tourists at the moment we got a personal sincere welcome.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Daniela Village St. Katherine

Address: St. Katherine Road, Saint Catherine, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Saint Catherine
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Saint Catherine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Daniela Village St. Katherine 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Daniela Village St. Katherine. An oasis of peace at the foothill of Mount Sinai, a holy piece of land calling for the three Monotheist religions........ located in the heart of the Sinai Peninsula and in the Protectorate of St. Katherine. Just 3 km away from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. Katherine & The Mt. Sinai (Moses), the holy Mountain, where the Lord addressed Moses and dictated him the Ten Commandments. No Mass, no Stress and especially small groups always with a Bedouin guide that will take you to the different sites in the Sinai desert. For hiking, walking, meditating, yoga, watching the stars, camel ride or just to detach from our world to listen to the sound of absolute silence. The Hotel : this simple and quiet hotel with its stunning views over the mountains of Sinai and an unforgettable quietness was built for pilgrims visiting the holy places and for people just looking for peace and quiet in the desert of Sinai. The Daniela Village is built in the requirements of the protectorate. The Rooms : The Daniela Village has 72 rooms built in bungalow/chalet style. All rooms have stunning views over the Sinai mountains. The rooms are simple and are equipped with air-conditioning, private bathrooms and mini bar. Hotel Facilities: Daniela Village is a compound of 72 double bed air-conditioned bungalows with private bathroom, and two suites. Hala Restaurant offers oriental and international specialties; Karim Cafeteria offers a 24-hour service of snacks and beverages; television hall, souvenir shop, car park, pick up & transfer service. How you can reach us : located in a peaceful spot away from the crowds and mass tourism areas and only 3 km from the St. Katherine Monastery. We are located approximately 230 km north of Sharm El Sheik , 110km from Nuweiba & 140 km and 170 km from Taba. 130km from Dahab. ... more   less 
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