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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Daniela Village St. Katherine Saint Catherine, Egypt - Red Sea And Sinai