St. Katherine Tourist Village (Wadi Raha Hotel)

St. Katherine Tourist Village (Wadi Raha Hotel)

near the foot of Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine Egypt
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#1 of 1 resort in Saint Catherine
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near the foot of Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine Egypt
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Love2Travel984 wrote a review Dec 2022
43 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is more like a village, with several buildings for rooms, dining room, coffee shop. The room was adequate, with more rustic furnishings, but still just fine. The bathroom was not very great, so don't plan on long showers or baths! The food was plentiful and good, but coffee for dinner is apparently not offered and requires you to go across to the coffee shop and bring your cup back. However, the location was great and being in the middle of it all was very special.
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Date of stay: November 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Andrew wrote a review Feb 2010
Hong Kong, China193 contributions233 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly, there are a million things I can write about this hotel/tourist village that would disgusts me. This is definitely the worst hotel I have ever stayed in in my entire life, and I definitely did not enjoy a single second in terms of the hotel stay, but climbing the Mount Sinai and watching the sunrise is probably one of the most memorable thing that I have ever done, and since this hotel is reportedly the best hotel in the area, there really isn't a choice. You just need to set your expectations accordingly before you check-in, so that you get the most out of this experience. If there were better options out there, I would not recommend this hotel, but since there are no better options out there within a good 1 hour driving radius, I would recommend this hotel/village.

Pros
- Proximity to mount sinai
- Free coffee/tea at 2am for mountain climbers
- Individual cabins/huts with individual heating
- Service at restaurant (not food) was good
- Room size were large (about 60 sqm)

Cons
- Disgusting showers - there was black dirt all over the bath tub and it was obviously housekeeping did a very poor job
- Very poor water pressure
- The hot water can only sustain for so long (about 20 minutes) at one time, so make sure if someone is taking a shower before you, ask him/her to be considerate and shower fast
- Bathroom amenities like shampoo was extremely cheap (imagine ketchup bags for soap and shampoo)
- Floor tiles were dirty
- Bed was hard
- No mosquito net at window, so mosquito/insects would fly in to the room and make the weirdest noise near your ears when you sleep (100% chance this would happen if you keep the windows open, which you will since there isn't air conditioning in your room - everyone in my tour group experienced this)
- No lighting around premise, so bring a torch light
- Toilet flushing handle was actually detached in my room, so you have to pick it up from the floor, somehow push it in somewhere and flush
- food selection in hotel restaurant (the only one) was very limited and it wasn't delicious
- the tour guide advised us against eating raw food (salads etc) and consuming ice at this restaurant because it is unsanitary and have caused people to get sick (and this would be completely unacceptable if this was a normal hotel)
- Public bathrooms in hotel lobby was dirty (or rather even those in the rooms were dirty)
- Bath towels were thin and rough
- Decor was very ancient (imagine lime green tiles for the bathrooms)
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Date of stay: February 2010
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AussieinSweden wrote a review Jun 2011
Stockholm, Sweden13 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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).
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Date of stay: October 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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OurTwoPennyWorth wrote a review Mar 2010
Chelmsford, United Kingdom41 contributions23 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this hotel (?) whilst on a coach tour of Egypt from the U.K. and because of this reason it had been prebooked by the tour company.
If we had known previoulsy what delights this hotel had to offer we would have slept on the coach. Firstly I think I can safely say that the room we where allocated was the filthiest hotel room we have EVER stayed in, the ceiling plaster was falling down, the pink toilet and basin where filthy and shower/bath indescribable. Other members of our group experianced - missing or broken door locks and bedding that had obvioulsy been slept in the prevoius night and not changed. One couple moved rooms THREE times before they found somewhere suitable. Apparently pilgrims stay at this hotel before climbing Mount Sinai - I can only assume that it must some form of pre - penance. Finally watch out for the brown edged salad in the fly infested restuarant, and the stray dogs eating rubbish outside the kitchen door !
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Date of stay: March 2010
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Nephthys🐈 wrote a review Feb 2009
United Kingdom22,754 contributions394 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The address is:
Wadi El Raha, St Catherine’s, Sinai Peninsular, Egypt
If you want to see photos, plz google the name; I will be adding photos, under my profile, in due course.
I stayed here, with a tour group of 24 others, for 2 nights only, on 29th & 30th January, ’09.
The village is located in the main valley of the St Catherine’s protectorate and is on the main road that goes to the Monastery. The village faces towards Mount Sinai.
The layout is numerous little chalets, in a valley, built to complement the surroundings, at the foot of the mountains. Our room had a lounge area, with small settee & 2 chairs, fridge & patio doors that opened onto a veranda, with chairs. The bedroom end had adequate wardrobe space, TV & 2 comfortable beds. Extra bed linen arrived without our asking for it as the evenings are a bit “fresh” at that time of year. There is air-con & heating in the 116 chalets.
The décor is rustic & in keeping with the Bedouin style of the area; the chalets are stone-faced & blend into the surrounding scenery. It wouldn’t stand up to UK regulations but we all enjoyed staying here & loved the spacious little chalets which were far nicer than some of the hotel rooms I’ve seen!
The bathrooms are a bit basic & not the best feature. They are rather dark have no toiletries but soap; the bath plug hole was missing too & the water was cold when we wanted a shower in the morning but warmed up later in the day. The water is also a bit slow to go down the plug holes but then we were in the middle of the Sinai mountains!
The main dining room is up on a slight hill, above the chalets & the food is lovely! Such a choice & the waiters were all great too.
One of our party had a b/day on the day we arrived. She’d kept quiet about it but someone found out, told the guide & he rang ahead to the hotel. They organised a lovely cake for her.
I woke early on the morning of our 2nd day & watched the sunrise over the nearby mountains; so peaceful & lovely. Numerous doves & pigeons visited me on the veranda; I love the place & it’s so handy for the monastery as well as those who wish to climb Mount Sinai.
There is no swimming pool, but we weren’t bothered. There’s a small shopping arcade but we didn’t spend time in there, either. I understand that there is a billiard room.
I wouldn’t hesitate to spend a few days here again, “away from it all” in that lovely, clean air.
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Date of stay: January 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Ahmad_M_Salem wrote a review Jun 2012
Cairo, Egypt51 contributions43 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been to Wadi El-Raha about 18 months ago, specifically in September 2010. The place looked amazing and was exactly what I was looking for. It is very relaxing and calm, nothing actually there except the deserts and the mountains.
The room was clean and the bathroom as well, not that luxurious but it is a hotel in the desert so do not put great expectations. The room was air conditioned.
We had the meals as well served to our room, the lunch and dinner were good while the breakfast was not that good, yet could be eaten.
It is a good place after all, I plan to go their again
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Date of stay: July 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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siobhanhughes wrote a review May 2010
Sydney, Australia76 contributions42 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I came here with a GAP tour so did not have any choice, but if you are not with a tour I highly recommend staying somewhere else.

Upon first glance the hotel looked nice. Nice setting, rustic looking rooms, etc. Closer inspection, however, revealed that this place was disgusting.

Firstly, I dont think the room had been swept in about 10 years. Walking around on the tile floor resulted in my feet/socks becoming black. That was a minor problem, however, compared to the state of the bed sheets. We slept in our sleeping sheets because the sheets on the bed were so disgusting. My bed had dead bugs in it. Other people in the group had crusty stains on their sheets.

The next problem was with the bathroom.... I dont think the shower in our room had ever been cleaned. We were lucky however, other peoples bathrooms had dead roaches on the floor.

Additionally, we ate lunch in the restaurant. Big mistake. I think the food had been prepared 2 days prior and they just reheated it up for us for $11 USD. It was the worst meal of my 2 week stay in egypt, by far. I would expect prison food to be better; it was horrific.

Dont stay here if you can avoid it. If a tour drags you here, bring a sheet and stay clear of the restaurant. Good luck.
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Date of stay: May 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Phuti M wrote a review Jul 2016
3 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 2 days and it is the filthiest place I had ever seen, with terrible food and leaking taps and pipes. I will never recommend it for anyone. I believe there are better places in the area. This hotel must be shut down! Even rats in the kitchen. It's a disaster I promise you. The pics online are very deceiving!
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
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DianeS36 wrote a review Jan 2011
Auckland, New Zealand33 contributions23 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were really nervous about staying here after we had read all the negative reviews on Trip Advisor. Hey people, this is the middle of a desert!!! The rooms were quite adequate and as clean as you could expect in a very dusty environment. Plumbing worked well and food was edible. At least the hotel had a bit of character!!
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Date of stay: October 2010
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Momma6Calgary wrote a review Jun 2010
Calgary18 contributions22 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were with a large group and were told this place was the best in the area. If so, should stay anywhere else within reasonable driving radius in order to climb Mt. Sinai. Much of the group (there were 88 of us) had food poisoning, many had bed bugs, toilets didn't work, sheets were filthy - it was just terrible in every respect. We climbed Sinai for the sunset, and were to eat upon arrival back at the hotel at 11:00 pm. Even though starving, most of us couldn't stomach even a piece of bread, the food was that revolting, and breakfast not any better. Don't stay here!
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Date of stay: May 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.