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Catherine Plaza Hotel
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Saint Catherine
Eforie, Romania
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great surroundings, poor hotel”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I didn't expect much of this hotel, previous travelers reviews were helpful.
I was happy that the bed sheets were clean, everything else in the room was awful.
Large gaps between the room door and the frame will give you a strange feeling.
Anti mosquito net on the window is useless, the room walls are "decorated" with blood stains from the mosquito hunting.
The way from reception to the room is on a rocky walkway, very hard to carry your luggage, fortunately there are bellboys that will help anyone in need.
Smiling but untrained stuff.
Poor TV channels options, no Internet in the room, can have in lobby but have to pay for it.
Breakfast and dinner was okay.
The only reason to choose this hotel is Mt.Sinai proximity.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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los angeles, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2012

I do realize that this hotel is one of the best choices in Mt. Sinai. Do not expect this hotel to be good. The rooms were dirty and I was even afraid of bed bugs. There's only one tiny bar of soap. There's no elevator so you have to bring your luggage up the rocky walkway. The dinner was okay but the breakfast did not look appetizing at all. The wifi isn't free or cheap. The pool was absolutely disgusting because they were cleaning it out due to the moldy, green water. The service was okay but this hotel is one of the worst I've been to. Very comparable to a cheap motel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Liskeard, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2012

A group of 20 of us stayed for 2 nights to climb Mount Sinai. The location is good, the beds were clean, the airconditioning and shower worked. Everything else was awful. Old, tired decoration, fridges didnt work, room door locks didnt work, food very poor, staff willing but untrained. Management dreadful. Service poor. Not safe - we had expensive camera stolen from restaurant by staff: eventually returned after we had made terrible fuss because we knew it had been taken - everything had been wiped ready for sale.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2012

The following points summarise our experience at this hotel:
Very basic accommodation – nothing else in the area - so if you want to overnight near Mount Sinai for the early morning start to the climb, this is it.
Fridge in room but it did not work.
Good buffet dinner with plenty of variety but tea and coffee charged extra.
Relatively small room.
Strong smell from toilet in bathroom.
Ran out of toilet paper.
Range at breakfast fairly ordinary.
5 minute drive to St Catherine’s monastery.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 5, 2012

This hotel is fine for where we were. Its out in the middle of nowhere in the Sinai wilderness and its really basic but nice, and I'm not sure that there is much choice anyway. Quite an old place, but everyone is very nice and its clean and comfortable and after this climb that's all we cared about. The weather was quite cool in March so it was the perfect weather for climbing Sinai, we did it in the afternoon at 2pm-ish, take snacks and water because it takes around 6 hours or bit less, and at this time, there were hardly any people climbing, so we had the track mostly to ourselves and all the little stalls on the way up selling drinks etc (there are a lot) most weren't open.
We went half way up on the Camels (my camel so very obedient, he/she just went right on up the mountain and went where it was supposed to go, sometimes got very close to the edge and freaked me out, but when we got to the point where the camels stop, my camel just went straight into its corral and parked itself there with me still on top, he/she was very sweet little camel - probably thankful he/she had a 55kg person on top!!) and then we climbed the rest of the way on foot. We had a little help from the local Bedouins, whose job it is to help people up the mountain, they charge 100 Egypt pounds (which they don't tell you before you accept their help, just take your arm and start leading you up the steps), but our tour leader said no more than $10USD is fine for their help, but then I guess its a personal thing what you give them as they really are very, very helpful and to some in our tour, extremely wonderful and we are very thankful to the young guys who helped us. They waited for us to catch our breath again and to keep going. Thank you to these guys.
It was a challenge but very proud of myself making it to the top in time for the sunset which was great, and then we came back down again in the dark which was a very long walk all the way down, but quite fun, wear your hiking shoes, the gravel is very slippery coming back down and you need a torch.
WE were so incredibly exhausted and tired that we did not feel like eating dinner, too tired to chew!! The hotel room, we didn't take much notice of because we were so spent, the beds looked incredibly inviting and we just crashed, we used muscles we didn't know we had. The hotel served its purpose, I mean you are there to climb the mountain and be on Sinai, its an incredibly spiritual experience, you aren't there to stick around the hotel area.
BTW - in the morning, I didn't get up in time to have breakfast (still so tired) and still in my PJs, one of the staff came up with a tray of breakfast for me. I thought that was so sweet, it was a coffee, a bread roll (they loved their bread for breakfast, in all shapes and forms) with honey (Egyptian honey is the best I've ever had, even more than Australian) a croissant and freshly squeezed orange juice. It was yummy.
So no not the best place, but I didn't have expectations about it either because I knew it was just a basic overnighter for climbing Sinai and wouldn't be there much anyway. Definitely an experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Overnighted here to embark on a Mount Sinai climb at 2:00 a.m. Our room (No. 401) was shabby and worse for wear. We felt that we were in a back-packers dig. The bathroom was appalling with drippy taps and shower. The room was crammed and most uncomfortable. We were glad to leave after breakfast after having glimpsed the sunrise from the top of the mountain.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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VA
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2011

There are few choices up there and this one is the best of the lot. It is immaculately clean if a little worn at the edges. The beds are the usual twins with hard mattresses found all over Egypt. The food was wholesome and tasty if basic but there was plenty of it. The pool was lovely. The rooms are very clean which in Egypt is a big issue with me. The staff is helpful.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Catherine Plaza Hotel
Address: Wadi El Raha St, Saint Catherine, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > Saint Catherine
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Saint Catherine
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Hotel Class:3 star — Catherine Plaza Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 168
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