We (my wife daughter and myself) visited Egypt, Israel and Jordan as part a 30 member group from Chennai India. We stayed in St Catherine on our 2nd night at Catherine Plaza Hotel. Since there was no lift in the hotel, and nobody to help us carry our luggage, we had to drag our luggage over some very rough slopes which almost damaged the rollers on the suitcases.
The room was very small and with 3 beds, there was hardly any space to keep our luggage or move around freely.There was a musty odour in the room which persisted throughout the night.
The bathroom had just enough space to be comfortable. There was a swimming pool which none of us used because of the cold and the short time we spent there.
The spread at dinner and breakfast was just passable and the Management was very unfriendly, declining to offer us a 2nd glass of juice even though it was supposed to be a buffet. But since St Catherine is just a small town with only 5 or 6 hotels, we could not complain too much.
Though many members of our group wanted to go up Mount Sinai, the cold was so bitter that all of us opted to stay in the warmth of the bedrooms.
Please do not visit St Catherine on a Friday, since the Monastery housing Moses well and Burning bush is open only for an hour from 11-12 on Friday. We could not wait for the Monastery to open at 11 since we had to catch the convoy which was leaving for Israel at 12.30.
Catherine Plaza is a good hotel if you accept the fact that it provides some of the facilities comparable to the best which can be found in that location.
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