I arrived at the Monastery Guest House at night. After setting off from a modern British city, 8 hours later I was making my way up a dusty road with Bedouin people riding past my taxi on camels. An amazing experience. I was preparing to sleep outside when I arrived at 1am, but thankfully they're open throughout the night as they take in people wanting to climb Mt Sinai to see the sunrise.
The rooms are basic, with bed, desk, wardrobe, air-con, toilet, shower and towels. Breakfast and dinner is good wholesome food made with fresh produce. Buffet breakfast with bread and jam/honey, with tea or coffee. Dinner you get three starters, a combination of soup, bean salad etc. A main course such as chicken and rice. And a desert. The restaurant serves water, cans of pop, wine and beer. The dining area has large pictures of the interior of the monastery hung on the wall. Outside the restaurant there is a cafe that sells snacks, water, beer, ice cream etc, with a seating area outside where there's grapes growing above you with lots of plants and flowers in the surrounding area, with monks coming and going.
I spent seven nights here on my own and felt perfectly safe. It would suit the adventurous traveller easily for four nights. It's a great place to stay if you like hiking as the local Bedouin can take you up all the mountains in the locality, including visiting some beautiful oasis's in the desert. Oh, and there's also the monastery. It's great to be able to soak up the scene after all the crowds have gone, imagining all the history that's passed through this valley. You can see the stars every night. Peace and serenity aside, if you're a committed Orthodox Christian on pilgrimage, you will gain much by a visit to this Holy place!
There's a village down the road with an ATM and shops. You can get a taxi or a camel, or walk. A taxi there and back cost me 30 Egyptian. I got well acquainted with the Bedouin and ended up having dinner with them at their house!
A brilliant place to get away from the plastic and mechanical modern world. A wonderful experience. Spiritually nourishing. Can't wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- St. Catherine`s Monastery Guesthouse Hotel Saint Catherine
- St. Catherine's Monastery Guesthouse Saint Catherine, Egypt - Red Sea And Sinai