The town of St Catherine, famous for its monastery and Mount Sinai, offers more variety of accommodation than most people think. From 5-star hotels to simple camps and eco-lodges you find everything. Most visitors to town arrive on organised tours that include a night in one of the hotels, so the hotels are more accustomed to groups. If you want a more peaceful stay, there are other great option and they will even cost less. The Guesthouse of the Monastery is a very quiet retreat, but if you want to meet the local people as well the Bedouin camps and lodges are recommended. There are also a few eco-lodges, and in fact several more if you count the mountain gardens catering for visitors. It is worth to stay for more than one night, it’s a great place to lay back and relax, but also for hikes and other activities. In the summers St Catherine offers a pleasant cool break from the heat of Egypt, but in winter you have to be prepared for cold.
The Monastery Guest House – Wadi el Dier, St Catherine
Located right next to the Monastery, it provides single, double and dormitory accommodation and there is a restaurant seerving three meals a day and a buffet that serves drinks, snacks. It is a good choice if you only plan to visit the Monastery and Mt. Sinai and want to stay in a quiet location. Unfortunately there is no website or email, and it’s better to book via fax than over the phone.
Phone: +20 693 470 353
Fax: +20 693 470 543
Bedouin Camp and Guest House – El Milga, St Catherine
Able to accommodate large groups of up to 64 people, our facilities range from en-suite rooms to camp spots. No matter whether you chose a room with a balcony and private bathroom or one with share amenities, we promise to make your stay comfortable and homely. Scenery automatically comes with the package as we are situated in a beautifully serene spot in the middle of Saint Catherine Village. Owned and run by the Sheikh Mousa family, there is always someone around to assist you during your stay at Bedouin Camp.
Mohamed Salem’s Garden Lodge – Town Centre, St Catherine
Located next to the Cafeteria of Mohamed Salem, it is an the absolute center of town, at the mosque, bus and mini bus stops, bakery, shops etc, very easy to find. Despite its central location the big garden provides a quiet and peaceful environment. There are a number of en-suite rooms as well as rooms with shared facilities, set in a garden with plenty of open spaces to relax.
Mohamed Salem: 012 170 8641
Ramadan Mohamed: 012 846 8949
Ahmed Salah’s Herbal Garden – El Rasis, St Catherine
Ahmed Salah is one of the local Bedouin medicine men, and in his huge garden he grows many different herbs apart from providing accommodation in one of the stone huts. It is a great place to relax in the town of St Catherine, near the centre but away from the noise, and learn about the various local plants and their medicinal uses. He also has a beautiful mountain garden in a remote location in Abu Tuweita.
Ahmed’s phone number: 01223514898.
Safari Moonland Hotel and Camp – Shamiya, St Catherine
There are 6 rooms with 3 beds and 8 double bed rooms. For these rooms there is a toilet/shower block with running hot water. 7 rooms have been built recently with toilet, shower and air-conditioning/heating. There is also ample place for camping. The price for these rooms include breakfast. Safari Moonland is located on the main road just before the village center.
Phone: 0020 693 470 085
The Fox Camp – Wadi Shrayj, St Catherine
Located between the town and the Monastery at the end of a nice, quite and green valley, it is a short stroll to all important amenities. There are 26 rooms, separate areas for camping and caravans, Bedouin tents, hot water and clean bathrooms, self serve kitchen and restaurant, a large room used for educational programs, a pleasant garden with olive trees and a number of shady sitting places.
Al Masoudi Lodge – El Rasis, St Catherine
Masoudi Lodge is a small family business, run in the best tradition of Bedouin hospitality. But here, tradition goes hand-in-hand with modern comforts. Each room is simply and tastefully furnished with double or twin beds and wardrobes. Each has a modern en-suite shower room, and heaters for winter. Rooms are airy and cool in summer and all have a view over the local landscape.
Rest Mount Sinai – El Osqof, St Catherine
Located along the main road little after Morgenland Hotel, but still before town, it is a simple, homely place with adequate facilities at a cheap price. It is on the edge of a little, quiet Bedouin settlement. Egyptian and Bedouin food, shisha is available, hikes and safaris can be organized to Mt Sinai and other destinations in the mountains and desert.
El Magaren– Wadi Isbaiya, St Catherine
El Magaren is an ecologe and nature camp for friends and lovers of holy Sinai. The place is embraced by ancient stones that tell the guest a magic story. The lodge contains several little houses that were build out of mud bricks and local stones only. The natural climate of the rooms enables a very restful and deep sleep as no artificial materials were used. The thick stone cover of the walls keeps the wind and chilly weather outside. If you prefer to sleep outside though you have the chance to either build up your tent or sleep on mattresses right under the milky way. The little local kitchen enables the guests to either cook for themselves or get a delicious meal served by the El Magaren staff.
Mount Sina Eco-Lodge – Wadi Isbaiya, St Catherine
Hidden behind Mt. Sinai, away from the tourist crowds; within walking distance of St. Catherine’s monastery; only 20 minutes drive from the town of St. Catherine. Use the Mt. Sina ecolodge as your starting point to fully experience Moses’ famous mountain. Whether you wish to climb for sunset, sunrise or fully immerse yourself with a full day program, viewing everything the mountain has to offer, the Mt. Sina ecolodge offers the perfect base away from the 1,000’s of tourist who flock daily to this religious landmark.
For inqueries contact: www.sheikmousa.com
Ramadan’s Garden – Wadi Arbain, St Catherine area
Located at the Monastery of the Forty Martyrs in Wadi Arbain, some 40 minutes walk from the Rasis area of St. Katherine town, it is a beautiful Bedouin garden at the foot of Mt Sinai and Mt Katherina. Ramadan provides different types of accommodation in the beutiful Bedouin garden just below Mt. Sinai, with with 3 excellent meals (much of itfrom local organic produce when possible).
Ramadan: 01522372210 or 018 539 4228
Mohamed Ramadan: 018 147 3852
El Helwa Herbal Garden– Wadi Itlah, St Catherine area
Haj Ahmed Mansour el Diguni, or as popularly known, Dr Ahmed, has been urging people to return to the old ways for many-many years. While not too many listened, he himself developed a self-sufficient lifestyle living most of the year in his Wadi Itlah garden. Now, at a time of very low level tourism but plenty of water, perhaps there will be a few Bedouin who will think about returning to the gardens. He extends a welcome to all those who are interested in herbal lore. Many of the local herbs are planted in his garden for use and identification. Instruction can be given. All meals are prepared from local produce. Visits to the garden and accomodation can be arranged through most St. Catherine operators.
Al Karm Ecolodge – Sheikh Awad, St Catherine area
The Ecolodge was built with EU funding under the supervision of St. Catherine’s Protectorate and run by Gamil Attiya, a most friendly and welcoming Jabaliya Bedouin from the village of Sheikh Awaad. The project assures employment to the local Bedouin community and benefits are shared equally among members of the project. The Ecolodge provides full boarding. There are 8 rooms, and each room can accommodate between 1 to 6 people. There is a communal lounge with a fire place for cold winter nights. Most operators offer hikes to the ecolodge from St Catherine town, and now there is an asphalt road from Tarfa settlement to Sheikh Awad.
Mountain Gardens – High Mountains, St Catherine area
Located near the town of St Catherine and accessible only on foot, hundreds of ancient Bedouin orchards provide a peaceful escape from the noise of the world. Some are abandoned, but then again there are plenty of beautiful and well looked after gardens, and visiting one is the highlight for many hiking in the Sinai high mountain region. You can even stay at them overnight, many have basic but adequate facilities. Apricots and almonds are the main produce, although you also find plum, apple, pear, peach, quince, pomegranates and grapes according to season. From late spring to late autumn, there is always something available. >>> read more
Catherine Plaza Hotel – A modern and elegant 4-star hotel situated in St Catherine, close to the area’s popular attractions. The hotel offers cosy rooms, designed to fit the needs of any guest. There is an onsite restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, and shops of various kinds. >>> more info & rates
Daniell Village Hotel – A pleasant mid-range hotel near the Shamiya area of St Catherine, with stone huts overlooking the mountains, an onsite restaurant and bar. No online booking.
El Wadi el Muqaddas Hotel – A decent mid-range hotel along the other hotels, with an onsite restaurant but serving no alcohol. No online booking.
Wadi Raha Tourist Village – A high-end hotel on the plain of Wadi Raha overlooking the Monastery of St Katherine, featuring bungalows and a restaurant/bar with a magnificent view. No online booking.
Morgenland Hotel – Located before the town of St Catherine, it is a 5-star hotel with a swimming pool, restaurant, bar. No online booking.