St. Catherine's Monastery Guesthouse
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St. Catherine's Monastery Guesthouse

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The Greek Orthodox monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai is located at the very place where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush, beneath the Mount of the Decalogue. In the providence of God, it is at this site also that the holy relics of Saint Catherine are enshrined. This is the oldest continuously-inhabited Christian monastery, with a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries. The monastery predates the divisions of the Christian world, its origins extending to late antiquity. The guest house is just below the monastery that offers single or double occupancy rooms, with a few rooms for higher occupancy. All rooms have private facilities, and the cost of the room includes dinner and breakfast. Arrangements can also be made for lunch. Outside of mealtimes, there is a spacious courtyard with an adjoining snack bar where one can order coffee, tea, soft drinks, and other refreshments.
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Mountain view
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Saint Catherine Egypt
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Silvana E wrote a review May 2022
Cairo, Egypt11 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
For me and my husband, we look forward to spending spiritual time in this sacred place.
The guest house gave us this opportunity as an overnight stay for two days in this wonderful spiritual place.
The place is very clean, the service is great, the people are very loving, the food is clean and of a decent standard,reasonable price of stay, the place is filled with the spirit of love and service.
Perfectly suitable for those who want to spend quiet times
The rooms are equipped with what needed and suitable for a monastery guest house
that fit the sanctity of this place, we will definitely decide to visit it again many times.
Thanks alot to all the monastery guest house team: Ahmed/Mousa/Abou youssef and all the rest
:)
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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marika710 wrote a review Mar 2024
Tallinn, Estonia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I commend the owners of the accommodation for the wonderful week we spent at the Bacherhof guesthouse. Reception and service were exceptionally good. The location in relation to the ski lift is excellent and, of course, the possibility to board the ski bus directly from the house. The room was spacious, bright and always extremely clean. Everything needed was there. I would especially like to emphasize the helpfulness and friendliness of the host. The breakfast was rich and the service cheerful. Again, many thanks!
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Very good accommodation, it was a pure pleasure to stay there.
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Sabine S wrote a review Feb 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A monastery guesthouse with a good spirit!
Friendly staff, hearty meals and perfectly clean rooms. All set amidst the breathtaking mountains of Sinai. You can feel peace and kindness at this special guesthouse. It is also a meeting place for many who want to experience Mt. Sinai intensely.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chris P wrote a review Jun 2013
Manchester1 contribution17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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ptadin wrote a review Jan 2007
Austin, Texas384 contributions179 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My group stayed at this peaceful stone-faced guesthouse located within the walls of the ancient St. Catherine's Monastery. The small guesthouse rooms were basic with two small single beds, a small bathroom with sink and shower, but had no TV or phone. The small overhead hot water heater had to be turned on about 20 minutes before you took a shower or you would not have hot water. Overall, the rooms are very adequate. The buffet breakfast was continental in style and fairly basic but certainly adequate. It is truly an experience you would enjoy if your desire is to get a feel for life in a monastery or if you want the ease of being so close to the base of Mt. Sinai where the hiking trail begins. The location could not be beat as you are literally within the walls of the monastery, just footsteps from the base of Mt. Sinai. The scenery surrounding the guesthouse is incredible with mountains in every direction. I would definitely consider staying here again. You can probably book a guest room directly with the monastery, but I undertand that most rooms are booked through travel agencies. There are other hotels in the area, but none as close to Mt. Sinai or the monastery as this guesthouse or can offer you such a unique experience. It is especially peaceful at night when the tourist crowds are gone from the monastery museum.
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Date of stay: November 2006
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Len81 wrote a review Sept 2007
Arnhem, The Netherlands28 contributions59 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed one night at this hotel, after having spent two nights in the Sinai desert. The hotel is situated next to the Monastery, which makes the location - between the mountains - very pittoresk and pretty, and quiet as well. Monks walk around the property, which adds to the serene feel. The rooms do not have airconditioning, but are quite cool. The bathroom we had was large and we enjoyed a nice shower after not having been able to shower for three days! They use some kind of boiler system (we saw four or five men changing them...very large and heavy!) So, if the boiler's empty...that would mean no showers. So be careful with the use of water. Although the windows have mosquito nets, this did not prevent ants from entering our room to check out our food...
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Date of stay: August 2007
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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allancardet wrote a review Feb 2017
Miami, Florida49 contributions23 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of those places I have long had in mi list.
True it's a bit out of the beaten path, but well worth the visit.
I got there by taxi from Dahab, for a three day stay, on my way to Jordan,
(via Nuweiba-ferry-Aqaba)
Suddenly after passing a small town, a tight valley opens, and dwarfed by the rocky mountains that sometimes seemed to rise straight from the leveled ground, is this old historic Monastery.
The very structure, and the layout of this place bears witness to its past hardships.
We (outsiders) are welcome to visit, but it's clear that it is not all about us, and that discipline, routine, and distance, are to be kept, parallel to our presence.
The tall walls of the Monastery can only be pierced by looking at it from the heights of it's neighboring mountains . Or by visiting the quarters that are open to the public, which are a small percentage of the whole Monastery complex.
For byzantine art lovers this place is unique, the small church is splendidly decorated, and the compact museum holds unmatched icons, and pieces of scripture.
It's hard not to think of how many cultural treasures could be hiding there, kept from curious eyes, for the sake of safekeeping.
The well of Moses, and the shrine of the burning bush, are the other highlights of what can be seen inside of the walls.
The Monastery perse, is a closed ring, that lays within a number of walled terraces, and quarters, enclosing orchards, guest rooms, cafeteria, dining room, maintenance workshops, and so on...
Some monks roam through these common areas only until afternoon, when their door closes till next morning.
If I'm not mistaken it'll open again for prayer at 5:00am (possible to visit by invitation) then the visitable area reopens in the morning, till noon.
I found the guest rooms to be very comfortable, appropriate, and well kept.
There were not many people during the days of my stay, so it was all very enjoyable, and peaceful.
Basically there are two main ways to go up, and/or down Mount Sinai.
I took the easier way up, which is a meandering scenic trail, that only became somewhat challenging, almost right before the top of the mountain.
From there, it's all rocky mountain peaks, with all of their different shades of color, for as far as one can see.
A little church, and a small mosque share the top.
To come back down, there's this trail with steps, that supposedly, it's been the traditional way, leading straight to the Monastery.
It is very picturesque, it has some manmade structures, like the steps, a couple of stone arches, a chapel, and a small Byzantine Dam.
It is great to glance at the Monastery, as one descend from above, a place that miraculously has kept his original purpose for roughly 1500 years...
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Date of stay: July 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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annjwelch wrote a review Jan 2013
Faversham28 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I dream of returning here. We visited in early January 2010, after the bombing in Alexandria and just before the uprising so I was pleased to read that people are still going there. I was very lucky as I had an introduction to Father Justin and permission to attend the early morning service. We stayed several days there and in future I would stay longer instead of hanging out in Dahab. Because I spoke a little Greek, which is the language used in the monastery people were very friendly and the cook even wanted to show us a special place some miles away but he was unable to find the time. One day in the town we passed a camel driver who used to ask us to ride his camel and we talked with him and asked him to take us to St John Climactus's place on foot which he did, walking in the most beautiful landscape and visiting a garden owned by the monastery after which we had tea with him and his wife. Life for these people is very very hard, but this was a lovely outing . I found the guest house had everything we needed. The water was hot and the bathroom very clean. Why anyone would want a TV in their room is very hard to understand. The view of the mountain and the constant flow of camel drivers, the changes of colour as the sun rose , which we could watch from outside our room was more stunning than any TV screen could provide. Ask yourself why you are going before you go. I was lucky to be able to visit the icon gallery when the tourists were not there and this makes a big difference because many of the tourists don't know or care what they are looking at . The advantage of staying at the monastery is to experience its tranquility and serenity after the crowds have gone . The food, breakfast and dinner is fine and certainly filling, Egypt is not a place to go for food anyway . I can't recommend this place too highly but remember you are not going to a hotel you are going to a place of retreat. Take a sketch book and something to read. The monks here are very cutoff and it is very hard for them to receive parcels so if you can bring them a packet of good quality tea they would be most grateful I'm sure. annjwelch
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Date of stay: January 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: A room that has a view of the road up to the mountain is nice, but I believe most have this view.
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sptravelers5 wrote a review Mar 2012
Washington, D.C.343 contributions237 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Monastery guesthouse, in itself, is nothing special. And the food served in the dining room is basic, filling, but hardly worth the journey. But what is special is the chance to stay in such a special place and to be there at times when the tour bus hoards are absent. Our room was basic, comfortable and clean. What else can you ask for the modest rates the monks charge?
One suggestion: Most people climb Mt. Sinai either in the late afternoon or in the dark, huddle in the cold just below the summit, and then take in the view at dawn with a large gaggle of fellow tourists. I'm sure the view at dawn is spectacular. But we left St. Catherine's at about 8:30 am and had the trail and the summit all to ourselves. The view was still fantastic and we had the solitude. This tactic worked well in February when the walking temperature was perfect . It might not be such a good idea in the summer.
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Date of stay: February 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Boomer wrote a review Feb 2012
Florida112 contributions120 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Saint Cats? Is that right? More than you know.... Cats were all over the place when I visited. One raised a paw - maybe to provide a blessing - as I went to religious services and another chased me into my room at the guesthouse. This place is amazing.

What can I say about the area where, repeatedly, God spoke to Moses? The foot of Mount Horeb is a very rough place. You may love this area or you may want to make a quick retreat to one of the comfortable resort areas by the sea.... I was reminded of some of the hard and dramatic places in Arizona and in Baja California. The local mountains aren't especially big - not when compared to the Rockies in Colorado - but they're dramatic. During the winter, the wind rushes down the slopes to shake the guesthouse.

The monastery guesthouse is - well, it's a monastery guesthouse, pilgrim. What did you expect? It's simple and the food served at the restaurant is also simple. And it's adequate and you'll be safe and you'll get what you need. If you go to Saint Cats, you should be very spiritual, or a bit of a romantic, or, at the least, you should be in love with history.
Take a Bible with you and read the story of Exodus. Then, ask your guides, "Where did Moses meet his wife? Where did he encounter the burning bush?" etc. Even if you're an agnostic, try to to understand the power of the Exodus story. If you want to be pampered and entertained, go back to Cairo.
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Date of stay: February 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Fitness center? The wilderness walks will put you in good shape.
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Answer from Irene
Good afternoon, Monastery is closed today 19th January tomorrow will be open. Also will be closed on 27th of January. Thank you
Answer from Irene
Dear Guest, The Guest house is open now and of course you may go to Dahab by taxi that we can arrange, Dahab is about hour away, Thank you
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Greater Adelaide, Australia165 contributions94 helpful votes
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Cairo, Egypt44 contributions9 helpful votes
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marika710 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Tallinn, Estonia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very good accommodation, it was a pure pleasure to stay there."
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annjwelch wrote a tip Jan 2013
Faversham28 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A room that has a view of the road up to the mountain is nice, but I believe most have this view."
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Boomer wrote a tip Feb 2012
Florida112 contributions120 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fitness center? The wilderness walks will put you in good shape."
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geertvdh wrote a tip Jan 2012
Brussels, Belgium50 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I had booked over the phone a few weeks beforehand; no deposits or e-mails were accepted, but my reservation was honoured when we showed up."
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Nearby attractions include Mount Sinai (1.9 km), St. Catherine's Monastery (0.04 km), and St. Catherine's Monastery (0.1 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and internet access.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, an outdoor dining area, and a snack bar during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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