We stayed here for one night with our 44-member tour group in June 2014. Arriving in the late afternoon, we were shown to our rooms to settle in before spending an hour in one of the large tents to learn about Bedouin life. The room (really a cabin) was fine for a camping-style experience, if that's what you're expecting. The bathroom shower was configured so the entire floor got wet; there was no lip to prevent the water from spreading, which is a pain. The toilet and sink were fine, although the sink drained slowly. With plumbing in the middle of a desert, I figured it was the best they could do! The decor of the rooms was a blend of spaghetti western and 5th grade art class with a bit of middle eastern flair for good measure. The air conditioner took a bit to get going but really kept the room cool if you left it running even while you were out. The Bedouin tent experience was interesting but a little strange: our Bedouin presenter described Bedouin life as it has been for centuries, but when our group asked him questions, he answered from the perspective of modern Bedouin life. We kept trying to get him to answer from a historical perspective, but he either didn't understand or didn't care to answer that way. Some women in our group were whispering at the back of the tent during his presentation and he called them on it, which made me feel like I was back in elementary school and he was the teacher. Weird. The coffee and tea that they brought around as we lounged on the floor of the tent was delicious and the experience of sitting under the tent at sunset was really nice. Dinner was a disappointment as the meats were undercooked and the servers were rude, demanding that our group sit at assigned tables when there clearly were not enough seats. Breakfast was much improved with a nice selection of middle Eastern cuisine and western choices as well. Eating with a view of the sun rising over the desert was delightful. If I had it to do again, I'd skip this overnight stop on our tour and just do a camel ride with an afternoon visit to a Bedouin village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Kana'im valley which is in the Judean desert, between the city of Arad and ancient Masada, lies Kfar Hanokdim. It is a green oasis shaded by palm trees and crowned with Biblically inspired gardens. Merely walking into Kfar Hanokdim reveals a picturesque scene - Bedouin tents comfortably fitted with colorful rugs and mattresses. Kfar Hanokdim, surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Judean desert, offers relaxed desert hospitality, a real break from daily life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kfar Hanokdim Hotel Arad