We stayed for one night and had one of the big tents to ourselves, a party of 5 adults and 4 young children. For me there were almost no surprises, thanks to the previous reviews. The kids loved the morning camel ride (recommended), playing around the tent and the campfire. The weather was good, not too chilly at night with clouds during the morning, which kept the scorching sun away. A few minutes of evening rain kept the dust and sand on the ground. As mentioned it can get a bit noisy during the night, especially if you're near the shower building where the doors kept slamming until late.
Guests were mostly Israelis, and of the good kind, and staff were nice and friendly.
The meals account for more than half of the total cost. Dinner was quite good, breakfast left room for improvement.
Ein Ovdat is just a few minutes drive away and is a must if you're staying at the Chan – short, easy trail fit for almost anyone with beautiful scenery. Mitzpe Ramon is about 20 minutes further south.
Note to management: When you charge NIS80 ($20) for campfire timber, it just makes me like you less. Note to guests: Bring your own timber.
Overall, if you're after a relaxed stay, which has nothing remotely fancy or too comfortable about it, this is not a bad option. Based on our experience, dinner included and morning camel ride is the recommended configuration.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the desert, this traveler’s khan (a traditional Middle Eastern inn) consists of a glorious, gigantic and very authentic Bedouin community tent for dinner parties and communal sleeping, plus a group of modern, very simple but bright and clean motel-like private units. There are central restroom and shower facilities for those who overnight in sleeping bags provided by the Chan in the tent. You can choose between simple Bedouin meals or a Bedouin feast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chan Hashayarot Israel/Mitspe Ramon