There are quite a number of accommodation options available at Sam Sand Dunes, Jaislemer. However, most of them are tented (guess all of them) with only Sam Dhani, RTDC being the exception. Sam Dhani, RTDC offers the choice of cemented rooms as well as the tented accommodation for a night stay at Sam Sand Dunes, Jaislemer. Let’s look at the complete review –
Hotel Sam Dhani, RTDC, Jaiselmer
Well, below you can check some pictures of the Sam Dhani Hotel and the views it offers of Sam Sand Dunes…
You can check for the bookings by calling phone number: 03014-207344 or check the official RTDC Website for Hotel bookings at the following link: Hotel Sam Dhani RTDC Online Booking
Do not trust the staff at the Hotel Moomal, Jaislemer for bookings as few of them sometimes send you to some other privately run business not Sam Dhani, RTDC in order to reap the benefits of handsome private commissions. So, do the booking yourself or else take the Sam Dhani, RTDC booking slip from the money you paid to the guy. One of them fooled us but we managed to reach Sam Dhani on our own and raised the matter to the manager, who accepted the glitch.
The price is a bit steep about Rs 2000 for cottages and Rs 1500 for tented accommodation on twin sharing basis. This includes 2 meals as well (breakfast and dinner). Well, Camel Safari, Snacks, Tea/Soup and Cultural Program are charged extra for about Rs 350 – Rs 400 per person.
It is situated right at the start of Sam sand dunes and you can easily locate it on your right side as soon as you reach Sam sand dunes. There is a big, tarred empty space in front of the hotel complex.
There is ample of space to park your vehicle at Sam Sand Dunes.
Phone facility along with STD is also available at the Hotel and they may charge for the calls you opt to make. Mobile signals for Airtel as well as BSNL works too.
No ATM is located nearby and you can find an ATM only in Jaiselmer.
Nearest Petrol Pump again will be available in Jaiselmer about 45 KMs.
Again there is nothing in the vicinity and you need to reach back Jaiselmer to get any medical assistance.
We stayed in the cottage not in the tents and I can say that Sam Dhani cottage room was the most comfortable of all the RTDC hotels we stayed on the trip. The rooms were round in shape, spacious and comfortable. The cleanliness was also up to the mark, in fact the best among all three RTDC hotel we stayed on our Rajasthan Trip. The attached toilets were also clean and had basic bath fittings. The views of Sand Dunes from the window was also pretty nice and there was ample space for sitting outside the rooms from where you can enjoy the views of Sam sand dunes to the distance.
There was a dinning hall where you can have your meal. Since, there isn’t any other option than to eat in the hotel complex, you have to live by the taste they offer. The food, I will say was monotonous on the whole Rajasthan trip and if you had been staying in other RTDC hotels on the previous days of the trip then you will find similar taste. However, it was not bad at all rather the best among all.
There was a bonfire place at the center where the cultural program is conducted in the evening. The staff was courteous too and offered nice hospitality there.
Attraction In-Around Hotel:
There is nothing but what you come to see, the "Sand Dunes". However, there was also a Desert National Park about 40 odd KMs ahead of Sam Dhani, where you can spot the wildlife too incase you are lucky enough.
If you are looking for cemented room stay, which I prefer over tented ones then I guess Sam Dhani is a nice place for stay. However, being RTDC i.e. GOVT. types, you will not get the flashy things of cultural program with DJ that private operators are offering in the vicinity. Also, the tourists who stayed in the tents had issues with the cold wind blowing in the night and the cottage in which we slept was too cozy for that wind to act on us :)…