Since my first caravansary post got all blended up with a previous post from last year, I thought I would try again.
(chiefly British also caravanserai /-səˌrī/)
noun (plural caravansaries or caravanserais /-səˌrīz/)
historical an inn with a central courtyard for travelers in the desert regions of Asia or North Africa.
group of people traveling together; a caravan.
late 16th century: from Persian kārwānsarāy, from kārwān ‘caravan’ + sarāy ‘palace’.