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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #1
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Ethiopia's Hotels, Lodges, Restaurants, Cafes, Clubs, Bars, etc

This thread is inspired by the boom in quality establishments. I realize finding good pics (or any pics at all) is going to be a challenge but let's try!!

You can also include establishments under construction or planned, but existing are preferred.

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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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Gheralta Lodge
Hawzen, Tigray
http://www.gheraltalodgetigrai.com


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We could not believe how gorgeous this hotel was. Easily the nicest place in the country outside of Addis.

The design is a minimalist one which combines traditional stone housing with Italian elegance. In the main building, there is a small lounge area with dvds and a library with a collection of very interesting books on Ethiopia. The bedrooms are in different buildings scattered on the property.

We had a delicious Sunday lunch of pasta and cutlets and a big salad in a gorgeous room filled with Italian expats and their kids. The manager told us they were booked solid for two weeks. Wxpats working in development come here and so do Europeans using the Gheralta Lodge as a base for excursions to all the pretty churches in the area. We stopped here en route from Aksum to Mekele and we were very glad we did.

Liked — the design and the food
Disliked — it is in a remote area
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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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Sabana Lodge
Langano Lake
http://www.sabanalangano.com/




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Much enjoyed a weekend at Sabana Beach Resort. It was previously hard to get bookings, but this time we did it early enough. It was so great to be able to swim out to the middle of Lake Langano - the beach is excellent. The restaurant is clean and atmospheric and the food good. The rooms are the highlight, really clean and comfortable, with plenty of stoep space (for sitting outside) and it was easy to move around. It is run by the same managers as Top View and Blue Tops restaurants, so it is not the budget option, but I think also great value for money. An Ethiopian friend was honeymooning there, and said it was fantastic during the weekdays, with almost no visitors and reduced prices. There is a big screen tv projection in the conference hall, for soccer fans, etc. but it was a bit dim. Nice landscaping of the grounds, with lots of trees preserved or planted and excellent bird life. Also good thought to recreation by the beach, including canoes, darts in the bar, etc. A cut above most other Langano resorts.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #4
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Simiens Lodge
Simien Mountains, Debark
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Wube Bereha (My beautiful desert)
Bole Medhanealem, Addis Ababa


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Fahrenheit
Bole Medhanialem, Addis Ababa


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Aregash Lodge
Yirgalem (near
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After 1 hour drive from Awassa you reach this Lodge. It is an interesting drive through some villages and just after you think that this must be the end of the civilised world you come to a beautiful lodge in the middle of a forest.

Through the forest we saw 11 bungalows, all nicely furnished, clean and fresh. What a find!

In the evening we sat at the open fire and the staff called the hyenas, a very special threat. In the morning we had our breakfast wile monkeys where playing in the trees next to us. Some of us had a ‘bush walk’ and were invited to have lunch with near by people living in the traditional way.

At the lodge all meals are very good: it’s like being in Italy.

All in all I found this lodge to be a real gem.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #8
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Paradise Lodge
Arba Minch
http://www.lodgeparadise.com/


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Buska Lodge
Turmi, Omo Valley
http://www.buskalodge.com/

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The tour company listed our two days in Turmi as "camping." We didn't know that we had any other choice. After 1 day in a bungalow at Kaske Campground (no towel, leaking toilet, ineffective mosquito net, no sink, no hot water), we found the Buska Lodge and fortunately, they had a vacancy. At the Buska Lodge the food is delicious, the linens are fine, the hot water is plentiful, and the rooms completely comfortable. Also, the staff is cordial and helpful. They even line up at the entrance to say goodbye to departing guests. This place is a cut above and comparable to a fine eco-lodge in any other country.

Liked — The comfortable bed and linens, the hot water, the selection of foods
Disliked — That I couldn't stay longer
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Sadula Lodge
Bole, Addis Ababa
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Haile gebreselassie resort hawassa.
www.haileresort.com
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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #12
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Oh that's an awesome resort!

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Haile Resort
Hawassa



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Old February 12th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #13
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Intercontinental Addis
Kazanchis, Addis Ababa
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Stayed for 3 days in July, returned a week later and stayed over 3 more weeks. Rooms were clean, well-appointed. Breakfast included, even if ordered to room service (with small service charge). Safes, balconies, desks, internet (slow as in all of Addis, but reliable) wired in room, wireless in lobby/restaurants, gym, swimming pool.

The Food and Beverage staff, from management to waitresses, and certainly including the kitchen crew and Executive Chef, bent over backwards to ensure our stay was as good as it could be! The food was great and the service even better. Watch out for those pastries, as they are too good to pass up!

The service in this hotel is fabulous and consistently the best I've seen in years. While this is not part of the international chain, it's a great hotel and is where I'll likely stay in the future!

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Dimtri Hotel
Yeka Business District (CMC), Addis Ababa
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Radisson SAS Hotel - 4 star (Not Complete)
Kazanchis, Addis Ababa
http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-addisababa

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http://www.radissonsas.com/







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Ideally located in the heart of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, also known as the capital city of Africa, & Host city for the African Union The city has more international delegations represented there than the UN Has in New York. The new 4-star Radisson SAS Hotel, Addis Ababa is adjacent to United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)-, offers its guests ultra-modern facilities and high-quality service.

Hotel Opening Mid 2010
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Jupiter International Hotel
Kazanchis, Addis Ababa
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Tukul Village (one of my personal favorites)
Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Kuriftu Resort
Lake Tana, Bahir Dar
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Kuriftu Resort
Debre Zeit, Oromia
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Kuriftu Guest House
Bole, AA
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