Gonder hotels and hostels
Taye Belay Hotel
If next-door Fasil is full, this is a close option. The rooms are on the small and dark side, but the shared toilets (squat) are as clean as they come. Showers are sadly all cold.
Perched on a high natural balcony and boasting a gorgeous garden terrace overlooking the town, this is easily Gonder's nicest hotel.
Prices are entirely faranji-fied but the rooms are spotless and the mattresses are comfortable. The tiny bathrooms are oh so clean. It's set off a simple garden.
While the rooms in the old Italian building are begging for renovations, the garden tukuls (conical thatched huts) have aged well and are quite attractive and comfortable. Each has high ceilings and hot-water showers.
The top-floor rooms are huge, bright, airy and have a slight Italian feel. Ask for one that opens onto the balcony. The shared showers are hot and usually clean. It's occasionally a little noisy.
With glass exterior walls, this high-rise offers some nice views and is easily the brightest hotel in town. Sadly, all that light means you won't miss spotting the stained green carpets and occasional cockroach.
Simple smallish rooms surround a paved private courtyard that's perfect for parking your tired truck. The rooms are bright and clean, as are the toilets and hot showers.