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Guesthouses and B&Bs
This classic budget-traveller haunt offers older whitewashed rooms with a touch of local art to brighten them up. The service is pleasant and the garden courtyard a quiet spot to relax.
Cliff Edge Hotel
Both the rooms and the views from the balconies are just as good as its pricier neighbour Mountain View. They seem quick to discount, so always ask. A restaurant is planned.
Alif Paradise Hotel
Alef’s pleasant new rooms are bright, tiled and clean with bathtubs and views. The older rooms, though dark and uninspiring, are still decent value. The restaurant makes a good choice for this part of town.
Bland but overall decent newish rooms smack in the heart of town; those in the back are quieter and have good views.
Blue Lal Hotel
Although extremely austere, these rooms are bright, clean and the showers spurt hot water. Land room 2, 3 or 4 and you'll have a balcony to play on. Try the crêpes with honey at its restaurant, we hear they're great...
Quite a dump, really, but it fills a budget bracket right in the centre of town and the views are nice.
This peaceful new (and still developing) eco-lodge in the hills above Lalibela (two hours by foot: many people use mules) has stone-and-thatch tukuls , incredible views and resident gelada monkeys...
Mountain View Hotel
Built by two former tour guides who received a miraculous business loan from a generous tourist, this comfortable hotel has an enviable perch with great views and a lovely stone-and-glass design...
Selam Guest House
This very friendly four-room guesthouse has been around awhile, but the on-site owner makes sure it still has that new out-of-the-wrapper look. The rooms are plain and simple, but the calm friendly vibe makes the price fair for Lalibela.
Seven Olives Hotel
This old-timer features half-decent faranji fare, but most people come because the leafy, bird-filled terrace makes it the most pleasant spot in the town centre; and this is why they can get away with prices like Birr32 for a juice.
Seven Olives Hotel
The oldest hotel in Lalibela, now owned by the church, is set in a bird-filled garden. The asking price is way too high for the tired rooms, but if you can get a big discount, or it follows through with the promised renovation, it’s an okay choice.
Although the large rooms outshine the Mountain View Hotel, this Ethio-Dutch–owned place lags far behind its competitor in the scenery and culinary departments. Three-course set lunches and dinners cost Birr145.
Four simple rooms with clean cold-water showers (hot water coming soon) and squat toilets. Inquire at Unique Restaurant.