Must see hotels in Eastern Ethiopia

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    Doho Lodge

    If you’re looking to rehabilitate your travel-worn body and mind, a surprisingly relaxing retreat is this small lodge just outside the northeast park…

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    Grand Gato

    This great collection of 14 stylish suites – at what is possibly the first hotel with an ounce of character in Harar – is perfect for well-heeled…

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    Asham Africa

    This boutique-style venture is the epitome of a relaxing cocoon, with 32 opulent, oversized rooms named after different African countries. All overlook…

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    African Village

    An attractive mesh of traditional and modern, the comfortable rooms with satellite TV surround a communal courtyard and excellent restaurant (mains Birr45…

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    Rawda Waber Harari Cultural Guesthouse

    This genuine Adare house percolates tradition and history into a comfy brew of warm welcome amid exotic decorations. Set in the heart of the old town,…

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    Samrat Hotel

    The dour exterior of Dire Dawa’s best lodging hides a classy lobby, well-appointed rooms (though not all have air-con) and a prolific list of amenities,…

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    Buffet d’Aouache

    This delightfully old-fashioned relic of French railway days (1904) is without frills but it's high on atmosphere, with whitewashed walls, birds in the…

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    Awash Falls Lodge

    This attractive place right above the falls has rustic yet serviceable wood-and-stone tukuls and a restaurant with awesome views. Aside from the setting,…

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    Viewpoint Lodge

    If you’re looking for a casual place to unwind, then look no further. Refreshingly out of the ordinary, the nine rooms have a semitraditional theme and…

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    Basha Amare Hotel

    The friendliest option by far is this family-run hotel on the cliff above the Awash River, where you might see crocodiles in the day. Rooms are small and…

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    Zubeyda Waber Cultural Guesthouse

    Tucked in an old-town alleyway, this traditional Adare house oozes atmosphere, with five compact yet attractive rooms and a lovingly decorated sitting…

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    Kuriftu Resort & Spa

    Popular with Addis Ababa’s elite, this is a massive but attractive resort – the only one on Lake Kuriftu. There’s a wide variety of spacious, spick-and…

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    Ras Hotel

    Ras Hotel is back with a vengeance. After a top-to-bottom makeover, it now ranks as one of the swankiest options in Dire Dawa. Sure, its exterior look…

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    Genet Hotel

    This solid, no-frills four-storey option is deservedly popular with tour operators. Rooms in the main building are comfortable, serviceable and fairly…

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    Adulala Resort & Spa

    Spread out over three hectares along the sloping shores of Lake Babogaya, this sprawling resort features enormous stone-and-wood bungalows scattered in a…

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    Belayneh Hotel

    The big drawcards here are the balcony views over the Shoa Gate Market and the hotel’s proximity to the bus station and old town. The rooms themselves are…

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    Ras Hotel

    This Harar institution has had a much-needed facelift, and its rooms are now fresh and comfortable; the corridors, though, are as bare as ever. Room…

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    Dreamland Hotel & Resort

    Once the town’s flashiest digs, Dreamland has lost some of its sheen but provides some of the best Bishoftu views. All rooms have richly polished…

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    Mekonnen Hotel

    A good deal for shoestringers, this faded glory is housed in an Italian colonial building opposite the train station. Most rooms have plenty of space to…

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    Tana Hotel

    This large outfit up the hill on the Dire Dawa road is a solid budget choice. The odd cockroach or two aside, the rooms are cleaner, the staff friendlier…