Best hotels and hostels in Western Ethiopia

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    Negash Resort

    Negash Resort is probably the best hotel in western Ethiopia. Accommodation comes in a range of styles, from tribally decorated rondavels to stylish rooms in the ‘Addis Ababa’ block. The service is excellent, there’s a decent restaurant serving European and Ethiopian dishes (mains from Birr120) and there’s a cool bar situated halfway up a graceful old tree. It’s all centred on a swimming-pool complex fed by a hot spring (during quiet times they might empty the pool) and surrounded by lush gardens that are home to all manner of birds, monkeys, tree hyraxes and dik-dik. The restaurant can also prepare a picnic for you to take to Wenchi.

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    Bebeka Coffee Plantation Guesthouses

    Set in the thick of the coffee plantation and surrounded by birdlife, there’s little doubt that this is the best place to stay in the vicinity of Mizan Tefari. It’s simply the very definition of tranquillity. Rooms are impressively clean and have high ceilings, giving them a colonial feel, but they’re also fairly simple and, on the downside, only have cold-water bathrooms. Superb Ethiopian meals (mains Birr30 to Birr60) are available in the on-site restaurant.

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    Hotel Salayish

    This 26-room hotel is widely considered the town’s top choice; while that might well be true, it’s hardly a ringing endorsement. The newer rooms are bright and far better than those in the older wing. Like the hotel, the downstairs restaurant (mains Birr35 to Birr70) is regarded by locals as the best place in town to eat.

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    Coffee Plantation Guesthouse

    The semidetached concrete bungalows vaunt bright-green laminate floors, frilly bedspreads, small verandahs and clean washrooms. If you order ahead, the ‘workhouse club’ can prepare meals; if not, the cockroaches racing across the ancient coffee machine can at least be considered a form of entertainment.

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    Hoteela Antanah

    Only 50m from the bus station, this is the town’s best place to rest weary heads. Its upstairs options are larger and brighter; the dingy downstairs rooms are generally clean but lack the finer touches (like light bulbs and toilet seats).

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    Sena Hotel

    Sena Hotel is more noteworthy for its restaurant-cum-bar than for its simple rooms, even though its selection of dishes is limited and vegies are few and far between. It’s near the Commercial Bank, 1.4km east of the bus station.

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    Guder Falls Recreation Area Hotel

    If you want to stay the night in Guder, this hotel is a peaceful place set above the falls in beautifully tended gardens. Sadly, the same love hasn’t been extended to the cottages themselves.

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    Genet Guest House

    Four-hundred metres past the main roundabout along the road to Jimma, this fairly new place has clean rooms with tiny bathrooms, built around a courtyard bar and garden.

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    Peensiyoonii Weqinesh

    The Peensiyoonii Weqinesh, should you need it, has very cramped rooms that are basically as messy as the town itself. It’s above the Oromia International Bank in a pink-and-green building near the main roundabout.