Gonder Hotels

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  • lotharscheer profile photo lotharscheer
  • Reviews: 802

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Belegez Pension: Good location and cheap

The place has a excellent location close to the city center and the castle and about 1 block from the Selam bus stop, but could do with a bit of renovation. Rooms from 200 Birr

Water is not all the time on, but if you need it they will turn it on (presumably from a tank), the bath room was a little damaged (but bearable), the electrical wiring was unusual.
But overall the place is very friendly and comfortable.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Historical Travel, Castles and Palaces
  • Written April 12, 2014

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  • egonwegh profile photo egonwegh
  • Reviews: 1243

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Taye Belay Hotel: Stay at the best place in town

Spent one night here in November 2013, arrived by plane from Addis Ababa to see the famous castle, church and Fasilides' Bath. We had planned to stay at Lodge Fasil, but owing to circumstances our host there offered to book us into the Taye Hotel. The Taye Hotel is said to be the best spot in town (I read that in the Lonely Planet guide).

Room with street view. I liked the decoration of this place. Grand staircase, spacious room, good beds and toilet facilities. In November 2013 we paid 831 birr (10% service charge and 15% VAT included).

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written December 30, 2013
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  • hanspeter_W. profile photo hanspeter_W.
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Simien lodge: only luxus lodge in Simien mountains

beautiufl view to Simien mountains...good chances for easy walks and start for long hiking
easy to find Gelada mountians nearby

Trekking in the Simien mountains has been the main activity for a long time. Once up on the escarpment, it is possible to walk through forests and over grassland for hundreds of miles. A trek to the summit of Ras Daschen normally takes about 6 days. Other more modest treks go to Imet Gogo, Bwahit and the camp sites of Geech, Sankabur and Chennuk

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Safari, Eco-Tourism, Hiking and Walking
  • Written November 21, 2012
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  • hanspeter_W. profile photo hanspeter_W.
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4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

florida International Hotel: comfortable, friendly better class hotel

friendly reception, beautiful convenient rooms even with jacuzzi (still need to be improved that it works) quiet

good breakfast
excellent dining

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written November 21, 2012
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  • NedHopkins profile photo NedHopkins
  • Reviews: 428

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Lodge du Chateau: Comfortable, with great service

The 14 rooms of the Lodge du Chateau are set on both sides of an attractive garden courtyard. Those rooms are basic: no air conditioning (not needed) and no fan or heating (both of which would have been appreciated). Hot water is supplied by a heater next to the shower in each room; it must be turned on 30 to 45 minutes before it's needed. The beds are comfortable.

Meals are taken in a dining room that sits above the kitchen and is reached by outdoor steps. Room service is available, though I don't know why anyone would want it. (Instant coffee was poured from a thermos bottle; "cream" was powdered.)

Seymoun, the owner-manager, is especially helpful. When I realized I had to cut my stay short, he tried to find a car and driver to get me back to Addis Ababa earlier than the next day's plane would. Failing that, he called Ethiopian Airlines and changed my reservation. That was fortunate, as the one plane that day was entirely full.

None of this, however, came cheap. Seymoun charged me US$150 for the room (for all three nights I'd reserved, though I stayed only one) plus $50 for my half-day guide, another $50 for his services, and $20 for the van that took me back to the airport (the taxi on the way in was $10). In short, US$270 for my 28-hour stay.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Historical Travel, Seniors
  • Written October 10, 2011
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  • Elisabcn profile photo Elisabcn
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MISRAK PENSION

This is a basic hotel, clean without any luxuries. It is a little bit far from the city centre but I was happy not to sleep in the city crowds and breath some fresh air. Rooms are around a courtyard with some trees and have their own tiny bathroom with hot water all the time! No reception desk, the owner is just around to show you the rooms and give keys and towels. In low season you can even discuss the price. A very basic option without breakfast but also a good deal.

I payed for a double room 150Birr

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 16, 2010

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  • sferede profile photo sferede
  • Reviews: 2

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Queens Hotel & Restaurant: Gonder's best pizzas

This is one of the best hotel in gonder, amenitties include very clean rooms, Tv, Telephone & Internet connections in every room, modern bar and restaurant on 2nd floor, Hair salon on ground floor, billards and so on. Staffs are very polite and helpfull, Service is great and the food is excellent

very modern bar and restaurant

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Festivals, Historical Travel, Castles and Palaces
  • Written September 20, 2009
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  • sferede profile photo sferede
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The best restaurant and bar in this city: Gonder's best hotel

I stayed in this beautifully built hotel located in a few kms from the city centre
I have to say this is one of the best hotel in this city
the rooms are so clean and very cheap, food is exellent and service is great
I strongly recommed this hotel who visits nothern part of Ethiopia

michael

clean rooms, exellent food specially "queens pizza"
great service

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Castles and Palaces, Festivals
  • Written May 3, 2009
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  • boltonian profile photo boltonian
  • Reviews: 384

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Circle Hotel: Good but noisey

Right in the centre of Gondor. 150 Birr per night for twin room.

Clean (ish) and warm (ish) shower.

Very cheap and tasty cafe on the roof, and a great TV lounge on floor 2 (with movies and Sky Sports).

All seemed well.

Then at bedtime, we realised that a nightclub with the loudest music EVER was next door. This went quiet about 3am.
Then at 5.30am, banging, shouting, every noise you can think of.

Cheap but you will not get any sleep (A theme you will become familiar with in Ethiopia)

The electrics. Bare wires galore!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 2, 2008
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  • flynboxes profile photo flynboxes
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Not in the books

Think this palce might be the Belegez Pension..ask fellow VT'er Gamon since he brought be here. It's a nice little place not far from the castles. It had an enclosed courtyard to park your car or 4WD as a British couple on their great African road trip did the night I was there. The staff was great..lent me an adaptor to charge the camera battery.

This was a quiet but watch the bathroom windows. This was one of the few places I got bit by mosquitos in.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Backpacking
  • Written January 20, 2008

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  • Over60 profile photo Over60
  • Reviews: 138

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Belegez Pension: Bare Bones but Adequate Accomodation in Gondar

I spent three nights here. It's not bad, and my view might be even a bit more positive had I not been recovering from a bad chest cold. The hotel is built around a courtyard, which is clean and attractive. Like many African hotels, it's walled off from the street by a metal gate and a staff member is always on duty, so security is good. My room was small and very basic, with the usual semi-exposed wiring here and there, but the bed was comfortable. Everything worked in the bath, and the shower was warm, but each use of the shower led to water flowing over into the room, requiring a mop up operation. A stream of European tourists passed through, so I had some chances for shared meals and conversation. Staff were extremely helpful and cordial. You can't beat the price $10 per night.

Pleasant courtyard

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written December 19, 2007
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  • DAO profile photo DAO
  • Reviews: 3677

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AMBARAS HOTEL


This is another low budget option which is a very short walk to the Royal Enclosure. I only glanced inside the enclosure, but is was clean looking and secure. I found it listed on a French website as being priced well under $10. There are a lot of these budget places within 3 city blocks of the Royal Enclosure and each other. Gonder is not a big place. If you are on a tight budget, I would suggest haggling the price as there are always more rooms in these budget places than guests.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Study Abroad, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 20, 2007
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  • DAO profile photo DAO
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MISRAK PENSIONE


This is next door to the Fogera Hotel. It is set in some nice gardens, but have no restaurant or bar. The Fogera next door has both as well as the Paradise Restaurant about 100 meters away. It is in a cul de sac, so its quiet around here.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written May 10, 2007
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  • DAO profile photo DAO
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YIMAM HOTEL


This is a low budget option a short walk from the main roundabout. It has small clean rooms, shared squat toilets and cold showers. Cold showers are not recommended in the rainy season. Despite this, it does have good secure car parking. Well under $10.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 10, 2007
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  • DAO profile photo DAO
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BUDGET CENTRAL: QUARA HOTEL


The Quara is a budget hotel, more of a hostel, which is right in the middle of everything. The staff are friendly and helpful. I asked if I could use the toilet and have a look around and they said ok, no problem. Rooms are small, but clean and have a sink. The beds seem comfortable enough. Toilets and showers are communal, but they are clean and you will find a pair of flip-flops under your bed. They have no website or email, just a telephone number. Unless it’s the high tourist season, you will easily find a room at this rather large hotel. They have a nice pastry shop downstairs, but you have to come back up to the hotel to wash your hands or use the toilet! Gonder is not a large place, but if you want a budget place a stone’s throw from the Royal Enclosure, you found it. Ask for a room on the back, as the front overlooks the busy main roundabout.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 10, 2007
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