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
friendly reception, beautiful convenient rooms even with jacuzzi (still need to be improved that it works) quiet
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.
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
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
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
clean rooms, exellent food specially "queens pizza"
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This small, budget hotel is between the Fogera and the Post Office. It looks clean and spartan. They seem to have a small restaurant/bar and have good iron bars on everything for security. Gonder is a safe little town anyway. For a few dollars more you can stay at the Fogera 50 meters away which offers better rooms and views. They have no website, but you can telephone them!
This is my favourite Hotel in Ethiopia. When I arrived at the entrance I was greeted by fantastic bunches of flowers overgrowing the front gate, the gateman saluting my arrival (pictured) and a warm welcome into the large garden that is effectively their lobby. They took me to my room and explained that the table outside my nice cottage was also my table for dinner. Right in the middle of a garden overlooking flowers, birds and a small lake. Get in there! My bed was comfy, food excellent, the friendly waiter brought me dinner from the kitchen just opposite my door and I enjoyed the sunset from my chair outside my room on my own porch.
Everything is special about the Fogera. It only has 11 rooms so book in advance by telephone! The staff are great, the kitchen ladies are friendly and produce great food at low prices and you get a picturesque room at a very affordable price. Even if you do not stay here, you can eat in the centre of the Garden. You must visit as well in the daylight to see the beautiful grounds.
• Bar with satellite TV
• Good large bathrooms
• Good clothes storage space
• Excellent security
• Tranquil and quiet setting
• Food and drink brought to your door/table at no extra cost
• Large rooms
• Comfortable beds
A great experience. I visited during the Low Season. Telephone and book ahead!
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