Accommodation in Ethiopia
Lodges & hotels in Ethiopia
Matoke Tours stands out for over 10 years in its accommodation concept: We visit all accommodation in Ethiopia ourselves to be able to select the best accommodation for you and to give you advice from personal experience!
Our selection criteria are focused on the view, service, location, style and price of each lodge. We give options in different standards and budgets.
On this page you will find our selection of the best hotels and lodges Ethiopia has to offer.
Sheraton Hotel Addis (High-end)
The Sheraton Addis Hotel is located in the centre of Addis Ababa near the National Museum, United Nations Conference Centre, the UNECA headquarters, the Merkato and Bole International Airport (7km). The hotel is a sanctuary of Ethiopian grandeur, where a landscape of vibrant greens and colourful wildflowers meets the African sky. Experience an exceptional level of personal service.
The Safari Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Located just 99 kilometers away from Addis Ababa, in a quiet and relaxing spot, the Safari Lodge is a perfect retreat after a busy couple of days of exploring the capital.
The Safari Lodge has 17 fully furnished suites with modern décor and the creative use of cedar wood gives the lodge an inviting and natural feel.
Upon arrival in this oasis you can stroll below the fruit trees in the tropical gardens, enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or simply relax on the sun beds with a refreshing drink from one of the two well-stocked cocktail bars. Diners can enjoy their meals in the exotic fruit garden.
Arequ Guest House (Mid-range)
This small and charming family-run establishment is your home-away-from-home in Addis Abba. Each room is wonderfully decorated with African antiques and hand-crafted furniture made by the family who runs the guest house. Meals are served in the open dining room on the ground floor and home baked cakes and cookies are offered throughout the day. You may also be invited to join in on the family’s coffee ceremony!
The guesthouse is a short 5-minute drive away from Bole International Airport and the city center is accessible by taxi (9km).
Hilton Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Hilton Addis Ababa is your urban oasis in the capital and the perfect escape from the bustle of the city. Here you can unwind by the pool or treat yourself to the spa facilities after a busy day of exploring the city sights. The hotel is a convenient base to explore the many famous landmarks that Addis has to offer, such as the Ethiopian Ethnographical Museum, Menelik’s Imperial Palace and several notable churches.
Caravan Hotel (Mid-range)
Caravan Hotel is conveniently located in close proximity to the National Museum (5km), several historical sites and Bole International Airport (4km), making it an excellent base for exploring Addis Ababa. Visitors will enjoy the hotel’s friendly service, comfortable rooms and a buffet breakfast selection from the best of the continent.
Louvre Grand Hotel (Mid-range)
The Louvre Grand Hotel is a little piece of Paris tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Addis. The boutique hotel offers comfortable accommodation but is more well-known for its outstanding French bistro. With charming retro themed décor collected in Paris by the owner over the years and a well-stocked wine cellar in the basement the restaurant offers a lovely ambiance, delicious menu and fantastic service.
Haile Resort (Semi-luxe)
The brand new three-story Haile Resort sits on a hill just outside Arba Minch with panoramic views of two of Ethiopia’s largest Rift Valley lakes; Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya. The resort is a convenient base for trips to the scenic Nechisar National Park as well as boat excursions on Lake Chamo to visit the famous Crocodile Market. While at the resort guests can enjoy the swimming pool, spa, gym and a mini golf yard.
Paradise Lodge (Semi-luxe)
The community-based eco-lodge Paradise Lodge, provides guests with unparalleled service and an authentic experience, while preserving the natural environment and strengthening the local culture.
The lodge consists of individual bamboo thatched huts built in the traditional Gamo style, which have been richly decorated with handmade furniture made by local communities. Each hut has a private outdoor veranda with either a breathtaking view across the valley to Lake Chamo and Lake Abaya or set in the lush gardens of the lodge grounds. The lodge has an outdoor pool and swim bar set in natural surroundings and a spa in which to restore and relax.
Mora Heights Hotel (Budget)
Perched on a hill in the outskirts of Arba Minch, Mora Heights Hotel is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife and fascinating culture. The hotel was built taking every aspect of the southern region’s charm and traditions into consideration. The two main buildings of the hotel were designed to replicate the traditional look of a “Mora”, which for the Konso tribe signifies a community center used for ceremonies, rituals and traditional dances. The Konso tribe is well-known in the area for their traditions and skills in crafting and farming.
Tourist Hotel (Budget)
Located in the center of Arba Minch, the Tourist Hotel is a popular hub for travelers and locals alike. One of the property’s prime features is their open-air restaurant, which is set in a leafy garden, offering delicious injera. The hotel is set in such lush surroundings you would never know you were in the center of town!
Awash Falls Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Awash Falls Lodge is located in the southwestern limits of Awash National Park.
The lodge has 32 tukuls (traditional huts) built with traditional materials and set in beautiful natural surroundings. Some of the tukuls are perched on top of a cliff with stunning views of Awash Gorge.
Hotel Genet (Budget)
Hotel Genet is located in the city of Awash, a convenient 1-hour drive away from Awash National Park. Each room features AC, flat screen TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Free wifi is available at this hotel and the in-house restaurant serves local and international dishes.
Sabean International Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Located within proximity of Queen of Sheba’s Palace as well as the legendary Arc of the Covenant, the Sabean International Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the history of Ethiopia’s holiest city. The 44 rooms present a welcoming blend of contemporary texture with subtle Ethiopian motifs, epitomizing a harmonious blend of luxury, aesthetics and comfort.
Yared Zema International Hotel (Mid-range)
Yared Zema International Hotel is located in the heart of the holy city of Axum, within walking distance of Axum Obelisk and a 10-minute drive from Axum Airport.
The 60 elegant and spacious rooms offer luxurious accommodation with beautiful panoramic views of the city. The restaurant is located on the ground floor and provides exquisite food from a wide range of culinary sources. In the mornings guests are welcome to a full buffet breakfast, providing a perfect start to a day of exploring Axum.
Kuriftu Lodge (High-end)
Picturesquely located on the shores of Lake Tana, Karifu Lodge is one of the best places to stay in the city of Bahir Dar. With its private boating dock, the lodge is a convenient starting point for exploring the island monasteries for which the lake is famous.
The 28 rooms are furnished with Ethiopian furniture of dark wood and African artwork giving it an authentic atmosphere. The outdoor swimming pool and terrace overlooking the lake are some of the hotel’s prime features.
Abay Minch Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Abay Minch Lodge is located in the heart of Bahir Dar, close to a variety of attractions like Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls. The lodge itself is nestled in a lush tropical garden, providing a cool and tranquil setting in which to relax and unwind. Exquisite traditional and international dishes are served in the in-house restaurant combined with superb service and picturesque surroundings.
Jacaranda Hotel (Mid-range)
Jacaranda Hotel is located 3 kilometers from the airport and within walking distance of the boat jetty which takes visitors out to the famous island monasteries on Lake Tana. The hotel overlooks the lake and various recreation areas can be found within reach.
Bale Mountains National Park
Bale Mountain Lodge (High-end)
Bale Mountain Lodge is an eleven-room boutique forest wilderness lodge, deep within the Harenna Forest in Bale Mountain National Park. The location of the lodge has been selected to provide an excellent opportunity for guests to experience a pristine wilderness environment and several walking trails lead from the lodge which enable guests to see wildlife on foot.
All lodge ‘menyetta-bets’ (guest-rooms) are spacious and comfortable with a wood burning stove in each room to provide warmth and a cozy atmosphere. Furniture has been crafted locally using sustainable wood, and all soft furnishings are locally sourced and are of the highest quality with an emphasis on comfort with Ethiopian style.
Campsite Ahmed Ela (Very Basic)
The desert hamlet Ahmed Ela acts as a base for excursions to the Danakil Depression as well as a stop-over for passing camel caravans hauling salt to Mekelle. The camp is very basic, featuring Afar-style huts and wood-framed cots. Due to the legendary high temperatures in this region most guests opt to drag their cots outdoors and sleep under the stars in hopes of catching a passing midnight breeze.
Campsite Erta Ale (Very Basic)
Erta Ale campsite will likely be the most adventurous over-night lodging you will ever experience. You will approach the campsite by foot, in the dark, accompanied by camels carrying your camping and cooking equipment. At the camp, basic stone huts are scattered along the rim of the active volcano Erta Ale. Here you can watch a spectacular show as the bubbling lava breaches the rim of the crater, creating a fiery display against the night sky.
Kuriftu Resort (High-end)
With perfectly breathtaking panoramas, Kuriftu Bishoftu is the ideal getaway where service is simultaneously warm and genuine. The resort is located in a peaceful area on the slope of a small crater lake called Kiroftu Lake, near the town of Bishoftu (Debre Zeit in Amheric). The resort offers spacious rooms (some with lake views), two restaurants, excellent spa services and activities such as kayaking, volleyball, fishing and a cinema.
Samrat Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Samrat Hotel is located in the heart of Dire Dawa, about an hour’s drive from the historic town of Harar. The hotel features a swimming pool, WiFi, a well-fitted gym and two fine-dining restaurants. There is also a café near the swimming pool and three well-stocked bars with 24-hour service.
Goha Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Goha hotel in Gondar is ideally situated in the surrounding hills of the city and a short distance away from famous landmarks such as the Royal Enclosure. The hotel has over 82 rooms and suites that feature excellent amenities. There is also a swimming pool and an outdoor bar with a campfire where you can enjoy an evening under the stars.
Mayleko Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Ideally situated against the backdrop of the Dilha Mountains, and a couple of minutes’ drive from Theodros Airport in Gondar, Mayleko is a luxury lodge surrounded by beautiful nature. The lodge has 17 bungalows and an additional 10 adjacent rooms all designed and styled to echo the area´s rich story. Mayleko Lodge blends traditional elegance with modern luxury and offers cuisine and service of excellent high standard. The lodge also features a swimming pool and a fitness room.
Fasil Lodge (Budget)
Fasil Lodge is a friendly, family-owned hotel located just next door to the grand castles and palaces within the Royal Enclosure. The lodge offers basic accommodation with a lovely garden courtyard for dining. The surrounding trees provide a natural shelter away from the bustle of the city and the morning toll of the bells from the nearby churches will make sure you get an early start to exploring this fascinating historical city.
Grand Gato Hotel (Semi-luxe)
The Grand Gato Hotel, with its 14 stylish suites, is ideally located within walking distance (1km) of the medieval walled city of Jugal and 400 meters from Ras Makonnen Square. The hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the many mosques and shrines that adorn the streets and squares of the fourth most sacred center of the Islamic world.
Ras Hotel Harar (Mid-range)
Ras Hotel provides comfortable accommodation close to the city center and only a short walk from Jugol, the historic part of the city as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hotel facilities include an in-house restaurant, bar, ATM and internet café.
Haile Resort (High-end)
Set on the shores of Lake Hawassa, surrounded by a private garden, Haile Resort is a modern and stylish complex with spacious rooms, tennis courts, wellness center, and excellent dining facilities. A sizeable pool is located in a gorgeous setting with views of the lake.
The leafy grounds offer several outdoor lounge areas and guests can stroll along the lake or watch the sun setting from the terrace. From the private jetty the hotel offers boat excursion to the fish market and other nearby attractions.
Lewi Resort (Semi-luxe)
Lewi Resort is situated in a forested setting along the shores of Lake Hawassa, within walking distance of the lively fish market. The resort features a swimming pool and a fitness center and offers boat excursions as well as facilities for several outdoor activities like mini golf and mountain biking.
Pinna Hotel (Mid-range)
Pinna Hotel is centrally located within walking distance of Meskel Square, the church of St Gabriel and Lake Hawassa.
Tadesse Enjory Hotel (Mid-range)
Tadesse Enjory Hotel is a budget-friendly hotel, located within walking distance of the scenic Lake Hawassa and surrounding shops and restaurants. The on-site restaurant serves a range of local and international dishes for lunch and dinner and a breakfast buffet is served every morning.
Korkor Lodge (High-end)
Korkor Lodge is a newly established, charming eco-lodge in the picturesque eastern Tigray region. Situated next to the village of Megab the lodge is surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Gheralta Mountains, within close range of many sites of historical, archaeological, cultural and biblical interest. The bungalows are spacious with large windows and a shaded veranda overlooking a private garden.
Gheralta Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Set in the dry and stony northern region of Tigray, Gheralta Lodge provides a charming base from which to explore the region’s extraordinary rock-hewn churches.
The Italian-owned lodge provides a welcoming and tranquil atmosphere with features such as a shaded terrace with sun loungers, a library and a sitting room with garden views. The stone-built guest rooms are simple but serviceable and offer beautiful views of the Gheralta mountains, especially at sunset.
In the in-house restaurant guests can enjoy delicious home cooked meals, reputed to be some of the best Italian food in the country.
Eco-Omo Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Eco-Omo Safari Lodge is located just outside the town of Jinka, in the heart of the Omo Valley. The lodge consists of 20 eco-friendly en-suite safari tents and bungalows constructed in harmony with its natural surroundings on the border of the Neri river.
Guests can enjoy their meals in the restaurant which have been prepared with homegrown ingredients from the property’s vegetable and herb garden as well as the many fruit trees guaranteeing you the freshest of produce. In the afternoons guests can take in the landscape from the terrace or enjoy a drink by the campfire.
Nasa pension (Budget)
Nasa Hotel is a budget-friendly hotel located just across the road from the weekly Key Afer market and within walking distance of a few surrounding restaurants.
Konso Korebta Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Konso Korebta Lodge is a traditional and cultural lodge built mainly from local materials. The loge has an in-house restaurant and bar, and 10 spacious grass roofed bungalows with 20 rooms. The food and service is excellent and the views of the surrounding landscape is unbeatable.
Kanta Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Perched on a hill overlooking the town of Konso Karat, Kanta Lodge offers comfortable accommodation in traditionally-built tukul huts. The spacious bedrooms are beautifully adorned local crafts and feature en-suite bathrooms and comfortable furnishings.
Kanta Lodge is well-known for serving up the best cuisine in the area, with a menu offering both Ethiopian and International cuisine. Both the guest rooms and the restaurant offer beautiful views of the valley below.
Maribela Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Maribela Hotel is located in the heart of the Lalibela mountains. The design of the spacious and modern rooms is inspired by the rock-hewn churches that have made Lalibela famous, and all rooms have breathtaking views of the Ethiopian highlands. The rooms provide a quiet and restive environment with a private bathroom, balcony and daybed. The in-house restaurant serves delicious continental and Ethiopian dishes in an ambient restaurant.
Top Twelve Hotel (Mid-range)
This family owned hotel is located within walking distance of some of Lalibela’s famous rock-hewn churches, such as Bet Golgotha and Debre Sina Mikael.
The hotel itself has 12 guest rooms decorated with traditionally made crafts and featuring a private balcony with stunning views of the mountain range surrounding Lalibela.
Mountain View Hotel (Mid-range)
The cliff-hugging Mountain View Hotel offers panoramic mountain views and close proximity to the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. The spacious rooms offer an extensive balcony for spectacular sunset views of the surrounding Lasta Mountains.
Sabana Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Sabana Lodge is perched on top of a cliff overlooking the serene waters of Lake Langano and the Arsi Mountains in the background. Surrounded by green grass, acacia and swaying palm trees the atmosphere is set for true relaxation.
The property features 25 bungalows which have been custom designed with local materials to blend comfort with originality. The large private veranda is conveniently shaded during the afternoon, creating ideal conditions to spend a few tranquil moments in the cool afternoon breeze.
Africa Vacation Club (Semi-luxe)
The Africa Vacation Club (AVC) is set amidst beautiful gardens on the shore of Lake Langano, overlooking the lake and the mountains beyond.
From private lake side villas to the charming and traditional Tukuls, the AVC has a fine range of accommodation to choose from, all which are spacious and beautifully decorated. The property also features swimming pools, a spa, white sand beaches just off your doorstep and water sport activities.
Simbo Langano Beach Resort (Mid-range)
Simbo Lodge is situated in a lovely location right on the shore of Lake Langano. The grounds are well-kept and a birdwatcher’s haven with common sightings of Verreaux’s and Greyish Eagle Owls. The bungalows scattered along the beach are basic but feature comfortable beds, tiled floors and neat bathrooms. The property has a bar and an on-site restaurant with lovely lake views.
Planet Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Regarded as one of the nicest hotels in the capital of Tigray region, Planet Hotel neighbors Mekelle Stadium and is located within walking distance of the Hawetti Marter Memorial Monument.
Each guest room features a balcony or terrace from which to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. To further enrich your experience in Mekelle, Hotel Planet has a health club featuring a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym facilities. The bar and lounge provide a nice space to unwind after a busy day.
Axum Hotel (Semi-luxe)
Axum Hotel provides comfortable accommodation and professional service in central Mekelle. The hotel provides modern, en-suite guest rooms including standard amenities such as satellite TV, WiFi, 24-hour room service and laundry service. After a day of exploring the ancient ruins that Axum is famous for, guests can relax in the sauna or steam room or enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool.
Atse Yohannes Hotel (Budget)
Atse Yohannes Hotel offers budget-friendly accommodation in the heart of Mekelle, close to several shops and restaurants. The hotel’s bar terrace overlooking the central roundabout is a popular spot for a drink and some people watching.
Simien National Park
Simien Lodge (High-end)
Reputed to be the highest hotel in Africa at 3260 meters, Simien Lodge is a fantastic place to stay when exploring the Simien Mountains National Park.
The 26 traditionally-built thatch-and-stone tukuls are spacious and feature an en-suite bathroom and a private balcony. The restaurant is a spacious area with a log fire center piece and Ethiopian décor, offering international and Ethiopian dishes. After dinner guests can go to the bar for a drink in the highest place in Africa. The lodge’s efforts in promoting sustainable tourism won them an award in 2016 and it also supports numerous local development projects.
Limalimo Lodge (High-end)
Perched on the edge of an escarpment, the boutique lodge Limalimo combines simple luxury and elegant design in the outskirts of Simien Mountains National Park. From the lodge guests can explore the unique flora and fauna of the Simiens, visit local communities or simply relax in the comfort of the lodge and its grounds.
The guest rooms are incredibly comfortable featuring lovely daybeds and big windows with views of the surrounding mountains. Delicious meals are served in the restaurant and there are several activities on offer, including early-morning yoga, massages and nature walks.
Befiker Kossoye Ecology Lodge (Mid-range)
Befiker Kossoye Ecology Lodge is an eco-lodge hidden away in the Kossoye hills, just 30 km outside Gondar. The lodge itself was built by the local community and guests are invited to take part in several traditional activities like learning how to make injera or take part in the evening coffee ceremony served around the campfire. One of the lodge’s best features is the panoramic views of the Simien Mountains. The lodge has several excellent walking trails leading from the property, which offer good chances of spotting the Gelada baboons.
Abebe Zeleke (Mid-range)
Abeke Zeleke is a professionally managed hotel within Sodo town, offering a selection of cheerful rooms and friendly service. The hotel boasts a wine cellar with a selection of international wines as well as an on-site restaurant serving local and global delicacies. The surrounding lawns are dotted with gazebos that provide a relaxing space to enjoy a refreshing drink.
Buska Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Situated in the heart of Southern Ethiopia in the Omo Valley, Buska Lodge offers travelers some of the best accommodation and meal service in the region. This eco-lodge overlooks the plains of Buska Mountain and has been constructed to blend beautifully into the natural surroundings. The location is ideal for exploring the different traditions and cultures of the tribes living in the Omo Valley, among them the local Hammer community (famous for their bull jumping rituals). The lodge includes 25 standard bedrooms featuring comfortable beds and mosquito nets, en-suite bathrooms, WiFi accessibility and sunrise terraces.
Emerald Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Emeral Lodge is a suitable base for exploring the Omo Valley and visiting the many tribes that live in the area. The lodge offers basic, yet spacious en-suite rooms, all with full length windows. The friendly staff will invite you to join a traditional coffee ceremony and meals can be enjoyed outdoors overlooking the natural surroundings.
Turmi Lodge (Mid-range)
Turmi Lodge is located in a remote area of the Omo Valley, just outside the market town of Turmi. The guest rooms are simple and feature en-suite bathrooms with a shower, décor made by local tribes and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace.
The lodge is ideally located for visits to some of the fascinating Omo Valley tribes, for instance the Hamer, Karo, Dassenech, Bume and Benna.
Negash Resort (Mid-range)
Negash Resort is located in lush tropical surroundings in the town of Wolisso, just a 2-hour drive from Addis Ababa. From the Dorze beehive shaped hut to the more modern “Addis Abbaba bungalows”, each guest room at the lodge has a unique design modelled after traditional housing in the region. The property features a pool, fed by a hot spring and beautiful gardens that are home to the Vervet and Colobus monkeys as well as several bird species.
Wukro Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Perched on top of a hill above the town of Wukro is the newly refurbished Wukro Lodge. The uniquely decorated rooms have been designed to resemble traditional Tigray homes using local building materials and masonry techniques. Guests can enjoy freshly brewed coffee in the outdoor dining area with sweeping panoramas of the town and surrounding valley. After exploring the rock-hewn churches in the area, take a refreshing dip in the large pool which resembles a map of Ethiopia.
Yabelo Motel (Mid-range)
Yabelo Motel is set in the remote part of southern Ethiopia just a few kilometers down the road from Yabelo town. Due to a lack of tourism facilities in this region Yabelo Motel has become a base from which to explore Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary or visit the Borana people. The simple guest rooms at Yabelo Motel are dotted around a leafy garden and feature mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower. The restaurant serves European and Ethiopian staples and there is a bar with a pool table.
Aregash Lodge (Semi-luxe)
Aregash Lodge is a peaceful haven nestled in forested hills of coffee trees. The thatched tukuls are built in the style of a traditional Sidama village. Each bungalow is spacious and furnished in traditional style, decorated with Sidama handy-crafts.
The main building has an open-air terrace with a spectacular view where guests can enjoy a wide variety of Italian-influenced continental cuisine, traditional Ethiopian food as well as Sidama dishes. The lodge has its own coffee plantation and all the meals are prepared with ingredients from the property’s own farm and garden.
Other highlights of Aregash Lodge is the evening coffee ceremony and the nightly visits from jackals and hyenas.
Haile Resort (Semi-luxe)
Haile Resort sits on the shore of Ziway Lake, one of a series of crater lakes scattered along Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley. The well-managed resort is surrounded by large manicured gardens and offers comfortable rooms, a modern restaurant and sizeable pool. The lake is home to a thriving bird population and a few hippos. Boat excursions can be arranged from the hotel to visit some of the volcanic islands within the lake.
Taye Belay Hotel (Mid-range)
Located just across the street from Fasiladas’ castle and only a 7-minute walk from the entrance to Fasil Ghebbi, Taye Belay Hotel is the ideal accommodation in the heart of Gondar city.
The hotel, whose design was inspired by the unique architecture of Fasiladas’ castle, has 79 modern yet cozy rooms all featuring a full-length window, private bathroom, flat screen TV, mini bar, electric safe, fridge and 24-hour room service. Some of the front-facing rooms have large balconies with great sunset views over the city.
After a busy day exploring this former royal city guests can relax and unwind on the terrace or enjoy the spa & steam room available at the hotel.
Damot Hotel (Mid-range)
Damot Hotel is the top choice for accommodation in Finote Selam, a town that mainly serves as a stop-over for travellers going between Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar. The hotel provides international standard lodgings and services and there is an in-house restaurant offering local and international food.