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Turmi Lodge
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Modest hotel with basic services. Restaurant is very far from the main building and it is just ok. If you don´t like spicy spaghetti, forget this restaurant. Meals there were not the best in my life but definitely not the worst. For me, the main problem is that little water comes out from the shower. Forget about TV and internet. In summary - reasonable place for staying, considering you will not find many other offers around ...

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nivaldo303631
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We stayed at the Turmi Lodge for one night during a brief visit to visit the Hamer tribe while we were in Ethiopia on a medical mission. Overall, the stay was fine--I do not know if there are other accommodations in the area as the group leader made the arrangements. However, there may be other options.

The lodge is a strip of single-story buildings with basic furnishings. Two beds with mosquito nets, two chairs and two tables were provided. It was wonderful to have a fan, but power was turned off at night--would have been great to have the fan in operation to sleep at night, as it was hot. There is no shower curtain on the shower and no internet service.

A short walk up the hill will bring you to the restaurant. Food was good and service was friendly and polite. It you continue walking through the restaurant and then up the hill behind it, you will have a beautiful view of the mountains and the valley.

If you follow the entrance into Turmi Lodge back to the main road and turn right, you can walk about 1/2 mile and find a road off to the left. This will lead to a small market (I do not know if it is there every day of the week) consisting of about 6 blankets on the ground with various trinkets for sale. Not worth a special trip but if you have some spare time it is a nice walk.

Turmi Lodge was adequate for one night but I would consider other options (if there are others).

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

This arbitrary collection of buildings is built just outside the market-town of Turmi. With a little imagination or flair Turmi Lodge could have been quite nice rather than the prison camp it appears to be. The rooms are immaculately clean if a little spartan, and the plumbing functional. If they had not clad the roofing with metal sheet roofing or at least provided the accommodation block roofs with a little insulation in the form of straw (as they have the dining hall and adjacent toilets), the rooms might be comfortable to sleep in. Unfortunately the heat was such I had to take the foam mattress (they are clearly aware of this mistake), provided in the room, and sleep on the floor between the toilet window and the door as it was the only place with sufficient ventilation in a room hot as an oven. You can't turn on the fan because they turn off the electricity at night. Room walls are thin. Reception habitually leave all the room keys on the desk unattended. The dining hall is a short hike up the hill from the rooms and you are given an extensive menu from which you can order nothing and then they take it away from you! Meals actually consist of a buffet which does not get replenished once cleared, this hotel is frequented by large groups so if you want to eat, get there early. As it's a buffet, there isn't much in the way of service, just barked invocations to "eat!" Directly across the road is an Orthodox Church which will start to broadcast its fourth century liturgy through loudspeakers (no, this is not "traditional" even if it's common), from 5am for a couple of hours non-stop. This noise pollution is equally an irritant to Ethiopians but it will also put an end to your sleep, should you have had any. The planting in the grounds will mature and they will become shady in time, at the moment much of it is cordoned off with barbed wire. Ugly, unimaginative, cheap places like this annoy me, the landscape around Turmi is truly beautiful but you would never know it from your stay at Turmi Lodge. The Mango Camp site, run by the Hamer, down by the Kaeske River (adjacent to where the Buska Lodge now is), with showers, shady Mango trees and a beautiful riverine view, is an infinitely pleasanter, more attractive and cheaper option than this joyless place, buy some food and water in town, take a tent and stay there - why choose to be uncomfortable in ugly surroundings? You have travelled far, at not inconsiderable cost, don't accept fifth rate facilities for your money, this is inept and sloppy development and a very lazy choice for tour operators regardless on the limited options in Turmi.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

In the middle of savana desert this lovely but simple place is the only good place to stay.Like in the KIBBUZTH...clean rooms-large rooms we enjoyed it. good food!it is not like western hotels -but all you need after a long day you can find here

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank reliwitz
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

They put up a tent for us with matrass and all during 2 days for a reasonable price. This is one of the better options in this town, as the rooms are overpriced in all the lodges. The food is OK, even if the buffet is every day the same. Ask for the MENU , even if they don't present it to you , so that you can eat something else than always the same buffet.
Nice staff running like creasy to make all convenient.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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