went on a weekend gateaway with my husband just last week. The hotel has an old wing is on close proximity to all the amenities but the new wing has more gorgeous rooms (in my opinion). We stayed in the new wing because the new wing was fully booked. On our cooperate rate, we paid $99 at the old wing instead of $150 in the new wing. To be honest, if you want privacy, go to the old wing, its quitter, more private and the views are just as spectacular if note more. the new wing is about 200 metres from the hotel, and the hotel has found a really cool way of getting their horses from the old wing to the new one (which you can do with a very short 3 minute walk) via a horse drawn cart which is terribly romantic!! on our first night at the resort (we stayed in room 230, our bed broke (no its not because of what you think, LOL!) we called the reception (the new wing does not have local phone lines, you have to call a cellphone number that they provide on their paper work), and it took 1 hour before they sent someone over to look at the problem. It took another hour for them to fix the bed, we asked for a room change, but they said they were fully booked even in the new wing (don't know how true that is). The maids were very kind and lit a fire for us by the fireplace by the veranda ad gave us blankets to cover ourselves to avoid mosquito bites. When they finished fixing the bed, we went back on the bed and it felt soooo shakey like it was about to break, instead of calling the reception (which we knew would take like 2 hours before they would fix anything)), we just resorted to taking the mattress down and slept on the floor. Did I mention that we were woken up at night by really loud prayers from the nearby church or was it mosque? the rooms in the old wing have no ceiling and so it was as if the church or mosque was in our room!!! That morning we went to complain at reception about our bed situation, you would think they would be sympathetic and offer you some sort of complimentary massage or knock off the room price, or give you some sort of voucher, but NO! they just changed our room with mumblings. Anyway, we decided not to spend much a time in the hotel that day and went to spend time at Adulala and Babogaya resort for lunch and drinks. Both places were gorgeous. If you don't have a car, take the Bajaj which is about Birr50 one way and $100 at night return to Kuriftu from Adulala resort. When we got back to Kuriftu, our room was changed to room 225 which was downstairs and had a ceiling so we hardly even noticed the morning prayers and were actually late for breakfast cos we overslept, LOL! Did I mention that although I prefer the authentic African feel and look of the upstairs room, the downstairs rooms were more comfortable, they had less mosquitos because the thatched roof work upstairs is not done to a standard that the holes are fully covered, so the mosquitos kept getting into our room. The upstairs rooms would really do with a mosquito net!!!
In all, the hotel is gorgeous, the views are spectacular, the restaurant staff are extremely professional and helpful (the same cant be said for reception staff). the hotel website under sells the hotel, the place is more gorgeous in reality, they have facilities that they fail to say on their website, a mini fridge well equipped with gorgeous wines, beers, coffe making facilities, etc. The food from the restaurant on the a la carte menu was fabulous, but breakfast had too many local dishes and few international dishes, although it seems they are really trying hard to make the breakfast experience more tolerable. The room rate comes with two 30 minute massages, one for the body and one for the feet, they also have welcome cocktails (don't get excited, its just juice, some fancy tiny bread and tuna snacks and biscuits)
would I go back again to this place?? I don't know, maybe just for lunch, I certainly don't want to encounter another broken bed.... but let me not put you off, am sure ours was a once off thing, and if we dint have that bed experience or were changed to another room quickly or compensated in some way, we would go back to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our resort offers high-end luxury in an Ethiopian paradise setting. Breathtaking landscapes encompass the resort as guests enjoy our outdoor pool and sunbathing terrace that overlooks the natural wonder of Lake Kuriftu. After taking in the natural beauty of the wildlife and countryside, our organic spa and gourmet restaurants are the perfect places to relax as you prepare to continue your getaway experience. With achingly perfect panoramas, Kuriftu is where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously warm, genuine and sensational. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kuriftu Resort & Spa Debre Zeyit Hotel Debre Zeyit
- Kuriftu Resort And Spa Debre Zeyit
- Kuriftu Resort Ethiopia/Bishoftu