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Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Time for repair and refurbishment”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

It is a stunning spot, with beautiful views over the lake, colourful gardens, giant tortoises and a pet rabbit nibbling the grass and a good range of interesting books (very rare in Ethiopia).

However the rooms were a disappointment, beds crammed in, sheets too small for the beds, lights and plumbing didn't work. Old and lumpy pillows and mattress. The mosquito net was so dusty and dirty it was unusable, although there were some annoying mosquitoes (no malaria though).

I have been travelling in Ethiopia for 7 years and this was the lowest standard of room I have experienced. Which is shame as the location is perfect and the staff helpful.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We stayed at Viewpoint Lodge for 2 nights, in one of the little houses perched above the Babogaya Lake. The views are absolutely stunning, from the rooms as well as from the common terrace. We had a beautiful stay due to the peaceful and welcoming atmosphere of the lodge and the friendly and helpful service. It is the perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of Addis and we very much enjoyed the quietness, only interrupted by sounds of birds. I'm already looking forward to the next chance to go there, we will definitley come back!

Room Tip: Rooms at the lakeside offer beautiful views and there is a small shower (cold water only) next to th...
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed in the Viewpoint Lodge for one night. The staff is really welcoming and friendly and the accommodation has traditional details, a nice garden and a stunning view over Babogaya Lake. We stayed in the cozy houses right on the lake which proved to be an unforgettable experience.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We had almost forgotten just how beautiful it is here! We received the usual warm welcome and instantly felt at home. If you're looking for breathtaking views, gorgeous settings, delicious food and a cozy atmosphere, look no further than Viewpoint Lodge!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Longyearbyen, Norway
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Very nice place, small and peaceful. The rooms are beautifully decorated. The owner was very nice and helpful, even spontaneously organized transport to Addis for us.
Next time we're in Ethiopia, we'll come again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Goettingen, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2014

We stayed at the viewpoint lodge in the last day of our trip to Ethiopia. We were very glad to relax in such a beautiful atmosphere, so close to Addis. The lodge has a very special style with excellent views and the management is extremely professional and helpful.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

I loved our treehouse where we could sleep in. On our little terasse we were watching the birds and enjoying the nice view on the babogaya lake! The lake is very nice to swim in! Next time I will make use of the bikes to cycle around!

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Additional Information about Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

Property: Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge
Address: Kebele 15 House 571, Bishoftu 7000, Ethiopia
Region: Ethiopia > Oromiya Region > Bishoftu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Bishoftu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nice place with an amazing view over a clear volcanic, round lake in which you can swim or make a tour with the kayak. Climate of 26 degrees the whole year like in spring in the south of California or France.Run by a Belgium guy and an Ethiopian lady.We serve fresh fish and vegetables from the surrounding farms. Day trips and tours possible. ... more   less 
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