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“Bliss in Ethiopia”
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Gheralta Lodge
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Bliss in Ethiopia”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

After two nights at the Yeha this place was heaven. Clean attractive room-think it was #1- (stone walls, wood floors and shutters) and nice bathroom with hot water and good pressure.
Wonderful terrace on which to relax and view the gorgeous sunset. Apperitivo hour was wonderful with decent-sized drinks and tasty, salty snacks. The bartender was lovely.
Dinner was disappointing. So was breakfast but we were able to get not too bad wine by the glass. Nevertheless, one of the best places we stayed in Ethiopia. And we got to meet some interesting people. I recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Rooms were clean, modern and well appointed. Surroundings were excellent....great sunsets from here and many many birds. Great food , service and prices for what you get.
The $10 buffet meal at night was great. I can see why it is number 1.
Simply a great respite after Danakil and climbing to the churches.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

We've stayed at this lodge for two days. Everything worked well except safety box. At the same time staff was very friendly. Breakfast is fair, since I can not eat a lot in the morning I was satisfied with VERY limited choice. One negative relates to the staff named Binyam who provided us really bad van and very disappointed with the value for money and poor attitude toward customer service. In addition the cash receipt we got from him proved it wasn't a legal from the lodge. Clear difference between the lodge room receipt and his car rent receipt written by Binyam himself. I am sure the owner of the property is not aware of the scam.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

A group of us stopped at Gheralta after a day of hiking for dinner. The property was a welcome break from the sun, heat, and dust. While the hotel was very nice, we were not blown away by the dinner. Other reviews and the guidebook talked about how amazing the food was; we thought it was alright. The soup course- potato and leek soup was delicious. But the main course, "lasagna" left something to be desired. It was just pieces of pasta layered with an odd tomato sauce. No meat, no vegetables. The food did not justify the price, but if you included the time we spent just relaxing in the lobby and on their porch, we thought it was worth it.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

We stayed at Geralta Lodge for 2 nights. Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The lodge staff put on a very nice and creative holiday drama (although difficult to understand the Tigrinya) for the guests. The general manager even dressed as Santa Clause and passed out small treats to the guests with children. The staff appeared to really want us to enjoy our stay and that means a lot these days.Overall, our stay was what we expected...nothing more and nothing less. Rooms were clean and food was decent. I do wish they had some sort of spa or massage service available. After hiking and walking, it would be great to have a nice wind-down massage while looking out at the beautiful mountains. We stayed in number 4.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire,UK
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We really enjoyed our two nights stay here especially having come from the Yeha in Axum.
Long and dusty drive but Gheralta was an oasis of comfort. We were in Room 1 [half of a rondel] with wonderful views. Very simple décor [someone has an eye for design] and very clean. Bed comfortable and plenty of hanging space. Bathroom also clean but small and plenty of hot water.
A couple of chairs outside the room would have been nice to sit and admire the view. Torches were provided to guide you to the main part of the hotel.
Drinks in the bar at 7pm [lovely nibbles of toasted grains and also delicious unsalted peanuts] then dinner around 8pm. Set dinner and set time though you have your own table. The first night it was self service with two serving stations manned by girls in smart uniforms and hairnets. First course was chick pea soup which was fine though the chickpeas a little hard. Then a very good lasagne followed by salads and meatballs. Pudding Apple Cake -ok but a little heavy. However, after some pretty awful food elsewhere the previous few days this was very good. The owners were not in evidence but everything seemed to run pretty smoothly. Lunch [in between trips] the next day was good but a bit late. We saw picnic lunches laid out in reception and that might have been a better idea. A very nice property and has a good productive vegetable garden with lots of salad stuffs so you felt safe eating salad here. A very good location for visiting the rock churches and a joy to come back to after a day of sightseeing.

Room Tip: We didn't see any of the other rooms but ours, Room 1, was nice, very clean and bed comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Checkin around 5 pm was smooth and luggage taken to our room 10 which had a selfcontained toilet and bath with toiletry and towels. Hot was water was in plentiful supply. There was an adjoining room with fridge and cooker not in use. We loved the very large clothes horse with lots of hangers. Extended from one of the windows - there were 2 - was a wooden shelf which served as a table. The two very small bedside tables each carried a lamp and a torch. The room had one seat and two single beds nicely made up. We wanted to use our kettle and with help found the sockets lower down. We were not offered what turned out to be an informal welcome drink at 7 pm as advised and to sit and wait until 8 pm for dinner seemed a long wait for us but good for the bar which we only saw the next morning when we decided to stroll the grounds. On leaving for our room that evening we told the manager that we did not have the welcome drink and he simply said "sorry". We expected a different response. We are not drinkers but we feel that as is customary 'welcome drinks' as promised should be offered on arrival - 7pm the appointed time. Our guide was not very helpful in this matter. Maybe, it was his first time. We were somewhat away from the beautiful setting of the complex and not there long enough to enjoy sitting on the furniture on the verandah outside the bar. We enjoyed the setting sun and the landing of the helicopter just outside our window. The manager took control of the serving of the dinner which was a fixed menu. This was good. Our approach to the meals was neutral but we were grateful to have something to eat even if only for health concerns. Seats in the reception area should be visited to ensure that one is able to sit in a comfortable way while awaiting dinner.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Gheralta Lodge
Address: Hawzen, Ethiopia
Region: Ethiopia > Tigray Region > Hawzen
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Hawzen
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Gheralta Hotel Hawzen
Gheralta Lodge Ethiopia/Tigray - Hawzen

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