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Seven Olives Hotel
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lalibela
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Best place in Lalibela”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

The rooms are somewhat cramped, and there's no running water during the day. But the location is excellent, it's home to Lalibela's best restaurant, they organize nice day trips and in general, they do everything for you to have a nice stay.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2010

Nice location and restaurant. Rooms are basic but functional. Make sure to opt for a "front side" room as the ones facing the backside are somewhat cave like. Personal is very friendly and helpfull! Powercuts are are regular therfore a candle and/or torchlight is essential.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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Fiji
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2010

We spent five nights at this hotel while visiting the Lalibela churches. It is in a good location - an easy 10 minute to the churches. The terrace area is nice, and we ate all our meals at the hotel. The water was only working for a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night, and a couple of nights they were having problems and we didn't get a shower. One night they were having some electrical issues and we couldn't heat up the water. They have a computer, but the dial-up is so slow we were only able to log-in once for about 10 minutes. We checked a few internet cafes, and this seems to be common elsewhere in Lalibela. If you drop off laundry in the morning and need it in the afternoon, make it very clear. We had to wait two days for ours. Also double check your restaurant bill - we found an adding error charging 50% tax instead of 15%. Our room was US$32. for a double.
We were not that happy with the hotel guide. He seemed to have a quick temper if things didn't go his way. We booked a trip to the Yemrehanna Monastery (42 KM out of Lalibela) with their guide. We were supposed to see 3 churches but only saw one. He got into a yelling match with a priest at one of the churches (hard to tell who was right - but they still didn't need to escalate it to yelling), and encouraged us to skip the other one (because we later found out we didn't have the time). We found out at 1pm that our van had to be back in Lalibela by 2pm for another client, when we thought we had the van until 5pm. We heard from other travelers that they got a better rate from outside the hotel for the trip for the transportation. We also didn't think the visit to the Yemrehanna Monastery was worth the expense. The fee was US15 each to enter the church, and it wasn't as impressive as the Lalibela churches. We did enjoy the hike from Lalibela to the Ashetan mountain church. Beautiful views. We also liked the guide, Desale Degefaw (0912032966), who also showed us around the Lalibela churches. He is not affiliated with the hotel, but will meet you there if you give him a call or ask the hotel to call him. He was a former church deacon, and knew the history well. Despite the concerns, we would stay here again. While a longer walk from the churches and more expensive, the Mountain View Hotel looked really nice. Amazing views of the countryside, but not as centrally located. Nice place to go for a drink on the balcony for the sunset.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2010

I will always remember this hotel not so much for the rooms which are basic but clean but for the staff and location. It overlooks the town of Lalibela and is a short walk to the famous churches. The garden and terrace area are fantastic and the food excellent. One must walk behind the hotel to take in the ridge view of the surrounding hills and the town below. Molla who works at the front desk did me a great favor and arranged my marriage in one of the chapels during the Christmas morning; for this I am most grateful. Since the place was overun during the Christmas time, it was amazing to see all the staff working so hard to bring food and to make certain that everyone was happy. The hotel staff really should be commended on all their hard work.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2009

After a tough four day trek across 50 miles and significantly high mountains, I just wanted somewhere to be able to unwind and rest for an evening before heading off on the rest of our journey.

The first room we were given was really poor. There are no safe deposit boxes, the beds looked dirty and we had two singles rather than the double. In fact in made me quite despondent. Through sheer tiredness we didn't complain but fortunately we were moved to another room by the manager, which was a distinct improvement. We at least had a hot shower, which a number of our group didn't but it wasn't the cleanest of places.

There is a restaurant in the hotel. This was fine for when we first arrived and just wanted drinks and food, it took a while to come out but tasted fine. I would recommend heading out of the hotel and trying out one of the little restaurants a few metres away, they were a lot cheaper and very tasty.

The best thing about the hotel is definitely the surroundings, the area outside where you can sit and have a drink is a little oasis of calm.

Dial up internet is available.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2009

I run bike tours to Lalibela and have used 7 Olives the last 4 years for me and my clients as although old, this means it also has character and also the best patio of all the hotels. Rooms are fine for what you need as Lalibela is not about 5 star hotels. The rooms and beds are fine and staff very nice and one of best retaurants in the village.
It is the most accesible location of all hotels to the vilage and churches and has old tree growth and lots of birds that the others do not have.
Many of the other hotels like Juresalem are in the village where goats and roosters etc will wake you up early. Seven Olives does not have this issue. Peaceful.
scotty/off beat roads

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2009

I stayed in Lailbela for a little over two weeks because of the
stunning scenery, access to quality day hikes, and, of course, to make
repeated visits to the stone churches. The Seven Olives Hotel served
me well, and I stayed there throughout my visit. The rooms were a tad
small, but were clean and comfortable, with reliable water and hot
showers (except for during several power outages.) What made the
hotel work for me was the balance of creature comforts and security
(good food, both Ethiopian and "western" dishes, overly accomadading
staff, daily room cleanings) and a rather seamless conection to the
town (located in the middle of local businesses and residences,
dinning patio overlooking the town, access to several short or long
hikes into the countryside.) The hotel compound is secure, but without
the sense of being cloistered. It was fairly easy to begin feeling,
after a few days, as if I was actually a part of the town, not just an
incidental visitor. Additionally, the local guides we hired through
the hotel's front desk were top quality and well worth the money.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank zytherzoo
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Additional Information about Seven Olives Hotel

Property: Seven Olives Hotel
Address: | P.O.Box 37, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Region: Ethiopia > Amhara Region > Lalibela
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lalibela
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Seven Olives Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 148
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