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Paradise Lodge Arbaminch
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Arba Minch
Certificate of Excellence
USA
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54 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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“"Overall a Great Stay"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

This lodge has a breathtaking view, a good buffet for breakfast and dinner, and nice rooms. The rooms were clean and modern, but a bit noisy. There are two rooms in each "hut" and you could hear the movements of the people on the other side of the wall. The television was a nice surprise, but only Ethiopian channels with no English were available. Each room had a small porch, but the door and lock to get in and out were a bit tricky. My room had a less than pleasant view of a back road and construction area, but there were rooms that had a really lovely view. As noted in other reviews, the walk from the lobby/restaurant to your room could be quite long, and lighting is dim- a flashlight would be a big help.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Wheaton, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed at this lodge for one night 3/29/2014. Each unit is an individual unit. the pool and restaurant are exceptional. the view from the entry is exceptional. One member of group lost his wallet, but the staff of the Padadise Lodge found it and emailed us right away. we were able to recover the wallet and cash the next day.

this is a great place to stay in Arba Minch. We also used their boat tour service which was excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the Restaurant and pool over looking the forest.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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washington, dc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

i am an experienced world traveler of mature years - picky, but not overly so, who does a lot of reaserch before my travels, so i am generally pleased with my accommodation choices.
this is THE place to stay in abra minch. stay nowhere else. perched on the cliff crest, overlooking the jungle, mountains, and 2 lakes, iat is spectacular. there is a choice of the pricier view-tukals or the no-view ones. all of the view ones were taken as i was here in january and didn't make my reservation far enough in advance and there are many little tour groups here. i was disappointed but it turned out ok with it in the end as the tukal i had was quite luxurious, well, kind of, anyway, and one spends one's time on the dining room/bar terrace with the view so one doesn't really need th view n onew's own tukal. food was great. service was great. no barking dogs or wailing mullahs. an ATM in the lobby - how rural ethiopia has grown up !! it can be a bit of a hike from your tukal to the dining area, let alone the reception, but just deal with it. the reception was vague, and a bit confused, and i could see how some of the other reviewers could have had some problems. so i would reconfirm everything with the manager every day for a week before arriving. get his name.

Room Tip: don't get a room too near the diing terrace or they will perhaps keep you awake
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Paradise Lodge is attractively situated within a large compound on a steep hillside on the escarpment overlooking the forest and hot springs opposite the mountainous Bridge of God dividing Lakes Abaya and Chamo. The huts are spread some distance down the hillside (making the reception and restaurant quite a hike from your room, particularly if you've forgotten something, several times), some, single huts with an unobstructed view, others, smaller, divided into two hotel rooms per hut, and set back from the escarpment edge, with a view of the next hut or adjacent building works. The larger huts are simply more spacious with terraces with a view of the landscape. The smaller divided huts are furnished with heavy wood furniture and four-poster beds with mosquito nets cast loosely over the bed frame, this means the rooms, small to start with, become claustrophobic and more difficult to move around than they need to be - they're OK otherwise, just really quite dark and cramped. There is an evident difference in comfort between the two types of hut, though the larger ones are only twenty dollars more than the small. They need to keep on top of maintenance, some of the fittings and fixtures are starting to look a little tired and this is not an old lodge. Service standards vary depending on luck with the individual who serves you - this needs to be worked on, particularly in reception. Waiting staff are very nice, though if you are not part of one of the many a large tour groups you may need to make your presence and needs known, they otherwise cope well with busy dinner sittings. Food consists of a varied buffet dinner and breakfast (the promising, but erratically functional, ice-cream machine never worked during my stay), in a very nice restaurant with an outside terrace and views across both lakes. They provide a very reasonable laundry service. The restaurant and other facilities (swimming pool, spa, conference/function rooms), seem to be frequently used by locals (weddings, conferences, etc.) from this rapidly growing university town, Some of the "ends of the earth" remoteness is being lost but no matter, if tourism helps provide social infrastructure for locals then this development is a very healthy thing for everyone. This is a nice new hotel with a few rough edges but is a very pleasant addition to the now very busy southern tourist circuit.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

This must be the best choice in Arba Minch. It’s situated a little out of the town centre, with pleasant views of the hill and Lake Chamo. The rooms are spacious, the design based on traditional huts, with a high ceiling. The beds are fairly comfortable with good mosquito nets; there’s a fridge (and TV, but only Ethiopian channels) and a fan, and a balcony. The room lighting is a bit dim (very common in Ethiopia), and the bathroom isn’t that well designed, but the shower is excellent. Food in the restaurant is also very good. There is a swimming pool which looked fine, though I didn’t use it.
The only negative is the reception desk service. One of the receptionists is efficient and pleasant, but the others are slow and useless. The reception area also has an ATM in working order (takes VISA), and WiFi.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Prague, the Czech Republic
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed in this facility for two nights. The lodge is nice. But I would recommended everybody to avoid this place. On the afternoon of our arrival we booked two cars for the trip to the national park at 7 a.m. This was confirmed by the reception. What was our surprise the other day at the morning when we came to the reception and nobody was aware of any cars to be available for us! The receptionist just told us that no cars will be available. As we were here just for one whole day it completely ruined our stay. It made no sense for us to come here, all the long troublesome way. Really disgusting behaviour and absolute disrespect to the guests!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

There are 3 kind of rooms in terms of price, highest on the right sides have hot shower,flush bath, alos bigger rooms
the middle and the third are almost the same. The Reception ,Ermies is helpful after school time. the only thing i complain is its way from the main arbamicj konso road is gravel road more than 20 minute to walk on ,during night it may be scary.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Paradise Lodge Arbaminch
Address: Secha area | Arbaminch, Ethiopia, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Region: Ethiopia > Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region > Arba Minch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Arba Minch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Lodge Arbaminch was opened in 2008 as a means to transform the hospitality industry in Africa by providing guests with unparalleled service and an authentic experience while preserving the natural environment and strengthening the local culture. With contributions from 56 southern nations of Ethiopia and thousands of delighted guests, we have been serving this mission even as we expand our services and provide new experiences to our customers. ... more   less 
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