Where to Stay
The country’s best hotels for rest and relaxation.
As tourism continues to boom across Ethiopia, so too does the development of refined hotels and luxury ecolodges. Though this list only begins to introduce the offerings on tap and those currently under construction, it’s a perfect starting point for planning any cross-country travel. The listings range in style, amenities and price point, but they all emit a sense of simplistic elegance — creating scenes of calm serenity amid which to absorb all of Ethiopia’s wonder.
Limalimo LodgeSimien Mountains
Newly opened in October 2015, Limalimo is a sustainable luxury lodge perched on the edge of an escarpment. Designed to fit into the natural environment, the simple, elegant hotel offers 14 guest rooms and a range of daily excursions — from guided treks and bird-watching to horse-riding and yoga.
Paradise LodgeArba Minch
At Paradise Lodge, “local” reigns supreme — from the bamboo guest huts thatched in the area’s traditional style, to furniture and linens handmade by local artisans, to a restaurant and bar sourcing ingredients from on-site gardens. Add to it all a standard of comfort and amenities expected from any luxury hotel, and the lodge provides the perfect resting place after adventurous days exploring Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley.
The Mountain View stands out in Lalibela, quite literally — towering over the town at an altitude of 2,680 meters. But the contemporary hilltop hotel also attracts attention with its striking design: A modern red stone structure punctuated by expansive glass windows. Built by two former guides, the hotel offers its guests intimate insider’s knowledge of the area as well as stunning panoramas of the surrounding Highlands.
Radisson BLUAddis Ababa
Since opening in 2012, the Radisson BLU has rapidly become one of the capital city’s most popular destinations for business and diplomatic travelers. The five-star hotel boasts 204 ultra-modern rooms, an events center with nine meeting rooms, a luxurious spa and fitness center — even an upscale French brasserie–style restaurant.