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Seven Olives Hotel

Lalibela, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Seven Olives Hotel
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

If you manage your expectations, you will have a wonderful time at The Seven Olives. The hotel is the oldest in Lalibela - and yes, the rooms are spartan and a bit tired - but the water is hot and the beds comfortable. You didn't come all this way to lurk in a hotel room, did you? The Seven Olives... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed my time both at the Seven Olives Hotel in the heart of Lalibela, right by the churches, and at its eco lodge on a mountain top above Lalibela with its traditional tukul huts and 360 degree views. The mountain is an ideal retreat location to unwind, connect to nature, sit by a fire and star gaze. Those... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Let's start with the few good points: The location is excellent close to the churches in the center of the village and the restaurant is decent. Now for the bad ones: the staff is nice but not really concerned; the rooms are in dire need of maintenance (bathroom in pretty bad shape, door and windows barely closing, ...); there is... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Enough has been said in these reviews about the Seven Olives (we loved it!) What hasn't yet been mentioned is the Lalibela Hudad, the hotel's new eco lodge situated on its own "Lost World" plateau above the town. If you have a spare day or two then arange to stay over in one of the traditional style cabins. The 2.5... More 

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Dubllin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

The Seven Olives hote is a special, quaint and authentic Ethiopian hotel full of character, ,charm and steeped in history. i was leading a group of 7 Irish people who were doing a fundraising sponsored walk on behalf of an Irish charity called Vita who work in the south of Ethiopia.Lallibella was the last place on our itinerary and the... More 

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Nairobi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We ate lunch here on a recent trip, and I would not recommend the 'olive special' pasta dish - no olives in it (despite the description and the hotel name) - all you'll get is 4 (yes, count them) lonely olives perched on top of your heaping mound of pasta mixed with spinach and tomatoes. Portion sizes are very generous... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Stayed here for a couple of nights in August. Positives - the food is some of the best in Ethiopia, the gardens are lovely and look over the town, and the site is a peaceful oasis in quite a demanding town to walk around. Almost all the staff were genuine and helpful (although beware tour guide touts who accompany you... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

We stayed in Seven Olives for several days during a trip to Ethiopia in August 2011. The place is very well set, with a nice garden and nice places to relax around. Rooms are very clean and fairly priced. The restaurant is just excellent, a very good choice even if you are not a guest. Local and international dishes, all... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

This is in a very central area and with a nice restaurant and outdoor eating area. One day we went to the up market Mountain View for a drink & lunch. However the staff had no interest in serving us & after waiting an hour we went back & ate at Seven Olives. The airport pick up & drop off... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

My wife and I spent a couple of nights at the Seven Olives on our visit to Lalibela. It was clean, comfortable, and our room was very attractive with a pleasant view over the town. The restaurant has a wide menu and has a pleasant terrace from which you can see the town. I highly recommend it.

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