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Forty Springs Hotel

Sheicha, Arba Minch 10744, Ethiopia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Zaragoza, Spain
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89 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This hotel was booked for me by my Ethiopian travel company, so I don't know the price but it should be a budget hotel. And I was ready to find anything: old furniture, bad maintenance and so on. But what I didn't expect was holes in the mosquito net, stains in the bed linen, leaking water heater (a bucket was... More 

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Oliver R, Public Relations Manager at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Fufaita for your review. I'm glad you liked the banana milkshake. You acknowledge that you were accommodated on the second day you visited by a staff member moving out of her own room (due to all hotels in Arba Minch being full for University graduation). There had been no reservation for the second day, in fact there was... More 

Marysvale, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Forty Springs is my favorite place to stay in Southern Ethiopia. Even if I am not spending the night in Arba Minch I will always at least stop by to say hello before traveling on. Asefu Tekle and her sisters, who own the hotel, go out of their way to make all travelers feel truly welcome. Many times they will... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much Arthur for taking time to write this review detailing the facilities and service of the hotel and appreciating the high standard of care shown for visitors by Assefash. More 

Helsinki, Finland
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82 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The room on the 2nd floor had two giant, comfortable beds with mosquito nets. Big tiled bathroom with hot water and soft big towels. Very clean. Friendly staff and nice food. The loud music in the evening was a bit disturbing but we were too tired to go down and complain about it. I believe they play it for themselves... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review appreciative of the large beds and comfortable bathroom facilities. Sorry about the music, we sometimes get absorbed in the tales of love being sung and lapse in attention to the needs of our guests. We are glad of the warm recommendation. Oliver R More 

Beijing, China
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

You cannot expect too much for South Ethiopian hotels, thus I gave 5 stars for this based on this standard. The hotel boss Billy is very nice and friendly. The breakfast is really good and they have a good garden which you can enjoy your meals, We hired a car whose driver is Fiyesa and had a 4-day tour around... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

We thank the guest for this review and are happy that their overall experience was enjoyable. Our aim is to provide good quality accommodation and food at reasonable prices in an amenable setting. I am glad you found the twin bed room suitable for a family with children and note your appreciation of the good breakfast in the garden. Thanks... More 

New York
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73 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We were actually surprised to find such a nice hotel in Arba Minch. We paid 450 Birr including breakfast for very good and clean room and a good bathroom. The hotel even has Wi-Fi. The only problem is the music played in the hotel garden that literally shakes the room. They turn it off at around 9 or 10pm, but... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post this review giving such positive comments on the quality of the rooms and value for money. We accept your comments on the music at night and the need to respect visitors quality of sleep. That is useful information on the mosquitos also. Oliver R More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I've spent the last 8 months in Arba Minch and this is by far the best place to eat. I eat here once a week at least. The best fish goulash in the area. Awesome french fries (chips) and the Ethiopian tibbs is wonderful too! The hospitality is better than most places. The wait staff does not speak very much... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this review which shares your appreciation not just of our restaurant ambiance and service, but of the Arba Minch area which is well worth a visit for anybody heading for Ethiopia, or working in Addis Ababa. We are definitely more a cool beer place at the moment. We like to give good food and drink... More 

Chennai (Madras), India
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Great ambience. Good service. The rooms has mosquito nets. Quite useful. A calm and quite area. The service and quality of food is excellent. A fan inside the room would have been more comfortable during summer. It was okay in most of the time but at times under the net it becomes little bit warm. Nice place to relax.

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

I thank Sundhar R for his appreciation of the good ambiance, food and service. I take on board his comments on the need for fans in the room during warm weather. We have stand up fans and guests should request one if needed for their room. Oliver R More 

the prairie
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here a couple of times. Rooms vary in quality and functionality so check your room. By this I mean that one of our rooms had an awful shower that flooded the bathroom but another room (16) was fine. The place is pretty new so the beds are good and the sheets pretty clean. The room is basic (no... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you to the reviewer for your comments. When problems occur with plumbing and electircs we rectify them immediately we notice them. The price of drinks from our suppliers have been increasing frequently recently and thus we have to increase our prices to our customers. This sometimes leads to misunderstanding with customers as we have been slow in printing menus... More 

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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The resturant gets lots of service here. We stayed at the Paradise Lodge, but frequented 40 Springs resturant quite often. Pros: -Great food (Churro, Grilled fish, and fish gulash) -Cheap beer -Great chips (i.e. fries) Cons: -There are only 3-4 menu items -Food will easily take 40-50 mins to prepare, so don't go too hungry! -Eating outside...well...there's no lights and... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

We appreciate the comments from this reviewer. Firstly - sorry about the leaves in the food. This is a bit difficult to control. There is an inside restaurant but it is pleasant to sit outside also. As regards the poor lighting outside; it is a bit more subdued in certain parts - staff should have understood that you were requesting... More 

London
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31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Standard deck-access rooms with glazed metal doors. Water seeped under door in heavy rainstorm, staff quick to try to sweep it out, but not too effective so eventually I sent them away. Clean enough, with nets and hot water. Plumbing and electrics are typically slightly quirky. Nice bar and restaurant areas. Dusty central garden doubles as car park. Noisy groups... More 

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Oliver R, Owner at Forty Springs Hotel, responded to this review

We appreciate the review which highlights the good value for money. The water was an unusual occurrence due to thunderstorm. We have now provided parking outside and will upgrade that available in the compound. We try to balance between those who want to retire earlier and those who like to socialize in the evening but in general service winds down... More 

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