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P.O. Box 19018, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Swayne's Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Arba Minch
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in 3 different rooms, quality differs quite a bit. One of the rooms even had a mini-fridge, while another had almost no furniture at all, apart from the beds. Do try to check in advance which room you're assigned. The lower numbers (1 through 17, I think) are the best. The restaurant looks nice, but food is better... More

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9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Women's Travel Group stayed here and is is again it is a hotel made of individual separately rooms. The rooms are very dark, water in bathrooms iffy but can be fixed if you tell Front Desk immediately. Overall cleanliness is ok and some rooms have great views. You should know that the staff is very aggressive; paid porters demanded... More

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Haifa, Israel
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9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Hotel with good service, spacious rooms, beds with nets. Restaurant with good food. Rooms located approximately 300 m from lobby and restaurant. Hotel with nice view (2 Lakes). Problems with running water (cold and hot, water for irrigation and shower) and electricity, low light. No Wi-Fi and cell phones nets. No running water in resturant's toilets and washing hands place.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We had 3 nights at Swaynes towards the end of our 3 week holiday travelling around Ethiopia (2 adults) and were looking forward to staying at an accommodation for more than 1 night at a time. The room we had was bright and airy and of a good standard, but without the view. However the Restaurant Manager and his staff... More

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

As an earlier review, if you stay at Swayne’s you are either going to the south or returning from the south of Ethiopia. I suspect that people coming from the south would rate the hotel higher than those going to the south! Having said this, the rooms by Ethiopian standards are airy, roomy, clean. The basic plumbing (gate valves instead... More

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49 hotel reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Hotels in Arba Minch aren’t thick on the ground, and this is the south of Ethiopia. With that in mind, I enjoyed my stay at Swayne’s. I stayed here for one night in June 2012. Positives: - I had a room with a spectacular view out over the Rift Valley (room 15). Only one row of rooms has the views,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The rooms were large and okay. It has a nice view over the landscape. Also the restaurant was good. One can "meet" some hungry monkeys there. However, the bed was not clean and full of fleas or bugs. Therefore, be careful and better use a sleeping bag if you stay there.

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68 hotel reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Let's be frank, not many people end up in Arba Minch... if you did get there it's likely that you have just come from the Omo Valley, and if that's the case you probably want a clean bed, and some water and a decent dinner. In that case this hotel is likely to be your choice. It does give you... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

OK not more and not less. room is OK view is nice. sort of a motel Try to ask for a room not very far from reception so you don't have to walk far each time you get out.

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San Francisco, CA
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for two nights while visiting the South Omo Valley. We found the accommodations to be quite comfortable and peaceful. Service was excellent and food good. We especially enjoyed the sitting area outside our room that overlooked the cliffs. From there we could see the baboon families romping through the trees and chasing each other.... More

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Address: P.O. Box 19018, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region > Arba Minch
Also Known As:
Swaynes Hotel Arba Minch

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