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Swayne's Hotel

P.O. Box 19018, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Swayne's Hotel
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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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Nice, France
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

From the moment we arrived, I anticipated problems as there was no one at the reception desk and when the manager finally appeared, he was completely disinterested. We were lead to a distant room that was rather shabby and not particularly clean. The good news was that the view over the mountains and lakes was rather dramatic, particularly at sunrise.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Stayed for one night. Rooms were lovely and had doors and windows that you could open and still have a mesh door closed to increase the breeze and reduce the likelihood of creatures getting in. Despite which I still had a very hot sticky night. Rooms have nice views, but watch out for the baboons at low light which roam... More 

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Nice, France
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57 reviews 57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great view, palatable food, and a couple of sweet waitpersons in the restaurant -- and that's all that can be said positive about this very basic (read: scruffy) lodge. A sprawling property, it is peppered with poorly designed cottages which suffer from a lack of maintenance and cleaning. It was hard to imagine the last time a mop had been... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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34 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The setting was fantastic especially as the bungalow looked out to the valley. The décor was just right for the film and I took on the role of Barkley Cole. Monkeys were evident on the stone wall in front of the bungalow. Dinner and breakfast service in the restaurant was a tad spotty. I note in other reviews some fussing... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Myself and my expedition team stopped at Swayne's Hotel near the end of our trip, before we set off for a two day safari. Once we arrived at the hotel we had to wait a while to sort out accommodation. Once we got to our room it was simple yet comforting as the beds were doubles. There was a shower... More 

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
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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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New York
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9 hotel reviews
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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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