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“Best hotel in Awasa” 4 of 5 stars
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P.O.Box: 133, Awasa, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Awasa
Los Angeles
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Best hotel in Awasa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012 via mobile

If you're stopping in this area this is your best bet. Right on the lake, breakfast included very basic low end buffet, monkeys roaming around that snatch things. Overall the best place in Awasa.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Awassa is quite nice town driving about 5-6 hrs from Addis due to the road conditions. When you arrive to the town, you will first feel the nicer weather compared to capital with lower elevations which you would notice reliefs of side effects. Hotel Lewi is on a main street facing the lake(about 500mts) with a nice view on higher floors. The rooms have satisfactory amenities with quite comfy beds. Overall the hotel is clean. There is also a nice cafe serving till night which also locals patron almost everyday. The restaurant is tasty but can not say the same for breakfast.

The staff is as usual eager to be helpfull but do not expect much.

There is a club(bar?) thing local place right next to the hotel but the music did not bother us much at night.

We had a walk in the town at night to have dinner somewhwre elsei even though most of the streets are dark it was safe to walk. I also had a chance to visit some other hotels in Awassa which I did not notice any awful one. Most of all are nice with Western patrons in.

The prices are much cheaper then Addis, which Ethiopia is a quite cheap country compared to other destinations.

Room Tip: Higher Floors facing lake side...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011 via mobile

We went to this place because it looked amazing the location n the surrounding.

The waiting staff are so friendly n polite!

However very poor management!
If you decide to go ensure you check the room well in advance and ask they show you more rooms for you to choose. (Check the if the phone is working) yeh they will give you a room with broken phone!

Poor communication between front office n housekeeping!

Never going there again !

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spring, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2011

We took 9 of our Ethiopian sponsored children to Lewi Resort and they had a great time swimming, playing miniture golf, biking, boating, sightseeing and eating. The food was excellent and the service was superb. It was wonderful to watch the boys enjoy themselves for the first time in their lives. The people at the resort were accepting of us all and ensured that we had a great time. Truly a great place to entertain a family. We will most definately return.

Room Tip: Get one that has great circulation as it tends to get stuffy.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

I stayed with my wife for two days, for 120 USD a day, the front desk was very friendly but do not inform you what activity are in the resort, After we found out from the waiters at the VIP restaurant, we decided to go for boat ride and the cashier at the cubical made our trip hell, She was on the phone and was angry to be disturbed, and she called my wife SIMI ANCHI which is a very rude way to talk to any one in Amharic, (local language) and we wanted to talk to the manager I think his name was Abrham but someone else talked to us and I think it must have been a usual guest complain nothing happened, may be i was comparing it Kuriftu resort which make u feel at home and like a king. Lewi the place is great, the rooms beautiful the service with the boat service girl really make ur vacation a hell. the place have a story telling, a spa, a miniature golf which the front has no idea about how to book or who to ask. the phone in the room sucks.
I loved Hawassa, the weather even Lewi the building but bad hospitality.
the chef has no idea about Indian spices, tip you need coriander for Indian fish curry .
the high speed WiFi is just a jock
Elias and Helen

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

10 being the best, this place gets 10. It combines perfect service with a great resort style atmosphere that offers all inclusive package including boat ride. I had not been to Awassa in over 20 years. The city itself has changed quite a bit. Lewi Resort had just started to offer its services a week or two before we got there. We had a large group of 22 adults and children. Although the bangalos were very tempting, we chose to get the first floor rooms by the lake tower with a breath-taking view of the lake. Each room has its own steam with western style 5-star hotel setup. The manager, by the name Abraham, was outstanding. Make sure you ask for him when you get there. He will go above and beyond to make sure you are well taken care of. I got up in the morning prior to everyone and open my curtain to check out the sunrise and snick out for a morning fresh air by the lake. Right there by the water, an appetizing breakfast buffet was being setup for our group. We all enjoyed our stay at this hotel that offered great hospitality to everyone in the group. We also had a chance to check out Haile Resort while we were there. Check out my other review for Haile Resort in Awassa. Enjoy the wonderful pictures of Lewi Resort that I've attached here.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, NV
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

I stayed there a BEFORE it was officially open and thought it was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it. Very comfortable and an exceptional value. The staff was very attentive. This was honestly one of my most pleasant experiences at any hotel ever.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lewi Hotel & Resort

Address: P.O.Box: 133, Awasa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region > Awasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Awasa
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Lewi Hotel Awasa
Lewi Hotel And Resort
Lewi Hotel & Resort Ethiopia/Awasa

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