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“Perfect location” 4 of 5 stars
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right beside Royal Palace, Gonder, Ethiopia   |  
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Perfect location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights, a little more expensive but worth the money. The rooms are clean; there is hot water and Internet available. The restaurant is good and the room comes with a complete breakfast. The owners are nice. We would stay here again

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We loved our time spent at Fasil Lodge. We stayed there before and after 6 days trekking in the Simien mountains and found it blissfully clean and comfortable . Effrem is a fabulous host, inviting us to enjoy a coffee ceremony with his family and then taking us out on the town to experience some ethiopian dancing! Aside from this he is thoughtful - ensuring the hot water would be pumping for us after 5 nights camping, making sure breakfast (delicious omelettes!) was served for us at the crack of dawn before anyone else was awake and generally bending over backwards to ensure we had everything we need. His staff are all smiley and friendly and very helpful and the beds - so comfortable!
I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Fasil Lodge is ideally located in Gonder, on the quieter eastern side of the Royal Enclosure and a short walk from the tourist sites and centre of town. The simple accommodation is decent, clean and comfortable, situated around a shady garden at the back of the grounds (though the water pressure in my bathroom shower was poor). The restaurant and bar in the garden at the front of the property are popular and mellow. Food is above-average standard, and the service, under the attentive eye of manager Efraim, is friendly. Light sleepers might note that the bedroom curtains are not thick enough to exclude daylight nor the electric light from the passage outside the rooms. It is not clear why Trip Advisor currently categorises this establishment as a "speciality lodging".

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

This little lodge with 13 clean rooms is located next to Royal Enclosure. The enclosed garden/restaurant is beautiful and got a great little tiki tea/coffee house.
Highly recommendable place with friendly staff.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We arrived after 2 days in Lalibela by a 4x4, the staff was welcoming, the parking was there. The rooms are spotless, the staff extremely welcoming, the water is always hot when you need it, the location is superb, the restaurant is great, the free breakfast on the house is great too. I dont eat white bread, so I asked if I could get a substitute for the owner offered me peanut butter and home-made honey, it was the best honey I ever tasted. The owner's family is always around to help you with anything you may need.
I always look for a new thing to do, and I learnt how to make injera and shiro tagabino at the staff kitchen. I became friends with Solomon, the owner. He is a nice person, very well educated, well read, very hospitable and knows his job and understands what the tourists need. We were there during Fasika, early April 2012. Solomon told us the great places, took us on a night out on the town with great r'n'b and hip-hop tunes, we danced all night!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Gonder, Ethiopia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We gave this restaurant the benefit of the doubt after our first visit but the food was even worse the second time! There are hundreds of dead flies in the lights in the restaurant. The egg sandwich was really expensive despite seeming to have only one egg in it! Tej was more than twice the price of Four Sisters despite not being half as good. The setting is really nice by the piazza and the garden is cool and peaceful but the food really needs to improve!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Me my wife and our 21 month old boy stayed for two nights at Fasil Lodge early september 2012
We really enyojed the stay.

Positive:
The rooms are new, clean and nice
Nice well stocked bar and restaurant, specially the local food was nice
Location was perfect just outside the royal enclosure
The owner and his family are very nice and we feelt like we where taken care of
Wifi is available
The compound is very quiet and peaceful
5 min walk to town centre
The owner is a good arranger of tours and guides etc
The Beds where the best we had during our 3 week visit to Ethiopia
Negative:
Tv wasnt great

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lodge Fasil

Address: right beside Royal Palace, Gonder, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Amhara Region > Gonder
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Gonder
Number of rooms: 13

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