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kent
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“wow!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

it took us 2.5 hours to walk here, having had a lift half way. i was glad not to have walked the whole way! it took the same time to get back to the village from the very top.
it was steep, and as someone who suffers from vertigo i was glad to have a hand for the last few steps, which were fine with help.
there was only one other couple staying, and we did not get treated to the singing, dancing or foot massage which was a shame.
our tukul was delightful, and the staff escorted us to bed after dinner with solar charged lights. looroll, matches, candles and slippers all thoughtfully provided.
views wonderfu, and great to see the baboons too.
the food was some of the best we had - apparently the chef used to work at seven olives and it was REALLY good.
staff very friendly.
our tukul had an outside loo, with a seperate covered loo in the process of being built.
if you have a spare night or two this is an absolute delight.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The walk from Lalibela up to Hudad is very hard - mainly because of the fact that at that stage you are climbing up the last few metres up to 3500 metres above sea level. I am 67 years old and I managed it. Very proud of myself. The stay on the high plateau was wonderful. The local baboons came to inspect us and the meal and accommodation were good. Climbing up was hard on the lungs but coming down was very hard on the knees. I am so pleased I did it. The experience was wonderful and the views were magnificent. The singing, dancing and a traditional foot massage were also interesting,

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We hiked to and from Lalibela Hudad with our guide: Derebe (derebedemeke@yahoo.com mob: +251913382341). I strongly recommend him if you plan to hike around Lalibela. Derebe is very polite, informative and very considerate. He is not invasive and yet always at your service. We enjoyed our stay in Hudad . The food was delicious, the people wonderful , with whom we had a great evening, singing and dancing true Ethiopian music. The foot massage sent us to the seventh sky before we retired to our cosy tukul house. Don't miss this amazing experience. Suzy & Said.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Juba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I really enjoyed Lalibela Hudad. The service was great and food was excellent. The community welcome on the first evening - including singing, dancing and a traditional foot massage - was a welcome surprise. That said, it is relatively rustic. I found that to be part of the appeal, along with the breathtaking views. My guide, Eyayaw (eeyayaw@yahoo.com), was so helpful and accommodating. Not only did he ensure I was enjoying my stay at Hudad, he also coordinated my accommodations, church guide and airport transportation once I was in town. I highly recommend the place to friends and colleagues who I know are traveling to Lalibela.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We expected to find comfortable accomodation and good food at this property: based on recent TripAdvisor reviews of it. However, our hut was cold, dark and damp with no 'charming' furnishings in it (as previously reported). Outside our hut, we could not relax as there were only a few stone tables to sit on. Huts have no running water and outdoor toilets (hole in the ground). To wash, guests wait for a jug (hands) or bucket (body) of water to be delivered. As for the food at this property, we could not eat their Western fare as they were too greasy or their Ethiopian meals as they were too 'basic'. For this hotel, I agree with a previous review (like me, going against the wave of positive reviews) that its owner is seriously overcharging: $ US 60-70 per night for a hut, 125 Birr per dish). For similar accomodation and food in remote areas of a developing country (examples: Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya), one would get far superior accomodation and food at 1/2 of what Lalibela Hudad provides.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was the highlight of our trip in Northern Ethiopia. It is remote and peaceful, full of wildlife, near a baboon village. Breathtaking views in every direction, in particular after rainy season the colours of the mountains are stunning. The place sets the perfect mood too, with fairly large tukus as accommodation, each having a massive and comfortable bed. Many quilts and a thick cardigan are provided for the evening when it gets cold. The hike up from Lalibela is stunning, although beware it is hard work, but you get a free foot massage at the lodge. You could hire a mule to go up though. We had a wonderful guide, called Derre, and also the hospitality was fantastic, and the food was good.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We spend two nigths in the Lalibela Hudad in September 2013 and this is one of the most extraordinary places we have ever visited, and definitly the highlight in our travels in Ethiopia! The Hudad is located at 3,200 meters above sea level and an 2.5-3 hours hike from Lalilbela. The huts are placed on a plateau where you have spectacular view over the surrounding mountains and valleys. There are no other villages or lodges close by, so as a guest you have total privacy to enjoy the peaceful settings and scenery. As others have commented, the nature experience is really wonderful, but what makes the stay at the Hudad unique is the people working there! The Hudad is partially owned by the local community, and the locals takes turn working there. The food is very fresh and well prepared. In the evening they will invite you to join in on the local culture by singing and dancing by the campfire - we have not experienced a more welcoming and warm atmosphere anywhere!

The Hudad is a great base to explore some of the surrounding mountains, wildlife and experience local culture by visiting some of the villages close by. We had an excellent guide in Molla Kassaw who organised a hike to one of the nearby mountain tops - this felt like being on top of Africas roof! We also visited one of the villages, and experienced the local coffee ceremony. We would highly recommend using a guide to get the most of your stay at the Hudad, this way you can learn more about the history, culture and the guide can act as a translator between yourself and the locals allowing you to also speak with them. Molla Kassaw (mollakassaw5@gmail.com / +251 0911052659 ) is an excellent guide who besides being very knowledgebale, speaks very good English and is also enganged in improving the living conditions in his local community.

If staying for 2-3 nights it is sufficient to bring a small daypack with things, as this will make your hike to the Hudad easier. Also, remember that the Hudad lies at 3,200 meters so bring some warm clothes for the evenings. The huts have loads of warm blankets so the bed will be very nice and warm, but some warm clothers will be needed around the campfire in the evening. Bring enough cash to allow for appropriate tipping of both the locals working at the lodge (approx 8 people) and your guide.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: Lalibela, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Amhara Region > Lalibela
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Lalibela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lalibela Hudad is a new boutique Ecolodge close to Lalibela. It's a secluded, natural sanctuary and a great place for wildlife spotting, hiking and relaxing. ... more   less 

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