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Ankober Palace Lodge

Ankober Ethiopia
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The Ankober Palace Lodge as the name indicates is a reconstruction of the Palace of Emperor Menelik who reigned in Ethiopia in the 19th Century. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history of the region by visiting some of the historic churches and a small museum that displays ancient books, arts, clothing and other memorials. The Lodge is on top of a conic hill which provides spectacular scenery over the famous East African Rift Valley that spans from the Red Sea down to Malawi. The area is very calm and peaceful. It is fit for rest and recuperation. We also provide trekking to the neighboring mountainous areas with experienced guides. We have trekking programs ranging from 2 to 6 hours or longer ones for a full day or even a few days. For longer programs we accompany our guests with tents and also staff that will prepare suitable food. We provide mountain backs and horse rides for those guests that are interested. As Ankober was the seat of the capital of Ethiopia for centuries there are historical churches to be visited.
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Chris Charles wrote a review Oct 2019
9 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want a standardised ‘corporate’ Hilton or Sheraton, this hotel is not for you. Parts of the hotel are an artistic masterpiece. A unique personalised work of art. A gem of African historical preservation. An act of love. The owner took five years to hand craft the hotel. It’s a lovingly restored tribute to one of Africa’s greatest historical leaders - Menelik II. Anyone interested in history, will find a great depth of it here to unravel during their stay. For example, most Ethiopians consider the hotel garden to once have been a storage place for Jesus’s cross. Nature lovers will find joy here too. Though small, the hotel is spread out over a beautiful forested hillside. Outside each room are what must be some of the best views in Africa of the Great Rift Valley below. Probably why it was chosen as the home of Ethiopian royalty. The hotel provides links to help the local community, and I was told the owner (a former Swiss resident) has contributed massively to the recent improvements in the lives of locals - clean water access, schools, new income. As a bonus, the journey from Debre Berhan to Ankober passes through spectacular highland scenery.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Christophe B wrote a review May 2019
Vevey, Switzerland30 contributions12 helpful votes
This place is a paradise if you need peace and beauty The hotel is perfect by its simplicity and the kindness of the employees. The rooms have the minimum you need with good fresh air and the food is very nice. The architecture of this royal residence is simple but really amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Chrisbeeoxford wrote a review Mar 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom594 contributions217 helpful votes
The memories I have are mixed. Climbing circa 400 steps initially and about 100 every time I needed to go back to the restaurant from my room was hard work, the view from the top when not in cloud was 360 degrees and excellent, the weather was cold and a hot water bottle was supplied for my bed, the Palace is a country house by Western standards but reflects Ethiopian architectural and decorative styles, and the visitors' lodges are not that comfortable which may be the price one pays for seeping oneself in Ethiopian history. My big bag was carried up the 400 steps and back down for me by two men. I was glad to have had the experience of a one night stay but two would have been too long despite the surrounding countryside and peace. It was like staying in a barn that has not been fully or well converted. As usual the electrics were dodgy. The water flowed and was hot as well but the bathroom was "primitive" as to be expected in rural Ethiopia. The bed was good enough with plenty of blankets. The restaurant did well with Cultural food and Western options. Traditional dress was worn by the staff who were very pleasant. There was a white-cheeked Turaco and a Tree Hyrax frequenting the upper level trees. If you are prepared to be adventurous and to accept lower standards and comfort and are fit then you are likely to enjoy a stay. Despite my comments I did.
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Date of stay: March 2019
jo and sus wrote a review Feb 2019
9 contributions4 helpful votes
First the good things, the view is really awesome, the dining room is nice and the staff is friendly. Now the bad part 85 or 95 dollars per night is crazy for what you get. The rooms aren t clean at all and they look like they are still under construction. In the beds you could find a wide variety of little animals. Wires come out of the walls, tape to fix the door, in one room the door even felt apart. Not to talk about the bathroom, we saw 3 rooms, all were looking like in a 3 dollar pension. We tried to talkt o the manager, but he just hang up the phone. The staff called him again and he promised them to show up, but he never did.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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IamZozo wrote a review Jan 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel420 contributions141 helpful votes
This is a very special place located 2km after the city of Ankobar in the place of an old 19th century palace. The lodging is in basic huts. It is getting very cold at night at 2900 meter above sea level and they provide hot water. Rooms are basic try to get to the west side ones. It requires a 4*4 to get there. Cars can arrive to the west and east entrances from there it is a considerable hike to the lodge. porters will carry your suitcases. There is a 360 degree amazing view from the top and you can make hikes in the unspoiled beautiful vicinity. Food is good
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
EthiopiaAmhara RegionAnkober
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ankober Palace Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Ankober Palace Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Ankober Palace Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ankober Palace Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Ankober Palace Lodge located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Ankober.
Are pets allowed at Ankober Palace Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.