Great place! Unique style of architecture, I had a room in one of the traditional tukuls and it was fantastic. Nice complimentary coffee on arrival. The place has great outdoor seating overlooking the mountain, which is great both during the day and at night for a relaxing drink. Overall one of the best places I stayed in Ethiopia
This place was the first place I slept on my long plane ride from the US. I slept in a Tukul and slept very well. The room was very nice and clean. The view was amazing. The food was good. The staff were very friendly. I didn't have wifi but I didn't ask, so there might have been and I didn't know. If you're in Lalibela, check out this place, it's very peaceful!
We, my wife and me, stayed at Sora lodge for 4 days at the end of April 2022. Really an amazing place to stay, maybe the best place we’ve enjoyed in Ethiopia during our three weeks holiday. They have a generator as long as the power plant central of Lalibela has been destroyed during conflict (this is the only thing that will remind you that there were a war in the country) everything is safe and Lalibela archeological site is really a dream. We recommend our guide Alex (mobile and WhatsApp +251 92 262 7352) he is very prepared and know each hidden corner of Lalibela and surrounding sites. Sora lodge has also a very good restaurant with a really nice views. Don’t book tuctuc at the reception because prices will be more than double: walk 3 minutes up to the main road and catch a tuctuc there. Ethiopia need tourism start again, we’ve travelled all over the country without any problem everything is safe!…
Everything about Sora is top notch, the rooms are a spin on traditional Ethiopian tukul houses, but will all the amenities, many even with verandahs. The lodge is short walk from center of town, but just at edge of town, so quiet and has great views. Food is mixture of Ethiopian, international and German (the owners are Ethiopian/German couple). The staff all friendly and very helpful. And there is a great bar set in the garden that captures the sunset, no better way to end the day.
The booking was handled via "what's app" the lodge arranged the airport transport, guide, entrance fees for the two days, The lodge is 25mins from the airport one hours flight from Addis Ababa, The owner Mr. Habte show me a couple of rooms which I could choose from, all of rooms had amazing views over the hills, I had a quick lunch and headed out to walk around with the guide seven churches, worth the $50 entrance fees, with only three other people at the venue I had the feeling I had it to myself, I tried a massage for $20 for 1.5 hours, then local food, main courses range from $3. The lodge is opening the tree houses accommodation soon. My room didn’t have a TV but would you really need a TV in such a location. Lots of hot water to shower in. Some rooms have baths and TV'S. I can highly recommend the Sora Lodge.…
These people are one of the nicest most kind I’ve ever had a pleasure of meeting at any hotel. They are unbelievably gracious and it feels like you’re part of a family!!! I highly recommend this hotel
Stayed here for 2 night and this was my favourite accommodation during my trip to Ethiopia. The room is pretty spacious and clean and has a balcony but the best part is the surrounding mountain views which was spectacular. There is also a bar which overlooks the mountain and is a great place to catch sunset. Breakfast spread was good and delicious and there's WiFi as well though it is stronger at the reception area. Highly recommended to stay here when in town.
I did a lot of research into accommodation for our trip and Sora Lodge didn’t necessarily seem to stand out. After being there, I don’t understand why because it certainly surpassed our expectations. Perhaps its biggest trump is its location… close to the church sites and right on the edge of the city with fabulous, uninterrupted views over the surrounding plains and mountains. You can take full advantage of these at the strategically placed bar at sunset. The moments we spent there were quite magical. And equally enchanting was the rest of the property. Our room (a Rock-hewn Deluxe Twin) was decorated in quite a simple, but chic fashion. It also had a nice balcony to sit out on. We also had a good experience in the restaurant… where we stuck almost exclusively to vegetarian dishes. They were very well-priced and pretty tasty, and the chef was really nice. The best meal we had was a buffet for New Year’s Eve, when the hotel organized a special evening with live music. Finally, the staff were very friendly throughout. If I had to offer any recommendations for improvement, then maybe the offer at breakfast could have been a little more extensive. I also had a slightly strange experience before we arrived. Arsema was wonderfully efficient at taking our booking and then sent me information about airport transfers and tours. The price seemed to be a little expensive to me and I told her that I would probably be interested in an airport transfer, but that I would get back to her later at the tours. This was months before our trip and I wanted to have time to compare the rates. I was too busy to look into it immediately and only ended up doing so about 10 days before we were due to arrive in Ethiopia. I realized then that it would be easier to arrange all our transport and guides through the same agency in Addis Abeba rather than individually through hotels and sent Arsema an e-mail to let her know that in the end, we wouldn’t need either the transfer or tours. I was rather taken aback by her reply: “The tour will stay as it's, mean it's confirmed with us. I have arranged for you everything for the tour”, as I had never confirmed that I wanted one. I’d simply asked for information and a quote. After I pointed this out, she let it drop without any problem. But, I thought it was strange she tried to insist. Despite this, we would definitely return to Sora Lodge if we ever go back to Lalibela. As it was, we left this time regretting that we hadn’t reserved to stay one night more.…
We spent a couple of nights here and we stayed in the premium rooms, which were very nice, with beautiful views. The only minor issue was slight smell in one bathroom, but other rooms we had (3 in total) were good. Also a couple of mosquitos which kept us up a bit at night! When we arrived we were served Ethiopian coffee which was a great touch. We ended up doing a cooking course with the chef and two assistants which was AMAZING! We got to make injera and lots of dishes and the food was delicious. One member of our family had a massage and said it was good. It's a beautiful hotel in Lalibela and I would highly recommend.
Sadly we weren't staying here, as I think its probably the nicest hotel in Lalibela. A friend and I were walking in the town and met a really charming young man called Eyayaw, who told us that he is a runner. After talking to him he said that he worked at Sora Lodge as a barman, so we said we'd call in for a drink that evening. We walked there and just as we arrived, the heavens opened! The bar is on the side of the valley, looking out over the hills, but we were going to get soaked. With Eyayaw's help, we grabbed our drinks and ran to the restaurant! He was so thrilled that we had come and we ended up having supper there which was absolutely delicious.