Sora Lodge Lalibela

Sora Lodge Lalibela

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4.5
#1 of 8 lodges in Lalibela
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.7
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Sora Lodge Lalibela is a German-Ethiopian family-run hotel that has been open since October 2013. We have modern, spacious single, double and twin rooms with hot showers, comfortable beds and large verandas. We are located within walking distance of 15 minutes to the Southern group of churches and 20 minutes to the Northern group of churches and offer daily shuttles from Lalibela Airport (about 35 minutes by car).What makes our lodge unique are its location and the breathe-taking view. All rooms have two large verandas facing towards east and west from where our guests can see Lalibela’s biggest mountain, “Asheten Mariam”, and watch the sunrise as well as the sunset.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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Housekeeping
Private balcony
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English, German

Location

Geterge, Lalibela Ethiopia
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dsimonsays wrote a review Feb 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
...the bugs!

We stayed two nights and had very different experiences with each. The first night we were upgraded (for lack of other rooms) to a large, new room with stone walls, a tub, a TV, a huge bed, and a deck with an incredible view. We enjoyed drinks and dinner in the bar with an awe-inspiring sunset.

The second night we were moved to a room in the older, three-story part of the lodge with none of the amenities of the previous night. That was fine, since we were paying only $77 USD per night. It was too warm to sleep with the sliding door to the balcony closed, so we left it open and pulled the curtains shut; there was no screen door. As soon as we climbed into bed, mosquitoes (?) started buzzing in our ears. The only way to escape them was to pull the sheet over our heads, which made it very difficult to sleep. I spent a good part of the night shooing the bugs away, not realizing until the next morning that I'd been bitten hundreds of times (see photo).

Both rooms had a string attached to the ceiling that dangled over the bed. I'm guessing that was to hold a mosquito net, but no net was provided. The problem could also have been avoided if the rooms had screen doors, or if the lodge provided fans in the rooms so guests could sleep with the sliding door closed.

I can't explain why there were almost no bugs in one room and so many in the other, unless it had to do with the rooms facing different directions. (The smaller room overlooked a field, while the larger one was on the edge of a canyon.)

I'd happily stay there again if they addressed this issue one way or another. The staff is great, the food (German) is good, and the ping-pong table in the courtyard is fun.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Garry F wrote a review May 2021
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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ianp1 wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris107 contributions122 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Definitely one of the rock-hewn rooms.
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dc8 wrote a review Feb 2020
Boston, Massachusetts102 contributions85 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a night at Sora Lodge in Lalibela. I got to stay in one of the Tukul rooms which had an amazing view and the stone walls in the room and bathroom gave it a great rustic feel. The staff were awesome, so accommodating and friendly. When I wanted to find a route to do a short run one of the waiters walked me down through the roads in town to show me a path to a road, and he was able to watch me from the lodge and see when I was coming back! I'll admit I'm worried by the time I likely can come back to Ethiopia that places like Sora Lodge will be so busy I'll never get in. So go and enjoy it now!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Loved the tukul room!
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The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review Oct 2020
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions981 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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mocona wrote a review May 2021
Massachusetts147 contributions105 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Zephyr wrote a review Jan 2020
10 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Sora Lodge for 3 nights in the Honeymoon Suite. Loved the bathroom and bath tub - very cool set up! Lots of hot water. Room felt private and secure. Free WiFi but it is very slow. Clean, comfortable bed, lots of channels on tv. Food at restaurant was very good and enjoyed seeing the on site garden. The tours arranged by the hotel were excellent and the guide was helpful and informative. The room got a bit hot and stuffy at night and we were unable to open the door due to mosquitos - room could benefit from Windows with flyscreens. airport pick up was arranged with an English speaking guide. The welcome coffee Ethiopian style was lovely. Would definitely stay again
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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pa0l0t3rzi wrote a review May 2022
Florence, Italy54 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a room far from generator. Don’t book tuctuc at reception Ask for Alex as guide +251 92...
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Pari wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Fiona M wrote a review Mar 2020
Haltwhistle, United Kingdom36 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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petfriendly_8 asked a question Apr 2018
Newark, New Jersey1,806 contribution86 helpful votes
how much tuck tuck costs from outside Sora lodge to rock hewn church one way?
Answer from Simon S
Winchester, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
About 70 birr for 4 people
petfriendly_8 asked a question Apr 2018
Newark, New Jersey1,806 contribution86 helpful votes
does hotel accept credit card payment?
Answer from oistein
Oslo, Norway133 contributions28 helpful votes
Yes, they do!
Answer from Yaron_RE
Lewes, Delaware389 contributions141 helpful votes
Yes I have. TripAdvisor don't let me to send it o you. Please google soralodgelalibela
B Bowen wrote a tip Jan 2024
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just a 10 min walk to the main street. Loads of tuktuks to help with transportation and the Hotel has an airport shuttle"
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loewwe wrote a tip Jun 2023
Bucharest, Romania2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book the tukul room and a tailor-made tour with Alex."
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Ruth S wrote a tip May 2023
Kiel, Germany3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be careful - do not pay in advance!"
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Ana F wrote a tip Apr 2023
Baia Mare, Romania24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking available. Be patient, the locals are very friendly, especially children. We brought some pens and sweets to give to the children."
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Rascurt wrote a tip Feb 2023
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid bringing binoculars, bring cross trainer shoes if going on tours, wear a Fanny pack, and learn basic Amharic"
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$64 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
EthiopiaAmhara RegionLalibela
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sora Lodge Lalibela
Which popular attractions are close to Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Nearby attractions include Church of St. George (1.2 miles), Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela (0.6 miles), and Asheton Maryam Monastery (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ben Abeba, Unique Restaurant, and Ma'ed Lalibela Restaurant.
Does Sora Lodge Lalibela have airport transportation?
Yes, Sora Lodge Lalibela offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Sora Lodge Lalibela located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Lalibela.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sora Lodge Lalibela?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Sora Lodge Lalibela?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Church of St. George (1.2 miles).
Does Sora Lodge Lalibela have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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