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Emerald Resort

Arba Minch Ethiopia
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#4 of 8 hotels in Arba Minch
Emerald Resort laid over an area of about 30,000 square meters and located in beautiful Arba Minch (forty springs) at 495 km south of Addis Ababa and only 10 minutes away from Arbaminch airport. It boasts a spectacular hilltop setting overlooking the forest of Netch Sar National Park and the Rift Valley basin lakes (Chamo and Abaya). The hotel is not only an ideal base for excursions, it is also the gateway to remote southern villages, unspoiled cultures, lifestyles, artifacts and ceremonies, and to the magnificent Omo Valley with its scenery and ecologically diverse conservation areas including Mago and Omo National Parks. ROOMS: 82 rooms in total, which includes Presidential bungalow, Family room (villa) Executive, double or twin Executive, single, Classic, double or twin Classic, single. All our rooms are elegantly designed and furnished with traditional art decor that pleases the eye and full bathroom amenities. Accommodations are with amazing views of the Lake Chamo & Abaya .
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NoraVienne wrote a review Feb 2020
11 contributions7 helpful votes
I was really looking forward to our stay here in the Emerald Resort. The hotel and garden is really nice, they even have a big (and working) pool. But: Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. When we arrived there was no water in the shower, after complaining and waiting for hours finally some (cold) water came... they apoligized and explained it with a problem in their pump and/or a problem with water in the whole area... But still, for a room that costs more than 100$ dollar per night I expect more! The manager reacted completely uninterested and unfriendly, she even refused to give us a discount on the room. Very poor service, I cannot recommend this place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Julia G wrote a review Feb 2020
31 contributions1 helpful vote
Great service. It was quiet in Feb. Sure...cost a bit, but the view was WORTH it. The food was fine. I went out to the Tourist Hotel for more food. One of the best stays. The room was great! Find location too...helped organize excursions. Though...might get busy......not sure. Lots of rooms and dining area, and bar that is open late. Hurray!
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Date of stay: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
Peter wrote a review Nov 2019
9 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a nice, well-appointed hotel in a great location. I was impressed with the rooms and mine had a nice big bath. Good service from reception staff. The bed was very soft, although it seemed to be pretty supportive.
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Date of stay: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Silmegy Vega wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're looking for a hotel with nice views of the lakes, I recommend to go somewhere where customers are treated better. I came to Emerald hotel during the day to decide whether or not I'd stay, I can't speak for the rooms because after the way I was treated, I will never go back. Right after I arrived the waitress made us order something "or else we had to leave". After going to the restaurant to order something, we went to take simple pictures of the view until the waitress came to say "you need to pay 1,500 (about $50) birr to take pictures"--which is insane. I had visited about 4 other hotels that day, and none of them made us buy anything while enjoying the view, especially ask us to pay for taking pictures. VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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the_real_Oscar wrote a review Oct 2019
Toronto, Canada116 contributions108 helpful votes
What an amazing lodge. We stayed as a group by the end of September and we couldn’t be happier with the level of attention from all the staff members, from the lobby to the bellboys to the waiters and even the manager of the resort, she’s truly amazing and you can tell they work really hard and care for their property. Although it seems the property would welcome some touch ups in the rooms, the overall resort is very nice. The rooms are bungalows style, very spacious and clean each with a balcony and we were lucky to stay on the bungalows facing the cliff, with an incredible view of the forest and the both Lake Chamo and Abaya. The bathroom is ok, water is warm but it needs a bit repair on the shower area. The room has two very conformable beds with mosquitoes net, but there’s no AC nor did fans if you’re looking for that; think we didn’t need it if you leave the windows opened at night –they have insect screen mesh- it gets cooler at night. And don’t be afraid when you see the baboons and the warthogs wandering around the resort, especially in the morning hours! The main restaurant has the best view of the valley down below, really breathtaking; it has a beautiful terrace and we had amazing appetizers around a fire pit one evening. The food is good; buffet has choices and food well cooked, always tasty. The only issued was the Wi-Fi at the resort, it has service around the restaurant area but needs to be fixed for the volume of guests. There’s also a lovely swimming pool, but we didn’t have chance to enjoy it. There’re plenty to do around. Also, the resort is really close to Arba Minch Airport. Would definitely choose Emerald if comes back!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
10 Helpful votes2 Reposts
$93 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Emerald Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Emerald Resort?
Nearby attractions include Chamo Lake (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Emerald Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Emerald Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Emerald Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Emerald Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Roza Pizza, Soma Restaurant, and JEBM Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Emerald Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Emerald Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Emerald Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Emerald Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Emerald Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Emerald Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.