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“Stunning scenery, pretty people”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Babogaya Resort

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Babogaya Resort
Washington, DC
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Stunning scenery, pretty people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed in 8 different hotels during our 2 week trip to Ethiopia and Babogaya Resort ranks as our favorite. Although there is no fitness center or swimming pool, the attentive staff, inexpensive food, and sweeping view of Lake Babogaya more than makes up for it. The hotel staff also placed an extra queen size bed to accommodate my family of 4. This is the one place we stayed in Ethiopia that I feel sure to return to someday. My girls, husband, and I feel lucky to have stayed here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

A beautiful resort with very nice and perfectly clean room, some with a beautiful view of the vulcanic lake. You can swim in the lake, which has clean water. Nice and friendly service. Located about one and a half hours ride by car from Addis Abeba.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

First of all do not be cheated, this is a lodge not a resort. no swimming pool, no sauna, no massage.... It Has nothing except bed & the lake view. They charge you over 100 USD per night for that.

By the time when i was there even there was no hot water in my room. The food is cold & tasteless. flies were on the top of your plate & every where. the waiters seems a Prison Guard .

I wonder how this place get the name Resort & its permit. You can tell they gave big bribe to Ethiopian Tourism Commission. otherwise there is no way of this so callled Resort being active.

P/s do not wast your money. d-o n-o-t go!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I spent three memorable weeks at the resort and I really enjoyed my stay. The location of the resort is fantastic. From my room I was able to enjoy the full view of Lake Babogaya with its peaceful waters, and its beautiful flora and fauna. The resort is set on a picturesque landscape rising from the Lake with winding steps to the main building at the top. The resort setting is one of the most artistic piece of work I have seen, and I have been in many countries all over the world. The service is superb. The hotel staff are exceptionally courteous. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. I was alone during my last stay but I intend to go back with my family.

By Rogati Kayani

Room Tip: Higher floors so as to have the best view of the Lake.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

My wife and I spent two weeks in the resort.It has a very friendly air about it .Plus the locale overlooking the lake is great - where you can take exciting boat rides.Though not advertised as one ,it could be classified a reasonable bird sanctuary.Food is cheap.Once the frontage is redone, it should be even better.May be they should build a walkway next to the lake .Keep it up Daniel and friends.

Room Tip: Ground floor is better - access wise
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2011

Bobogaya, in Debre Zeit, about an hour away from Addis, is ideally situated by a serene lake. The cozy cabins and well-kept grounds are warm and inviting. The atmosphere is friendly; the cuisine, excellent. The price is not too exorbitant for such ease and relaxation. My friends and I had an excellent time there. It is the place to see.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2011

the night at the lake is immaculate. very impressive

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Babogaya Resort
Address: House # 644 Kebele 09, Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Oromiya Region > Debre Zeyit
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Debre Zeyit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
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