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“Adequate, but average”
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Taye Belay Hotel
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Gonder
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“Adequate, but average”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This hotel might be one of the better ones in Gonder, but it is far from special and completely lacks charm and atmosphere. The rooms were OK, the food just OK, the service adequate, but everything without any sense of personality or that typical Ethiopian hospitality.
Later on we were booked into the Florida hotel: a lesser location, but preferred above Taye anytime.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

If you want a spot of comfort and kind staff, I recommend Taye. I stayed there both before and during Timkat (when the rates are more than double the off-season price).

My room was quite comfortable, with a balcony overlooking Gondar. So I could see the breadth of one church's Timkat procession from my balcony (that is, when I wasn't down there IN the crowd with everyone!) And I could walk down to the main square and back by myself.

The only disappointments at Taye were that the bathroom often had a sewer smell (so I kept the bathroom door shut as much as possible) and the shower wasn't very strong and hard to regulate. But it did get nice and hot, even on a high floor, for which I was very very grateful. The staff are kind (great manager) and the amenities were really nice for this westerner: lobby ATM, free lobby wifi, payment by credit card (just don't try to use American Express), coffee or a snack at any hour in the lobby café, breakfast included.

Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

We were staying elsewhere but went to Taye for dinner. After hiking for several days, we were craving pizza. The pizza was average compared to what I can get in Philadelphia, but it hit the spot that night! Nice atmosphere at the hotel. I'd recommend stopping by as a nice respite in Gonder

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

Not bad.
Free wifi in the lobby.
The restaurant was not very good, but edible. Breakfast was complementary and it was sufficient.

The beds were hard. The rooms on the street side are very noisy. Avoid the rooms on the first floor if possible since they have a window in the bathroom and I'm certain that the floors above can see into the bathroom.

The bathrooms were clean and the water was hot. Nice shower.

Convenient location to the town center - walking distance. Also, the bank, post office, souvenir shopping, pharmacy and other restaurants are nearby.

I would try another hotel before returning to this one, but they have an incredible view for sunset from their lobby.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed at Gondar before and after our Simien trek for a couple of days. We stayed at another hotel at Gondar before the Simien trip but decided to change to Taye for the nights after our Simien trip after having a few issues with our original hotel.

Taye is a large, mid-range hotel with clean rooms, good service and good value (especially comparing to what we were getting at the other hotel). We stayed for 2 nights at Taye in 2 different rooms. On the first night we were given a twin room on the first floor due to the hotel being full but were promised a king size room on the second night. The twin room was small, but was comfortable and had reliable hot shower, which was desperately needed after Simien. The wi-fi didn't work in this room and so we had to go to the lobby to access internet.

As promised, we were switched to a king size room on the 4th floor on the second night. And what a difference! We got a HUGE balcony overlooking Gondar. To our surprise, wi-fi worked in the room as well.
Breakfast was nothing special but sufficient to start the day. The hotel also has an ATM right in the lobby, which was very convenient. We did pay with credit card though with no issues.

The strange thing was that we were charged the same rate for the 2 different rooms. I didn't bother to ask since, at only US$10 more a night than the other hotel we stayed, we got so much more out of Taye and thought the rate was reasonable.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Gondar before for a business trip and stayed in other hotels but this was the best hotel and the faculty are very nice and friendly. The hotel has a very nice view of the city and is literally 2 minutes from the castle and has great view.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I had a great time at my stay. Staff was very nice. The food was high in quality. Very convenient in location. I was very impressed with the internet and wifi, considering the location. What impressed me most were the bedrooms, the room was very clean, bed was very comfortable and also had very fancy bedrooms.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Taye Belay Hotel
Address: Gonder 6907, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Amhara Region > Gonder
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Gonder
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Taye Belay Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taye Belay Hotel is situated 150 meter walking distance from the famous Fasiledes Castel compound with stunning views. The outside design is inspired by their unique architecture. In general this hotel can be considered as a part of our back and astonish civilized history. At Taye Belay Hotel, it is our privilege to provide each of our guests with an exquisite level of service and uncompromising comfort. Our rooms are spacious and elegant, and we have the capacity to accommodate more than 87 guests at a time. Our conference and event halls are convenient for business meeting and benefit from state of the art apparatus and facilities. Our Values Our client oriented approach enables us to establish positive and customers we put people first and provide a fixable service that caters for individual needs and desires. ... more   less 
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