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Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

This might be the most beautiful place that I have ever had the pleasure of staying. At over 2 miles in the sky, you can see the entire region, and since you sleep and wake on the top of a mountain, you also get to witness some stunning sunsets and sunrises. The staff and owner are some of the kindest, most inviting peopLe I met in Ethiopia, and they really make the place feel like home.

The rooms are a bit spartan, and it can get pretty cold at night, but the staff does as much as possible to make the rooms comfortable, including placing hot water bottles under your blankets each night.

If you plan to visit the churches in Lalibela, this place might not be your best option, since you'll have to hike 2 hours both ways, up and down a mountain. But if you want to see the natural beauty of the region and have a fun, relaxing time in the mountains, you can't beat this place!

  • Stayed: January 2015
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Reviewed January 2, 2015

I was fortunate enough to be part of a Team from New Zealand that traveled to Ethiopia to assist with the building of some village housing. As part of the planned rest and relaxation time our team leader arrange a stay on Mt Hudad, Lalibela. It is the most incredible an beautiful place I have ever spent time in. The 2 hour walk to the top was amazing and afforded some great views, but nothing compared to what we experienced from the plateau. Just stunning.
Mesfin and his team made us all feel incredibly welcomed from the moment we arrived, and the hospitality we received was second to none. The rooms were very comfortable and the food was fantastic.
We spent quite a few hours just wandering around in awe at the views, laughing as we watched the Chilada Baboon family at play and taking in the sights. We were even treated to a lightning display in the distance at night and a breathtaking sunrise in the morning.
I was sad to leave and very much look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Angela R
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Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Hudad is the most incredible place I have ever spent time. We loved it so much we stayed almost a week. Words cant describe how peaceful and yet exciting this plateau is, 3300 metres above sea level, with spectacular views in everywhere direction of mountains and deep valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. The people are lovely, very attentive and friendly and the food is the best I've had in Ethiopia. Not to mention the incredible wildlife, who flock and fly to the natural sanctuary the Hudad has created. This place is so beautiful I will probably get married here.

  • Stayed: September 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Leila J
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Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

It was a nice exprience! Really amazing place, this is a place which must be visited when you be around Lalibela even if it's not easy to get there...
The huts was very nice and cold at night
I come back to lalibela I will back to this place
Highly recommend

Stayed: September 2014, traveled solo
1  Thank jaclyn9651
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Reviewed September 27, 2014

My family and I just spent a wonderful two days at Lalibela Hudad, a stunningly beautiful lodge a few kilometers (but a two hour hike!) up from the center of Lalibela.

We had read exceptionally strong reviews about Lalibela Hudad, but we were unprepared for how crazily beautiful, and what an amazing experience, it is.

We were met in Lalibela by our guide, the very professional, very helpful and extremely intelligent and articulate Workeye Belayneh. We took a twenty minute minivan ride and then were met by a local villager with a mule, and several other friendly local people who were taking the trek as a matter of course. Along the way, Workeye pointed out aspects of village life, and we discussed Ethiopian history. He took great care of our kids (age 8 and 5), who had never done such a rigorous hike. (It turns out that they preferred hiking to riding the mule, which was nevertheless a fun experience).

When we finally arrived, we were met by the employees of the lodge, all local people, who prepared a lovely mint tea, which helped settle the stomach—necessary given that we were now above 3000 meters above sea level! The lodge is located on a 10 hectare flat plateau high up in the Lasta mountain range.

We took in the truly astonishing views of all the surrounding mountains and villages. As it was late September, everything was green—a hundred different shades of green. The view down to Lalibela was breathtaking and the horizon stretched out hundreds of kilometers in every direction. My husband and I (who are experienced travelers) agreed it was one of the most beautiful settings we’d ever seen.

Our kids, meanwhile, were entranced by the friendly calf roaming freely around the grounds, and by the dozens of baboons who come and go, not exactly tame, but certainly not too afraid of human guests either.

Our room, a traditional tukul hut with a king sized bed and a single (how, we wondered, did they ever get such a huge bed up that mountain!!!) was clean and charming, though very cold at night. The lodge made us feel especially welcome by providing extra sweaters and traditional Ethiopian robes, and by giving us hot water bottles to warm our feet in bed.

Our first night we had a dinner of pepper steak, vegetable rice and pasta under the stars by a fire, and met a nice group of Australian women who are helping to build a primary school in the area (the closest one is a 90 minute walk away), and took turns singing songs with the Ethiopian employees of the lodge. New guests are expected to sing a song from their country. Although we have terrible singing voices, we managed to belt out the New Orleans classic, “Iko Iko.” We were delighted to find that as a form of local hospitality, all guests are offered foot massages with warm water!

The next day we woke up early, had a good Ethiopian breakfast of furfur and took a comparatively short walk further up the hill to a local village, where a local woman (mother of some adorable kids) performed a lengthy coffee ceremony for us. Along the way Workiye and I talked about everything from religion to human rights to global politics. He is really a special, interesting young man.

We spent the second afternoon relaxing, and gazing in amazement at the baboons and the sunset. That evening, not only was there singing, but we and the new Australians (who sang a beautiful version of “Waltzing Matilda”) were challenged to do the kind of face-off dancing favored by Northern Ethiopians. It was a fun and deeply memorable experience.

The following day Workeye practically carried my daughter, who was tired and a little sick, down the mountain on his shoulders. When we arrived back in Lalibela, which now seemed like a large city, we had enough memories to last a lifetime.

A truly terrific experience!

  • Stayed: September 2014, traveled with family
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