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“Wondereful location and good rooms!”
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Seven Olives Hotel
Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Lalibela
Reviewed February 2, 2011

This was one of the best hotels during our trip in Ethiopia. It is a bit pricey but a wonderful location and very relaxing. We wish we would have been able to spend 2 nights instead of one. Lalibela is not very big though so one day was enough for us. The people are nice, there is a good vibe and the food is great! They feed the birds so there are a lot of birds around. Because it's quite high on the hill you have a nice view and its a great spot for sun sets. The rooms are not big but well maintained. If you make a reservation ask for the rooms AFTER the restaurant.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2010

A good location, sunny terrace for drinks and snacks, clean and appropriately decorated restaurant with a good choice of food and drinks served by well dressed and polite staff. Gardens have interesting flowers, trees and birds. Concrete floored bedrooms are basic - bed, bedside table, table and chair - but clean. Good towels. Curtains are thin and don't meet (take a safety pin or bulldog clip) and as all bedrooms are ground floor this could be a slight problem. It also means you might be advised not to leave windows open when you go out. Bathrooms are potentially problematic but similar to some others in Ethiopia, mould on the walls near the shower - well don't touch them; hot water often not available - well wash in cold; water in general sometimes off - well it makes you feel more like a local; plastic shelf/mirror/towel rail look as if they might fall off the wall any minute - don't put anything on them. Wear flip flops in the shower, have a hanging washbag ... as long as you know that this is what you'll get, you won't be surprised. Odd numbered rooms are at the back of the room blocks, quieter but no view thus even numbered have better views but noiser as face the town.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

The rooms are somewhat cramped, and there's no running water during the day. But the location is excellent, it's home to Lalibela's best restaurant, they organize nice day trips and in general, they do everything for you to have a nice stay.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

Nice location and restaurant. Rooms are basic but functional. Make sure to opt for a "front side" room as the ones facing the backside are somewhat cave like. Personal is very friendly and helpfull! Powercuts are are regular therfore a candle and/or torchlight is essential.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

We spent five nights at this hotel while visiting the Lalibela churches. It is in a good location - an easy 10 minute to the churches. The terrace area is nice, and we ate all our meals at the hotel. The water was only working for a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night, and a couple of nights they were having problems and we didn't get a shower. One night they were having some electrical issues and we couldn't heat up the water. They have a computer, but the dial-up is so slow we were only able to log-in once for about 10 minutes. We checked a few internet cafes, and this seems to be common elsewhere in Lalibela. If you drop off laundry in the morning and need it in the afternoon, make it very clear. We had to wait two days for ours. Also double check your restaurant bill - we found an adding error charging 50% tax instead of 15%. Our room was US$32. for a double.
We were not that happy with the hotel guide. He seemed to have a quick temper if things didn't go his way. We booked a trip to the Yemrehanna Monastery (42 KM out of Lalibela) with their guide. We were supposed to see 3 churches but only saw one. He got into a yelling match with a priest at one of the churches (hard to tell who was right - but they still didn't need to escalate it to yelling), and encouraged us to skip the other one (because we later found out we didn't have the time). We found out at 1pm that our van had to be back in Lalibela by 2pm for another client, when we thought we had the van until 5pm. We heard from other travelers that they got a better rate from outside the hotel for the trip for the transportation. We also didn't think the visit to the Yemrehanna Monastery was worth the expense. The fee was US15 each to enter the church, and it wasn't as impressive as the Lalibela churches. We did enjoy the hike from Lalibela to the Ashetan mountain church. Beautiful views. We also liked the guide, Desale Degefaw (0912032966), who also showed us around the Lalibela churches. He is not affiliated with the hotel, but will meet you there if you give him a call or ask the hotel to call him. He was a former church deacon, and knew the history well. Despite the concerns, we would stay here again. While a longer walk from the churches and more expensive, the Mountain View Hotel looked really nice. Amazing views of the countryside, but not as centrally located. Nice place to go for a drink on the balcony for the sunset.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

I will always remember this hotel not so much for the rooms which are basic but clean but for the staff and location. It overlooks the town of Lalibela and is a short walk to the famous churches. The garden and terrace area are fantastic and the food excellent. One must walk behind the hotel to take in the ridge view of the surrounding hills and the town below. Molla who works at the front desk did me a great favor and arranged my marriage in one of the chapels during the Christmas morning; for this I am most grateful. Since the place was overun during the Christmas time, it was amazing to see all the staff working so hard to bring food and to make certain that everyone was happy. The hotel staff really should be commended on all their hard work.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 29, 2009

After a tough four day trek across 50 miles and significantly high mountains, I just wanted somewhere to be able to unwind and rest for an evening before heading off on the rest of our journey.

The first room we were given was really poor. There are no safe deposit boxes, the beds looked dirty and we had two singles rather than the double. In fact in made me quite despondent. Through sheer tiredness we didn't complain but fortunately we were moved to another room by the manager, which was a distinct improvement. We at least had a hot shower, which a number of our group didn't but it wasn't the cleanest of places.

There is a restaurant in the hotel. This was fine for when we first arrived and just wanted drinks and food, it took a while to come out but tasted fine. I would recommend heading out of the hotel and trying out one of the little restaurants a few metres away, they were a lot cheaper and very tasty.

The best thing about the hotel is definitely the surroundings, the area outside where you can sit and have a drink is a little oasis of calm.

Dial up internet is available.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: City Center | P.O.Box 37, Lalibela, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Amhara Region > Lalibela
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Ranked #8 of 10 Hotels in Lalibela
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Seven Olives Hotel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 148
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