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Paradise Lodge Arbaminch
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Arba Minch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in this facility for two nights. The lodge is nice. But I would recommended everybody to avoid this place. On the afternoon of our arrival we booked two cars for the trip to the national park at 7 a.m. This was confirmed by the reception. What was our surprise the other day at the morning when we came to the reception and nobody was aware of any cars to be available for us! The receptionist just told us that no cars will be available. As we were here just for one whole day it completely ruined our stay. It made no sense for us to come here, all the long troublesome way. Really disgusting behaviour and absolute disrespect to the guests!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

There are 3 kind of rooms in terms of price, highest on the right sides have hot shower,flush bath, alos bigger rooms
the middle and the third are almost the same. The Reception ,Ermies is helpful after school time. the only thing i complain is its way from the main arbamicj konso road is gravel road more than 20 minute to walk on ,during night it may be scary.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Considering its location, the Paradise Lodge is very a great choice. The rooms are in individual cabins, the doubles were spacious. However, those in our group who had single rooms all complained they were tiny, and when one person was witched to a double she noted it was at least 3X as large. So, if you do get a single, find something to complain about it and try to get moved to a double. Our room had two large beds with nice mosquito netting, a refrigerator, TV, plenty of electric outlets, good hot water in a large bathroom. Really, the room could hardly be better. The view from the rooms that overlook the lake are wonderful - same view form the restaurant. The view from the other side is of a construction project. The food was very good, and the breakfast buffet was very nice. WiFi available but only from the reception area. While we were there we had a few 5 - 10 minute electric outages, so bring a flashlight after dark just in case.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Anywhere else the standard would be down the scale but this is the Rift Valley in Africa.
Clean rooms, working bathrooms, reliable flush toilets, good food, beer and a view to die for both from the terrace and from our private patio. Oh and did I mention the swimming pool and free wifi?
Get real people, Africa is different, you can't expect the same standards as in Europe or the US. This place is just fabulous despite the idiosyncrasies.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We stayed at this lovely hotel for three nights early february with our family (including three young kids) and we really loved it. We loved the charming room, the swimming pool and especially the amazing view. The staff was on top of everything, professional and very friendly.
The only downside was possibly the kitchen, which was OK for Ethiopian standards but not really 'yummy'. We got a little tired of it after a few lunches and dinners.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

no answer on our mails from Europe, we finally could got them by phone in Ethiopia, where they reserved for us a room.
Arriving at the reception the concerned day, the unkind reception people simply told us we were not on the list and there was no room.
Happily, we could find nice room in Highlight Resort with the same view and good food.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Mafio M, Public Relations Manager at Paradise Lodge Arbaminch, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2014

Attention to eenEthiopia,

We have seen your review written about our property Paradise Lodge Ethiopia.
We found out that what you have written on this review is suspicious so that we have reported to tripadvisor. There was no overbooking on the mentioned date. We kindly request you, please do not review about us for the service you havent. We do respect the reviews of our real clients but not any suspicious and unreal review. Same time we kindly inform this to tripadvisor that reviews written with eenEthiopia is unreal and please see the user profile.

Mesfin Mengistu Madebo
Paradise Lodge Ethiopia

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Reviewed January 23, 2014

I was told this lodge was very good but my stay here was pretty unpleasant.
To start with I booked and pre-paid a massage and when I turned up at the spa they told me they had another client and I had to go all the way back up to the reception desk to get my money back (I booked for 8pm and the guy booked for 7-8 turned up at 7.55 and they took him and turned me down....nice!). Then the staff at the restaurant completely ignored me for a good while since I was a solo traveller and they were busy with the big groups. I have to say that this happened to me a few times while in Ethiopia. The wifi connection only works at the reception and it was a hassle since my room was right at the other end and there was no wifi at the restaurant either. The food was ok but the room was terrible. My room, apart from tiny, was half of the thatch-roofed cabana. The wall between the two rooms was paper thin and you could hear every single noise coming from your neighbours, it was basically like sharing the room with strangers without seeing them. I had a very restless night. I was happy to leave the morning after!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Paradise Lodge Arbaminch

Address: Secha area | Arbaminch, Ethiopia, Arba Minch, Ethiopia
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Location: Ethiopia > Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region > Arba Minch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Arba Minch
Price Range: $70 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Paradise Lodge Arbaminch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Lodge Arbaminch was opened in 2008 as a means to transform the hospitality industry in Africa by providing guests with unparalleled service and an authentic experience while preserving the natural environment and strengthening the local culture. With contributions from 56 southern nations of Ethiopia and thousands of delighted guests, we have been serving this mission even as we expand our services and provide new experiences to our customers. ... more   less 
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