I was lucky to be travelling by private 4×4 and it took us less than five hours to get from Bahir Dar to Lalibela, which meant that leaving early in the morning (8ish) we were at Lailbela in time for lunch and able to look at some churches in the afternoon!
We stayed at the Mountain View Hotel and you can now apparently pay with Mastercard/visa – although I did not use this service so I don’t know if there were addtional charges for this service. Mountain View was marvellous and looking down the valley at night was amazing – just to experience ‘total darkness’ – it was cloudy as well! Also as far as I could see there is no swimming pool there yet! However there is more building going along all along that ridge.