Suzanne writes: Prices have all gone up, some by more than 100%. Below I’ve listed the page number (5th Edition) , hotel and new price in order as we travelled around.
553 Ambo Abebech Matafaria Hotel Twin Room 295 B
575 Across the street from Classic Café – new Hotel called Desalegan Hotel Twin 330 B, Manager Ms Tigist 0911 820 175 reception 0576 616 262.
560 Jimma Central Hotel Twin Room 304 B, The swimming pool was clean – my 9yr old happily swam in it.
153 Addis Ababa Mr Martin’s Cozy Place Family Room 340 B, Internet 35c per minute ( not 50c). Extremely clean and extremely well run by Dawit ( no longer German owned). Extremely good value and was NEVER loud ( we stayed there 3 times over 5 nights)
204 Bahir Dar Ghion Hotel ( the darkest , dingiest place I have seen) Twin/ triple 400 B
225 Gonder Queen Taitu Twin 280 B
226/7 Gonder Golden Gate Bar and Restaurant does not offer Chinese food, Tuscany no longer exists – now called Habesha (groovy place), Roman Hotel does not sell icecream
238 Debark Simien Park Hotel Triple 400 B
256 Axum Africa Hotel Triple 300 B
268 Yeha Entrance 100 B
290 Gheralta Gheralta Lodge EXCELLENT Triple $70 (inc Breakfast), 120 B for a 5 course Dinner
291 Abuna Yemata Guh 100 B entrance
291 Debre Maryam Korkor 100 B entrance
292 Abuna Abraham Debre Tsion Horrible Priest – wanted a 50 B tip and was not going to open the church door. We gave him 15 .Only bad experience we had with the priests and the churches – all the others were fine and took a tip after our visit
356/7 Lalibela Seven Olives Poor value – dark + musty rooms Twin $42; Timkat Twin $100; Asheton Better value Twin 500 B for 3, ohers reported paying 350 B for a couple
444 Hosaina Heme Hotel Twin 276 B
511 Arba Minch Bekele Mola 800 B for db room + dinner (2 course) + breakfast; Paid extra 100 B for mattress. We really didn’t like this place – very isolated and apart from the view – nothing special. The meals were some of the most expensive that we saw in Ethiopia and since our fee only included 2 people , we had to pay extra for our daughter to eat and it was expensive ( so were the drinks). I would not recommend that place to individuals – OK for big groups but just stuck out in the middle of nowhere. Had to go to the doctor in Arba Minch and was recommended to go to Abaya Medical Clinic ( near the bus station) by an English nurse who works in Arba Minch. Good service.
516 Chencha + Dorze Obligatory 150 B entrance fee to Chencha market. Initially said that it included entrance inside Dorze home as well and then asked for more money so that needs to be clarified. We did not pay more money. Dorze homes are 100% made of bamboo + grass – they are not made of enset ( false banana) leaves. The guides were adamant of that. The market in Chencha is Tuesday ( not Monday) + Saturday. Meskel is celebrated in Dorze on 27th September ( not 1st October)
552 Konso Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge Looked like a dump; Ate the worse meal I had in Ethiopia at the restaurant; It was so bad that I refused to pay for it. Karat Konso Villages – Drivers tend to take tourists to a closer village called Gamole (7kms). Obligatory 150 B Guide + 60 B per vehicle + 50 B per person entrance
532 Key Afar + Dimeka markets Obligatory 150 B guide
536 Buska Lodge in Turmi Double US $100 ( including breakfast); Twin $ 105; Double camping with spring mattress $ 50 ( no breakfast); Double camping with mattress on ground $ 15 ( good value); Single camping with spring mattress $ 35; Single camping with mattress on ground $ 10
541 Kolcho to visit the Karo tribe 350 B village entrance + 150 B guide (obligatory)
504 Yabello Yabello Motel Large twin 863 B ( book says 200 B)
533 Arbore Tribe Wanted 200 B village entrance + 150 B non English speaking guide (didn’t stop)
463 Wondo Ganet Wabe Shabelle Hotel Twin 606 B week day