On a recent visit to Bahir Dar I looked at the following hotels, all of which can be recommended:
The Rahnile Hotel has moved swiftly to number 1 on Trip Advisor rankings since it opened two years ago. I didnt stay there but had breakfast and dinner and saw the rooms, which cost ETB 799 (around US$38) for an ensuite double with queensize bed.
– Owned by the architect who designed it……..cleverly designed spacious open air but covered restaurant balcony. ie like a large area with 3 walls only…..
– Good meals and service. Very nice rooms. Welcoming staff with good English in reception ground floor bar cafe area.
– Very central. On the side road running east from the St George traffic lights at lake end of the high street, i.e. a block south of Dib Anbessa Hotel on the border of grid E2/F2 on the map on page 231. So very handy for early morning Selam Sky bus departures. Free airport shuttle.
– No lake view.
2. Bahir Dar Hotel 1 and 2. These two good value budget hotels are good value for money with rooms in the ETB 450-550 range (i.e. US$22-26). Tel 0582208888, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
D 1, in side streets opposite Ghion. We stayed there 1972….. courtyard set up like a motel. Cafe in central area.
BD 2. Same street as Rahnile but much nearer the traffic lights. Very friendly staff, free airport shuttle. Good breakfast included. Very central but front rooms can be noisy due to clubs, restaurants nearby. Avoid room 101 201 etc go for even number rooms at the back….
3. On a less positive note, the Ghion Hotel looks to be permanently closed. The compound has been chopped in two by corrugated iron walls, and the eastern half of the compound is now a road…….leading from the main lakeside road opposite the fuel station to the lake shore. The boat trip touts at the tourist info place near the main jetty tell me the site is scheduled to be a recreation centre for the inhabitants of BD!