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Mountain View Hotel

Lalibela, Ethiopia

The fascinating rock hewn churches of Lalibela are an essential venture when visiting Ethiopia. After a day of exploring, The Mountain View Hotel's balconies are a great place to rest with a sundowner and Lalibela's amazing views.

At a Glance

  • Breathtaking views over the valleys below

  • Close to the main rock churches of Lalibela

  • The rooms have balconies from which to soak up the views

  • Large rooftop terrace, perfect for a sundowner or looking at the stars through a pair of binoculars

  • Delicious Ethiopian buffets

Adventure, Culture

Insider's View

Visit Bet Giyorgis - Church of St. George late in the afternoon when the light is best for photography.

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Insider's View

Soak up the view from your balcony or the rooftop terrace.

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Insider's View

Watch the Lammergeier (a bearded vulture) soaring over the hotel.

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Insider's View

Go to the Ben Abiba restaurant for sundowners. It has an eclectic design created by Ethiopian architects.

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Description

Located at an altitude of 2680 meters, the views from Mountain View Hotel over the Lasta Lalibela mountain chains are simply breath-taking. Your surrounding landscape can be viewed in panorama from the hotel's balconies and through the plentiful windows that make up its stone-and-glass design, a homage to the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

Built by Getachew and Metaso, two former guides, in 2008, the thirty room Mountain View Hotel is located a 15-minute walk from the town of Lalibela. This relative isolation in comparison to other accommodation is easily overcome on foot or by vehicle in no time and for some a situation such as this, may be preferable.

The Jamaican head chef at Mountain View will indulge you in both European and local cuisines during your stay. All rooms at the hotel are of the same standard, a comfortable and contemporary en-suite arrangement that is possibly the best presented of the privately owned wider Lalibela area lodges.

Accommodation

There is the option of a double or a twin bedded room. Each room has an en-suite with a shower over a bath and are comfortable, functional and clean. Whilst the view inside may not be astounding, each room comes with a balcony for a view which more than makes up for it.

Childcare

There are currently no child care facilities at this property.

Facilities

Food at the Mountain View Hotel is more buffet than a la carte but receives good feedback. There isn't a pool here but the roof terrace is the place to be for views and to do a spot of bird watching. The hotel also has WiFi for guests.

Activities

  • Visit Lalibela's 11 rock hewn churches, built below ground level and the main points of interest here, you can even get mules to reach the more inaccessible churches
  • Call in at the museum to learn more about the colorful history of this fascinating country
  • Go to a local school and meet the children of Lalibela

Location & Directions

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Mountain View Hotel is located 25km from Lalibela town and a dramatic and beautiful 45-minute uphill drive from Lalibela airport through farmland.

When to go

The best time to visit Ethiopia is from mid to late October until May. During this time the highlands are ideal for hiking especially after the rainy season has just finished as the landscape bursts into life.

Due to the high altitude of the country in comparison to its location conditions get quite cool at night. Temperatures generally can reach above 30°C in lowland areas, whereas the highland temperature can dip below 20°C. Addis Ababa has a relatively even temperature year-round.

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