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Sabean International Hotel

Axum, Ethiopia

The Sabean International Hotel is located perfectly for a visit to Ethiopia's oldest and holiest city. A great base with a modern feel, ideal from which to spend a couple of days exploring the archaeology and history of the Axum area.

At a Glance

  • Very central hotel in Axum

  • Newly finished and modern feel

  • A base to see the archaeological sites and stele in Axum

  • Visit the Mariam Tsion Church which was said to house the Arc of the Covenant

  • Visit the ruins of the Palace of the Queen of Sheba

Adventure, Culture

Insider's View

Axum is the oldest and holiest city in Ethiopia

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Well located to the archaeological ruins of Axum

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

The money to invest in local hotels such as the Sabean originates from sesame seed crops grown about 150km away on the Sudanese border.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sabean International Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Lalibela and northern Ethiopia


The Sabean International Hotel is located on the main road in the tiny town of Axum, a good location from which to see the archaeological sites here such as the ancient stele and witness parishioners dressed in white. Axum is the oldest and holiest town in Ethiopia and once home to the ancient Axemite people, thought to be akin to the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. It is a fascinating town which boasts ruins, Axumite villas, churches, the Ark of the Covenant and a meeting point between trade from east Africa and the Mediterranean sea.

The hotel itself, is the best place to stay in Axum, but unfortunately it doesn't have a view. There are over 40 rooms at the hotel and four suites, we would recommend avoiding the floor where reception is located as the television is based there.

However, with so much to see on your doorstep in the one or two nights we recommend, time spent here will be minimal. This hotel is new, clean and the Ethiopian take on being modern.


There are 44 rooms comprising four suites, 28 twin rooms and 12 doubles. All are en-suite with a shower but no bath and decorated to an Ethiopian luxury standard. We recommend avoiding the first floor as there is a television in the reception area and the sound does travel to the rooms on this floor.

Twin room


There are currently no child care facilities available at the Sabean International Hotel.


There isn't a swimming pool or air conditioning at The Sabean International Hotel but all rooms have satellite television and there is WiFi at reception. There is also an ATM just outside the main door to the hotel. Board at the hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis but other meals are served at the hotel's restaurant.


Visiting the obelisk and archaeological sites of Axum and immersing yourself in the history of this fascinating country.

Location & Directions

Axum, Ethiopia

Located on the main road in the city of Axum/Aksum, the Sabean International Hotel is a great base from which to explore the archaeological sites of the area.

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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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sabean International Hotel or take a look at our itineraries to Lalibela and northern Ethiopia

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