Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 19, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Stretched along the eastern shore of Lake Awasa in Southern Ethiopia, Awassa is known for its beautiful lake (Lake Awassa), delicious local cuisine, and luxurious waterfront resorts. The city, which is home to the acclaimed Hawassa University, is a popular stop for both foreign tourists and locals travelling between Cairo and Cape Town.
Visitors will find accommodations in Awassa to be widely varied and quite reasonable in price. They range from cheap, basic rooms to high-end hotels, with even the best hotels costing less than $100 per night.
Most tourists choose to book accommodation in the area where Piazza Road meets the lake. Guests staying here will find themselves mere steps away from some of Awassa's best bars, restaurants, and tourist attractions. There is also a good selection of mid-range hotels strewn throughout the city centre, a few of which offer western-style lodging. Awassa's main draws, however, are the town's two luxury riverside resorts: the Haile Resort, which features 126 impeccably decorated guest rooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, a full-service spa, and spectacular lake views; and the LEWI Resort, which features sophisticated interiors, an onsite Italian restaurant, a wine bar and a beauty salon.
Cheap accommodations are plentiful in Awassa. They include The Pinna Hotel and the lake View Hotel, both of which offer basic lodging for under $20 per night. If you have a little more room in your budget, the Tadesse Enjory, Hawassa View hotel, and Circle of Life provide reliable, comfortable accommodations in Awassa that won't break the bank. Another inexpensive option is to stay at one of the city's two guesthouses: Zebra Guest House, which is owned and operated by an expat and provides clean, quiet rooms, free WiFi, and a shared kitchen; and Guesthouse, which is located within a 1-minute walk of the lake and features double rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
While there are no major chain hotels in Awasa, you'll find several comparable 2- and 3-star hotels spread throughout the city. Among them are the Oasis International Hotel, which offers straightforward lodging and the fastest WiFi service in town; the Godolias International Hotel, which provides great value and service for its price; and South Star International Hotel, which enjoys consistently high ratings in online reviews. Other good mid-range options are Lewi Menhariya Hotel and Central Hawassa Hotel.
Want to stay in the lap of luxury during your stay in Awassa? Head to the Gezahegn and Eifinesh Resort - Hawassa. The 5-star resort features 32 artfully designed rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, a health club, a business centre, and a chic bar. The hotel also houses a meeting room and a conference room with a capacity of 600 attendants, making this the perfect destination for large groups. The business and conference rooms are equipped with audio/video equipment such as microphones and LCD projectors, as will as a large buffet area for special events.