Inn of the Four Sisters at a glance
- Popular hotel amenities: restaurant, sports bar, gym, garden, lounge areas, 24-hour front desk.
- Room amenities: private bathroom, flat-screen TV, wardrobe, WiFi access, balcony (in some rooms).
- Location: Gondar, 1.2km from Royal Enclosure.
- Room types: single and double.
- Our verdict: a small, friendly, charming hotel. A pleasant base for exploring Gondar.
Excursions in the area
Gonder is a city filled to the brim with fascinating cultural attractions, most of which are around a 10/15 minute walk from the Inn of the Four Sisters. There is the Royal Enclosure (Fasil Ghebbil), a majestic fortress complex that contains several important buildings and a mix of architectural traditions. Other sites of interest include Empress Mentewab’s Kuskuam Complex, the ruins of a 1730 palatial complex built for Ethiopia’s flamboyant Empress, and Debre Berhan Selassie Church, where beautiful murals filled with cherubic figures adorn the interior.
The hills surrounding Gordar have some hiking trails and birdwatching opportunities, for which tours can be arranged, as they can be for visits to the Simien Mountains, a 2.5-hour drive away. Here, endemic species such as the Ethiopian Wolf and Gelada monkey can be seen amidst a dramatic, mountainous landscape.
There are 11 rooms in the hotel, a mix of twin and double rooms, all of which come equipped with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, wardrobe and WiFi access. Some, but not all, have a private balcony. The rooms are clean and comfortable, as well as being furnished tastefully in a classically Ethiopian style. The rooms at the top may be preferable to many, due to their greater distance from the sometimes noisy street below, and the rooms at the front have a better view.
The hotel has a good restaurant, which has a bright, quaint decor and where a continental breakfast is served every morning (not included in the room price). There is also a sports-bar where a good range of alcohol is served, as well as a gym, a pleasant garden and two lounge areas with sofas and coffee tables. Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a business centre, free private parking, room service and currency exchange.
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