Sabean Hotel at a glance

  • Popular hotel amenities: restaurant, bar, lounge, pastry shop, spa, airport transfer. 
  • Room amenities: en suite bathrooms, satellite TVs, desks, closets, seating areas, fans, balconies (in some rooms), room service.
  • Location: main street of Axum.
  • Room types: twins, doubles and suites.
  • Our verdict: one of the better options in town, but like all hotels in Aksum, it suffers from maintenance issues and won't leave much of an impression. 


Sabean Hotel has 44 rooms in total, with four suites, 28 rooms and 12 double rooms. The rooms are decorated with wooden floors and all have decent en suite bathrooms (although without a bathtub), satellite TVs, desks, closets, a seating area and fans (no air conditioning). Some of the rooms also have balconies. WiFi is only available in the reception area. The rooms are decorated in the typical local style, with Ethiopian colour themes and design. Room service is available. 

The walls at the hotel are a bit thin, so the TV in the reception area that is on much of the time can be heard from the ground-floor rooms: visitors would be advised to request a room on a different floor. Likewise, rooms at the back of the hotel may also be preferable due to them receiving less noise from the street. 

Sabean is the best accommodation option in Axum, but that's not saying much!

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There is a restaurant at the hotel, which serves local and international dishes, and has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Breakfast is included in the room price and consists of a mix of Ethiopian dishes with eggs and cereal, but is unlikely to impress many. There is a good bar area, as well as a large lounge with plenty of comfortable seating. The service at the hotel is generally quite good, with staff who are friendly and helpful and private security ensuring your safety. 

There is a pastry shop in the lobby for those wanting to pick up a quick sugary snack. The hotel has a steam room and sauna and offers spa treatments. There is also an ATM, free private parking, currency exchange and an airport transfer service. 

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