Zobel Hotel at a glance
- Popular hotel amenities: restaurant, terrace, bar, spa, airport transfer service.
- Room amenities: en suite bathrooms, WiFi access, flatscreen TVs, desks, coffee/tea stations and safes.
- Location: Just outside of central Gondar.
- Room types: singles, twins, doubles and suites.
- Our verdict: this hotel has nicely-decorated rooms and good facilities; it is set a bit outside of Gondar, but this means you get good views and quieter nights.
Excursions in the area
Most of the main attractions of Gonder are an 8/10 minute drive from Zobel Resort. Fasil Ghebbi, a spectacular fortress complex built by the Emperor Fasilides in the 16th-century and which boasts 900m-long walls and elegant turrets, is the most famous and impressive of these attractions. Other sites that should be visited include Debre Berhan Selassie Church, which is filled with colourful and intricate frescoes, and Empress Mentewab’s Kuskuam Complex, the ruins of an 18th-century empress’s palace.
There are also hiking and birdwatching opportunities to be enjoyed in the pleasant mountainous terrain on the outskirts of Gondar. Simien Mountains National Park, where an astonishingly beautiful landscape and vast biodiversity that includes the elusive Ethiopian Wolves can be found, is a 2.5-hour drive away.
Zobel Resort has rooms ranging from standard single, double twin rooms to suites, which boast an elegant decor, with soft velour furnishings and plush carpeting. All rooms have en suite bathrooms, WiFi access, flatscreen TVs, desks, coffee/tea stations and safes. Many of the rooms have very good views thanks to the hotel’s elevated location, with some having views of the distant Simien Mountains.
The hotel’s restaurant serves both Ethiopian and international cuisine in both menu and buffet options, and has a spacious terrace with excellent views. Breakfast, which is included in the room price, is served here. The hotel’s bar which prides itself on its good selection of wines and cocktails.
Other amenities include a spa, currency exchange, meeting rooms, room service, quiet areas and airport transfers. The property is wheelchair accessible.
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