Best economical hotel in Gondar, Ethiopia- The L-Shape Hotel

The L-Shape Hotel has comfy rooms with balconies for 230 birr. Each floor has its own router for wifi which you can use in your room.  The food is some of the best I have had in Ethiopia. There is always hot water.DSC01709If you return from trekking the Simien Mountains this is a very nice place.  I stayed at the Roman Hotel on my way in.  Don’t do it!

DSC01762The manager, at the center, really goes out of his way to make sure everything is right for the client.

DSC01771The staff is incredibly friendly and photogenic.  They showed us how to do some traditional dancing last night as well.



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17 thoughts on “Best economical hotel in Gondar, Ethiopia- The L-Shape Hotel

      • I stopped off in Ethiopia on my way home from DR Congo. It was a breeze after trying to get around there of course. But there are still loads of swindlers. I made a friend in Addis who hooked me up with his mates in Gondar. In turn they hooked me up for the Simeons and Lalibella. I was in Kinshasa for Christmas, and Lalibella for Ethiopian Christmas. That was awesome.

        I’ve just been trying to find my pictures from the Simeons and don’t seem to have them on my computer, so that post will probably need to wait till I can get home to my albums. That may be as far away as March.


      • I’m in Australia, staying with my grandparents in Tasmania for a few months. I have very bad health these days. Work is hard for me and they have offered me some respite. I’m having a lovely time here. But I do so hope to one day again be well enough to go adventuring again. I find myself saying I hope I will one day be well enough to again go climbing volcanoes in Africa.

        I am an aid and development professional and specialise in conflict and development. When I joined the Australian public service I knew I’d need to plan my escape after the first year. I went to Kinshasa and spoke at a conference held at the University of Kinshasa Law School on Peace and Security in the DRC. With the exception of the art academy, I didn’t really like Kinshasa and when I realised I wouldn’t be able to take a boat on the river Congo, I flew East to see what was going on there. I spent some time with local NGO staff working in public health, some working on law and justice issues. I fell in love with the place. I saw the lowland gorillas in Kahuzi-beiga National Park. That was a wondrous experience.

        I went back a year later with a friend of mine. We hired a car in Uganda and journeyed south west (via Rwanda). I did some work along the way (disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration) but we made our way to the incredible Virunga National Park where we saw the mountain gorillas and climbed the active volcano. They grow some great coffee there too.

        Anyways, that’s what I was doing in the Congo. 😛


      • I am so impressed with the caliber of so many farangis/ mzungus I have met in East Africa. So many volunteering and giving all of themselves to help others. Makes me feel pretty selfish. Speaking of selfish, seeing the gorillas in Nkuringo and chimps in Uganda was some of the most special moments of my life which was preceded by Masaai Mara and followed by Danakil Depression. Keep fighting the good fight and climbing volcanoes. Nice meeting you ;>)


      • Oh how I’d love to take a baloon trip over the Masaai Mara!

        I must admit, I was a bit shattered to miss the chimps in Uganda. My friend didn’t bring her immunization certificates.

        I got into community development because I knew I wanted to spend time in these places, with these people and to learn from them. I figured if I could help them out along the way it might be a little less selfish 😛


      • Thats awesome. I have been trying to think of a way I can help besides giving people bananas and leftovers in the streets. When I went to the chimps they did not ask for any papers. Pay 150USD and go. Sorry you missed it but hopefully you will make it back there. I think the chimps will be around for a while. I think I would pay for the balloon ride if the wildebeest migration was on. I read an article that the lion population has diminished 80% in 30 years and they project there will be no more lions in the Mara in 20 years. Thats one of the reasons I went. Are you still doing some of this work then?


      • Oh no, I guess I’ll have to make sure I go well before 20 years then! I’d plan that trip for the migration. I just think it would be spectacular to slowly and silently ride above them all like that, watching them all.

        I have a pretty bad chronic disease and have not been able to get work. I just don’t have the health to be doing much these days, let alone that kind of work. I’m hoping to start a PhD instead. I’ve had real trouble getting work. I will be doing some casual teaching at the university next year though, in International Development. I’m looking forward to that.


      • Sorry to hear about the chronic stuff. You must be so much stronger than the rest of us so I wish you the best with it.

        It would be neat to ride above the mara. Incredible! Talk to you soon


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