Lodging Type: Hotel
Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Internet - Wifi, Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water, Spa, TV
In front of the President’s Office in the historic city of Harar, Wonderland Hotel was established in 2014.
The 74 en-suite rooms are made up of standard, delux, twin, junior suites and traditional Gegar executive suites adorned with cultural artefacts. Traditionally, all houses in Harar have a Gegar room, colourfully decorated and furnished with low round-the-wall seating, for use as a family meeting room and for storing family documents. All rooms have TV and Wifi. The café, on the ground floor, serves Ethiopian coffee and a selection of Ethiopian and international dishes. The spa has a steam room and sauna. Reception can assist with booking trips and tours; Ethiopian Airlines has an office at reception.
The walled city of Harar has no cars in its cobbled alleys, and is home to 110 mosques and a surfeit of shrines. Places of interest include the bustling market, the traditional houses and several museums. The first non-Muslim to visit was the explorer Richard Burton in the 19th century; the French poet Arthur Rimbaud made the town his home in the mid-20th century. Outside the city walls, a tradition of feeding meat to spotted hyenas has been established; visitors are welcome to participate. Notable exports of Harar are coffee and beer.
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Home to Ethiopia’s Islamic community, Harar is said to be the fourth holiest Islamic city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. The walled city, Harar Jugol, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has the greatest concentration of mosques: 1 per 110m. According to legend, 43 holy men came from Arabia in ...