Lodging Type: Hotel
Dining: Ethiopian, A la carte: Ethiopian and some international dishes
Facilities: Laundry, Showers - 24hr hot water
Looking out over the views of Lalibela, Hotel Maribela is high in the mountains surrounding Lalibela. Maribela, meaning honey-eater in Amharic, was a name given to King Lalibela, who oversaw the building of Lalibela and of many of its churches. According to fable, bees surrounded him on the day of his birth, signifying his future eminence.
The 22 en-suite rooms are made up of single, double, twin, king size, Maribela suites and triples. All rooms have balconies with views of the surrounding mountains, and are furnished with daybeds. The restaurant serves Ethiopian cuisine and a selection of international dishes, and has a bar with beers, wines and spirits. Visitors can eat in their rooms, in the restaurant or on the rooftop terrace. The hotel has a car park, laundry service, wake up call, and offers trips to thechurches and religious sites of Lalibela.
Lalibela is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the site of the most famous churches and the scene of many major religious ceremonies. The churches have been active for 900 years, and there are over 600 priests and deacons. The churches, arguably Ethiopian’s top attraction, are carved below ground level and ringed by trenches and courtyards, and are connected to each other by a tangled maze of tunnels and passages.
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The most famous site in Ethiopia, and the one that arguably no visitor should miss, is Lalibela. Sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, visited as a pilgrimage site by many Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. ...