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All reviews close to the airport swimming pool simien mountains pleasant balcony restaurant situated peace and quiet very pleasant stay two night stay the owner charming place the staff were extremely helpful sitting area rooms are spacious no electricity two nights place to stay en route
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We only stayed here for one night to see the sites of Gondar, The lodge is located a bit out of town, just off the busy main road, but the setting is very quiet. The rooms are simple and clean bungalows. they are nice but could use a bit of decoration to make them look more attractive. Around the bungalows ia a nice garden. I liked the fact that the trees have "tags" so you know what the name of each tree is. The restaurants is a bit chaotic. During our stay there was no electricity (and the generator was not working either for unclear reasons) which meant we had no hot water/shower or light in the room (there is a solar lamp available for use), no wifi and in the restaurant many things were not available either. Breakfast was a bit of a mess. We arrived at 8am and there was no toast, no fruit (already finished earlier by other guests), no fruit juice (same story), the coffee was cold and I was served french toast that I would not recommend to anyone.
Many issues were probably related to the black-out (except the fruit, juice and french toast). On check out, it was cash only (also probably due to the black out).
Reading the other reviews, this is probably a nice lodge normally, but I thought it was a bit expensive for the services we received.

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ilse020
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mayleko_lodge, Manager at Mayleko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write your feedback about your experience in our lodge. You are right about the location which is not very close to downtown Gondar. However, we do offer free shuttle service to and from the airport as well as to and from the city of Gondar where most of the tourist attractions are. The fact that its less than 5min drive to the airport makes it also convenient in other ways, such as a flight delay or cancellation.
Per your feedback, we have added some decorations to the interior to add warmth in each room!
As you mentioned, our garden is very well maintained and the fruits and vegetables we prepare for our restaurant guests come directly from our garden. We apologize that our restaurant was chaotic for you but we never received such complaints from other guests. We understand it could be a matter of taste.
The issues you have experienced related to lack of electricity could be frustrating, although such black-out is a very rare issue. As we mentioned earlier, everything served in our restaurant is made to order including fresh juice that are made from the fruits that grow in our garden. So this is why juice was not available without electricity.
The good news is that we currently have a new fully functioning generator as a back up in case electricity goes out( again this is a rare case).
We are so sorry you didn't have a good experience, but we assure you that your next stay will be very pleasant.

Thank you
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to relax after a few days in the Simien Mountains. The rooms are just perfect - very spacious, great (hot) showers and providing the most comfortable bed in Ethiopia!
The restaurant offers delicious food - both ethiopian and international, additionally you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view over the lodge. The lodge has a pool for hot summer days.
Most importantly the staff is amazing and helped us with everything we needed (trips to Gonder, airport shuttle, etc.)
Can’t wait to come back!
-Jojo, Germany

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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mayleko_lodge, Manager at Mayleko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Dear Jojo!

What a review! We are so happy that you had an excellent experience in our lodge! We always strive to go above and beyond our guests expectations.
We look forward to have you again and make your stay flawless!

Thank you!
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Mayleko is a really nice lodge and - especially by Ethiopian standards - very good value for money. The lodge is situated somewhat remote, c. 12km outside the city, but close to the airport. They are happy to arrange a Tuktuk ("Bajaji") or taxi transfer to the city, which takes about 30 min. Still, it is pleasant to return to this quite, nice place in the evening, lying on a sunbed by the pool and ordering drinks from the really good restaurant. The manager, Miracle, was extremely friendly and capable and made our stay a very pleasant one. Rooms are spacious and well-designed.

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank MarkusB2803
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mayleko_lodge, Manager at Mayleko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Dear Markus,

Thank you for your positive feedback! We are glad your stay was flawless from our shuttle service, to the rooms, the restaurant, and the pool side. We are happy that you relaxed and enjoyed our pool area. We will let Miracle know about your wonderful comments, she is always eager to assure that our guests have a very pleasant stay.

We hope to serve you again in the near future!
Best,

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Spent 3 night at the lodge returning from the Simien mountains. We are a family with young kids and the lodge was great. The kids loved the beautiful grounds with a great variety of trees and plants. They loved the swimming pool too. The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant. They did everything they could to make our stay really memorable. The food in the restaurant is really nice although perhaps a little bit overpriced for the area. They have a van service into Gonder which is really handy as they drop you into Gonder and collect you at the arranged time. I definitely would recommend this lodge

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Looks like it had it's day. But, that day has long past. Just avoid this place. In fact, avoid this country. Remember, there's no guarantee the pictures on the website are new. In this case, they're ancient.

Date of stay: September 2017
Thank Doug H
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mayleko_lodge, Manager at Mayleko Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Dear Doug,

We are so sorry to hear that you had such a bad memory of our lodge! We admit that there were some renovation going on during your stay to expand our facility with more rooms and amenities, but we are happy to inform you that everything is completed now and the pictures on our websites are current.

Thank you for your feedback!
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