Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

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Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

3.0 star property
Debre Zeyit beach guesthouse with restaurant and bar/lounge

8.0/10 Very good

26 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Laundry facilities
The price is $126
Price available on 03/07/2022
Kebele 15 House 571, Debre Zeyit, 4000
Main amenities
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Free babysitting
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Library
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Babysitting (free)
  • Playground on site
  • Rollaway/extra beds available (free)
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Social distancing
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Lake Bishoftu - 13 min drive

Getting around

  • Bole Intl. Airport (ADD) - 94 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Debre Zeyit, Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge features a rooftop terrace and offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ETB 800 per vehicle. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the coffee shop/cafe, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day. Other features include free bike rentals, a terrace, and a garden. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and location.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
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At a glance

Hotel size

  • 8 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 1:00 PM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Up to 3 children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Free babysitting
  • Free supervised childcare


  • Pets stay free
  • Restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free
  • Playground
  • Free supervised childcare/activities

What to do

  • Yoga classes
  • Ecotours
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

Working away

  • Meeting room
  • Conference space (204 square feet)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Umbrellas
  • Free bicycle rentals


  • Built in 2010
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Library


  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Assistive listening devices available

Languages spoken

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Rollaway/extra bed available

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Towels


  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ETB 800 per vehicle (one way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property does not have elevators.

Also known as

Babogaya Lake
Babogaya Lake Viewpoint
Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Debre Zeyit
Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge
Babogaya Lake Viewpoint Lodge Debre Zeyit
Babogaya Lodge
Lake Babogaya

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Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Fantastic location, great room with an amazing view. Jan was very accommodating and kind.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Best lake views in Bishoftu
We had a wonderful stay in Babagoya Viewpoint Lodge. It was a lovely few days away from the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa. The resort has fabulous animals around - Six large tortoises roam around, rabbits you can feed, and so much fascinating birdlife (Jan can tell you more about the birds around the lake). Our room was a sort of treehouse which was very fun and had a stunning view of the lake when you wake up in the morning. All the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating, and it was very easy for us to arrange trips nearby through the lodge - we went to Green Crater Lake by bajaj (tuk-tuk) with a driver from the lodge. The food was good, and the reception area was a great place to relax and take in the views. I would recommend Babagoya Viewpoint Lodge to anyone wanting something with more of a homemade feel than a hotel, hidden away in the trees around the beautiful Bishoftu Guda lake.
Karmen, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Martine, 1-night trip with friends
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2/10 Poor

Staff are not helpful . Manager is not on station and he never pick up the phone .
2-night trip
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6/10 Good

The stay was not so good, as the facilities offered were not there, there was no wi fi, boats were broken. no bar etc. The price charged was also very high.
Praveen, 1-night trip with friends
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6/10 Good

Beautiful setting but bathrooms need help.
The setting is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is right on the lake and is completely unbelievable. The rooms themselves were interesting. It was mud hut which was actually quite quaint and kind of fun. The concern was the bathroom. It was not clean and did not work very well. There was no toilet paper and we had to ask several times for that. It showed internet access when we booked it but that was only available in the eating area, not in the rooms. Overall it was fun but be aware of what you are getting into, especially in regards to the bathroom facilities. They were also not going to let us leave because they said we had not paid for it, although we had pre-paid. We finally got that resolved but it took a few minutes.
Jeff, 1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A really warm welcome.
While the accommodation is a little basic, the location and the helpfulness of the staff make this a wonderful place to stay near Addis Ababa. The price is very reasonable and the food freshly cooked, with a variety of Ethiopian and international dishes. Jan and his family go out of their way to make your stay memorable. I am a keen birdwatcher and Jan personally took me out at no cost, showing me the best sites so I could go again on my own later. Unless you are looking for luxury this is a real find.
Mr D A, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Ethiopias hidden gem
This place was amazing. A delightful blend of Ethiopian culture and Mediterranean esthetic. The food on the menu was delicious every time, whether it was spaghetti or shiro. The hotel owner and his staff were always available to bring you to the market or recommend good sight-seeing. Waking up in the morning to a flock of cormorants roosting near your treehouse is once in a lifetime, and even the 106 steps down the terraced yard is worth it to take a canoe trip on the lake. This place is well worth the hour drive from addis and we will certainly come again when we are next in Ethiopia!
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Beautiful setting, pleasant staff, horrible bed
Nice, restful location. Birders paradise but the beds were so uncomfortable that did not sleep well
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10/10 Exceptional

Fabulous much fun staying in a treehouse room, kayaks and bikes available, delicious pancakes!!
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