With some of Africa’s greatest cultural and historical treasures quite literally on the doorstep, it’s unlikely you’ll want to spend much time in your hotel in Lalibela. That said, Tukul Village remains a delightful choice to spend during your time in Lalibela. The lack of evening meals in the hotel makes this the ideal choice for those that are keen to explore further afield for their evening meal.
Opened in 2007, the village is located just a 10-15 minute walk downhill from most of the major rock-hewn churches and consists of six, red sandstone tukul huts, each topped with a thatched roof and split into two storeys, offering 12 en suite rooms (with expansion currently underway for 12 tukuls and 24 rooms in total).
The living spaces are simple, well-kept and spacious, with comfortable beds and plenty of natural light pouring through the floor-to-ceiling windows on one side. All have their own balconies, with views towards St. George’s Church and the local market. The bathrooms are clean, tiled bathrooms and boast modern and, thankfully, reliably hot showers.
A main bar/dining room area, due to be upgraded, offers only basic breakfasts and simple lunches but, importantly, refreshingly cold ‘St. George’ beers at the end of a long day’s sightseeing!
The compound is modest and set in a garden which struggles to flourish in the hot, arid highland climate. The paucity of trees or shrubs lends a rather barren feel to the place, but the owner of The Tukul Village is planning to import fully grown trees from Debre Zeit within the year.