Situated on a hill overlooking Aksum’s exceptional northern stelae and the Mary of Zion churches, Yeha Hotel boasts the best location in the city and provides enviable access to the landmarks along this unique stop on the Historical Circuit.

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There is a delicate balance of Ethiopian comfort and luxury within the grounds of Yeha Hotel. Inside the 63 rooms and suites, exposed stone walls, rich burgundy rugs, embroidered bedding, and en-suite bathrooms create a pleasant atmosphere for a good night’s rest, while the wild greenery and resident monkeys of the courtyard outside offer a taste of Ethiopian authenticity. Guests will find that the hotel’s three exclusive suites offer a bit more space, as well as complimentary access to the hotel’s steam and sauna facilities.

The hotel’s stone and wood lobby contains the Panorama restaurant, a 20-table establishment led by one of the few French chefs in Addis Ababa where guests can expect solid European cuisine amid locally inspired architecture. After dinner, retreat to the attached terrace for impressive afternoon views of Axum’s monuments, bathing pool, and monastery, or head to the charming fully stocked bar for lively post-dinner drinks.

Yeha Hotel is perched on a small bluff within walking distance of Aksum’s famous landmarks. From around 200 BC to 700 AD, Aksum was the seat of an Empire that extended across the Red Sea to Arabia. During that time, the empire traded with India and China, minted its own coinage, had its own alphabet and notational system, constructed great engineering works and dams, and was reckoned by the 4th century Persian historian Mani to be one of the four great powers of the ancient world, alongside Persia, China, and Rome. Today, Aksum is home to the stelae, the largest single pieces of stone erected anywhere in the world, as well as various tombs and castles of kings, the Aksum Museum, and Mariamtsion Church, built on the site of Ethiopia’s first church. A chapel within the church compound is believed by Ethiopian Orthodox Christians to house the Ark of the Covenant, the original tablets of Moses on which are inscribed the Ten Commandments.

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