Awasa (Hawassa) is a town in Southern_Ethiopia that is part of the famous Central and Southern Ethiopia National Parks and Tribes Circuit that includes Abijatta Shalla Lakes National Park, Bale Mountains National Park, Nechsar National Park, the proposed Megado Podocarpus National Monument, and Mago and Omo National Parks.
Awasa is next to a lake and is regarded as a resort town. It is also home to Hawassa university.
Awasa is 4-5 hours by road from Addis Ababa.
The better hotels also have some of the best restaurants in town.
Awasa has hotels of various standards. from the basic end up to the luxurious Haile Resort, by the lake. Lewi's Resort (not to be confused with a few other Lewi's hotels in town) is also by the lake. Rooms in the best hotels typically cost $50-70 per night. Many of the hotels have a few different locations, so if you are booking for Lewi's Resort by the lake, be careful that you are not booking one of the others.