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“great location, but sad” 2 of 5 stars
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25 Keskese St, Asmara, Eritrea   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Asmara
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“great location, but sad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

Run down and on the cheap. The location is good, the building picturesque and is cheap, but dirty, sad and with unfriendly service. forget...

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

The Africa Pension is one of the better known hotels of Asmara, and with good reason. This old Italian villa opposite the Italian ambassador's residence is set in a quiet street 5 minutes from Harnet Avenue (the main street). A marble staircase leads to a pretty little garden surrounding the villa itself. The rooms are spotless and large with high ceilings, comfortable beds, and the added advantage of armchairs, wardrobes, and sinks in each room. We stayed in three different rooms, all of which were fine, but the first floor is slightly quieter and the rooms seem brighter. The rooms on the right (eg. room 1 and 11) have views of the ambassador's residence; the other side looks over rooftops. The bathrooms are shared, but clean with hot showers. The reception staff are very friendly and obliging. On one occasion there was a mix-up of dates we intended to stay, and we found the pension full. The receptionist was extremely apologetic and walked with us to various other local hotels until he found one that suited us for the night. They arranged a taxi for us to go to Filfil which was cheaper than any other quotes. They happily stored our luggage. On our last night, the staff held a coffee ceremony. This is a simple pension, but it was our favourite hotel in Eritrea.

  • Liked — Clean, airy rooms and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Shared bathrooms (though very clean)
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2007

The Africa pension is in a real good location, very calm with a good view of Asmara and in a part of the city full of gardens and flowers.
The staff is really helpfull and the rooms are kept really clean.
Only problem is the shared toilette.
I recomend it.....

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Keskese St, Asmara, Eritrea
Location: Eritrea > Maekel Region > Asmara
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Asmara
Number of rooms: 50

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