I am an elderly, experienced, often solo world traveler who does much research on my travel destinations, and who is picky - but not unreasonably so. Interested in value but not willing to sacrifice good quality for it - I stay in medium to high end places, no longer a backpacker. First time in Ethiopia.
Addis G H has an email address and the manager, Yannes, is Ethiopian but raised in San Diego, CA, so is Eglish-fluent and understandiing of foreigner's needs. Quick and complete responces to any enquiries (it IS Ethiopia so give him a day or so...). NO DEPOSIT was required of me, so I reconfirmed often. Free airport pickup and dropoff. The neighborhood is good, near airport but not isolated way out in the fringes. Addis is safe to walk about but not a particularly walkable city - the neighborhoods aren't really pedestrian oriented, more of a "go there in a taxi" town. But, that said, Addis G H is on a main street where it is easy to get a taxi and easy for a taxi man to find in returning to it. 300 meters on foot down the road is a main drag with a Cathedral and some office buildings, hotels, and shops - featuring a chic shopping mall (Mafi Mall) for a fashionable cafe (the Variety) where the high end local 20-30 somethings meet to chat and snack, and there is there the Restaurant Blue which is known.
The Addis G H rooms are chearful, simple and spotless and comfortable with soft beds and a little kind of kitchenette (not really set up). Roomy enough, sunny/light with large windows with curtains (always an indication of maintenance level) in good shape. Bathrooms modern and twice the size of those in expensive European B&Bs. A tub (!) - as well as shower - and enough hot water to fill it. The restaurant downstairs is straightforward, serving a really nice made-to-order breakfast (included) and nice lunches/dinners. Try the half grilled chicken. The staff (Yannes and the girls on duty when he isn't) are all English speaking, and friendly. He is the most helpful and enthusiastic for advice, but the girls are also helpful and are nice to sit and chat with in the reception during leisure times. A nice way to "get to know a local" !! There is just the reception with a comfy couch but no real lobby. the restaurant (with an outdoor cafe) serves that purpose. Addis G H is in the Eastern side of Addis - which I found to be by far the best bet - pretty traffic free. It isn't really near to downtown - but there is no reason to be near the downtown, and the most interesting sites and shopping etc is in the Eastern side so the taxi rides to these locales are fast hassle free. I felt at all times safe and at ease and welcomed in this "layed back "home away from home" type place. STAY HERE.
The rooms in the back have less street noise (i found very very little street noise - definitely not...
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