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“Seven day stay in Altitude Guest House” 5 of 5 stars
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Compound 3 | Bole Rwanda, Addis Ababa 2, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #40 of 120 Addis Ababa B&B and Inns
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“Seven day stay in Altitude Guest House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Right. I stayed in Addis for 7 nghts in March 2012 and loved it. Firstly, I recommend Altitude Guest House highly, if like me you are a single traveller, on a relative budget, wanting to see the the delights of Addis. Although I spent some travelling outside the city, I used the guest house as a base and it was perfect.

Feeling more like a home stay, largely because of Lisa, who knocks up a great breakfast with a smile but also because of its great central location in Bole. And for those of you, like me, that had never visited the city, Bole, is perfectly situated for easy access to everything, bars, cafes, museum's and taxi's to and from.

If you want a sterile hotel experience, Altitude might not be for you. If you want to meet real Ethiopians who know the city, give good advice, and welcome you, then this guest house if spot on.

I also hightly recommend the services of Altitude's in-house tour guide, Yonas. Not only is he a bright and enthusiastic local able to show you around, he's also a good guy to spend time with. I've always been a little suspicious of tour guides thinking they'll be expensive and not quite meet my needs but Yonas was a delight to spend time with, and I'm pleased I decided to take him up on his offer.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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UK
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I stayed in the Altitude guest house for a month whilst working in Addis - I stumbled across it online, and could not have been more delighted when I arrived. The owners, Eddie and Lisa, are incredibly friendly, kind and helpful - if I ever had a problem they'd try to sort it out immediately, and they were almost always around for a chat. They're very knowledgeable about both Addis and Ethiopia so can give you plenty of advice if you need it.

The rooms are comfortable and clean, have working TVs and are good value for the Bole area. It's only a 5 minute walk to Bole road, and there are several supermarkets, many restaurants and bars and a gym within walking distance, which is great if you're planning to stay there long term. Kitchen facilities are very good, and the included breakfast is nice (bread, jams, porridge, eggs, tea and coffee etc). Altitude is an excellent choice whether you're in Addis for a few nights or if you're staying longer-term.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

This is a great option for those wanting a laid back and friendly stay in Addis. The guest house is run by an Ethiopian / Irish couple who are incredibly helpful and friendly - it really feels like you are staying in their home. The rooms are clean and comfortable and nothing seems to be too much trouble. Really recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

As a solo traveler who had never been to Addis Ababa before, I couldn't have chosen a better guest house. Eddie and Liza were so welcoming; I felt right at home as soon as I arrived. The location is great, the house is always clean, the breakfast selection is excellent, the internet is fast, and Eddie provided me with a SIM card the day I arrived so that I could use my mobile. I spent time with Eddie, Liza, Amanu, and the staff every day, and I always felt like I was part of the family. Eddie even took me up into the Entoto Mountains one morning to see the great scenery and wildlife, and he also connected me with their outstanding guide Yonas. I will absolutely stay at Altitude again when I return to Addis!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

I stayed at Altitude in November 2011 for a couple of nights, and returned the following week after a trip to the wonderful Negash Lodge. Returning felt like coming home, in a good way! The house is comfortable and clean, the staff are friendly and helpful, and Lisa and Eddie are warm, welcoming, helpful with information and facilities, fun to spend time with, and really make the whole experience exceptionally comfortable. After almost 5 weeks away from home, travelling solo, I could have found their welcome claustrophobic, but both Eddie and Lisa manage to combine natural friendliness and empathy with professionalism and courtesy - a really rare combination. We were so busy chatting on my last day in Addis that I almost missed my flight to Mozambique! I wholeheartedly recommend this guest house, and wish to return again some day in the future, both to Addis and to Altitude.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

I found Altitude to be quite a find and was very pleased. Eddie and Liza are great and their staff are very helpful. The house is clean and neat and if it doesn't meet your needs just mention it and they will work to resolve. There was a problem with the bathroom shower draining that annoyed me, but I got over that after I asked about it. The internet always worked and the location is very central and for someone traveling on a budget after adopting you can't beat it. I'm returning in a few weeks and look forward to my stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Bay, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

As a single woman traveling through Ethiopia for the first time I could not have chosen a better "home" to stay in. Eddie, Liza and the staff were very friendly and go above and beyond in order to ensure that their guests feel comfortable.They were very patient with me and generous, making several phone calls on my behalf when I had either planned badly or not at all, forgetting that in developing countries...EVERYTHING takes longer and nothing is guaranteed. They provided me with a trusty, knowledgable and very friendly guide, Hadgu, who took me on a tour of the city and they helped make arrangements whenever I needed a ride anywhere. Until the day I became a big girl and felt more confident acquiring these things for myself.

When you enter the Guest House you learn very quickly that it is not only their business but their home. The owners share common areas such as living/dining room with their guests and at no time is anyone left feeling intrusive. The guest rooms are well appointed with simple furniture, a comfortable bed, tv and closet. The house and the grounds are cleaned/maintained daily. The power goes out regularly but that is an Ethiopia thing.

If you are looking for western standards you will be disappointed almost anywhere you go in Ethiopia. If you are willing to let go of certain amenities and open your heart and mind to the culture and the people you are in for an enlightening experience. Ethiopian hospitality is unrivaled in it's enthusiasm and sincerity if not it's creature comforts. Throw in a little "luck'o the irish" and you can't loose.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Compound 3 | Bole Rwanda, Addis Ababa 2, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 120 B&Bs / Inns in Addis Ababa
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Quality Central Guest House with all the amenities with great service and friendly atmosphere. Satellite TV and Internet. ... more   less 

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