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“Perectly acceptable standard” 4 of 5 stars
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Wassamar Hotel
Bole Road, Africa Avenue | in front of Japan Embassy, Addis Ababa 512, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #21 of 72 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Ashford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
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54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Perectly acceptable standard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I stayed for a week on a business trip. The hotel is a quite reasonable standard. Rooms are very clean and big enough. Wired and wireless internet are available and works as erratically as anywhere else in Ethiopia (not the hotels fault). The TV had multiple channels of sport, film and news including BBC.

The design of the hotel has several floors of rooms around a central atrium. The reception is on the second floor. If you enjoy a drink and are quite tall, the railings are a little low on the upper floors - so take care! There are two lifts which work well. The hotel also has backup power to cover the inevitable power failures.

When I checked in, I heard someone ask for a quiet room at the back of the hotel, so I did the same. I do not know if the front facing rooms are noisy.

I ate most nights in the restaurant. The food is perfectly OK and not expensive. Also, breakfast is acceptable. There is a buffet of cooked food, some fruit and a few cakes. They will make an omelette - the chef is there waiting for the orders.

The hotel is easy to find on the Bole road. It is only a few minutes from the airport, if the traffic is moving. There is a small super market next door and a bank with ATM.

Room Tip: Try the back if you like quiet
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tias, Spain
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Response time from staff prior to booking was excellent, to a standard to which most Spanish hotels (where I live) can only aspire. Rooms are perfectly adequate for a one night stay. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day and, unlike the airport hotels near Barajas (Madrid), they serve breakfast at a sensible time (6am) so you can actually have breakfast before departing for your flight.

I had a superbly cooked Nile perch dish (the most expensive fish dish on their menu) and paid less than €7 including a soft drink - unbeatable!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Espoo, Finland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

The hotel is ideally located, very close to the airport. The hotel shuttle and reception are very professional and efficient.

The hotel itself is a small budget business hotel. Rooms are small but have all the required amenities one would expect of this kind of hotel. Its clean but not very attractive. The WIFI works relatively well in the rooms.

Showers have a build in boiler and water is either extremely hot or cold. One has to carefully measure the right position of the tap to have a good shower.

The hotel breakfast is very poor. Selection is basic and not very appetizing. I did not have lunch in the hotel but the room service was adequate and prompt.

Staff is the absolute plus in this hotel. Very friendly, courteous and professional.

Room Tip: Make sure to request the airport shuttle in advance to avoid double booking.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I stayed at this hotel on 17 - 18 March 2013 while working with officials from the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. Overall, the hotel was good with easy access to the international airport. The check-in and check out process was fairly efficient and the food was generally OK - we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel and lunch away from the hotel. The service is fairly quick at the hotel restaurant and also when you request the hotel staff to fetch a taxi for you. They have a nice lobby with comfortable seats - we actually held some of our meetings with the Ministry officers at the lobby.

The rooms are also of decent size.

The downside though is that the room seemed aged with old beddings and the bathroom was crammed with a damp smell. The toilet also did not function properly and the overall experience of using the loo and shower was quite unpleasant.

The general area where the hotel is located is right next to the busy Bole Road and the noise levels are fairly high when in the room and lobby. The exterior of the hotel is also not well paved or maintained and might be a turn-off for guests.

Considering the purpose of my travels to Addis whereby I only get to the room after long days of meetings and also convenience of getting to Bole Airport, I will be back to Wassamar Hotel.

Room Tip: Get a room on the highest floor to drown out some of the noise from the street below.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hove
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I have stayed at the Wassamar repeatedly, and am happy with most aspects of their service. The rooms are pleasant, the food is pretty good and the staff are great for the most part. Things don't always work, such as internet that is sometimes very slow and the machines for paying bills by card, but the human qualities and overall pleasantness of the place counterbalance this.

Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

With constructions in Bole Road partially completing the upper section, Wassamar is still conveniently located at 5 min drive from Bole Int'l Airport, a mall and lots of restaurants offering a variety of international cuisines along Bole Road.
The Hotel offers free Airport Shuttle service, and drivers are courteous and well communicable well in English. Same applies to staff from reception/ restaurant.

Rooms are slightly small but cozy, bathrooms fairly clean (again, for Ethiopian hotels - problem with maintenance), it needs proper cleaning, since its a building that was constructed about 3-4 years ago. Bathrooms are too small with very little movement space, given it is a stair higher from the door. Has a weird shape though.

Breakfast was OK! but they should improve. I found the restaurant food mediocre. My two meals (late lunch and dinner) were not the best. Nothing extraordinary.

The gym facility was the best experience I had at Wassamar. It is quite spacious for a hotel. Has enough equipments, including a weights area, with enough dumbbells and a functional multi-utility machine, about 4 treadmills and four other equipments. Has a steam bath facility in the men's area. Towels and fresh water available.

The business centre is also at hand.I could print 4 pages without any extra charges.

I would generally recommend this hotel if you are on a business trip to Addis and need to stay closer to the airport.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Whilst service may not have been of Western standards per se, I noticed that many of the staff were extremely friendly and I enjoyed my dinner in the restaurant and beers in the lounge. The room was on the small side but well-appointed and pretty clean. A bit low on excitement, but I quite enjoyed my stay here.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Wassamar Hotel

Address: Bole Road, Africa Avenue | in front of Japan Embassy, Addis Ababa 512, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 72 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wassamar welcomes you at the gate of Addis Ababa, 1.2 km from the airport with its attractive amenities and excellent service. Wassamar offers on-site indoor/outdoor restaurant with complimentary breakfast, free high-speed internet, gym, sauna and steam room. For those interested in business, we offer small and large conference spaces with a capacity of 10 and 100 individuals. Both wired for internet access and sound systems and projectors. Come and see us, you won't be disappointed! ... more   less 
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