We chose this hotel based on Trip Advisor reviews. While it may not be in the heart of the Piassa or near the main tourist activities, it wins out by the service and value it provides travelers. Most room rates include: round trip airport transfers, wifi (many routers in the hallway outside your room, and fast connection speed), and buffet breakfast which has an okay mix of continental and Ethiopian traditional foods. While the food was nothing special, it was a welcome way to begin the day.
The owner built this hotel on his father's land. It is one of the few hotels in this area, though a relatively easy walk to get you closer to things. I would definitely not describe this hotel's location as being in a very central location, but after a day or two of walking with a guide you will see it is easy to get places from here.
Try Morakar coffee just up the road for a very good, local coffee spot. Also please visit the local woman who runs a tiny bodega just 50 feet down towards the main road. She is very sweet and it is a great way to stock up on waters for the room and support a local family.
The hotel rooms were super clean and well maintained. My standard room was much more spacious than I was expecting. It came with a very nice sized bathroom, full closet, small flat screen TV with ample channel selection, and a fairly comfortable bed. I was super impressed by the in room safe that was big enough for a 15 inch laptop. Most hotels in the US don't have that yet.
Addis is building a metro train that, when completed in a few years, will have a stop right near this hotel. The hotel owner couldn't be nicer, and I think he is a visionary in terms of this old neighborhood being an up and coming area. Well done all around!
The hotel is secure and has guards at the entrance to both the driveway area and the front lobby.
The staff are all very kind and eager to help.
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