Stuff you might want to do or see in Addis Ababa is pretty spread out so selecting a hotel by location is tricky, nowhere is perfect. The Soramba is a fairly new hotel just north of the Piazza area, close to St Georgis Cathedral.
The rooms are spacious fitted with good size, comfortable beds, firm pillows. All the furniture matches, though the silly little handles on wardrobe doors, drawers etc are breaking and not being replaced. As always in Ethiopia the devil is in the maintenance, or lack of it. Roms have flat screen TVs with 9 or 10 channels including BBC World and AlJazeera English and at least 1 movie channel.
The hotel has free internet by ethernet cable, not wifi. Most rooms seem to be equipped with the cable to connect to your computer, so you plug it in and away you go, reasonably quick too (for a country where the internet is at best slow and often non-existent).
Bathrooms have everything you might expect including hair dryers and shower curtains (not a given in Ethiopia) though the shower curtains have dolphins on a pink basckground! Water is heated by solar and is generally hot and plentiful.
The restaurant serves some reasonable food (try the Grilled Fish - English style) at reasonable prices and there is 24 hour room service (or so they say - I didn't test the 24 hour bit)
The staff are friendly and helpful.
In 3 stays over 2 weeks in between going to other places I was in 3 different rooms - all with views of the road, all satisfactory.
So all very good, yet....one evening before I was due to check out the next day reception phoned me at 10:15 pm to ask if I would pay the bill then as something was happening to the accounts system next day. Irritating. That, coupled with the lack of maintenance and the low-level of attention to detail (tile grouting in the bathrooms that wasn't cleaned off properly when the hotel was built and is still there now) just leads you to think it might slowly go downhill. I hope not. I would be happy to stay again - it is a lot better than most hotels in Ethiopia - some of which just make you shudder! Don't mention the Qualiber Hotel in Dessie in my presence!
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