Of course any review on accommodation must be understood as a comparison to other places in Addis, not from a pre-conceived Western perception. So seeing electrical wires hanging out at power points everywhere is the norm, not the exception in that city. Having said that GT was a great place to stay, and the family running it will do all they can to make you feel at home. We rented an entire floor for our family, and stayed twice there in December 2012 and January 2013.
The sitting/dining room is huge as is the master bedroom with a large bathroom attached, although the longer I sat on the toilet the more I started to believe I was living in Buckingham Place, complete with throne (see photo) Lee the Manager was educated in the US and her English is so good it is hard to believe she is not actually American, at least to an Australian ear.
This is a rare thing in Addis. The house maid girls are two beautiful, gentle souls who are at pains to help you in any way, never interrupting your stay. Their English can be dodgy, but my Amharic is a lot dodgier, everyone just smiles a lot and its all ok! The free wifi is just ok, but that is Ethiopian Telecom's fault not GT. You can rent 3G simcards for your ipad/iphone from a place in Bole and as they are only US $16 per week, I found it wise to have both the 2G (from GT) and 3G options as one is always invariably down.
GT is about 3 kms from Meskel Square and the just a few good restaurants in Addis. As we were in the city for a month eating mainly Injere, I must admit I ended up with a craving for Western food by the end of it. I actually I found the best western style cafe in the city with the best view of Addis anywhere on my very last day. My problem was my not actually asking Lee for the information earlier! Anyway it is near the Austrian embassy and walking distance from GT.
Anyway, bottom line is that GT Guesthouse is a safe, friendly, cost-effective option for any stay in Addis Ababa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GT GUEST HOUSE provides the best accommodation for the business or leisure traveler as well as for family/group requirements at an affordable rate. We offer the most comfortable resting experience in one of the safest and finest areas in all of Addis Ababa. We are located about 10 minutes from Bole airport and less than 5 minutes away from city center, Mesqel Square.We are also located within walking distance to cafe's, supermarkets, great restaurants, banks,ATM's, bookstores, clinics, and hospitals.Each floor has two or 3 bed rooms with comfortable king/queen/twin size beds, 2 bath rooms, very specious living room and dinning room, specious fully equipped kitchen, storage room and specious balcony. All Living rooms have, sofa, dinning table, TV and french style patio doors with private balcony for you to enjoy natural light. Master rooms are equipped with en suite bathroom and standard rooms with shared bath (own water heater). We have discounts for groups, for reservation over 10 nights, and long term stay. ... more less