We arrived in Addis Ababa at 4 am and were advised to wait at the airport till 6 am when it would be daylight and the taxis would start operating. The visa process was easy and efficient. The ATM did not dispense any cash but we were able to change some money. There is a simple coffee shop which was open and served excellent coffee. The two hours passed by very quickly.
The Molla Guesthouse could not be closer to the airport. One can walk there in about 15 minutes or less. However, with luggage, it was a good idea to take a cab. We received a warm welcome and were assigned a room facing the street. At first we thought we would be bothered by the street noise but we slept well each night and our room on the second floor made for great people watching. The room was spacious, the bed comfortable, and the bathroom measured up to our standards. There is a flat screen TV in the room and the guesthouse provides Free WiFi. Breakfast is served in the room each morning and you have a choice of eggs, pancakes, waffles, coffee and fresh orange juice.
The Molla Guesthouse is located right above a German Bakery where you can get excellent coffee, croissants, and great burgers. There are several Ethiopian restaurants nearby and the Edna Mall is a 10 minute walk where you will find an ATM, a movie theatre, and other restaurants.
Our first day in Addis happened to be a Sunday and we were fortunate that the manager of the guesthouse, Teddy, offered to take us on a short tour of the city. It was a great introduction to Addis Ababa.
All in all we spent over a month in Addis and got to know the staff at the reception desk really well. They are very professional and extremely helpful. We would highly recommend the Molla Guesthouse.
If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room not facing the street.
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