In total we stayed in 4 hotels while in Ethiopia, 2 of them in Addis. The first night we stayed at the nearby Global Hotel. One of the worst experiences ever. Separate negative review coming for that place.
Dina & S, however, was a great treat! The location is just off the main road so you have access to a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance as well as, of course, taxis and minibuses. **Hint hint** Try the greek place just 50 feet down the road, it was delicious and Dina & S has a menu if you want to order in. The staff was always friendly and willing to help from the reception desk to the doorman. Hannah was at the front most of our stay and she was always very friendly. Beautiful too! The building is new so it is in great shape. The main area with the spiral stairs was cleaned every day and always looked nice, the rooms were cleaned on request, but we never required it and kept things tidy ourselves.
We saw a variety of rooms before picking ours and all of them seemed to provide a good sized bed, enough space, a fridge, a lockable wardrobe and drawers, and clean bathrooms. Oh, and the bathrooms, this was the only place out of the 4 we stayed during our travels that had plenty of hot water and plenty of water pressure to get it to you!! Also, there was a separate kitchen on the floor we stayed that they said we were free to use in case we wanted to cook our own food. Awesome! The beds were a little hard for my personal taste, but not unbearable. My girlfriend didn't have an issue because she likes stiffer mattresses. Also, past the kitchen on the second floor is a patio that gives you small views of the surrounding neighborhood, and is a nice place to read or hangout for a sunrise and sunset.
Another blessing was that they have working wifi networks. Reception was always good because they have one network for the main floor, lobby, and dining room. The other network covers the floors above. In the week or so we stayed there it only went down once for a couple hours.
Breakfast was included and both my gf and I found it to be really good. Choices included fir-fir, veggie omelette, french toast with syrup or marmalade, scrambled eggs, toast, or pancakes. I would recommend the french toast with some eggs on the side. All breakfasts come with bread with butter and, my favorite, a fresh fruit salad. Coffee or tea too. You can call ahead from your room and have it ready downstairs in 10 minutes, or do like I did and just order while you are down there and catch up on the daily news on my tablet while its prepared.
Finally, I'd like to mention a wonderful favor they did for us during out stay. We were there for 4 days and decided to take a trip to Gondar and Bahar Dir. After learning of our plans they offered to keep the room available to us for our return, and they kept our extra luggage locked up in their office while we were gone. That was of major help because it would have been a real nightmare trying to hall our luggage around those cities since we were only staying in the hotels overnight and checking out each morning to tour the cities. When we got back to Addis we stayed for 3 more nights.
- location is nice because its very close to main street, but far enough away to keep street, bar, and club noise to a minimum.
- staff was extremely friendly and accomadating
- rooms were clean, nice looking, and spacious for travelers
- hot water and lots of water pressure!
- working wifi
- good breakfast included
Finally, we found the price very, very reasonable. Much cheaper (about half) than Global Hotel down the road and much cleaner, nicer staff, better breakfast, and had working water and wifi. Our friends also stayed here for a few days when we went to Gondar and Bahar Dir and they mentioned that you get a lot for the money. They stayed at the Dreamliner for a couple days and they said the guesthouse was better.
If you are in this area of Addis then I DEFINITELY recommend looking at this place. We definitely will again when we go back!