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“Arequ Guesthouse” 5 of 5 stars
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AREQU Guest House
Ring Road | Bob Marley Junction, Addis Ababa 3909, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 151 Addis Ababa B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Arequ Guesthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Ahadu Abaineh, the owner, personally met us at the airport to escort us to this wonderful, small boutique hotel. She was welcoming and helpful in every way. made our short stay in Addis quite memorable. the room was spacious, very clean, with one of the few big beds we encountered during our stay in northern ethiopia! excellent wifi available in every part of the building. close proximity to airport and very reasonable rates. ($60/night)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

From authentic hospitality to exceptional service and attentiveness to detail, Arequ is an oasis of originalism in the heart of Addis Ababa. I was a big fan of the communal breakfast/dining table and the rooms were spacious and extremely comfortable. The staff was incredibly welcoming and friendly and I would recommend Arequ to practically anyone hoping for an authentic and comfortable experience.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying here for 2 weeks. I felt like I was home. It's design, decor, and welcoming staff it's comparable to none. Meski, our breakfast cook would go above & beyond to make whatever we wanted. Mulualem at the front desk was the sweetest. Everyone there was so lovely. The wifi is superb in addition to a wide selection of channels on TV. I stayed in one of the suites...huge with a great bathroom and awesome water pressure for hot showers. It's located about 5 min from the airport and the hot parts of town, but just out enough to be in a quite peaceful area.
Very reasonably priced...you may never want to leave.

  • Stayed January 2013
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6 Thank Aidafy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Arequ it's the place to stay if you are in Addis: the room are great and the people are nice and professional. You've everything you need: nice room, hot water, wi fi. People are nice and professional. It sounds as staying at home! I stayed ther 1 week and I'm sure I'll go there again.
Logistically it's close to main streets and to the airport.
Just go and experience: you'll have great time.

Room Tip: I stayed in the double room at the first floor: great and quite. Roof top: gorgeous!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Elsa T
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I stayed at AREQU for just over 1-week and loved it to pieces. Although the neighborhood that it's located in is still being developed, the distance to and from the main part of town in Addis (Bole Road / Bole Medhanalem Road) is very convenient. In fact, the location is perfect for travellers (such as myself) who enjoy the separation from the busy hustle & bustle of the town. I found the property to be very relaxing and zen like. The staff is simply amazing--good quality hospitality is very rare to come by in general and especially in Addis. Lastly, the Wi-Fi is the best, I mean THE BEST and most reliable in the city which is VERY convenient for people who like to stay connected online, upload pictures, etc. etc.

Room Tip: All the rooms are exceptionally designed. If early morning sunlight bothers you, then I would reques...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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6 Thank Addis E
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Jinja, Uganda
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This is a unique guesthouse, where the design of the place goes against the grain of guesthouses in Addis Ababa. Instead of business hotel type atmosphere, it seems the whole place from the finishing to furniture was designed for a homely environment. Its hard to figure out what it is from the outside, but once inside, it gives a welcoming and comfortable ambiance -- with a beautiful local aesthetic.

The staff are very welcoming and friendly, truly showing the spirit of sincere Ethiopian hospitality -- which these days is hard to see in urban Addis Ababa.

I stayed 8 days, and have never had such comfort staying in a guesthouse in Addis Ababa.

Room Tip: The top room (which I saw but did not stay in) had a spectacular views and a large balcony overseein...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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5 Thank Selam A
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Whatever I had expected from a guesthouse - here I got it. Clean, friendly and on top well designed. I stayed here 4 nights. The owner obviously has a good taste and designed everything himself, be it a little table or the hole house. He is one of Ethiopias best architects I found out. Everybody is extremely friendly, if I had any questions, they would answer or help me. I had never been to Ethiopia before, alone as a woman and was a bit afraid. But here I felt home from the very first moment. I know they cared, not just because I would pay an absolute adequate price in the end (65 Dollar per night incl breakfast), but because they obviously care for their guest, ethiopian hospitality at its best. You feel a family opens its house and hearts. The hall is like a livingrooom of this family. The rooms are well furnished, extremely clean, they never put something cheap in there, only the best available equipment. The family also treats the personal in a very humble and friendly manner.
If you come here, call first and let them settle the price for the taxi, which they will. I payed 70 Birr to go back to the airport. You can also walk to Bob Marley Junction, which is about 800 metres away and get on the taxi buses.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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4 Thank Isabelsch
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Address: Ring Road | Bob Marley Junction, Addis Ababa 3909, Ethiopia
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Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Addis Ababa
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Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This house provides privacy for our guests and their friends to come and enjoy. The dining room on the ground floor serves breakfast for our esteemed guests. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the family on request but our guests are free to use the space as they would use their own home. Located midway between Bole Airport and Bob Marley Junction [Imperial Roundabout], AREQU is a small family Guesthouse built from antique Elements from residences half a century old. ... more   less 
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