I stayed at Arequ for about nine weeks in summer 2012 (I'm a bit behind in posting!), and it was a lovely experience! The guesthouse is family-run, and everyone working there is very warm and hospitable. They also will help you around Addis and give great tips for restaurants, coffee shops, where to shop, etc. They also would call cab drivers for us, which I found especially helpful as you can't always walk out and get one in that area (and I don't speak Amharic).
The rooms were also quite spacious and kept very clean. The guesthouse is fairly new too, but has a great rustic, kind of mountain charm to its decor. I also liked that the same people cooked, cleaned and ran the front desk while I was there. It was nice getting to see and know familiar faces, which really helped the homey atmosphere. Another perk of being at a family-run guesthouse where people could get to know our names and who we were was that I discussed my gluten allergy with the family, and they started making me teff pancakes (delicious!) in the mornings. I was even given teff flour to take home. Overall, Arequ was a wonderful experience, and I would definitely stay there if I'm (hopefully) ever in Addis again!
- 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