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“Amazing People” 5 of 5 stars
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Ring Road | Bob Marley Junction, Addis Ababa 3909, Ethiopia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 119 Addis Ababa B&B and Inns
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“Amazing People”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This hotel prompted me to write my first review. The hotel is run by a wonderful family, who treat you as if you're a relative. I drank tea with the owner's mother as she told me her family's story, and how the hotel was built by her son. They allowed me to store my large bags for a week (for free) while I traveled to Gondar and Lalibela. When I came back, I retrieved my bags and waited 8 hours before going to the airport...but they insisted that I sleep and shower in a room, without charging me. They can easily arrange a vehicle to take you anywhere, and I arranged to be picked up from the airport parking lot (for free).

The hotel is literally 5 minutes from the airport. It's adequate for business (why stay at the Sheraton or Intercon for $200/night?), and suitable for regular travel. The rooms and hotel are very clean, and everything works well. Anyone from grungy aid workers or backpackers to old retired folks on their first trip to Africa would find this hotel to be suitable to their needs.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I stayed here for a week in May whilst working in Addis I cannot recommend it enough. I have visited and stayed in Addis over 20 times over the last 8-9 years and it is by far the best value for money and friendliest place I have stayed. The owner, her family and the team are very helpful, Meskerme the chef makes lovely breakfasts and coffee and I was looked after friendly and professionally. On top of all that the beds and rooms are modern, comfortable and clean and the hot water runs when needed.

Will I stay on my next visit? Most definately !

Nick

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I stayed at Arequ Guest House for 10 weeks for a summer job, and I can honestly say, I felt at home during my time in Ethiopia. The rooms are first class, breakfast in the morning, and very friendly staff. The home is owned and managed by a wonderful family. Location is perfect - 5 minutes from the airport and a short walk away from Bole. I will definitely be staying here on future trips to Addis Ababa!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Working in Ethiopia since 1993, I have had a chance to stay in numerous hotels and guesthouses in Addis Ababa. I can easily put Arequ guesthouse at the top of my list for any traveler who wants to have a nicely decorated, spacious room with the greatest hospitality to receive from the staff. The home-made cookies and complimentary tea and coffee ceremony are few additional perks that you will receive at this family owned establishment. I highly recommend this place for your stays in Addis, especially if you have access to a means of transport. The only issue with this guesthouse is that it is located close to the airport and ring road and finding a taxi might be a problem and you need to arrange for the transport to the town.

Room Tip: If you are ready to pay a little more and also climb the stairs, I highly recommend the suite that i...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

It was a most pleasant two nights stay as we enjoyed Ethiopian hospitality in a nice homely atmosphere. B&B standards (bed, bad, TV, and Internet access) corresponded to what we are used to in western Europe. The lady of the house was very friendly, offered us her self-made pancakes and Ginger-tee as well as she gave us a ride to the next Supermarket. The only down-sides were the traffic on the highway that we would hear night and day and the missing courtyard or garden that would have allowed us to enjoy the nice weather.

Room Tip: The suite on the top floor has a generous roofgarden but it is more expensive.
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Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The Arequ Guest House has got to be one of the best stays in Addis Ababa. The owners and staff are the most pleasant and helpful hosts in the city. Having stayed in at least 10 hotels and guest houses in and around Addis Ababa I would say this is a top choice! Unfortunately, the guest house is on the other side of town from my wife's family's home so after a few days of struggling with the city's traffic we decided to move to a hotel closer to the family.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Arequ is very peaceful and cozy. It feels like a true "B&B" back in the States. Everything has a charming atmosphere to it, and it is all a rustic theme. We were welcomed with tea and cookies, and slept in the most comfortable beds in Ethiopia. They also helped us find a restaurant near by and called a taxi for us.

The breakfast in the morning was absolutely fantastic. Fresh coffee, tea, bananas, pancakes, hard-boiled AND scrambled eggs, toast, muffins, cheese, the list goes on. They really make you feel pampered here!

The rooms are spotless, the shower is hot, and there was even cable tv in each room! I highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The higher up, the better. Great views!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 119 B&Bs / Inns in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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