Between tenants and staff, including both owners Yousef and Mousse, being on a first name basis, and the immediately catered 24 hour service, Riverside is a lodge as homely as they come. Securely isolated, with spacious apartments, one could easily live here for years on end... and some do. Any apprehension about the high price can be put down to the nature of the local landscape. Addis Ababa is an expensive place for foreigners who don't wish to assimilate within the indigenous population.
From the attractively playful Kokeb at the front desk to the two brothers who run the establishment, you can expect committed assistance with anything you need. This is particularly significant since it is an almost institutional fact that locals will attempt to fleece foreigners at every turn, and acquiring a helping hand with everything from recommendations to guidance around town is paramount. Riverside is certainly not meant for the tourist on a budget but, for those backed by corporate or NGO funding, this is the premium location for residing and mingling with similar professionals for extended periods of time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm reception and an uplifting ambiance are what make Riverside Apartment Hotel one of the finest serviced luxury apartment hotel in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. All our bedrooms are functionally designed, with a complete kitchen arranged alongside stylish and immaculate living area, giving you everything you need for a comfortable visit and stay. Our outstanding services include complimentary breakfast. ... more less