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“Character is the key word” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #35 of 69 hotels in Addis Ababa
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“Character is the key word”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

A nice old hotel in the centre of the Piazza, the old wing is your best bet. The new wing is dark, cold and rather gloomy. The old building has all the character, with high ceilings, lovely wooden stairs and balconies - good for taking in the action going on below. Sadly the building is in very poor condition, it's very clear that the ground floor restaurant is the focus, not the hotel. There are a number of rooms on the first floor (6 from memory), which all share a single bathroom, so you need to get in early for a hot shower and sadly the toilet seat was missing. It's a real shame to see such a grand old building in such disrepair.

Aside from the bad, the taitu is good place to stay, with very good food and music right outside your door. The vegan lunch is a must. Good value.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the old building. Facing the road also faces the jazz club, so choose the other s...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Really good location, and interesting background, it isn't as snazzy and it may seem. Food wasn't too bad, service was good and people were friendly. Perfect for a backpacker on a budget, or a first time trip to Addis to be in the center of town. Be careful leaving the hotel, as it is full of foreigners it tends to attract sometimes dodgy locals outside. The best taxi driver that operates outside is called 'Monday', he'll help you out for sure. Try and get a room in the main house, they are x1000 better than the rooms in the back by the building work, for many reasons; less lady's of the night, less extravagant night time activites etc. Sometimes the water turns off, but the showers are hot when they work! I would not be too happy staying there alone though.

Room Tip: Try and get a room inside the main building, with a door that locks!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Yes, it looks to be a nice place and the oldest hotel in Addis bla bla... But it is the worst hotel I ve had in Ethiopia in 1 month of intensive travelling.


price: waay overpriced ( 350 birr for a double room): for the same price you can get two rooms in similar (better) hotels less than 200 meters away

food:
a la karte: Ok but way overpriced
Buffet: looks good ( specially the vegan food) and price is ok.

service: no doubt the worst we had in Ethiopia and maybe in the world!
examples:
1. booked a room a day before ( and payed for it) only to find out the next day (at 12:00!!) its is not available anymore.
2. no electricity in the bath
3. TV not working
4. used toilet paper and similar unhigenic stuff in the middle of the room!!

last but not least the restaurant service!!
40 minutes for a drink ! 20 minutes for the bill !! ( no joke ) we ate there more than one time and the service was always slow! very slow .. in addition to the fact that the staff does not understand simple english ..
example
please one tea and the bill ( cos we don't want to wait for another hour after we have the tea)
we get ( after more than one hour!) one tee one MILK! and one coffee !!! ( overpriced)

positive: bed sheets are clean, the internet (wifi) works sometimes , and nice atmosphere in the restaurant (if food and service is not a priority for you)

in short: dont go there unless you really have to!

Room Tip: save yourself the pain.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newquay, England, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Stayed there earlier this year (2012). Cool place, the oldest hotel in Ethiopia, the reception/restaurant is pretty cool, with original wooden floor and high ceilings. The rooms on the other hand are banged up and the building is literally falling apart, which is a shame since the building is a piece of history. Having said that, it's $10 and I liked it there. It feels like the nerve center for ex-pats and travelers and a popular spot for business and social gatherings. During the hottest parts of the day, the back garden is one of the best places in town to hide from the sun.

Compared to the rest of the country it's over priced, but Addis is more expensive for accommodation... it's still cheap and safe though.

Room Tip: Stay in the main building and try to get a balcony facing the garden...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mayo, ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Came to this "hotel" after seeing a good review in Lonely Planet. It's known as the oldest hotel in Addis. From the outside, it looks rather charming.
There were 3 of us. Despite having a room with a double and single bed in it, we were not allowed to share it and had to pay for a double and single room at a cost of around 35 dollars.
Both rooms were beyond basic and delapadated. The bathrooms were no better. The beds seemed critter friendly, like most budget accomadation in Addis.
This place is in dyar need of some maintenance. They can afford to provide personalised bars of soap, not a priority in an establishment like this.
However, the staff were friendly and helpful and well equipped with information.
The buffet breakfast at the restaraunt is poor standard but the lunch/dinner menu is very nice. Although you may need to send your food back to be reheated!!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Riyadh
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

She is over a hundred years old, she creaks and groans, the staff shuffle round in broken slippers, but she is a queen amongst hotels.a night of her faded grandeur costs the price of a cocktail in the Sheraton.the state ballroom now has the best jazz bands in town every night of the week.(reason enough to be in Addis Ababa) I would not stay any where else but the wonderful iteque taitu hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Udaipur, Rajasthan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Great location, free access to lock boxes, good restaurant with tasty breakfast and lunch buffets, nice garden area, free wifi. Sure, it's no Hilton, but for $10 a night, it's tough to beat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
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Ranked #35 of 69 hotels in Addis Ababa
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