Hotels in Ethiopia are, with very few exceptions, shabby, poorly maintained, with rather lacklustre service. The Ghion fits this bill, unfortunately, but is better than some of the other, similar styles of hotel outside the capital. The place to stay in Addis is the Jupiter Hotel. We stayed in two rooms at the Ghion, the one at the front on the first floor being better - bright and clean and comfortable, albeit with the usual grimy-looking bathroom. In the first room the toilet flush broke more or less as soon as we walked into the room, a common problem in a country where no-one really knows about the hotel business, and care even less. There is no sense whatever of hoteliers wanting to try harder and do better. Outside the Ghion is a sinister street of marauding muggers and thieves - indeed, the whole country is unsafe and threatening in this respect. Public areas are fine, though with a noisy television spoiling the retro ambience of the bar, with its attractive hookers and down-at-heel waiting staff. Breakfast tolerable, with a nice egg-stand where a fresh chilly omelette can be rustled up for you with good coffee.
- Also Known As:
- Ghion Hotel Addis Ababa