I stayed at the Desalegn #2 on Cape Verde Road for the month of June. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible in my review.
1) The Staff are great!!! (They were always there to help me with anything I needed. The front desk staff was there to handle my reservations, answer any of my questions, and assist with any issues. The doorman and doorwoman were always there to open the door for me and help with my bags if needed. The restaurant, bar, and room service staff were all great and the food was decent. There would even be 3-4 housekeeping staff outside of my suite sometimes; ready to help with any issues I might have.)
2) Great Price for its Location. (It’s located right on Cape Verde Street; right off of Bole Road. I could walk north to “Yoly Building” for its great restaurants, “Club Platinum”, and the Mickey Leland Street bars. I could walk south to many small shops, Moonlight Bar, and at night there is an amazing cultural show at the “2000 Habesha Restaurant”. Plus it was a very short and cheap taxi ride to the other parts of Bole.)
3) The suites are a good value. (It had a big living room with 3 sofas, a desk w/chair, and a small refrigerator. There was a television in each room. The suite also had 2 Balconies; 1 in the living room and 1 in the bedroom.)
4) Free shuttle to and from the airport.
5) Free Wi-Fi access in my hotel room.
6) I loved the Hot Showers.
7) They provided laundry and dry cleaning services. ( Just pill up the clothes in your room, fill out a form, and place the form on the clothes; housekeeping will take care of the rest.)
8) Front Desk Staff, Doorman/Doorwoman, and Restaurant servers all spoke good English. (A positive for me as my Amharic is dreadful).
9) There is a lift/elevator in the building. (Though a very small one and obviously does not work when the power goes out.)
10) There is an Internet Café in building. (Though be prepared for the occasional outages and slow connection speeds if you are used high speed internet.)
11) There is a Billiards Room in the basement.
12) The Hotel had a bar, 2 restaurants (1st and 2nd floors), and an all you can eat breakfast bar in the morning. The restaurants serve both European and Ethiopian cuisines.
13) There was a barbershop at the Hotel. (I loved this place. Haircut, shave, shampoo, etc... All for a super cheap price…by USA standards anyway).
14) There was a fully equipped gym.
15) There was a sauna and steam room at the Hotel (For a massage they will tell you to visit Desalegn #3).
16) There are a lot of taxis that hover across the street. (This made is extremely easy for me to hire a ride anywhere I wanted to go.)
17) They accept both cash and Visa credit cards.
18) They had a safe deposit box at the front reception. (They provided me with a receipt for any amount of money I kept with them and guaranteed to return that amount to me.)
19) 24 hour building security. (I never felt unsafe in this Hotel or in the surrounding neighborhood. I also never felt that my things in the Hotel were in danger of being stolen.)
20) There is a small gift shop in the hotel lobby.
21) There is also a business meeting room. (Though I never used it.)
22) The Hotel will exchange money.
23) Free Parking in the back of the Hotel. (This was very convenient when my friends would drive to visit me. The staff even assisted in helping them park.)
1) When the lift is not working (due to power outages) it’s a long climb up to the 5th floor. On the bright side, at least I was not riding it when the power went out.
2) Housekeeping staff did not speak much English. (I had to use sign language to communicate with the cleaning staff. I know, I Know…this is Ethiopia; it should fall on me (the foreigner) to learn the local language. But still I thought I should mention it.)
3) The Televisions in the hotel rooms are very small (Not a big deal for me as I hardly watched it anyway.) The big screen TV in the lobby makes up for it somewhat, but only if you watch CNN a lot like me.
4) There are not any garden grounds to speak of if nature and beauty is your thing. So other than a set of small chairs outside the Internet Café, there really is no place for you to relax outside at this hotel.
5) There was no swimming pool. (Not a biggie for me. I don’t know how to swim.)
6) There was no masseuse in the Hotel (though they would refer you to Desalegn #3 for the service).
Overall I’d say this is a great place to stay. I came to think of it as home during my stay in Ethiopia and missed the place after I left.
- Also Known As:
- Dessalegn Hotel Addis Ababa