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“"Sneaky Manager"” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sidama Lodge & Sidama Inn

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Cape Verde Street | Bole Sub city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia   |  
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Addis Ababa
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“"Sneaky Manager"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

I stayed here for 3 nights. The Manager agreed a price for a suite room which was good and quiet. Then on the third night he downgraded me to a single room (301) on the third floor but still charged the same price. No amount of discussion the next day convinced him that he was "sneaky" so I left and moved to another hotel. Room 301 was on the third floor and underneath the rooftop water tank. The solenoid on the tap that filled this water tank went off almost every minute all through the night. I thought it was a slamming door but in the morning after investigation, I realised that it was the water tank. Avoid the 3rd level if value your sleep.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

I stayed in Sidama Lodge while on business in Addis. I was there for the rainy season in July and August which is not a great time to visit Ethiopia! Plenty of rain and rather cool at times. I checked the Sidama Lodge on the Trip Advisor website and with the positive reviews decided to make a booking. The first two days were not available and I booked into another hotel nearby, which I would prefer not to talk about!! Sidama Lodge is small and warm with outstanding staff and a brilliant location. Just off the Bole Road in one of the better parts of Addis, it is just what I wanted. As a professional woman I did not want a place with a busy bar, which in many establishments around Addis can attract ladies of the night looking for business. Sidama Lodge does not have a public bar or restaurant but has excellent restaurants nearby and one can have a drink in the large rooms. The rooms are spacious and simple yet elegant, with internet access. I understand the owners are planning to build a new Lodge and would encourage them to do so. Good work guys; keep it up!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

The Sidama Lodge is a great hotel!! All the staff are so friendly and are ready to help with whatever you needed. The location is EXCELLENT- Right by Bole. There are some great restaurants really close to the hotel especially a great pizza place which the kids LOVED. The breakfast was lovely and it was nice how they delivered it to your room. Like other reviewers said you have to book in advance because it is so popular, but it is well worth it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Virginia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

This is an excellent location - close to the airport and a great central point (off Bole Road) from which to visit many parts of Addis. The rooms are spacious and very clean and the complementary breakfast brought to the bedroom makes a great start to the day. The staff are friendly and efficient. I particularly enjoyed the option of ordering a meal (pizza, Chinese etc) from nearby restaurants, with everything arranged by the Sidama Lodge. Definately deserves a 5 star rating.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Juba
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I travel to Addis frequently for missions with the UN, and always stay at Sidama Lodge. The staff are excellent, and always go the extra mile to make your stay more comfortable. The location is outstanding, as it's located in the heart of the Bole area - i.e. very short distances (5-10 minutes drive) to the airport (which is great after a long flight), restaurants, shopping areas and malls, and walking distance to the Kuriftu Health Spa (which is a major plus for me). The rooms, bathroom and kitchens are beautifully finished and furnished with a modern feel - and are very clean. Wireless internet and a small business centre makes doing work at the lodge very convenient. Stained glass windows and artwork displayed by local artisits in the lobby are a beautiful, unique touch. I honestly don't have anything negative to say about the place, as I've had nothing but good experiences staying there. Highly recommended - with 10 stars rating!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I stayed at Sidama Lodge during a business trip to Addis, my first visit to Ethiopia. The Sidama Lodge was recommended by a friend who had stayed there and I was not disappointed. Your first impression when arriving in is the wonderful art which covers the walls in the reception. Its like walking into an art gallery.
All the room have original art and one can buy paintings direct from the artists. But the most impressive part of Sidama Lodge is the large rooms, internet access. I particularly liked the large standard room with the separate bedroom and salon making it feel like an apartment. And as for the staff, they are fantastic: they are just great, always ready to serve and provide a helping hand.
The location is second to none, with access to the Bole Road and just minutes from the international airport. I had business at the large UN complex in Addis and found this an ideal location. Breakfast delivered to the room every morning is an added bonus.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

I traveled to Addis for a 2-month business trip from January-March 2011. As a solo-female traveler, I wanted to stay somewhere that was safe, yet convenient. A friend recommended Sidama lodge to me and it was the best choice I could have made. With it's location in the heart of Bole (and a stone throw from the World Bank and the EU delegation compound), Sidama Lodge is a very safe option for female travelers. It is also right in center of town with several restaurants, bars and shops just walking distance. Sidama's location is just one aspect of it's appeal. By far, the staff of the lodge are the most professional, accomodating hotel staff I have encountered in my several years traveling around the continent. Henok, Chiernot, and Mille (front desk attendants) are extremely kind, gracrious and very customer-service oriented. The breakfast is great and it comes hand-delivered to your room daily (for FREE!).

The rooms are very clean and spacious, and for a short-stay longer than 2 weeks it is ideal because it is essentially a furnished apartment right in the heart of the city. The price is unbeatable and the service is stellar. Any time I plan to travel to Addis, this will be my first choice!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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Additional Information about Sidama Lodge & Sidama Inn

Address: Cape Verde Street | Bole Sub city, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Addis Ababa
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
The Sidama Hotel Addis Ababa

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