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“Dirty, dusty, moldy. Too expensive.”
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Ras Hotel
Ranked #93 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Dirty, dusty, moldy. Too expensive.”
Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

Dirty, dusty and moldy rooms. Bathroom was even more dirty and horrible. Possibly they offer better rooms too for diferent prices. But the staff tried to charge us absurd prices. After lot of discussion we could pay the normal price.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Centrally located. Amazingly nice staff. Very clean. If you want luxury and fancy: this is not the place to stay... But they make you feel like home. Food is excellent. I was alone and they took great care of me. The great thing about Ras is that you are amongst Ethiopians who are coming every day and having coffee, drinks and meet there. They will soon have wifi in the whole building. They were working on it when I left. There is no doubt next trip to Addis : I will stay at Ras and nowhere else

Room Tip: 2nd floor - ground fllor rooms are cheaper but hot water might not be guaranted
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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341 reviews
128 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Centrally located, reasonably clean, with some quiet rooms. But the rooms need freshening up, and the whole establishment seems tired and rather charmless. I guess there are better options at this price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2012

We loved our stay here. The food in the restaurant was really good and at great prices. Staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank K C
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Gudhjem
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

As for other hotels the most important thing is location, location and location. The hotel is next to the Piazza, the International Bank, train- and bus station as well as within 5 minutes walking distance to the Main post office. Staff was exceptionally helpful during my stay, and the waitresses and waiters serving the ground floor restaurant and the excellent streetside bistro, that fills with quiet locals during the afternoon. The hotel has charm! Second floor rooms are reasonably spacious, this the floor where Nelson Mandela stayed. And housekeeping prompt and efficient. Also on the second floor is the restaurant serving fine ethiopian dishes. The hotel lacks an elevator, no wifi in rooms, no fridge, and a telephone that can only make local calls. This is no problem if you have a mobile, and there is an excellent and cheap internet facility on the ground floor next to the restaurant. No swimmingpool, no spa. Not suitable for noisy tour groups! or for those who dislike history.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Finote Selam, Ethiopia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2012

The Ras takes advantage of its mention in tour books, charging an absurd amount to tourists for rooms that are only mediocre at best. Its ground-floor rooms are moldy and toxic. Its better rooms are not worth more than 200 birr/night. Take your money and go elsewhere in Addis.

Room Tip: Avoid ground-floor rooms.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2011

The Ras hotel is centrally located. Though my room was basic it was clean and comfortable. They have a small shop and several restaurants, in the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ras Hotel
Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
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Ranked #93 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
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Number of rooms: 36
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