I've been coming to Ethiopia on international public health projectes since 1997 and stayed in everything from the Ghion, to the HIlton, to the Sheraton, which is my preferred hotel, until several friends recommended the Harmony which I tried for the first time in June. The suites are almost half the cost of the Sheraton standard rooms and with mini kitchenettes and living rooms, a far better value. The gym, the spa and new swimming pool (covered indoor/outdoor pool) are all a welcome and competitive addition. (While the Sheraton has an expansive resort style pool, it still lacks a gym.) The hotel is in walking distance to my favorite restaurant in Addis, the Belgium restaurant, La Madeleine, and is across the street from the only Apple authorized store (for ethernet converters, etc.) and attached to the Edna Mall. The only downside, which should abate soon, is the construction noise, as the hotel seems to be constantly in a state of expansion with the spa, pool, etc. especially in the "new wing". My colleagues prefer the old wing as a matter of taste and character, although I preferred the new wing, although the noise was significant especially on the second floor...The rooms have broadband and wi fi is available in the hotel lounges (both new and old sections). The new section has a nice bar with good wine and is thankfully non-smoking. As others have mentioned the reservation system can be dicey, and I would call ahead to confirm a reservation, and if you desire a specific room, I would recommend pre-paying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently opened, Harmony Hotel represents an initial investment of over US$10 million and brings it to the forefront of four star accommodation venues in this rapidly growing East Africa hub. Situated 1½ kms from the Ring Road and 5 minutes from Bole International Airport, Harmony Hotel is conveniently located in the Bole Medhanialem area of the city within short walking distance of shopping malls, Multiplex cinema and an array of bars, restaurants and recreational facilities. ... more less
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