If you want to avoid the highly priced major chain hotels in Ethiopia's capital, Yoly is a good alternative. Less than 10 min from the airport and near to many embassies and other destinations in the city, this relatively small boutique hotel offers friendly service, spacious and clean rooms with nice furniture and hardwood floors (no old carpeting!), decent bathrooms as well as free internet and breakfast. Beds are good, the only thing that could disturb your sleep are noises from the residential neighborhoods but this can be an issue in many Addis hotels. I made the reservation request through their website and got fast response. They sent a car to pick me up at the airport - the return transfer is not included but a taxi costs only about US$ 6. My room did not have AC but the windows open and nights in Addis are cool so the room temperature was fine for me.
An ATM is in the building, several restaurants, coffee shops etc nearby (turn right when you step out of the hotel). Several small bars to the left are of the red-light type, so don't get too close as a single male unless you know what you might be getting into. But everything is peaceful and safe, I never had any security problems in Addis. The building in which the hotel occupies the floors 5-7 has its own 24 hour security.
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