I will definitely return to the Radisson BLU Addis Ababa and will recommend it to any colleagues traveling to Ethiopia. The hotel is new (and very clean) with modern decor. The service is friendly and efficient. I have been very pleased.
The Tomoca Coffee cafe in the lobby is amazing. Their lattes and iced coffees are fantastic. They also sell bags of beans at the same price at their main shop downtown.
There are ATMs in the lobby - I love that convenience.
There is an Ethiopian Airlines office in the lobby as well.
The wireless internet is fantastic. Very good speed - fast enough to stream video.
The satellite TV channels include many movie channels (in English, with subtitles in Arabic), BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, plus several news channels in other languages. Several sports channels as well.
The beds and down pillows and comforters are very comfortable. The bathroom isn't very large but is very nice, glass shower, separate tub, very modern.
Hotel taxi service is $5 USD each way to the airport (note: the Radisson doesn't have a "kiosk" at the airport like many of the larger hotels (though maybe the will eventually), just look around for someone carrying a Radisson sign with your name) and approximately $10 USD per hour around the city (waiting for you and usually willing to accompany you in museums/shops). A simple one-way drop off is generally about $4 USD.
The breakfast buffet is very good - plus it includes waffles, pancakes, bacon, and eggs to order. Great pastry. Love the waffles and omelettes. The coffee is so good.
I also enjoyed the dinner buffet. Lots of good options. Very good desserts. They offer 24 hour room service, I wish the menu were a little larger (but I wish that at all hotels....). I have enjoyed all of the food I have tried and the restaurant service is very good.
The spa is nicely appointed, but I agree with previous reviewers, it could be better. I did like my eyebrow threading, but the massage was not good. In fact it was painful - I was sore for 2 days after (also my fault for not speaking up, I regretted it). The masseuse was enthusiastic and clearly following his training, but I did not enjoy it at all and left less relaxed than when I arrived. The prices are fantastic and I'd love to have a pedicure, but even for such a small price I'm afraid to be disappointed.
Drawbacks - no gift shop in the hotel (though you can buy a SIM card for your phone, phone time, and postcard stamps at the concierge desk). There is only one restaurant and one bar. It is not a large compound with multiple restaurants. There are no grounds (and no pool - though it is too cool in June to swim anyway) it is simply located just off the street.
However, I visited the Sheraton for comparison (I have never stayed there) and though I liked their many restaurant options and they do have beautiful grounds/pool, I would still prefer to return to the Radisson given how much more expensive the Sheraton is and doesn't include breakfast and internet in the room rate like the Radisson.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel Addis Ababa is ideally located in an exclusive business area at the heart of Kazanchis Business District. The hotel is designed to make your stay an inspirational pleasure, creating a memorable sense of arrival with its unique and iconic architectural design along with its holistic hospitality that is in line with the needs of the modern Traveler. The hotel is adjacent to the United Nations Conference Center (UNCC-AA), within 1 kilometer radius of the National Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of government offices. The hotel is just 6 km away from Bole International Airport and is an ideal base for visits to major Corporate and Government offices, the Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, the Addis Ababa Museum, as well as historical buildings such as St. George’s Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Our hotel provides a unique and extraordinary hospitality, with its Yes I Can! Service Philosophy. The Hotel Contains: • 152 Standard rooms, • 44 Business-Class Rooms, • 2 Business Queen Rooms, • 6 Standard Queen Rooms, • 7 One-Bedroom Suites and • 1 Presidential Suite ... more less
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