The Ethiocomfort guesthouse was a great first place to stay in Addis Ababa. I stayed in Addis while waiting for my newly adopted daughter's visa, we lived in Addis for 10 weeks. We stayed at Ethiocomfort for the first 4.5 weeks. It was reasonably clean and the staff were very friendly. The woman who runs the guesthouse is definitely a business woman. Although very friendly at first, I left Ethiocomfort with a different opinion. The staff really made the guesthouse - so warm and friendly. The food was good too. The security guard at the gate was very helpful and friendly.
The neighbourhood was safe and I enjoyed walking around getting to know the area. There are little stores nearby where you can buy most things. There are also some restaurants within walking distance where you can eat in or get food to go.
The road the guesthouse is on is a washout when it rains. You would not want to walk on the road when it rained as the mud would REALLY stick to your shoes.
The owner of the guesthouse was a business woman. She did try to go back on a deal by attempting to move my friend from her room. This room was booked for 2 months and pre paid. As I was staying for a long stay, I learned the ins and outs of the area - where to eat for cheap, what taxi drivers were least expensive, where to buy water.... The owner and her husband sat me down and lectured me about giving tips to fellow guests. They did not want to doing this as it too money away from them. Although I see their point, tourists need to stick together. I know who much I appreciated any help I could get especially when it came to saving money!
I checked out 4 weeks early and had pre paid for the room. The owner never offered to give me back any of my money although she did rent out my room within 2 days of my leaving it!
I was on the 1st floor of rooms in a room with it's own bathroom. Although fairly clean, I ended up cleaning it myself as my daughter was on the floor to play. The bathroom did not have a shower curtain, the sink did not always work and the toilet seat was not attached to the toilet. I did mention these things and although the security guard (also maintenance man) tried to repair the sink, it was never really repaired.
There are lots of dogs in the area the tend to bark at night. Earplugs were helpful!
Would I stay there again: No but I do not regret staying there the first time. I miss the friendly staff and business people in the area (Pharez, Olive Mart).
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- Also Known As:
- Ethio Comfort Guest House Hotel Addis Ababa