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Hotel Soramba
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

It's like having the kitchen in your room--the horrible strong smell of food is in your room at all times. Located off a main busy road, you get the noise from the traffic and the non-stopping honking, let alone the exhaust from vehicles is sickening. The gym what? a total lie (it was an empty dusty space in the basement). Of course, it lacks swimming pool or any safe area to even stretch ones legs. The menu is limited and to top it off, they add MSG (aka Maggie) to all non-local dishes. Oh! they tricked you into failing to take your bags to their storage room so that they could charge (full rate) for the room. It was a total ordeal, I lost about 25 lbs during my 5 weeks there. It was one of my worst temporary-duty assignment ever.

Room Tip: Just do not stay there.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank sylviexh
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed for three times at the Soramba and the impression was improving each time.
First time we arrived during the night, we were tired, the receptionist was not kind and everything seemed to be ugly and dangerous.
The second and third time perhaps we smile and the receptionist smile and she gave us a better room each time.
The room is reasonable in space and comfort, the water at the shower could be stronger and the things could be more clean. The rooms had not aircon, but this was not a problem in January/February. The restaurant has reasonable food but was always the same.
The location of the Soramba it is not so bad as it seems once it is at 5 min walk of the St.George Cathedral, 20 min of the Mercato or at 15 min of Churchil Av.
About the views, in fact you have thousands of huts with roofs in zinc but this is what are more in Addis.
Another thing Soramba has free internet, wired in the rooms and wireless at lobby, bar and restaurant and working not bad for Ethiopia.
So reasonable hotel for the price USD 55/60 in a poor town where others hotels are asking more than USD300.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank elica49
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Despite a couple of small shortcomings, I really enjoyed my stay at the Soramba.

PROS:
Central to most sights
Charming, friendly service
Great bar/cafe on 1st floor with cheap drinks & snacks
Local prices on meals/services rather than inflates 'faranji' (foreigner) prices
Modern fit out with amazing beds - soooo comfy
CONS:
All the bathroom showers created a small lake on the bathroom floor. And we booked 7 rooms, all with the same problem.

Having said all that, I'll be back when in Addis next year.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Global2010
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

A very good, recently built hotel with hot water almost all the time (12 days in January 2012), good service and friendly staff.

We continuously walked around the hotel area both at daytime and during dark nights. The person talking about gangs probably did not go out at all but judged people on their looks. It is perfectly safe. We even walked in dark small side streets without a problem. Addis Ababa in general have pickpockets but armed robbery is almost unheard of. Actually the police head quarter is the neighbor of the hotel. People an Addis are kind and if you just go into a local place they will be happy that you came.
the only ones you want to kindly say you don't need their help are self appointed guides, mostly hanging around in the centre of the town. They will just ask you for money.
Please if you have children's clothes or adult clothes at home. Bring it and give it to the homeless people living around the cathedral a block away.

Across the street is a little local bar (pink house) that will serve 3 people food and tea/coffe for around 5-7 dollars total or less. As for shiro wat and you will get a vegetarian dish (all cooked into a stew-like dish) with injera. the hotels restaurant serves good food as well and with an excellent service. That service goes from cleaner to management.If you want a traditional experience then head around the block to the Addis Aba restaurant (visited both by tourists and locals - although i would prefer the pink bar across the street.

For both your but also for the staff's safety the staff are checked when going of their shifts. So if something disappeared you were either pick-pocketed somewhere in town or misplaced the item yourself. They also have free safes in the room, as well as wi-fi.

The hotel is in the old part of town, Piazza and you can easily take up a cab in the street. For 50-100 birr you can get anywhere in town. You can walk to Merkato (Africa's biggest market) in about 15-20 min and the same to Churchill street. To Bole are it is a 15-30 min cab ride depending on traffic. minibuses will take you for less than a dollar around to anywhere in town. One tricky part is that signs are in Amharic.
If you want that experience just jump into any mini bus where the person is yelling Piazza and you will just have a 5 minute walk to the hotel from there.

For general photos of our trip (with the base at Soramba hotel for 12 days) check out rastaphoto.com - They are all my photos.

Nice persons with a smile will receive the same from the staff at this place :-)

Maybe the shuttle can't come if it is in the middle of the night and the cab fare will be about 250 birr from the airport with a yellow taxi (about 15 dollars)

Enjoy

Room Tip: All rooms seem to face the street and have a view so they should all be ok. If you are 3 persons ask for a room with an extra bed. the bed is a real one. Not those shaky extra beds you get sometime.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Rastaphoto
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

I was part of a big group and settled well into this hotel. The facilities are clean, staff are courteous and food standard was good. Our rooms were cleaned each day and laundry service was available. The only minor faults was that food service was terribly slow and the hotel staff's English language skills weren't brilliant which caused a barrier- only during my stressful situation of not having my bag from the airline. Plenty of taxis outside, bank/ATM next door and I never ventured out at night so couldn't state if it was safe or not. I felt very safe In the hotel. Reasonable prices and such good quality means I would definitely stat here again

  • Stayed: November 2011
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2  Thank llinwyn
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