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Destiny Addis Hotel
Ranked #94 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very poor hotel on all accounts”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

If I were to sum up this hotel in one statement it would be "made in China". A relatively new, but poorly finished hotel, very little blocking corridor noise, breakfast consists of a choice of brown scrambled eggs or some vegetables, very little in the way of facilities and internet quite poor. I like a hard bed, but not one that feels like concrete. Showers don't work and no hot water. Courtesy car took 10 minutes to start. An experience indeed, but not one I would recommend.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here not by choice but due to a scheduled Ethiopian Airlines layover. As is the deal from Bole Airport we are cramped into a small bus to the assigned hotel. A series of seemingly dangerous racing drive through what looks like allies we arrived at this hotel via the back entrance.

The inside was nice and well layed out. A room key instead of card added to the mystery. Shinny floors with the hotel name finely printed in the tiles added an elegant touch. I opened the door and wow what space awaited me! Complete with a kitchenette with a two chair bar area, bar fridge and microwave. A door which you would expect to lead into a pantry from the kitchenette oddly leads into the bathroom - bizarre!

The bed was, well very hard! My jet-lagged back surely got stretched. This is one huge flaw. The 32" LG LED was mounted on a pillar far from the bed and no remote! The satellite TV bad picture quality is evident of poor installation. The shower (there is no bath tub) floods as you use it but its ok.

I slept to the sound of barking and playing dogs despite being on the 3rd floor. An Addis issue.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

This way very comfortable hotel stay really nice room and food. I enjoyed the breakfast
, its not far from bole and good shuttle service and i felt like at home. All staff members are also kindly and i want to say thank you all the hotel staff.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

I recently spent 4 days at this hotel and overall, had a relatively good, but somewhat inconsistent experience. The hotel is very difficult to locate, but fortunately, I had arranged for the hotel to collect me from the airport. The room I was allocated was large, clean, and neat. There were however, a few issues. There was no water for a day or two (although I'm told that this is a common issue throughout Addis). Also, the power went out frequently and I was left in the dark for an extended period of time. The internet in my room was very inconsistent and there were days when I had no connection at all. The menu options were very limited, although the food was edible. My television stopped working mid-way through my stay, so I was moved into another room. The staff were very friendly, even though some were not very proficient in English. Overall, I had a comfortable stay, which was could have been better, but could also have been much worse.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hotel was fine, in my opinion a bit overpriced. The choice was determined by logistical needs, being the hotel close to the Embassy of the country I was heading to, but guess quite far from the city center, if such exists.
The surrounding environment was not intriguing but not at all safe: despite the streets not paved and not easy to walk on, there were plenty of stray dogs and no illumination after dark. I can say I did not feel that safe when having a walk in the evening: 200 meters and turned back to the hotel.
The hotel unfortunately does not provide transportation from the airport, as many others use: I had some difficulties to find a taxi driver who knew the location of the hotel; the service was of course overpriced.
The room was fine: furniture was new and quite simple, shower also fine. The WIFI connection was quite fast and reliable. The restaurant cozy and offering good food. The staff very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

I missed my connecting flight to Mumbai as my earlier flight arrived late to Addis Ababa. Hence, the airline put me up in this hotel.

- The approach road to this hotel is very narrow and dark. It is difficult to find this hotel unless the driver is conversant with the route or one has come here earlier.
- Room was large and cool breeze flows across the windows.
- Breakfast was nice and wholesome, though limited.
- Lunch and dinner had very limited choices for vegetarians like me. Also, it may not be very safe to walk down the narrow alley onto the main road so shopping for fresh fruit is also out.
- Wireless internet access was extremely good and fast.
- Bathroom was stinking of drainage smell..the drain is at the entry to the shower section and not at a corner.
- There were only 4 channels on TV, not providing enough variety even on news channels.
There is no other facility for utilizing one's time apart from a small shop in the hotel.
- Access to the main market is limited due to location constraints.
- Reception was helpful providing adaptor conveteor / plug to connect laptop to socket.

Overall, hotel is avoidable for people who want to frequent the city but do not have means of transport.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

Located in a warren of back roads off the old Bole Road, it's quiet apart from the barking of dogs at night; I changed rooms to the opposite side of the hotel to the dogs and was no longer disturbed by the barking. I had a huge room, clean, comfortable and with reasonable internet access (better connectivity downstairs in the dining room). Pleasant staff. However, if you want anything for breakfast such as a fried egg you must set aside at least half an hour even if you're the only person in the dining room. For some reason dinner is served slightly more speedily and is OK.

Room Tip: Locate the barking dogs and choose the opposite side
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Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Destiny Addis Hotel
Address: Kirkos Subcity Kebele 01/19 | Bole District, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #94 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Destiny Addis Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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