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“Another home in my home town”
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AREQU Guest House
Ranked #1 of 296 Addis Ababa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Arequ Guest House is truly one of the best guest houses I have stayed in. Due to the nature of my work I have been able to stay in many places throughout Europe , Middle East , Asia and The US. Despite Addis being my home town, and having many options, I preferred Arequ to many others because it has the warmth of home. Very clean rooms, exotic and attractive furniture, unique and interseting art works, welcoming and friendly staff and owners, in general all was superb. The free wi-fi and the luxurious common room (or lounge) made it possible to work either in your room or by relaxing in the lounge enjoying music and freshly made Ethiopian coffee or variety of tea if you so wish. The location of Arequ Guest House is another plus point as it is only 5 minutes drive from the airport and a walking distance to the main shopping and entertainment places in the surroundings of Bole international Airport. Whenever I plan to go to Addis, a place to stay does not worry me anymore; I mind my business as my place to call it home is taken care of by Arequ Guest House.

Room Tip: "The room on the top floor is amazing"
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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4  Thank HNMH
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We spent two nights in this wonderful guesthouse during our short visit to Ethiopia - this place exceeded our expectations. The rooms are furnished and decorated with a lot of charme, local style, great taste and are maintained on a high level. Every morning the wonderful kitchen staff would make us a selection of breakfasts (scrambled eggs, pancakes or french toast) served with fresh juice as well as local brewed coffee which was delicious. There is a large homey lounge/dining area open to all guests, where you can spend sometime reading, relaxing on the couches or chatting to the lovely hosts over a cup of tea/coffee. Wifi is available in all the rooms. The staff are sincerely friendly and extremely hospitable and very eager to make every guest feel at home!
Another positive aspect is the location, it is located very close to the airport and at walkable distance from Bole Road as well as other central places.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank maryamzy
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a short trip to Addis Ababa and our stay at AREQU Guest House had a lot to do with making this an unforgettable trip! From the moment we stepped through the door of this beautifully constructed and decorated guest house we were encountered with most wonderful hospitality and we immediately felt welcomed. The staff and owners were extremely friendly and really went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and had a pleasant time. The guest house is really well kept, clean and offers a home atmosphere, there is 24 hour security and the breakfasts and fruit juice that were prepared for us each morning were amazing! Ahadu and his dear family really have done a great job starting up and running this place and I can highly recommend this guest house to anyone stopping through Addis, no matter how long. The location is great, only a 5 minute or so drive from the airport and in walking distance to Bole Road where we spent alot of our time. I have stayed in many guest houses/bed and breakfasts around the world, but I have to say that Arequ is something special. Thanks again for welcoming us into your home!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank nyazdani
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I stayed at AREQU guesthouse for a few weeks during this past summer while I was working in Addis, and I must say that it was an exceptionally comfortable place to stay during my time in Ethiopia. The owners and staff went out of their way to make me and other guests feel comfortable at the guesthouse and in Addis in general. They were always willing to recommend the best local restaraunts, places to shop and any other useful advice for a foreigner like myself to better enjoy the city. There was 24 hour security outside, which was especially nice when I arrived back late. I remember that the front desk staff would even call cabs for me when I had to go out (a nice perk since I didn't speak Amharic). All the staff was very friendly and warm and left me with good memories of the Ethiopian people. The rooms were kept impeccably clean by the maids. A plus was regular hot water, especially nice because Addis was unexpectedly cold during my stay there. The ambiance was pleasant and i remember that a lot of the furniture was hand-made by the owner. Nice stuff! We were also treated to a nice breakfast every morning, which was always a good way to start the day. I remember the coffee especially (Ethiopian coffee...yum) and even pancakes. The location was close to the Bole area which a good nightlife and shopping area. If you are going to be spending any amount of time in Addis Ababa (which I recommend-fun city) then AREQU is definitely worth checking out.

Room Tip: There were only about 10 rooms if I remember correctly...I had fellow friends and business people st...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank brettaronson
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Reviewed December 1, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 26, 2017
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Stayed: April 2017
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Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2016, traveled with family
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Additional Information about AREQU Guest House

Address: Ring Road | Bob Marley Junction, Addis Ababa 3909, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 296 B&Bs / Inns in Addis Ababa
Price Range: $39 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This house provides privacy for our guests and their friends to come and enjoy. The dining room on the ground floor serves breakfast for our esteemed guests. Lunch and dinner are prepared by the family on request but our guests are free to use the space as they would use their own home. Located midway between Bole Airport and Bob Marley Junction [Imperial Roundabout], AREQU is a small family Guesthouse built from antique Elements from residences half a century old. ... more   less 
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