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“What else do you need in Addis?”
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Monarch Hotel
Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Chengdu, China
Level 4 Contributor
49 reviews
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“What else do you need in Addis?”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

This hotel is very new and nice! The location near the Edna Mall (great place to unwind and see new Hollywood movies) is perfect. The outdoor pool and bar area is usually lively and a very nice place to sit back and digest the days adventure. The rooms are decent size, bathrooms are clean and beds are on the harder side but comfortable. BBC and one movie channel are offered. After staying in other hotels in Addis, this one is perfect. Also easy to find.

Room Tip: Ask about current construction projects when checking in. You can hear the music from nearby nightc...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

the Monarch is located on "hotel row" in central addis and brand spanking new which is good and bad. the have wifi everywhere but Ethionet internet is dial-up speed all over the country, so can't blame Monarch on that. the internet is slow. period. but rooms are nice, clean, bathrooms are small and awkward (room 514) but as long as you face the street and get high up, you have a quiet experience. there is a nightclub across the street called Flirt which can get loud with live music, but overall, i found the Monarch to be a hip, chic, & cool.

a large bar patio outside, a pool you can dip in, great pizza, and a good omelette bar at the breakfast buffet that's included in the room price. for $60 a night it's a bargain, the clientele is interesting and international, and the service was getting there. the lobby bar couldn't find any ice for my vodka tonic which was annoying, but that was my biggest complaint in 2 weeks. you can walk to the malls, to kaldis coffee and to harmony hotel up the street if you want an old lobby feel to chill in.

addis is booming with building right now and a new light rail is going in. it's a happening place. and the monarch will certainly do for any occasion. i would happily stay there again.

Room Tip: face the street! overlook the pool! the rooms in back overlook abandoned construction sites. stay hi...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

This hotel is quite new, so everything is working ans still clean. Rooms are large enough with a small balcon. Equipment sufficient.
The main drawback is the service itself.
For instance I asked for a wake-up call to get an early flight. Fortunatly my watch woke me up. Rhey never called me. I did not gget my fried eggs for breakfast, the shuttle to airport neither, etc.
Staff is also new, they need to trained probably.
Location is OK, rather quiet.
The bar with the swimming beside the swimming pool is a good place to rest or socialize.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

No international calls from the rooms, when there is no internet, this means complete isolation. No refrigerator (minibar in the room), no glasses, or kettle or cups, there was even not garbage can. No heater or air conditioner in the room. Internet is the slowest on earth, this was the problem for the whole hotel rooms, the reception told me that they are aware and have informed the service provider to send maintenance, he came next day afternoon, have it fixed , but still there was a lot of interruptions during my 6 nights stay. Mosquitos in the room for one night, next day they sprayed my room, isolation is not good, I was hearing snoring from the next room, and the water pump was on and off all the night.

Room Tip: Try fusion Brito resturant , just opposite side. there is also a nice Turkish resturant 200 meters w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Monarch is a nice, new hotel in Addis. Not in the centre, but not far from the airport, just cca. ten minutes away. Stayed here after two weeks tour of Ethiopia and it was a best hotel on the trip. Rooms are surprisingly nice and clean, but there was a problem with a bathroom: it was in better shape than in other hotels, but could be kept much better, just with more attention.

Good restaurant choice, including breakfast in the morning.

Room Tip: I had a room overlooking a "courtyard": abandoned construction site... therefore it was ve...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Monarch is a new hotel and hence wears a fresh look with excellent ambience. It boasts of a good swimming pool and gym in addition to the other routine facilities made available. The rooms are decently furnished and the staff very cooperative and efficient. We were a group of Indians on a business trip and the chef learnt all the typical dishes very fast and made us feel at home. Kudos to the owner for throwing open his kitchen to all of us to prepare dishes to our liking. Highly recommended especially to Indians who may stay in Addis for some time. It is economical and better than some shanty Guest Houses being run by some Indians in Addis.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road and the pool are better as they have a view and the back side rooms may not ha...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Monarch Hotel
Address: Cameroon Street | near Edna Mall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Monarch Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our spacious one bedroom Deluxe Room can be tailored to fit your needs. Our Deluxe Room guests are welcome to choose between our beautiful custom-designed full-service kitchens and comfortable seating areas. Guests also can choose between a lovely view of Monarch’s pool and garden section and a spacious terrace facing away from the street to enjoy the fresh Addis air. ... more   less 
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