Like many state owned hotels in Ethiopia the Ghion is a mothballed hotel, that charges handsome rates and offers barely maintained rooms and dopey service. Ancient staff in starched up uniforms clock in and out day after day and seem bored, bothered and bugged when you request service for them. Was it not for the magnificent gardens, great birds and convenience of it's rather pricey traditional restaurant...I would not return. The main restaurant food and service is a joke. Major refurbishment is required here, but it is a great investment opportunity if you could bring in a vibrant staff and slowly modernize the hotel sector by sector. Their apartments on the far end of the gardens are however very nice, and if not overpriced they would be great value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ghion hotel which is popularly known as "the Garden palace hotel of east Africa" is located in the heart of down town Addis Ababa in spacious verdant compound,adjacent to what was once the jubilee palace of emperor Haile Selassie I. Opened in 1951, the Ghion hotel has for years distinguished itself as the hotel where heads of state or governments and other VIPs stayed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ghion Hotel Addis Ababa