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Mr. Martins Cozy Place
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“The best budget option in Addis”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This guesthouse' location is great. Close to airport. You have restaurants(Yilma and Yohannes for raw meat and kitfo) and some of the best music scenes(Guramyle jazz club and Duka Azmaribet) in Addis within walking distance. The rooms are simple and clean. You get way more than what you pay for. I've stayed here two times this year, and yeah, it is damp in the rainy season, but that is everywhere in Addis. It's a great place to stay and I will always come back. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and they serve a mean fruit pancake for bfast!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

We were told that we would get a place in the new cozy place. When we arrived, we were told that there were no rooms and that we could have one in the old cozy place. This was so bad. It was damp and wet, an there were mosquitoes everywhere. The room was right next to the toilet which seemed to have never been cleaned. The ceiling was falling apart and there were holes on the wall. How this is ranked so well I have no idea. We forfeited the cash ad left.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Killeen, Texas
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Cozy has a second location which is approximately three city blocks from the old Cozy. It is a very modern three story House with private bath or shower and great service. It also has four units in back with private shower and toilet. This place is very clean and secure. All rooms have memory foam beds and they are very comfortable. The security is excellent and they provide storage for you luggage if needed. A continental breakfast is served every morning and it comes with the price of the room. Rooms range from $20.00 USD to $35.00 USD. For the money, it is a great bargain. This place in demand, so, I advise to book early. The owners Dawit and Mahlet will bend over backwards to help you if needed. This is my first time to stay at the New Cozy and if and when I return, I will make plans to stay their again. You will enjoy meeting a variety of people that stay at the Cozy. Internet is available and it excellent, when working. I highly recommend this place, because, the people are caring, warm and friendly. That's my story and I am sticking to it. Happy traveling to you lucky travelers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at Mr. Martin's Cozy Place - Branch 2 (About 3 minutes from the old place) and let me just say, it was the best decision made for a first timer like yours truly. Our reservation was a well kept record and Mr. Dawit (the owner/manager) was kind enough to do a follow up on the same even on a day to our trip. It's conveniently located off a main road and very close to the airport plus it's in central Addis. It was always easy to get to almost all the various places in Addis we had in our 10 day itinerary! If you are a fitness junkie you can even walk from and to Bole Airport. The hot shower was always invigorating and though we shared our WC its cleanliness was always commendable. The common sitting lounge downstairs is well laid out complete with very comfortable sofas, a TV and some awesome sound system. It was always nice watching CNN/BBC/Al Jazeera in the morning over breakfast. The furniture designs of the dining area are also quite a work of art. One of us has decided to 'benchmark' using them. Our room was regularly cleaned. The two ladies managing this place (Dawit is mostly in the other Cozy but only a phone call away) are a good sport as they speak English. If you have an interest in Amharic, it only needs 2 days for you to be able to almost speak to the cleaners or the gentleman who usually opens the gate :) The rooftop is perfect for the evenings especially if it's not a wet season and you just need to have a moment to think. We're sure Mr. Dawit or is at an advanced stage in putting some outdoor seats therein soon.
P.S For parents adopting kids in ADD, it's the perfect place as it has this home setting. - Cole M & Jamlek D (Kenya)

Room Tip: Get rooms from first floor. Downstairs is quite busy! The rooms with Emperors names on them are a sh...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Ibra
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Mr Martin's Cozy Place is a reasonably cheap guest house and good value for money, not far from the airport. They assist with getting you to and from the airport. What you see is what you get. It is spacious and well kept. I appreciated the hot water and the water pressure was excellent, as opposed to the 1st guest house we stayed at around the Piazza area, that had no hot water. This guest house is well situated as you'll find a lot of eateries right around the corner from Mr Martin's. The Atlas hotel is within walking distance, just across the main road from Mr Martin's Cozy for delicious western meals and some good wine. The Atlas also have internet facilities as opposed to Mr Martin's Cozy that don't have wireless internet. Mr Martin's Cozy has a restaurant on the premises for breakfasts and light meals, a small garden for kids to roam around. The Edna Mall is just up the road from the Atlas hotel within walking distance from Mr Martin's. If walking is not your thing then try the Lada taxis that are all over the place. Just make sure you are not being cheated on the price, so do your homework with regard the pricing. The bathroom at Mr Martin's Cozy is a communal one so even if they say it is a family room with a bathroom, the bathroom remain separate. It can become noisy at times at night so it is advisable to take earplugs.

Room Tip: Corner suites [family room] are large and sunny with your own balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

While backpacking in Ethiopia, I had the pleasure of staying at Mr. Martin's Cozy Place off and on over two months. The staff were always welcoming no matter what time I was arriving in Addis and were always available for tips and suggestions for traveling around Addis. The area around the hotel offers a grocery store, multiple restaurants, ATMs, and an Internet cafe. Close proximity to the airport and walking distance to one of the main private bus departure points. I highly recommend staying here while in Addis and be sure to enjoy the breakfasts at Mr. Martin's while there!

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Dresden, Germany
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I stayed at Mr. Martin’s Cozy Place several times over the last months, about four weeks in total. The room rate and the location of this guesthouse at Atlas junction are absolutely unbeatable (I say this after thorough investigation). Unfortunately there are few alternatives. If I wasn’t severely constrained by my budget, I would most probably not choose to stay there. The common bathrooms are in a pretty bad state, with handles coming off the faucet, bad smells, low water pressure or no warm water in some of the bathrooms. Since there are only three bathrooms for something like 12 (?) rooms, they get pretty dirty quickly. If there is a water shortage, which happens often in Addis, Mr. Martin’s has NO tanks or reserves. I leave you to imagine the consequences. The rooms have not been refurbished in a very long time, the beds sack and especially during rainy season they are very damp. Some of the rooms are extremely noisy because of thin walls between the rooms or their proximity to the courtyard, where the owner often meets his friends or holds jam sessions. For young, very flexible backpackers on a low budget, this is a good place, but otherwise… But I want to stress that I think your property is always safe there and that the reception staff is extremely friendly and attentive. The laundry service is good and reasonably priced as well. This guesthouse is the first place for many travelers and interns, because it has a website and good reviews on tripadvisor. Thus, it is often booked out. If you are looking for alternatives, I suggest Toronto guesthouse (not too far away), Ankober (in Piazza) and Mitchu/ Geez Guest House (they have a good website too, in Haya Arat). They are all in the US$ 20-30 range per night.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Mr. Martins Cozy Place
Address: Cape Verde Street | near to Atlas hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 88 Specialty Lodging in Addis Ababa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You have found Mr. Martins Cozy Place, one of the top rated and the most recommend budget accommodations in Addis Ababa. It is not a coincidence that we are preferred by travelers from around the world,as we are located only 3.2km from Bole International Airport and our neighborhood is the most happening in Addis in terms of the selection of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping centers,art galleries, banks/ATMs, internet cafes, gyms and cinemas. We are also steps away from easy transport routes to most parts of the city.Mr. Martins Cozy Place is situated inside a quiet, private compound with a two story main building. We have a range of seventeen rooms according to your needs. Our rooms are decorated in simple but tasteful manner and are always clean. Also there is a big communal kitchen for guests to make themselves a healthy meal. To relax, the premises feature a lush garden area and a rooftop terrace with a splendid view in addition to various amenities in order to make your stay hassle free. Our experience in budget accommodations since 2005 combined with our friendly staff allows us to make your stay in Addis enjoyable and memorable. We love what we do, we love meeting new people and most of all we love building experience to better our services. ... more   less 
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