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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Not a particularly good hotel. It’s WAY overpriced for what you get, somewhere in the range of $75-$80 USD for a room with two twin beds.

They claim on their website they have internet. This is false you have to use the internet café outside which charges 3 birr/minute. Incidentally this is VERY high for internet (comparable to internet at places like the Hilton in Addis). As an aside, I went to a place in Addis Ababa that was charging 0.25 birr a minute, which is around the normal rate for internet cafes.

The hotel has all these signs everywhere saying that they accept Visa. This is also false, they don’t take Visa, the signs are just for decoration. On this issue I shouldn’t complain too much I suppose as they are not alone in this.

Two general warnings for people travelling to Ethiopia.

1) Apart from top hotels in Addis (ie Sheraton, Hilton, etc.) and Duty Free behind security at the Airport, it’s almost impossible to use a credit card. It seems to be a national past time to put up signs in hotels and storefronts indicating that a merchant takes Visa but they are just for decoration. I tried using Visa at least 6 different places around Ethiopia and only when they had the signs displayed. Every single time I was told it’s not working today or they don’t take credit cards. Asking about why they had signs up got me nowhere. You have to carry cash. Now, you can go to a bank and withdraw cash off your Visa as a cash advance, but good luck actually using it as a credit card.
2) Traveller’s cheques cannot be cashed in the country as far as I can tell so don’t bother bringing them. Some banks even have signs saying they accept travellers cheques however if you go there they will tell you they don’t do that anymore and try and send you to another bank. Same story when you point out the signs about how they accept traveller’s cheques, you won’t get anywhere.

Anyway back to the hotel: Mediocre at best with very high price tag. For comparison, two of us stayed at a guesthouse in Addis (in the Bole Rd. area) for $40 a night AND got free internet. The facilities were comparable between the two hotels.

It seems crazy to pay half as much in Addis and get free internet and similar facilities. I would have expected it to be the other way around.

If this hotel cost $30-$40 a night (for two twin beds) I would feel I was getting OK value for my money. But for double that, my expectations were NOT met. If you’re going to Axum I recommend looking around for something better.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Shroud_of_Turin
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Generally poor experience. Polished floors in the rooms with small, slippy mats.
Broken shower which, when fixed, dripped all night.
No bedside lamp.
Curtains didn't meet and there was a fluorescent light that flashed outside the window all night.
Too far out of the sights and shops in town.
No outside space, currently surrounded by building sites.
Poor food, especially the breakfast.
Treads on the stairs are all direct heights, you have to concentrate when walking up and down them.

However the staff were really nice and helpful where possible.

Stayed: December 2012
Thank womaninseat21
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Absolutely terrible in so many ways it is difficult to know where to start. Although newly built, the place is falling apart. Noisy, smelly, poor service, dreadful breakfast of inedible congealed foodstuffs and one tiny cup of coffee, if you could get any service at all. Axum has a real problem with providing decent accommodation, and this place hasn't taken us any further forward. Try to get into the Yeha, which has a slightly better reputation and a great location.

Room Tip: Go to a different hotel
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank weltravelledofSussex
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Don't stay here unless you have a very good sense of humour. No, wait – just don't stay here The latest Bradt guide gives this hotel a very positive review, suggesting that the reviewer has never been within 10 miles of the place. It is situated in the midst of a building site, and is decidedly unfinished at the time of writing. When we arrived the lift was not yet working. The floors are marble or stone, and the design is such that all noise is funnelled upwards through the open middle of the structure. The rooms were in various states of disrepair, though some were better than others in a completely random and unpredictable way. Our room contained a small double bed together with a single bed, mattress still in its plastic cover, shoved haphazardly under the window. The curtains were ex-jumble sale and did not fit the badly designed windows. There were wires sticking out of the walls, no bedside table or lamps and the shower sprayed water all over the floor. The soap dish was handily located behind the shower curtain, and so unreachable, as was the attachment for the shower hose, which was positioned very high up on the wall.
The breakfast was abysmal and you could only get one small cup of coffee. If you wanted more, you had to pay for it. There were various other tales of woe from people staying there, but this is a sample of the delights you can expect.

Room Tip: Choose a different hotel
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank JimmyShelter
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I have stayed in about a half-dozen hotels in Ethiopia, and the standard is generally not wonderful. However, this place takes it to a whole new level of awfulness. When I stayed there last month, the hotel was only three years old. The fifth (top) floor was still being built, which led to a lot of construction noise if like me you were bunked on the fourth. Despite this, the bottom floors were already starting to fall apart. It is like the very worst cheapo Chinese communist state run hotel you could possibly imagine. Large empty communal areas serve no point whatsoever other than to depress anyone who has the misfortune to pass through them. The food was probably the worst I have refused to consume in Ethiopia - really, truly inedible, and when I'm hungry, most things are edible!

upon arrival our toilet was leaking sewage (on the 4th floor! How is that even possible?!). The beds were crazily soft, to the point where it felt like the mattress was broken in the middle (perhaps it was). I read in Bradt Guides that this place has internet and a minibar in every room. Ha ha ha. Good one, Bradt. We did have a telephone in our room, but for decoration only as not only did I find no ring tone on lifting the receiver, I also could find no plug to plug it into! Apparently tour companies are choosing this hotel over the Yeha because people complain about the Yeha. I went there, ate there and viewed the rooms - it is exactly like it's old cousins in Lalibela and Bahar Dar. Catch a grip people, in the sadly hotel-neglected city of Axum, the Yeha is streets ahead of this total dive. To add insult to injury, they tried to double our bar bill (after taking overnight to work it out). On the plus side, there is an unbeatable view of half built crappy concrete constructions from the windows, and it's about a half hour's walk from anything interesting.

Room Tip: Try sleeping in the street. Or go to the Yeha.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bang0rB0und
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