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Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hargeysa
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Ambassador hotel, which is just a few minutes from the airport is one place where you can be sure you will be at peace while in Somaliland. I have been there several times and have always looked forward to going back. The staff are very friendly, while the rooms have hot shower and free wi-fi.

The hotel offers fresh food and the breakfast is one meal one looks forward to. If you are going to Hargeisa, it is one place you can be sure you will be safe. If you would like to try camel meat, then try it there and you will be left asking for more. Its a good place to visit.

Room Tip: If you can get a room whose windows are at the rear of the hotel then it is better. Front facing win...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Wouldn't expect too much from Hargeisa anyway, but for some unexplicable reason other than pure joy in annoyance the owner decided to put a mosque with a powerful outside speaker right in the middle of the front yard, under the bedroom windows, although there are three mosques in the immediate neighborhood and a fourth one under construction. Expect ridiculously loud calls for prayer at 5 am, in the middle of your lunch and dinner, aimed at Allah-only-knows-whom, with 90 percent of guests being caucasian non-Muslims, and local staff fully preocupied with work at prayer times. Jumped out of bed every single damn time the speaker roared at full power before dawn; dropped my spoon at least twice a day for similar reasons. Who is this for every Ambassador hotel guest I talked to wonders. Never again will I return to that place. I want peace and tranquility I paid for. Mansoor is a far better, warmly recommended choice.

Room Tip: Go to Mansoor hotel if you care for sleep and peace.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank Pavijan
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is my 6th or 7th stay in Hargeisa since APR13. The Ambassador has been my first choice and I have come to regard it as a second home and many of the staff as friends.

I stayed at the 'other' hotel downtown due to the Amb being full and was relieved that after 3 nights I was able to move to the Ambassador where I was welcomed and immediately felt at ease.

Location is within 5 minutes of the airport 9free shuttle if you pre-book) and on the edge of a plateau overlooking the city. This gives it a nice airy feel as well as a cooling breeze. Views out to the distant twin hills or 'Breasts of Hargeisa', which are worth a trip to for some exercise and a wander about the desert. Book SPU and support though.

It's a large site and offers standard rooms, suites or villas, depending on your needs and price range. My standard room is en suite, comfy bed, hot water, steady power and free-wifi. It's cleaned daily to a high standard and laundry is returned pressed same day if you hand it in before 0800, laundry costs extra.

The lobby offers comfy chairs, a big screen TV (with BPL footie) * wi-fi, and a choice of snacks, cold drinks and decent tea and coffee. It can get a bit noisy (esp on a Friday) as it's a large space so business meets can be a problem. There is a business centre with pay by the hour PCs / printer / scanners. A cash machine is installed but non operational at present. The staff on The Lobby are excellent.

For private meets you can hire various sizes of work-rooms / offices all the way up to large halls, where the locals hold weddings or workshops / conferences. These can get noisy!

The restaurant is in the terraced garden and offers a good selection of meats and fish in various styles e.g. grilled / kebab etc. Most is good and tasty and served after free veggie soup & bread. Staff are attentive. Obv no pork or alcohol. There is room service for a small extra fee.

Breakfast is a choice of cereals / porridge / fresh fruit / eggs / tea and coffee with nice fresh OJ for a bit extra. It's nice to sit outside on the patio after brekky with a cuppa and start the day slowly : ) Staff who run the breakfast service are friendly and helpful.

A Taxi into the city and back is about $20, the Reception will order a service they trust but be sure to agree a total fee / time before you get in the cab. I would not recommend going into the city after dark but it is possible to walk about during the day, although white people are still pointed at as a curiosity and be prepared to pay non-local prices if you want to shop. But the locals are mainly friendly (some are eccentric) and many speak some English, so smile a lot and buy some fruit off the stalls. The mangoes are lovely.

The Ambassador compound is fronted by Airport Road that runs down into town with armed security provided by SPU. Barriers and good stand off all around the site and it is possible to do some shuttles in the secure road to the rear. No safe room. The on site gym is only adequate and the tennis court is broken surfaced but can be used for a bit of exercise / sun.

The only downside is that, in common with many hotels that are open plan, tiled in style, noise carries a long way so when someone closes a door or moves furniture, everybody knows about it. The keys fobs are large metal slabs and these clang against the doors at all hours. The cleaning ladies are friendly and efficient but do start early. There is a mosque on site and one across the road so you will get to hear the many calls to prayer through the loudspeakers from 0430 on. So if you must have peace and quiet to work / rest, please bear this in mind and bring h/phones & earplugs.

The Ambassador aims high 'to be the best' and gives it a good shot, they are always improving, training and listen to suggestions. Costs are reasonable (each to his own and if you are a long-stay / regular, then ask for a discount??) food good and service is attentive, with special mention to Muqhtar and Mustafa for their great service.

It's a popular hotel with both locals and visitors and it's my first choice. Book early or be disappointed.

Plans to expand later this year will mean building works so check first.

P.S. There is a rumour that Ethiopian have / will started flying regularly direct from Addis into Hargeisa now that the runway has some asphalt on it!!

Room Tip: Front of hotel overlooks city / garden and is cooler at night (no air-con!) but also closer to mosqu...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I had no idea what to expect so it was a great surprise to find myself in a decent hotel, good food, free high speed internet and very helpful staff. Fresh fruit in abundance and specially enjoyed the fresh water melon juice. I personally did not pay for my room so I had no idea how much the rates are but I think it is $50 or less which makes it very good value when you consider some out of touch hotels charge you up to $20 a day just to connect to the net. The staff were wonderful and despite my concerns about security, I learnt that Somaliland is one of the safest places on earth. No one hustles you and the city is buzzing with so much transaction going on everywhere you look. The poor public infrastructure can put you off when you first arrive but 24 hours later, it was not an issue anymore as I was enjoying the people and their incredible spirit for free enterprise. I mean I have never been in a country where almost everything is paid for using a mobile phone. Free Sim card given at the airport and the least expensive mobile phone charges I have ever come across. To top it all, at about 1000 meters above sea level, the weather is simply gorgeous. And this happens to be through out the year. One of the most exciting trips I have done for a very long time. Cant wait to go back. Thank you Hargeisa, thank you Somaliland. Wish you the very best. You deserve it.

Room Tip: A room with a view to the front is the best as the back side is a bit of a mess
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Paid $55 USD including breakfast.

Hotel is about 5km out of town in a compound which felt quite safe. Target market is definitely NGOs and visiting business travellers, and really those with their own transport.

Taxis have to be called to the hotel: an easy enough process but you become a price-taker not a price-maker.

Room was simple. No shower curtain in the bathroom meant water tended to be sprayed on the floor.

Friendly staff. Basic breakfast. Free wifi throughout the complex.

The restaurant in the compound is excellent with some fantastic camel steaks.

I'd stay here again on a future visit to Hargeisa.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank KGB777
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Nice, clean, safe place to stay in Hargeisa. The excellent wifi connection is good enough to allow you to stream movies on nights where you find yourself hotel-bound after sunset. The food and drink is tasty and reasonably priced. Only downside was location - it's too far to walk into town and the taxis are relatively expensive.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Duncan H
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

The staff here really make the place - they are all very attentive, polite and helpful. The outside restaurant offers simple food and fresh fruit juices, swiftly served at a reasonable price. Conveniently situated near the airport, which is due to fully re-open later this year and a short journey into town, you really can't ask for more.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa

Address: Airport Road, Hargeysa 00621, Somalia
Location: Somalia > Somaliland > Hargeysa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Hargeysa
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa is a Luxury hotel which nests on top of the hills overlooking the panoramic view of the capital city, flirting with the air and caressing the sky. Ambassador provides customers the finest in hospitality within an idyllic ambience by amicable and hospitable staff. Somaliland's most sought-after Hotel as recommended by Bradt Somaliland Guide, Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor. ... more   less 
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Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa Somalia/Hargeysa

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