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“Filthy hotel: cockroaches and the smell of sewage” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Tewodros Hotel
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Tewodros Hotel
Ranked #6 of 7 Harar B&B and Inns
Ningbo, China
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Filthy hotel: cockroaches and the smell of sewage”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

This may be the dirtiest hotel that we have ever stayed in. We chose an ensuite room on the 1st floor (Room 203), as recommended by the Lonely Planet and Bradt travel guides. We dropped our bags and returned in the evening to a horrifying smell of sewage, and discovered that it came from the ensuite bathroom for our room, from the plumbing itself. Upon using the bathroom, we realised that it was filthy. The mirror, toilet (including toilet seat), walls and shower were speckled in endless splashes of bathroom filth -- it looked like it had not been cleaned in years. There was also no hot water -- despite there being a hot water heater -- and often no water at all (as can be common in Harar). The room was also tiny (barely enough room to walk around the bed) and it was impossible to escape the smell of sewage. Light sleepers would likely also be disturbed by the endless dogs barking behind the hotel throughout the night. Not good value for 154 Ethiopian birr.

The downstairs common toilet/shower looked worse. Perhaps the only benefit of taking a room without bathroom is that you may be a bit farther from the smell of sewage while sleeping.

Perhaps one redeeming quality of the hotel is the downstairs restaurant, which has good Ethiopian food and drinks (including Harar beer and draft beer) at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Udaipur, Rajasthan
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

We were all surprised to find such a great hotel in Harar. The clean rooms had hot showers and the most comfortable/clean beds I've ever seen in a budget hotel. The staff was absolutely incredible! Located about a 2 minute walk from the old city. Great value. The owner, who spend over 20 years in America, was extremely friendly. He even gave us a private hyena feeding outside the bar! STAY HERE. I certainly would do so again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jgalloway525
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hong kong
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2011

This place is pretty basic: okay rooms along a corridor at the top, but avoid the ground floor rooms, which are very dark and look iffy, in terms of cleanliness. When I was there, there was no runnng water, which is common in Harar. You get a plastic bucket instead. Not ideal, esp if you stay more than one night, but what can you do. At least this place is cheap, and the location is decent, very close to the historic centre.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tewodros Hotel
Address: Harar, Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia > Harari Region > Harar
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Ranked #6 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Harar
Number of rooms: 16
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