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  • Reviews: 1

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Lido Hotel: Friendly, safe, secure hotel

I have stayed here twice in 2011 and 2013 while working with The CRED Foundation. There were about 30 of us, and the staff we lovely, attentive and made us feel safe and at home. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Addis for the first time. It's situated close to the bank and other busy areas. Also, THE BEST porridge! This is not a luxury hotel a western person is used to, but good for the price. Lovely!

I'm not sure if it's allowed, but we climbed to the top of the building works and from there there's a lovely view of the (not so lovely but apparent) slums. For me this place will always remind me of fond memories and lovely people.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Backpacking, Work Abroad, Budget Travel
  • Written February 21, 2014

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  • hanspeter_W. profile photo hanspeter_W.
  • Reviews: 1303

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Am Mickey's Guesthouse: cosy guesthouse in center of addis

very friendly guesthouse near Bole Road,
clean, beautiufl rooms, nice garden
very hospitable hosts..you feel like in a home of friends than at a hotel

beautiufl equipped rooms

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written November 24, 2012
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  • klassykat11 profile photo klassykat11
  • Reviews: 2

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Wanza Hotel: Wanza Hotel- HORRIBLE

Small, shabby rooms with hot water. 120 birr per night (compared to the 80 reported in the Bradt guide). I chose this hotel based on the Bradt guide that boasted of the hotel's "clean tiled" rooms. If they were clean then, then they have not washed them since. The floor, especially in the bathroom, was thick with grime. Rust stains were on the wall under the sink that was barely holding on (one of the supports where the sink attaches to the wall was broken).

The beds were comfortable and the sheets clean.

When I had to use the restroom in the middle of the night, I turned on the lights and cockroaches scattered everywhere... at least a dozen or so, and that doesn't include the dozens of small, black beetles. The cockroaches were crawling up the walls, and I have to admit that I was pretty grossed out. The bathroom was worse.

I braved through the night and took a shower in the morning. After my
shower, there were black, small worms squirming in the shower bottom.
I hope they somehow came after my shower and not during...

In short, STAY AWAY.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written June 6, 2010

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  • Sami29 profile photo Sami29
  • Reviews: 37

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Desalegn Hotel 2: A Place for Businessmen

Read as ‘desalen’ for the ‘g’ sound is silent. Desalegn 2 is located on EU road, Cape Verde St. and not very far from Atlas hotel. It’s in a quiet and clean road. A standard room will cost you around 56$ with breakfast. The room is large, well-furnished, with a large TV set, a fridge and a desk and a built-in wardrobe. The hot water is not always available and the TV set only receives BBC & CNN.
It’s a good choice for businessmen and travelers who look for some kind of comfort. There is a nice restaurant on the 2nd floor and a bar on the ground floor, near the reception counter. The breakfast time is from 7-10.00 and there is no refill for the late comers. You have to eat what is left on the table.

Outside the hotel, there are many cafes and restaurants. However, at night most parts of the street is dark without lamps. From the hotel, you can either go straight to Mike Leyland St. or to Bole Africa Avenue.
In general, Desalegn hotel, compared to other medium range hotels in Addis, is good for its price. Most of the people there are businessmen from India, African countries and some Europeans as well. However, Desalegn hotel does not have a half-day policy as in other countries. If you stay even one hour after the check-out time, you will be charged the full amount.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel
  • Written May 13, 2009
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  • Sami29 profile photo Sami29
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La Source Guest House: Quiet and Family-Oriented

Located on off Meskel Flower Road, near Adot Tina Hotel. It's a family guest house and it's clean and new. A single room will cost you around 280 bir (20$) with a light breakfast. Inside the room there is shower, a fridge which is not connected, a TV set with satellite channels. The breakfast is included but there is not too much to select: 2 pieces of toast bread, omelet and tea/coffee. It is a good place for families and couples. Outside the hotel, you have the choice of going towards the Meskel Flower Road which is not well developed or cross, only during the daytime, towards Adot Tina Hotel, then the bushes to the railway tracks until you see Al Ruha Restaurant and on Ethio-China St. which will take you to Bole Africa Avenue.

La Source Guest House closes at 9.30 night so the late comers must wake up the security man who will eventually wake up the receptionist. On Meskel Flower Road, there is nothing much to visit except at night small unventilated Christmas-Light bars and numerous Arabic/Yemeni restaurants including the famous Sanaa Restaurant. I recommend it for families and couples. The name of the morning receptionist is ‘Mercy’ and she is very good. However, the night receptionist is ‘Betty’ and you need to be careful when ordering food or bottle water because she double charges tourists.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Seniors, Budget Travel
  • Written May 13, 2009
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  • Sami29 profile photo Sami29
  • Reviews: 37

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Concorde Hotel: Addis Ababa’s Noisiest Hotel

It is located on Debre Zeit Road , on the same road to Hawi Hotel and Global Hotel. Concorde is well-known for its nightclub- The Dome. A single room will cost you around 255 bir (20$). Inside the room, there is an old desk, a semi broken wardrobe, a TV set (does not work) and a medium size bed. Because of the constructions outside the hotel, there is no guarantee- for the time being at least- to have electricity and water every day. Furthermore, there is no peace inside the room for the construction starts at 6 o’clock morning to 6 o’clock night. Staying in Concorde or any hotel on Debre Zeit Road at the present time, is a waste of money and time. The only credit that must be given to Concorde is its proximity to the Dome nightclub where they perform Ethiopian traditional dance from 9.30 to 11 o’clock. It is free for Concorde residents.

Inside the hotel, it’s dark and dusty. There is reception counter in front of the main door. The moment you arrive, an old security guy will come to your room and check your belongings, item by item, which is ridiculous. The bell boy’s name is Sami and he is very helpful. At night, the hotel is dead because there is no one there. Downstairs, there is a bar attached to the reception desk and a Chinese restaurant. The waiters wait outside to attract the passers-by.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Music, Budget Travel
  • Written May 13, 2009
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Ararat Hotel: courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines

The service was pretty good really - the staff were friendly enough and helpful to the degree of which they could understand english - most didnt but they were smiling and friendly anyway - and gave us wake up calls to be helpful even when we didnt want them and didnt want to be woken up so early nor receive about 3 wake up calls each!

Pretty flowers and gardens around the front entrance. Interesting pictures decorated the walls - particularly of a religious nature but quite culturally Ethiopian.

The breakfast was awful! but very nice tea which is a good thing when you want to start the day!? After having fantastic food and coffee in Burundi we were let down badly but we had probably just got spoilt from being too well looked after!?

And the beds were fantastic! Interesting that the leader of our group actually said that most of the members of our group commented to him about the particularly comfortable beds! (our beds in Burundi for the previoius week were not so good!)

A plus for me too was that the hotel was not too close to the airport so driving back for our midday flight we got to see lots of people on the roadsides at the shops or on the way to wherever they were going that morning! so lots of photo opportunities of people.

And a sunrise view from our balcony though mostly our view was over industrial or ramshackle surroundings!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Adventure Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written April 26, 2009
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Edsonatra Hotel: Edsonatra Hotel

Edsonatra hotel is a new hotel in a side street of Bole road, only 10 minutes drive from the airport. It's a quiet, small family hotel and the rooms are clean. I stayed here for 3 nights. The price is about 40-50 USD for a double room. 60 USD for the suite. It's not far from the restaurants and bars in Bole road. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Breakfast is included with fried egg, toast, jam and tea. It was not so tasty.
There are some noise at the week-ends from the nearby Rodeo bar and restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Arts and Culture, Historical Travel
  • Written September 18, 2008
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Edsonatra Hotel, Addis Ababa

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  • Reviews: 384

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Semien Hotel: Best view in Addis

Up past Piazza you will find the Semien.

7th floor bar overlooks Addis for nice views on a clear day.

$67 twin room inc tax.

Fast internet (1 Birr per min plus tax)

Clean room, warm showers, and own generator for those daily power cuts. Very noisey in mornings. Good restaurant with 40 Birr buffet in the evening.

Breakfast included in price.

Gym and sauna extra

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 2, 2008

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  • DAO profile photo DAO
  • Reviews: 4196

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ENTOTO HOTEL: BUDGET ROMANCE


The Entoto Hotel is romantic according to the nice Ethiopian man (Mesfin) who parks my car at the airport in England. I stopped here on a very rainy day and had a nice lunch. It is set in a garden area of its own and is in the quietest area in Addis Ababa. It is located in the relatively up-scale area of Siddist Kilo between Addis Ababa University and the American Embassy on the road (up) to the Entoto mountains. I did not see the rooms, but would guess a room goes for $30-40 a night. They also had a large conference/banquet facility and a recreational centre next door. If you want a bit of piece and quite in a nice setting at an economical price, but still only a short shared taxi ride to everything – here you are.

Ring for a reservation. They are friendly and speak English.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written February 11, 2008
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3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

WUTMA GH: Is Wutma one of the best ?

I stayed at Wutma GH for one night in Jan. 2008.
That was my first night in a budget accomodation in Ethiopia.
Used to travel to Asia, I was expecting smth better than that.
Nevertheless, Wutma is pretty much the average.
Addis is poor in decent budget accomodation.
I paid 80 birrh for one night.
It was not that clean, barely acceptable.
Pretty dark room with poor bathroom but hot water.
Maybe the room I was given was not the best one !?
As my trip was short and already well planned, I did not interact with the staff for any assistance. Can't say if they are helpful or not.

Location in Piazza with taxi available day and night.
Internet café attached to the hotel

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written February 7, 2008
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Extreme Hotel: Addis Extreme

Stayed here a few nights. It has an overpriced restaurant, gym, bar with pool tables upstairs.
If you are going to stay hear I would go for the first floor rooms which are a bit nicer with tiled floors and generally in better shape. I stayed in two rooms. First room had a shower with a a busted hotwater tap..had to wiggle it a bit to get it to work. Second room had no toilet seat and even after I told the front desk about it...they were still unable to install one after 2 days.

The girls at the front desk are nice and the place has a general apperance of cleanliness but comparing the 2nd-3rd floor rooms to the Wutma..Wutma is $20 cheaper and a better value.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written December 18, 2007
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Wutma Hotel: Economical Addis

Stayed here might first night in Addis. After midnight sometime the water and power went off.
Had to catch a flight at 05:00 and it was a blast dressing and packing up my bag by camera light. The rooms are simple and clean. Considering it's right in the heart of Piazza it's a good value and had I not been spooked by getting bit on the shoulder by something that night I probably would have stayed here for all of my days in Addis.

There is a great cafe on the ground floor as well as Nina's internet in the back which makes the place a winner

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written December 18, 2007
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  • Over60 profile photo Over60
  • Reviews: 153

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Semien Hotel: Adequate Middle Price Hotel in Addis

I spent one night here, courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines, on an overnight stopover. The hotel is large and relatively modern, although things are a bit shabby around the edges. Service was good . It's nothing special, but there is also nothing to object to.

Excellent Buffet dinner in the evening. A great chance to sample lots of Ethiopian dishes.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 16, 2007

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EXTREME HOTEL: CLEAN AND EFFICIENT


The only thing extreme about this hotel is how bright it is. I was impressed with this hotel when I went for a visit. The staff were friendly and happily showed me 2 rooms. They had a large bed, shower, closet and TV. They were also incredibly bright like they had just been painted. Bizarrely the rooms looked identical to me, but one was $30 a night and one was $40. Why the difference? I have no idea.

On the plus side it is set off the road and behind walls and tall tress making it quiet. It is within walking distance of the Mercato and an uphill walk from Piazza. Also breakfast is included and the dinning room (pictured) looked nice.

On the bad side, you have to walk through ‘Beggar Ally’ to get to Piazza. They don’t bother tourists much though.

You could do a lot worse than here. In its price range, it’s good.

:UPDATE. Since my visit, VT Member Flynboxes stayed here. Please read his review:

Here!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Singles, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written December 12, 2007
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