I spent three pleasant days here. The hotel is simple, but the room was clean, albeit with tattered carpet, and everything in the bathroom worked. There is a very pleasant courtyard, and the rooms are far from city noise. Staff were invariably pleasant and helpful. The small dining room offered a good breakfast and excellent simple meals.
What Hotel? Every time I went through Passport Control at the airport they would ask me this. The Wutma is a cheap and cheerful hotel in the Piazza area. It’s cheaper than its famous near-neighbour the Itegue Taitu Hotel. It also has hot water! Again, an advance on that other hotel. Staff are helpful, the restaurant looks 5 times nicer than the hotel itself and they have their own internet centre. Security? At night they have a steel door and the night watchman sleeps on the ground behind it. No issues with safety. It is a short walk to the Piazza and the mini bus station. My room was small, but clean and comfortable. They even provide flip flops so you don’t slip in the shower. For less than $10 a night, you can’t beat it!
* Good restaurant with super cheap prices
* Good value
* Internet (use the one at the back, not the one facing the street)
* Good location
* Reasonable and cheap restaurant
* Cold and cheap beer
* Friendly staff
Oh boy, not good! The motel was described ny Lonely Planet as being cheerful and friendly.
The reality was a room dusty, exposed wires hanging from the walls in the (filthy) bathroom, a ridiculously loud nightclub still powering upon our 12am arrival. We lay a sheet over the top of the bed and slept on top - then prayed fervently as we showered next the "power cable" feature wall in the bath/shower combo! Don't mind cheap and rustic, but this was a horror. Don't go there unless desperate.
This is a medium range good hotel, one of the most visited by groups.
It is greatly located in Churchill, the main avenue, near the National Theatre and the Post Office.
Didn't sleep here but had dinner at its nice terrace overlooking the busy Churchill Avenue on a delicious evening. Used to eat injhera for more than a week, the dinner of grilled fish with salad and 1 huge mango juices (about 2 USD) tastes like heaven to me. The rest of the tables of the terrace are full of modern businessmen and trendy highclassed young people.
Rooms 13-22 USD
I tried to book a room here but it was full. It is a good choice if you wanna stay at the are around Meskel Square (modern part). It has small bungallows around a central patio. Peaceful.
There is a nice restaurant and bar too, very french obviously.
A perfect place when arriving/leaving by train... if there was any train running, which wasn't when I was there.
Rooms for 90-120 birr (9-12 USD).
Helpful staff, 24 hours guard outside.
In spite of its name this seems to be a good choice for a middle range hotel. It is not in an excellent location; in between Piazza and Mercato but too far to go walking to nearly anywhere.
I didn't stay, just passed by on my way to Mercato, but looked like a decent option, african way of course.
Rooms for about 20USD.
I stayed at this hotel on my last days here, after returning from the tour. I was heading for a cheaper one, but they were all full, so had to take this "expensive" middle range hotel (135 Birr, 14 USD). It was a good choice after all, as I was tired and could at least rest.
It is located in an area of Ministries, so it's very quiet at night. It has a nice courtyard which is like an oasis and the rooms, though small, are clean and comfortable.
Hot water doesn´t always run and when it does don't expect strong pressure.
There is a restaurant, small, where breakfast (included) is served. You can have simple meals here too.
The old lady in charge was very kinf and kept my lugagge for free when I was 2 days out in Harar.
Officially "Itegue Taitu Hotel", this is the oldest still functioning hotel in Ethiopia. When Empress Taitu founded it in 1914, there was not such concept as TOURISM here in Ethiopia. If you dared to travel around you should trust in locals hospitality, the same way that locals had been doing for ages. No Inns, no hostals were known here when the Empress decided to introduce a touch of "modern life" in this newborn (in a way) country.
That would be a reason enough to visit it, but it's also a good mid-range hotel, one of the few reliable ones in the Piazza area.
A bit abandoned and overpriced (it survives definetly on its fame) it is a good option for a night or 2. In fact it's often full and reservation is adviced.
It has several buildings, being the original house (see pics) the best option if you are looking for a medium range option. If you have to take a room in any of the new buildings (I had) expect very very basic rooms with/without WC. Better without by the way, as I didn't dare to enter the toilets in my room.
Rooms go from 46 to 150 Birr (5-15 USD) depending on the range and on your bargaining skills.
There is a 24 hours guard in the main gate.
All the basics, breakfast/lunch/dinner, cleaning if you ask for it, calm environment, friendly faces, many bypassers (foreign backpackers) and in the city centre of Addis. The prizes are fantastic! Most other hotel with the same standard has a higher prize. It is to be said that it is a 2 star hotell and as for backpackers and people looking for cheap prizes this is a very good place to stay.
The location and calmness.
I think they try hard...but they just don't know the right way to try hard. Okay. I can excuse the ICE COLD showers...a lot of the cheaper hotels in Ethiopia do not have warm water. I can excuse the small, basic, shabby rooms (no way in hell did the room I stay in look like the one on the website which I just right now saw). It's cheap and the third world...who cares. What sucks is when the maids are vacuuming at 5:45 am right above your room. Overall I wasn't too happy with this place. Just too many things here and there. Totally irritated me, from the way a lot of the waitresses were acting towards me (totally snotty and rude) to the constant noise everywhere. I will try somewhere else next time. Oh yeah. Totally overpriced too!!
condoms in the drawer by the bed :-)
The menu was a little restricted, but it was all wholesome. If you find the breakfast a little boring, go into one of the supermarkets for bacon or marmite. The kitchen will cook the bacon for you.
The hotel is in need of a good makeover to renovate the tired paint and wallpaper, but the staff are friendly and willing, which is better than fresh paint when you are tired and hot.
There are weddings at the weekends, but they are not too noisy and close up early, so that everyone can come back for the wedding breakfast the next day. The finery and the pageant makes up for any minor inconvenience.
I stayed there a month. As I was working in my room most of the time, I got a larger room with a bath for $32 per night. the normal size rooms have a shower and a fridge and cost $16 per night, including breakfast. Really good value.
This is the bar and the reception of the hotel. The guy on the reception is Wolde and he is friendly and helpful. If you have questions regarding the various places in city and how to get there, he'll be happy to guide u.
I arrived here in the evening after the sunset and i was a little bit scared because i didn't know a single soul in Addis.
I got a room here and found the staff of the hotel very friendly. I think this hotel and its staff is trustable. I had my luggage and everything in the room and thank god everything was okay.
There is a small restaurant and a bar in the lobby of this hotel. The food was good. The location of this place is the big plus point because its on the Bole Road where everything is and its also close to the airport. After checking out you can also leave your stuff with them.
A sprawling place with a restaurant popular with locals. The rooms are equiped with huge sunken tubs in which you can relax in your own private mineral bath.
NOT to be confused with the Sheraton, the Finfine offers basic rooms, but it is friendly. A fun experience.
private mineral baths
huge indoor and outdoor eating areas
$20US for a double room per night. Middle range by Ethiopian standards.
Comfortable rooms, with TV and Satelite, hot shower. Breakfast included. Highly recommendable. The staff were very helpful and there is a little souvenir counter.
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