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
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.
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!
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 $30-40 a night. They also had a large conference/banquet facility and a recreational centre next door. If you want a bit of piece and quite in a nice setting at an economical price, but still only a short shared taxi ride to everything – here you are.
Ring for a reservation. They are friendly and speak English.
Located on off Meskel Flower Road, near Adot Tina Hotel. It's a family guest house and it's clean and new. A single room will cost you around 280 bir (20$) 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.
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
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$). Inside the room, there is an old desk, a semi broken wardrobe, a TV set (does not work) and a medium size bed. Because of the constructions outside the hotel, there is no guarantee- for the time being at least- to have electricity and water every day. Furthermore, there is no peace inside the room for the construction starts at 6 o’clock morning to 6 o’clock night. Staying in Concorde or any hotel on Debre Zeit Road at the present time, is a waste of money and time. The only credit that must be given to Concorde is its proximity to the Dome nightclub where they perform Ethiopian traditional dance from 9.30 to 11 o’clock. It is free for Concorde residents.
Inside the hotel, it’s dark and dusty. There is reception counter in front of the main door. The moment you arrive, an old security guy will come to your room and check your belongings, item by item, which is ridiculous. The bell boy’s name is Sami and he is very helpful. At night, the hotel is dead because there is no one there. Downstairs, there is a bar attached to the reception desk and a Chinese restaurant. The waiters wait outside to attract the passers-by.
Read as ‘desalen’ for the ‘g’ sound is silent. Desalegn 2 is located on EU road, Cape Verde St. and not very far from Atlas hotel. It’s in a quiet and clean road. A standard room will cost you around 56$ 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.
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