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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Tanks a breakdown of Ethionpian Air's great airplains i had a short look into Addis Abeba and this strange hotel. The reception area was nice, the room (suite!) was nice some years ago, badroom, bathroom, livingroom and a minikitchen. The Bridge was very noicy, i had Tod unplug it to be able to sleep, you also could hear everything from the other rooms.Diner at 3 am was not good (but that is to be expected), the breakfast realy odd, no eggs bread only when i was allready finished a littlle fruit a littlle bit of cakes and some chinese looking things. ...
Worst of all no international phone calls possible (also not from the reception!).
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
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