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PAPYRUS HOTEL: A POOL IN BAHIR DAR


Please note: After I stayed here and wrote my first review - they added the VT logo to their website!

I paid a little bit more to stay at this hotel because it has a huge swimming pool. I haggled the room price down, so give it a try! The rooms are good sized and the queen sized bed had an excellent mattress. Modern flush toilets and unlimited hot water showers in the bathroom. Also satellite TV. They have a nice bar that serves snacks by the poolside. Upstairs they have a very good restaurant. I found the staff friendly and the pool was worth the extra I paid. It is a healthy walk to the lake, but when the weather is hot, you will want to get cool in the pool.

The rooms also have very good mosquito nets (pictured).



I paid a little bit more to stay at this hotel because it has a huge swimming pool. I haggled the room price down, so give it a try! The rooms are good sized and the queen sized bed had an excellent mattress. Modern flush toilets and unlimited hot water showers in the bathroom. Also satellite TV. They have a nice bar that serves snacks by the poolside. Upstairs they have a very good restaurant. I found the staff friendly and the pool was worth the extra I paid. It is a healthy walk to the lake, but when the weather is hot, you will want to get cool in the pool.

The rooms also have very good mosquito nets (pictured).

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Road Trip, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written August 14, 2014
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Rowda Waber Harari Cultural Guest House: BASIC BUT HISTORIC IN HARAR - NO. 1


There are only 3 rooms here, its Government owned (big problem), you share a small bathroom, the neighbourhood is 'lively' at night and there is not much security. If this is fine with you and less than $20 - then experience a real 'Adare House'. Also known as a 'Gegar', its a 2 story small house unique to Harar and designed to keep cool. Throughout the house are wooden panels that keep the light and heat out and let the cool air circulate. It is decorated from floor to ceiling with all manner of decorations. The interesting thing is the sitting areas in the front room. They are at different levels to sit at. The higher your social or status within the family, they higher you sat!

This can be a cheap and exciting place to stay, but it is owned by the government. That means if an organised group pays a little more - you make arrive to a cancelled reservation.

At least pay the small fee to look inside.

This is the sister accommodation of Zubeyda Waber Guest House and both are really just hostels with breakfast.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written August 1, 2014
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Zubeyda Waber Guest House: BASIC BUT HISTORIC IN HARAR - NO. 2


This is the sister location of the Rowda Waber Harari Cultural Guest House in Harar. You may be placed here anyway. Its almost as nice as Rowda, but it has a few less traditional rooms around the back. Historic basic hostel.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Backpacking
  • Written August 1, 2014
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TAITU HOTEL: THEY THREW ME OUT! AND NO HOT WATER


Let’s get this over with quickly. This is the oldest hotel in Addis Ababa. It was commissioned to be built by Empress Taitu in 1898. It had no hot water then, and it still doesn’t! Some of it has not been painted, decorated or repaired since then either. The staff hassle you 24/7 to buy a tour yet they ignore you and literally sit down and watch the TV in the middle of the restaurant. Your pleas to get food or drink are never heard over the TV. When they decide to grace you with their presence they are arrogant as hell. Yes, the only rude people in all of Ethiopia work her in this government owned hell hole. Yes, they are government employees. Now you understand. Make a reservation? Get thrown out just like I did when they had a large party. I booked a week and got one night. So, I paid top money for only cold water and got thrown out? YES.

Please do not stay here on principal! They may throw you out with no notice just like me. And it smells.


Throwing solo guests out if a larger party shows up unexpectedly. Homeless in Addis!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written July 13, 2014
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Hotel Taitu: Historic hotel in Addis Ababa

If you're looking for the basics, this is a fine place. If you're looking for luxury, it's not. It's very reasonably priced. The rooms are not spectacular but they have the basics: beds with clean sheets and warm blankets, a bathroom with a toilet, toilet paper, and a shower and sink with running water, including hot water. Besides, what else are you going to do use the room for except to sleep, wash up and get ready to go out? The terrace is a pleasant place to relax. The restaurant offers good food and is a nice place to have a beer and people watch. The staff is friendly and helpful.
In other posts people complain about the airport pick-up arranged from the hotel. I did not use that service but I can say that it's not necessary. There are taxis at the airport willing to take you to the hotel even if you arrive in the middle of the night.

Historic feeling, nice terrace and restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Backpacking, Photography
  • Written September 5, 2013

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OUTSIDE THE WALLS: HERITAGE PLAZA - HARAR


Heritage Plaza is a little hit and miss in terms of a hotel and its location. It is not inside the city walls and is slightly more expensive than some that are either in the wall or near them. With a local Bajaj (motorcycle taxi with cover eating area) you can be anywhere in the city for less than 50 US cents – if they come by. Otherwise it’s a 10-15 minute walk to where they are and/or the outer walls. It’s ok. The bed was – yes – ok. The room size was good and the hotel is quiet enough. The room I had did have was cool, clean and not much else. The bathroom was, however, a nightmare. The shower tray was tiny, clogged with hair and the water poured all over the bathroom and into the bedroom. A lot and every time. I had to ‘steal’ some towels to try and not break my neck walking around in my own room after a shower. The TV played 1 channel. There were 2 good closets and that would be it for the room.

The desk was manned and that is all I ever saw of the staff. Supposedly they had a restaurant, but I was never there hen they might have been so can’t comments.

Breakfast was outside in a nice outdoor area, but poor. I went next door to ‘Stackbucks’ for a poor, but better breakfast. Yes it is a Starbucks rip-off.

I really can’t recommend this place that much. It did the job, but was expensive for this city and what you get.

Lonely Planet calls this hotel “Palatial”.

Only if you are smoking strong drugs.

Harar is not blessed with any real ‘hotels’ so try and stay in a guesthouse or cultural house. Cheaper and probably have better showers.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Seniors, Gay and Lesbian, Historical Travel
  • Written August 2, 2012
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WUTMA HOTEL: CHEAP & CHEERFUL - ADDIS ABABA


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
* Safe
* 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

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Adventure Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written July 15, 2012
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EXTREME HOTEL: CLEAN AND EFFICIENT - ADDIS ABABA


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
  • Written July 6, 2012
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ETHIOPIS HOTEL - AXUM



This is one of several budget hotels right on the main street. It looked freshly painted and cheap. If you have the time you can walk along and see the rooms and negotiate a price. Definitely less than $10 for the cheapest rooms.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Road Trip, Motorcycle
  • Written July 6, 2012
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AFRICA HOTEL - AXUM


The Africa hotel is a very good budget hotel option. They have a few rooms with their own toilet for less than $6 and with shared showers/toilets for less than that. Its right on the main road and just a long walk to all the historical sites. Don’t expect much – you didn’t pay much. Clean and functional is what you get here.


Cheap and well located.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Motorcycle, Backpacking, Road Trip
  • Written July 6, 2012
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REMHAI HOTEL - AXUM: LUXURY? NO.


Yes they have a swimming pool. The rooms are the biggest problem. Cramped, dingy and often do not even have windows. Nice restaurant and great bar. You could stay at any other hotel in town and be within walking distance if you just want to go for a swim. There is a small fee payable even for guests. I got in for free because the attendant wasn't watching. They do have safe parking and excellent staff. Their exchange rates are worse than the banks and for some currencies, like UK Pounds, its very poor.

Definitely come over for dinner when they have live music, it’s a cultural treat. This is held in a large venue towards the rear of the property.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written July 6, 2012
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Jupiter Hotel - Cazanchise: Jupiter Hotel - Bringing Guests home

A great hotel to unwind after a long and tedious trip, the second you enter the hotels reception you already know you are in very capable hands. Efficient and great staff from the guard on the outside, the ever friendly porter to the professional and experienced management team will ensure that your stay is nothing but what you’re would expect from sheer luxury. A very service orientated establishment where all guests are treated to unparallel attention and great hospitality. Every room is well appointed and every care is ensured. Without a doubt a great hotel to spend a few days or a few months as I have. A hotel where staff genuinely cares about your individual comfort and well being.

The hotel boasts a newly equipped gym, steam and sauna with great views of the city center and the ever beautiful mountain range. The meals prepared at this hotels restaurant is par excellence, every meal prepared by the highly experienced chef is a masterpiece on its own. No meal will ever disappoint and the chef with his over 30 years experience will ensure nothing but his absolute personal culinary experience preparing each dish ensuring great dining moments.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Work Abroad, Historical Travel, Food and Dining
  • Written July 10, 2010
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Theodoros Hotel, Harar --the worst hotel ....

Theodoros Hotel was the worst hotel in my life. The room was awfully dirty, the bedsheets were not washed, and the bathroom were full of the previous guests “leftovers”... The water cuts were a norm and when I complained the receptionist threw me out of the reception and went on sleeping... Even though it was a festivity day this condition is unacceptable for 100 b. a room...

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 2, 2010

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Ras Hotel - Harar

I found this hotel very warm and pleasant although others think the corridor with the room doors and the rooms themselves resemble a Russian prison... Me, maybe because of the polite, efficient and helpful staff or maybe because I had a good time, I found the rooms cozy and comfortable. The rooms on the back side are much better because they are sunny and quiet. They cost only 70b and they have private bathroom with hot water, which follows a time schedule as in many hotels in the country.
It is outside the old city near the traffic lights - the only ones in Harar...
The restaurant has good food, very good service, and a very pleasant terrace that looks on the green garden, for a breezy meal.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written July 2, 2010
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Ras Hotel - Dire Dawa

In Dire Dawa I had a very pleasant stay in Ras Hotel (not Dire Dawa Ras Hotel) which the taxi drivers mention as Ras Hotel no 2.
It has a spacious yard with trees and fresh air, something rare in this hot, dusty city. The food in the restaurant is satisfactory, the prices are decent and the service is very good. Most rooms are equipped with a small balcony where we gather with friends to spend some easy time talking and ...chatting!
The rooms are big, with good beds, private bathrooms with hot water, local TV and mosquito nets. Double rooms are 100birr.
Dire Dawa Ras Hotel is more luxurious and more expensive but in my opinion it is only good for a cup of coffee in its beautiful garden.

The photo is irrelevant..

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written July 1, 2010
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