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.
The main attraction of the Bole Ambassador Hotel is its location, a mere two- to five minute drive from the airport. In addition, its suites are spacious; it offers wifi throughout its buildings; its restaurant, including its complementary breakfast, is decent; and its rates are well below comparable Addis Ababa lodgings.
The staff is friendly and helpful, providing me with an AC adapter the moment I asked for one. The hotel has a gym and a spa, though I didn't try either of them.
Upon arriving at Bole International, I was met at the hotel's kiosk in the airport and promptly taken to the hotel. The van also delivered me back to the airport on my departure.
Given that flights leave for Gonder, Lalibela, and Axum early in the morning, the hotel's location is a real plus for people flying to any of those historically and culturally interesting cities.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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..
One of the most interesting hotels I saw in Ethiopia. The huts are all built in a traditional style but they are very comfortable inside. The owners are a nice couple, Alex and Sandrine, with kids. The whole atmosphere persuades you to follow the healthy way of life they are recommending.
It is found in Oromia Region, which is the heart of “Jamaica” as the region is called, in Shashemene. This area is mostly inhabited by Rastafarian people who had initially come from Jamaica, when Haile Selassie was ruling the country.
There is a lush garden around the huts which are built with wood, bamboo with thatched roofs. Inside they have all the comforts we need, and hot showers. The restaurant is run by the couple who cook mainly vegetarian food using mostly organic products from their garden. Bread is baked in a wooden oven and made with wholemeal flour. This is a paradise for healthy food eaters!
We had long walks in the river and fields around the lodge enjoying the fresh air and the smiling Rastafarian children playing around.
They also have some horses in the hotel stables so that you can have a horseback ride!
It is only 4km from the town of Shashemene and 250km from Addis Ababa. They also have a minibus for tours and excursions around the area.
Room prices are 70-120b.
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Don't miss the photos!
This was one of the most pleasant hotels I have stayed. The price was very good for such a comfortable place only because Nazret doesn't attract many tourists.
The best restaurant in the city for my tastes and in even the locals' opinion is the restaurant in this hotel. Breakfast is included in the price and it is served in the fresh and pleasant courtyard under a beautiful pergola. The staff is very polite and most of them are very professional. There is a European touch in their well prepared food. I liked roasted lamb (45b), Russian salad, and tagliatelle with tomato or meat sauce. (33b)
We paid 167b for a double room with breakfast. The carpeted room was very bright and very clean, with very comfortable beds, satellite TV with a lot of channels and private bathroom with hot water.
I had one of the most pleasant time there. It was because of the leafy garden, the warmth of the owners, the nice atmosphere of the bar in the evening, when we gulped down a few shots of tequila, the beautiful birds with the velvet blue-green feathers that kept on singing all day and sometimes even at night..I don't know. But I felt really relaxed and happy with the place.
The rooms are nothing special although they are spacious and those with private bathrooms have continuous hot water. All the tenants of these rooms were very contented. The opposite side has rooms with common bathrooms, and I heard some complaints. But I have to tell you that the owner has a plan to fix the common bathroom system.
Rooms with bathrooms cost 70b and without 50b.
Click on the photo to see the bird with the beautiful color
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