We visited Addis, my husband and I, for one week. I spent a lot of time trying to find a hotel to suit our needs but to be with a reasonable price range. This hotel is a 4 star hotel, in Addis. I can not judge it based on other hotels in Addis; in other countries it would probably be more like a 3*superior. However, the staff was very friendly as was the owner. The hotel itself was very clean, and our room was very large with a clean bathroom which had hot water throughout our stay. Apparently this is quite good for Addis. Also the internet worked just fine in our rooms, two times it did not work but as soon as we notified the reception they got it started immediately. We did not use the gym facilities as we were in Addis for a different purpose all together. In terms of the breakfast in my view it was ok nothing extravagant but it served its purpose. The coffee as in many other places in Addis, was fantastic. I was so surprised by the quality of the coffee generally in Addis. Staff in the hotel was very friendly and staff was keen to please.
The location of the hotel is good, near the Piazza and equal distance to the old airport area as to the bole area. Our business revolved in the Bole area but with a taxi, it took us 15 minutes to get there. The taxis themselves are a different story. They are considered an expensive means of transportation, ie for 15 minutes drive approximately 5 euros. Alternative method of transportation are blue minivans packed with people which are extremely cheap but they only go straight directions. We only used them once, they are realtively safe but fairly cramped so we decided after a while not to use them. The taxis are old ladas, many of them in bad conditions and the driving experience is quite something else. The cars are very old and unsafe in my opinion and so is the driving. And I am Greek, so it is fair to admit that I know some things about unsafe driving. After a while you do get used to them but you are always conscious that there is an element of danger. Also, we these taxis you need to negotiate the price of the ride before you go in. After a while we were able to understand what was the "fair" price for each ride and therefore negotiations were just a technicality.
Addis is a different place that the ones we are used to. In the beginning we were bewildered by the situation and by the scenery. After a few days, we got used to most things and we learned to appreciate the goodness of the people and many other things not associated with wealth or comfort. Mind you, when we returned home via Dubai, we felt so unease with the huge contrast to Addis, that we were not sure if we liked Dubai anymore.
We are already home and we miss Addis and we hope to return soon. It was an erniching experience and I wish more people would select Addis for their travel destination. Adids is developing very rapidly and everyone admits that in 5 years time it will be a different place.