The Axum Hotel in Mekelle has two faces: a new face and an old face.
The hotel’s new building is at the back of the compound. Its rooms are clean, spacious and equipped with all modern conveniences: large TV set, instant hot water and slippers. Apart from the rock hard mattresses, you could find yourself in any three-star hotel in the world. It lacks any charm.
The hotel’s old building is the main building in the compound. Its rooms are tired, raunchy and equipped with all ancient inconveniences: dodgy plumbing, water that is either very hot or not hot at all and stained carpets. With all the solid wooden furniture with an ‘Axum’ theme, you are beyond doubt finding yourself in northern Ethiopia. It has all the charm.
Our solution to this conundrum: stay in Axum Hotel’s new building and have dinner and drinks in Axum Hotel’s old building’s restaurant and bar or outdoor area. This allows for having hot showers when you need them and taking in the atmosphere of what used to be a majestic hotel when you can appreciate it.
In terms of other services: breakfast is nothing to get excited about but improves significantly when you ask the waiter for honey and chilli sauce to complement the stale toast on display. WIFI is available but erratic, as is the case everywhere in Ethiopia. Expect power cuts (although the hotel's generator kicks in quickly) and make sure you have enough cash to pay your hotel bill as the visa machine only gets fixed when it gets fixed.
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- Also Known As:
- Axum Hotel Ethiopia/Tigray