I booked my three week tour of Ethiopia with Abeba Tours (http://www.abebatoursethiopia.com) and they were fantastic to work with, ready and willing to listen and change the plans according to my wishes but also full of proposals for me. Ethiopia being what it is, just about the only way to see the country in a “civilized” way is with an organized tour, but it is also a country where a tour for just one person is possible. This is what I did.
The lodges and hotels I stayed were all classified as “upmarket” in the warmly recommended Bradt guide book (Edition 6 from Sept 2012). The price level in the country is very reasonable and even “upmarket” is only around 50 dollars (list price) a night including breakfast.
Many people visit developing countries like Ethiopia expecting similar five star service as, say, in London. My review expects that the reader understands this not to be the case. Keep an open mind and you will experience the holiday of the lifetime!
As I was a solo traveler, I often got the smallest room next to the showers (sometimes literally!) but there were many exceptions. I ignore stuff like that.
After three weeks in various lodges and hotels in small towns, it was kind of a shock to arrive in a hotel which could have been anywhere in the rest of the world. The lobby bar could have been in Berlin or Buenos Aires. But once you step out of the building, you do realize that you are still in Ethiopia. Addis has maybe up to 23 million inhabitants and that covers a wide variety of people.
The room is very comfortable. There was renovation going on so the future could be even better.
Having said all that, I have no doubt most people stay here for one night only and that to catch a plane the following morning. I did, too. Location is very convenient for that only. Why would you stay here for any longer time? There are other hotels in better locations for longer stays.
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