The food was good, the service was good, the location was great, but all that paled to the fact that the sliding balcony door didn't lock. There was a long, sturdy rope-like pipe hanging from the roof, right in front of my balcony and down to the ground, and I immediately imagined someone climbing up in the middle of the night and walking right into my room. When I complained about this, I was told that all rooms have balconies and all the balcony door locks are broken, so even if they moved me, nothing would change. They said this like it was no big deal. Seriously?
It just so happened that someone I met while working in Addis is friends with someone related to the Meriba's owner. The friend made some calls and made one of the maintenance men fix my lock. So now the room I stayed in is likely the only one with a securable balcony door. Just FYI.
On a more positive note, the desk staff sprang into positive action when I needed to print something late at night and their one printers wasn't working. They called local Internet cafes and found one open and willing to print.
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