We were put up in this hotel by Ethiopian Airlines after missing our connection to Harare. I cannot complain since the stay was free. The airline arranged everything. A shuttle brought us from the airport and back the next day. The driver was very nice. The hotel included buffet meals for breakfast, lunch and supper, which I thought were great as it gave us a chance to try some Ethiopian cuisine. The staff were professional and friendly.
The room was nice looking (we had a room with two twin beds). My mom and her husband were put into a suite which was very nice as well.
I saw a review of this hotel that said it didn't feel very safe. i didn't feel that way. I managed to get the door and my patio door locked and I felt fine, and all the while keeping in mind that I was not in Canada but I was in Addis Ababa...I like to keep things in perspective.
There was free wifi which worked well in our room.
The bathroom in both mine and my mom's room was sort of weird in that water did not stay in the bottom of the shower - however, there was a drain on the floor and it drained through there fine. The room and amenities were fine for our purposes.
I also thought the hotel was in an interesting area. We did a little bit of sightseeing. A man from the hotel walked with us and we went down the busy Cameroon Street. We also went to the Medhanealem Orthodox Church which is very close nearby. The hotel was going to help me hire a tour guide for the day but unfortunately I fell asleep in our room due to jet lag and woke up after the sun had already set.
As the airline paid, I don't know how much the hotel costs, but if have missed your flight and are offered by the airline to be put up there, I would do it (and I did!).
I am giving the hotel an "Average" rating because I cannot compare it to anything else (eg. Hilton) in Addis, but really its probably closer to a "Very Good".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Today we are very happy to be listed in the Trip advisors list of the hotels as Empire Addis International Hotel.This hotel is established in the total area of 1800 sq.mts. The hotel can accommodate about 40 room guests as a single occupancy. Rooms are arranged as: - single, suite and Twin bedded rooms; all the rooms are furnished with high class furniture and amenities. The hotel is located at the busiest center of the town and so we think this will give our guests a good respond to their different requests and enquiries. Our team will welcome you with our Ethiopian warm hospitality services.Thank you and wish you all the best. ... more less
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