I stayed at this "hotel" "courtesy" of Ethiopian Airlines on an overlay.
I had to surrender my passport (never happened before or since in Addis) before being allowed into the room (booked and paid by the airline). The room was dingy and old. Only one light worked, and the lock to the door of the room's little verandah (luckily on the sixth floor) was broken. The TV did not work properly, and the dinner we were served was cold and not nice. I left without eating it. The staff were so due and hostile that I did not press the matter.
The worst was still to come: opposite the hotel is a funeral parlour, and a wake was apparantly being held, with loud music being played ALL NIGHT LONG. When the music did stop at times, the roar of lorries careening down the street would break up the newly-gained bit of silence. I have rarely slept so little during the night. (I assume the rooms not facing the street are quieter.)
Next morning, I was summonsed to get on the bus taking passengers back to the airport. Pointing out that my flight was only much later, I was told that they only do one transfer a day. But hey, I was so glad to leave this dump that I hastily got everything together and left (with my passport returned, luckily).
On the return obverlay, I booked my own hotel (as I now always do when I have to stay over in Addis, even if Ethiopian offers to put me up for the night). This horror was simply too much.
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