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“A little corner of Holland”

Wim's Holland House
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Wim's Holland House
Reviewed 19 January 2014

I have returned to this venue a number of times as I have used it as a base for travelling through Ethiopia and surrounding countries. The owners, Wim and Rhael, are hospitable. The staff are helpful and proficient. The menu makes a good change from normal Ethiopian fare and with a Dutch flavour. As far as I know, there is one room for rent with on-suite bathroom. The camping area is a little tired. Only one cold shower and toilet. Vehicle repair services are available or, if not, alternatives recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Being Dutch, me and my company had to visit Wims Holland House in Addis. It's a nice looking bar with lots of Dutch memorabilia on the walls and both Wim and another Dutch guy named Ron were there. We instantly started swapping travel stories with eachother and enjoyed some reasonably priced drinks and great Nasi Goreng with sateh. Before Wim showed up, Ron showed us around the bar, the campsite and the shower areas and told us all about how they help out overlanders, fix cars and that you could actually stay there for a couple of nights as well, wether you're camping or driving.

Great place, very hospitable staff and if you are in need of any kind of help with local customs, they can definitely help you out!

Room Tip: If you are driving through Ehtiopia and need help with papers or car maintenance, make sure to stop...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

Wim's Holland House has a reputation with overlanders and it's easy to see why - cheap, secure parking and camping near the centre of Addis, good food, cold beer, decent prices, no tourist hassle, and warm friendly company. Great place to do some car work, get advice and just relax for a few days.

It's a shame Wim lost the second plot of land for camping (he says the government took it) but there's still enough space for plenty of overlanders if they don't mind cosy parking! Didn't stay in a room so can't review those. Toilet facilities aren't great but they're serviceable, and I've paid more for plenty worse in Ethiopia. The only other niggle for me is that Wim doesn't offer WiFi.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank bazyr
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I did not stay overnight so am unable to comment. I did however make use of their fine bar which was well stocked with reasonably priced booze and good food. It was that good that I came back again and again.
I hear that Wim's will have to shut down or be relocated due to urban planning . If true, a great shame as it was the nicest expat bar that I came accross in Addis Ababa.

Room Tip: Drink don't sleep!!!
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We had an extended stop here on our way round the world in our overland truck. We wouldn't have stayed so long had it not been fine but there are a few problems that could easily be sorted. The shower is terrible and doesn't drain properly so you could end up stood in someone elses dirty water as there is only one shower room. It was hot enough but the shower head bracket that holds it pointing in the correct direction didn't work. These are little things that take a few $$$ to fix. The rooms and camping are cheap enough but the rooms aren't great and again need a little work. It costs 75 Birr pppn for camping. The rooms were cheap and if i recal these started at 200 Birr pppn. They had both single and double rooms.

The restaurant food is good but you can get better and cheaper food down the road if you are willing to walk into town. They don't record everything you have with any degree of accuracy so make sure you check your bill at the end and make sure you know exactly what you have each day. Other than these few niggles this is a fine place to stay if your an overlander. They seem to have the market in Addis tied up anyhow so no matter what is said here you'll end up at Wim's for sure.

They have a maintenance pit so you can do an oil change and Wim knows his way around the town so can point you at the correct places for all sorts of stuff. If they can sort the small issues this place is going to keep the 4 star "Very Good" score and if not it could just as easily become a 2 star "Poor" rating.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 November 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2016
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled solo
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Address: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Region: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
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