After consulting the Lonely Planet guides for Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somaliland, I settled on Taitu. I was drawn to Taitu for a couple of reasons: I was booking for a group, needed some flexibility, needed a reasonable price, and wanted a reasonably central location.
With Taitu you get some real contrasts. The rooms in the more modern appendages to the hotel are immensely basic. They have shared bathrooms and these bathrooms have toilets without seats and without flushes, and showers that have temperamental taps.
In complete contrast to this is the quality of customer service and the food on offer. The food, ranging from traditional injera dishes to more 'European' dishes, is beautifully presented and full of flavour. Even with my group of twenty people the food was quick in being cooked and served. Added to this was service with a smile at all times.
Furthermore, the receptionists were great when one member of my group nearly got involved in a diplomatic incident. They were able to offer advice and assist in ensuring the issue was resolved in a timely fashion.
Overall, well worth a stay, especially if you're on a budget. Once my group were over the initial shock at the basic nature of the accommodation, they learned to love Taitu and didn't want to leave.
- Also Known As:
- Taitu Hotel Addis Ababa