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Where to Stay in Addis Ababa?
Addis Ababa is one of the best cities for tourists in Africa. Once you make sense of this large, sprawling city, finding a cheap hotel in Addis Ababa is easy. Most of the sights that appeal to tourists can be found in and near the city centre. The Piazza district is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Addis Ababa, as it is home to many coffeehouses, cafes and bars popular with students at nearby Addis Ababa University, also a good choice for those seeking last-minute hotel deals, as this is where the bulk of Addis Ababa's hotels and guesthouses are located. The Piazza is also close to the Ethnological Museum, located in the former palace of Haile Selassie, and St. George Cathedral. The Merkado, site of one of the largest markets in Africa, is another district popular with visitors to Addis Ababa. The affluent Bole Road district in southern Addis Ababa has become popular with travellers in the last few years, due to its newer hotels and numerous Indian and Italian restaurants.
Addis Ababa Accommodation Options
Most discount hotels in Addis Ababa are found in the Piazza district, although some of the nicer mid-range hotels are located along Bole Road. Guesthouses and pensions in the Piazza and near the Merkado offer small, yet clean and friendly rooms to travellers on a budget; however, amenities such as a shower or air conditioning often cost extra. Many hotels in Addis Ababa are run by the government, particularly those marketed towards business travellers. These hotels are often clean and large, but are less modern than the city's luxury hotels. However, these government hotels usually offer substantial discounts on weekends and in the off-season.The city of Addis Ababa has around 23 inns and guest houses, almost all of which are extremely affordable for visitors. Travellers interested in ecotourism can rent rooms in nearby Bishangari with a beautiful view of Lake Langano. A sprinkling of the city’s hotels provide guests with fitness centers, swimming pools, free high-speed internet, and business centers. There will always be something to suit the needs of each traveller, whether the budget be large or small.
Addis Ababa Hotel Recommendations?
The Dimitri Hotel is conveniently close to the airport, near the Medhane Alem Church. It has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Guests are offered a complimentary breakfast and reception. Business amenities include a business centre and complimentary wireless Internet access. Event facilities consist of a ballroom, exhibit space, conference rooms, and banquet facilities. Amenities featured in guestrooms include minibars, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, and extra towels/bedding. Guestrooms have plasma televisions with premium TV channels, free movie channels, and first-run movies. Balconies are featured in all guestrooms. The Hilton Addis Ababa features spa services, massage and treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. In addition to an outdoor pool and a children's pool, Hilton Addis Ababa provides a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. Business-related amenities at this 4.0-star property include a business centre and secretarial services. Meeting facilities include conference rooms, a ballroom, exhibit space, and banquet facilities. This 4.0-star property also offers a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a coffee shop/café. Onsite parking is complimentary.
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