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Guesthouses and B&Bs
Rewda Cultural Guesthouse
This genuine Adare house percolates tradition and history into a comfy brew of warm welcome amid exotic decorations...
Abay Minch Hotel
Scruffy, but brighter and airier than others in this price range, it’s worth considering but check if the water is working.
A reliable pick in the town centre (just south of the big roundabout), convenient to Selam bus. Simple, clean rooms at a good price.
An attractive mesh of traditional and modern, the comfortable rooms with satellite TV surround a communal courtyard and excellent restaurant...
Amir Cultural Guesthouse
Definitely second-tier compared to the other two despite the higher price. It’s also an old Adare home but it’s far less attractive, is a guesthouse only (the owner lives nearby) and you can’t rely on reservations being honoured.
The big drawcards here are the balcony views over the Shoa Gate Market and the hotel’s proximity to the bus station and Old Town...
Blue Bird Hotel
Formerly Salem Hotel, this blue-glass spot northeast of the centre along the road to the airport was once the smartest in town and now offers the best value...
A bit noisy because of the popular restaurant-bar, but rooms at this old-timer are clean enough and offer fair value.
The best in town, and thus often full of UN and NGO workers, the rooms are big and clean and all come with satellite TV and hot-water showers. The en-suite rooms also have a minifridge...
Harargey International Hotel
Work was underway on this new hotel when we passed through Harar. The sign promising a ‘Five Star Hotel Coming Soon’ is bollocks, but if it’s even half as good as the pictures it will be the new best in Harar.
Heritage Plaza Hotel
Despite unattractive rooms that don’t come anywhere near the quality they should for the price and lots of road noise, the ‘Plaza’ is popular with tour companies. Consider it a backup if you need a certain level of comfort and Winta is full.
Housed in an old Italian colonial building facing the train station, the rooms and hallways are quite clean, but no amount of scrubbing can bring the common bathrooms up to the same level.
The dour exterior of Dire Dawa’s best lodging hides a classy lobby...
This large outfit up the hill on the Dire Dawa road is a solid budget choice. The odd cockroach or two aside, the rooms are cleaner, the staff friendlier and the water more reliable than others in this price range...
Not many places pride themselves on their view of the local garbage pile, but guests in some of the east-facing rooms might see hyenas in the early morning light, and they’ll surely hear them at night...
Currently Harar’s best hotel by a big margin, rooms at Winta are comfortable, with satellite TV and minifridge. Since it has only eight rooms, reservations are wise. It’s near the top of the hill in New Town, 100m north of Aretenya Mosque...
Zubeyda Cultural Guesthouse
Zubeyda is Rewda’s sister and this operation is less friendly but virtually the same. The biggest difference is that the courtyard here is shared by another family, which makes the experience more authentic but slightly less cosy.