Addis Ababa in detail


Accommodation runs the gamut in Addis: brandish your flip-flop and do battle with almighty insects, or sink into a sumptuous suite. It’s all up to you, your budget and the strength of your shoes.

Hotel owners quote their rates in a mixture of Birr and US dollars, though all accept payment in Birr. We have quoted prices using the currency the hotel uses. All hotels listed here have hot water unless otherwise indicated.

Northeast Addis

Around Mike Leyland St and Haile Gebreselassie Rd are plenty of budget hotels, although you should keep your wits about you if venturing out after dark. The midrange hotels in the area generally inhabit more salubrious surrounds.

Piazza & the North

There are plenty of budget hotels just down the hill from Piazza – con artists are known to hang around waiting for gullible new arrivals but it's not as bad as it used to be.

Bole Area

The Bole area southeast of Addis' centre is where you'll find dozens of midrange hotels. With so many restaurants nearby, it's a good area to base yourself.