African Village

Top choice hotel in Dire Dawa

An attractive mesh of traditional and modern, the comfortable rooms with satellite TV surround a communal courtyard and excellent restaurant (mains Birr45 to Birr90). The only real knock is the lack of air-conditioning, though the traditional construction does help cool the rooms. Find this haven of peace in a quiet neighbourhood west of the centre, signposted down a side street.

The kitchen turns out expertly cooked Ethiopian dishes and the clear explanations on the menu will guide you along. There are also burgers, salads, soups, pastas and pizzas. One grumble: service is a bit slow. The Swiss owners prohibit alcohol.