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Hilton Hotel (Map pp80-1 ;
0115 518400; hilton; Menelik II Ave; s/d from US$130/145;
) Although lacking the Sheraton’s
panache, the high-rise Hilton still makes
a splendid stay and won’t break the bank.
With banks, travel agencies, airline offices,
restaurants, pool, health club, spa ( p90 )
and numerous sports facilities (see Other
Sports, p90 for more details), it’s almost
a clubhouse for the expat business com-
munity and is always alive with action. The
402 rooms each have a balcony (some with
grand views) and are very comfortable,
though they do show their age in places.
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You lucky lucky souls…you’ve either just
stepped off a plane (Welcome to Ethiopia!
Lucky you!) and can indulge in a feast of
gastronomic pleasures for a fraction of what
it would cost at home, or you’ve just arrived
from several weeks in Ethiopia’s wilds (How
amazing was that?! Lucky you!) and now
have what looks like Manhattan’s menu on
your doorstep. Italian or Indian? Middle
Eastern or Mexican? French or Ethiopian?
Eat what you choose and enjoy.
Many restaurants, particularly the smarter
ones, add a 15% tax and 10% service charge
to their bills; check before you order.
Many places offer a ‘traditional experience’:
traditional food (called ‘national food’) in
traditional surroundings with traditional
music in the evening. You sit in short trad-
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Ghion Hotel (Map pp80-1 ;
0115 513222; ghion@; s US$55-81, tw US$68-95, ste US$110;
Set in serene gardens smack dab in Addis
Ababa’s centre, off Ras Desta Damtew St,
Ghion is something of an Ethiopian in-
stitution and is usually full. Though the
surroundings can’t be beat, the old but well-
kept rooms, with slightly shaggy carpet,
satellite TV and telephone, are overpriced.
Credit cards are accepted.
A new Novotel/Ibis Hotel development
was underway next to Meskal Sq during
our visit, so check their respective websites
( and
for details.
Global Hotel (Map pp80-1 ;
0114 664766; global; Beyene Abasebsib St; d incl breakfast,
sauna & steam bath US$58-66, ste incl breakfast, sauna
& steam bath US$120;
) If there’s anything
wrong with this high-rise hotel, it’s that
the rooms are too big. Bright windows and
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