About this listing
A room with a queen bed and an extra mattress in the house or the whole house while the owner is away. Pay as you go wi-fi based on unreliable 3G network available at additional price . Airport pick up can be arranged for 15$.
AIRPORT Taxi pickup at 15$ one way available and easiest way to get to the house.
IMPORTANT: please don't make bookings without contacting me first. Instant booking is not accepted. You need to have a photo and ID verified to have booking accepted.
For two guests, you have to send scanned ID of the 2nd guest also once the reservation has been accepted.
A house with a bedroom with a queen size bed (120x190cm) with a double layer IKEA duvet in a lovely house on the hill in the Shola area of Addis Ababa (behind British Embassy). An extra mattress is available if traveling with a friend.
Beautiful garden with a view of the city. The bathroom is shared with the owner, there is a living room and a fully equipped kitchen that you can use.
The veranda and the garden are perfect for relaxing. Lounging chairs are available. And if you are a bird watcher, you will love this place, we have white eyes, speckled mouse birds, chats, lovebirds, bulbuls etc.
There are three dogs in the compound but they are NOT allowed inside the house.
Free laundry services are available ONCE a week (except during severe water shortage periods), but due to cultural norms, the guest are required to wash their own underwear :-)
Bed sheets, towels and soap are provided.
In the rainy season (2nd half of June, July, August and 1st two weeks of September) it can take a while for clothes to dry, up to several days.
The house is off the main road, on a hill. About 5-10 minutes walk from the main road (faster on the way down the hill)
Local minibuses to Arat Kilo, Piassa, and the other way to Shola and Meganegna are available regularly. After 9 pm it is advisable to return with a contract taxi for safety reasons, especially if you are carrying valuables.
A reliable and reasonably priced contract taxi is available in the neighbourhood.
Airport pick ups can be arranged at extra cost of 15 dollars with a reliable local company (arrivals possible from 6am until 10pm - if your flight is arriving late at night I suggest you book a guest house room for the first night and arrange a pick up with them, I can advise you on reasonably priced guest houses in town ). Consult with me about check in time at least a day before arrival.
Random taxi from airport is also possible, but unless you have very good bargaining skills you'll pay at least 20 dollars and they will struggle to find the house.
Local shops are available at the bottom of the road and a house guard can be sent to do your basic shopping for you at no extra cost.
The neighbourhood is safe and friendly.
the owner is a seasoned Ethiopia traveler and can provide information about traveling around the country. Bradt and Lonely planet Ethiopia and Somaliland guidebooks are available (not the latest editions though). Guidebooks and other books can be borrowed from the house, but please return them for other guests.
Local food can be prepared if ordered in advance.
We can arrange an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in the garden for no extra cost (only on weekday and between 10am and 2 pm and only during dry season.)
I can help arranging local SIM card, if told well in advance.
Internet access with a wifi router is available, but at extra cost, as internet is very expensive in Addis. Charge cards are used, so you can pay as you go. Expect to pay at least 5 dollars a day, for basic e-mail and browsing use. Also, very important: I CANNOT guarantee internet will be working at all times as it is extremely unreliable.
There are hotels near by where you can browse the internet for free (or at a cost of a drink).
Kitchen has a gas stove. All pots and pans, cutlery, dishes, etc you may need. Fridge with a freezer compartment.
You can help yourself to food on your first morning, then please buy your own groceries. When leaving inform me of the things you're leaving behind in the kitchen or in the fridge.
You can use the whole house except my bedroom.
Bathroom is shared, so kindly clean up after yourself.
Interaction with guests
I am happy to give additional advice on best places in Addis and travel around Ethiopia.
The neighbourhood is calm and generally very safe but I don't advise walking alone after 10 pm. Not very central but close to main points of interest. As in all middle class neighborhoods there are dogs that bark at night. I provide earplugs :)
Minibuses are available at the bottom of the road, about 5 minute walk and they run form 6.30 am to 10pm. Contract taxis are also available in the neighbourhood. I have affordable & reliable regular drivers I can recommend.
Other things to note
Guest are NOT allowed to bring people to the house without permission from the owner.
Smoking only allowed in the garden. While there is a maid that comes 3 times a week, you are requested to clean up the major mess after using the shared spaces.
You can borrow books, but you must return them.
Please take care of the kitchen utensils and dishes as most were brought from abroad and cannot be easily replaced in Addis.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.