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I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Where to stay/ Guest Houses

There are so many places to stay when you are in Ethiopia. If your agency is urging you to stay at a guest house rather than a hotel then your options are even greater.

We stayed at the New Flower Guest House and would recommend that to anyone.
A year and a half later there are sooooo many more options. Some of the web sites that I have looked at after others have stayed there and loved it are following:

Here is our recommendation post for New Flower. Recommendation for Yebsabi from a friend of ours.

Ethiopian Guest House
New Flower Guest House
Addis Guest House
Dimitri Hotel
Addis View Hotel
The Union Hotel (Holt uses this hotel, but there is no web site, just some blogs)
Bole Ambassador Hotel
Oziopia Guest House I think this would be a wonderful place to stay, It was our first pick, but they were moving house when we needed to be there..... so, if anyone has stayed here please write us a review! I would love to go back and try out this one.
List of Adoption Friendly Guest houses on Ethiopian Hotel site, not that I know a lot about most of these, but it is a place to start.
A list of hotels and information to compare

What about this one Ayat House
What about Bole Rock Hotel??? I hear it has a natural spring swimming pool and suites. Sounds nice, is it?

I know it is a short list..... if you have stayed at another one and would like me to add it that would be great. I would also like to have your recommendation for any of these if you have stayed there. A paragraph on your experience would be great. Just post in the comments for this post. Or send it to me via email and I will post it as a separate post and link it here. Thanks! If you are looking for recommendations you must check the comments as people are leaving their experience stories there. :)


  1. I stayed at the Dagim Hotel in August of 2008. It is within walking distance of AAI's Layla House and of Little AHOPE. The Metro Pizza restaurant is on the same grounds. Delicious pizza! The hotel was clean with large rooms and wonderful staff. The price includes breakfast (from a small menu). We always had hot water and electricity (they have a generator). There was an elevator. The only negative is that the beds are 'Chinese style'. That is what the maid told me - what it really means is that there is no mattress, only a box spring. You can ask for a foam pad. I suspect they were hearing a few complaints about the beds and it may be different now. I highly recommend it for a truly Ethiopian experience. P.S. This was my 7th trip.

  2. We stayed at Yebsabi for our one week stay in Ethiopia after adopting our son in Rwanda and needing to process our US visa in Addis Ababa. The staff were friendly and helpful. We stayed in a suite and they set up two cots for our two older children who were also with us. The room was really like a little apartment, bedroom for mom and dad, living room for the kids, kitchen and bathroom. They have t.v. with a movie channel and hot water was always available. They also have wireless internet access if you sit down in the lobby. The food is o.k. but options are limited (cook seemed to be italian trained) and a bit pricey. You also have to order lunch or dinner in the morning or they will not have enough for you. The guesthouse is close to souvenier and grocery shopping and a few cheaper but safe to eat at restaraunts.



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