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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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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Guest House Review: Addis Guest House

Thank you to Kelly for this helpful review of the Addis Guest House.  If you also stayed here please comment on it in the comment section! The more info. the better for anyone looking for where to stay.
We stayed at Addis Guest House and would stay there again.  Our room was a very nice size with a large living room which would seat 6 or so, hallway, mini kitchen, private bathroom, and bedroom.  We had one full sized bed in our bedroom and they brought a toddler bed in for our son. The people who ran the guesthouse and worked there were incredibly helpful and nice helping us translate when our son was having a rough time, playing hours of soccer with our son in the little enclosed concreted area, immediately repairing anything in the room we needed repaired, and finding us a way to call home and communicate, even giving us their personal cell phones to use for the duration of our stay.  We had private dial-up internet in our room which was like the rest of the country, in and out.  They had a generator so we never lost power at night. We did loose power during the day as they didn't use the generator when most guests were gone.  We never had a problem with warm water for our showers.  Some of the rooms had balconies as well, and all of them had huge windows that opened to let the breeze in.  We were in a convenient and very safe location just far enough outside the city in Bole to avoid a lot of the vehicle exhaust problem. 
Although we loved staying there and would again, we did have a few complaints.  The food took hours to get after we ordered it, but this is something we quickly learned our way around (ordering it hours before we knew we would be hungry).  We didn't like the food very well at Addis Guest House and ordered out frequently.  They were very helpful when we decided to order out. The guest house would either send a cab for it or go get it themselves.  Another complaint was the room kitchen wasn't really in working order.  The refrigerator wasn't plugged in and the kitchen sink wasn't useable.  We did still have the bathroom sink and this could have just been our room with this problem.  It wasn't a huge problem for us, but had I been there with more than one child, I probably would have wanted to use the kitchen more.

Many blessings,

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