The sumptuous, neo-classical Addis Sheraton is not only the most glamorous address in Ethiopia’s capital, but one of most elegant places to stay anywhere in Africa. Popular with ex-pats, wealthy business travellers and visiting dignitaries alike, it drips in marble and lavish furnishings, delivering unexpected levels of luxury in one of the less privileged corners of the continent.
Centrally located opposite the National Palace on a hilltop overlooking the city, and surrounded by wonderful flowering gardens, Addis Sheraton boasts 293 deluxe guest rooms including 33 suites, 20 classic suites, 9 junior suites and 4 executive suites. There is a wide selection of restaurants, boutiques, a small spa, pool (with underwater music system), even a Vegas-style fountain light show and – one of our personal favourite highlights – a terrific pastry trolley!
Addis Sheraton undoubtedly is indeed a luxury Ethiopia hotel and the best-looking and best-managed hotel in the country, and while its very ‘International’ in feel, if you look hard enough, there is still a sense of the local in the form of some great traditional food to savour – notably the excellent breakfast buffet – alongside an attentive, professional service.
It’s difficult to find fault with the Sheraton. Perfect for those seeking a glass of fine wine, high style comfort and respite after a couple of dusty and tiring weeks on the road. Certainly, the pleasures of an outdoor cocktail on a balmy evening, followed by dinner in the superb haute cuisine French restaurant Les Cascades or equally enjoyable Indian dining room Shaheen, is hard to argue with; as is the quality of massage on offer; and, with a rare ATM right here in the lobby, access to cash is virtually guaranteed.