The Ghion Hotel in Addis Ababa forms part of a government chain found through Ethiopia (Ghion Hotels). The hotel is perhaps slightly trailing modern international standards but is set in some delightful gardens and centrally located.
The lower cost reflects the rather dated rooms, but when all is said and done it is a comfortable night’s rest right in the heart of the city. It is also important to note that the hotel receives positive feedback and is reasonably priced.
Since opening in 1951, the Ghion hotel has become synonymous with Ethiopia’s business elite, a focal point for visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Its location – in the centre of Addis Ababa, besides what was once the jubilee palace of Emperor Haile Selassie – is ideal for exploring Ethiopia’s capital. A mere 15 minute drive from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and walking distance from governmental buildings makes it an appropriate base for business meetings and networking.
FOOD AND SERVICE
The hotel has four restaurants which offer a variety of foods, from local specialities to Italian and classic burgers. The buffet breakfast is favoured by guests, and a complimentary traditional coffee ceremony is also provided. Helpful staff are available 24/7 to assist with any queries.
All 195 rooms, despite their nostalgic furniture, are usefully equipped with a bath, shower, satellite TV and direct dial telephone facilities, alongside stunning views from the balconies. Furthermore, the Ghion has a naturally thermal swimming pool, and fully provisioned spa and health club, which includes a sauna, gym, massage room and outdoor tennis courts. A Jazz Club plays live music late into the night. The Ghion’s multi functional business centre offers a duty free shop, secretarial services, a beauty salon, and a barbershop. For your financial services, there is useful currency exchange and ATMs, alongside internet access.
It’s during a stroll around its beautiful landscaped gardens that the Ghion really shines. Luscious palms overhang the Olympic sized outdoor pool, and water fountains quietly bubble away in the picturesque backdrop. Listen close and you might catch the cry of a Wattled Ibis. With the centre of Addis Ababa outside the hotel’s doors, the city’s bustling streets are just moments away.