Ghion Hotel

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 3 star hotel
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Good-Bye to Tour Group 2

A travel blog entry by dmarek


I just saw off my second tour group at the airport after the cultural restaurant dinner. I was sad to see them all leave but I think Kibrom was even more sad. It was very touching: when Peter gave him his gift with an appreciation speech, Kibrom was choked up. He said it is the hardest thing for him as a tour leader - to see the people he has …

Meeting My Second Exodus Tour Group

A travel blog entry by dmarek


I woke up later than I expected this morning - perhaps since I went to bed at midnight last night. I was pretty much packed up so I went to breakfast immediately - around 7 am - and had another hearty breakfast to keep me for the day. I gathered my belongings and dragged my bags downstairs only to have a porter grab the big bag at the bottom …

Goodbye to Addis Ababa

A travel blog entry by dmarek

This entry will be an odd one since I am finishing here in Ethiopia today but not flying out until nearly 11 pm. It is Sunday and I have heard singing from the churches ever since I woke up this morning.

I went into breakfast a little after 7:30 am and manged to get another lovely Spanish omelet (Western omelet for us in the US). I …

Back in Addis for a Terrific Dinner at Serenade

A travel blog entry by dmarek


Oh, oh, now I am sneezing again.

Obama has won!!!! My notes on the computer don't seem to mention this major event of the day. I woke up early and went out to check the TV news. I saw that Obama was ahead 230 to 203, but then they listed the states that each candidate was expected to win and there was a sizable list for Romney, but …

Return to Addis after the Awassa Fish Market

A travel blog entry by dmarek


As we drove north to Addis, the roads and traffic became worse - especially the pollution from the exhaust. However, as usual, there were sights to be seen: haystacks, people working in fields, different kinds of cactus fences, different conveyances and the cattle and goats crossing the road, the poor overloaded donkeys. Barbara was in the …

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This 3 star hotel, located in Addis Ababa, is near Spanish Wells, Gaulding's Cay, Tarpum Bay, and Rock Sound.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsGhion Hotel Addis Ababa

    Reviewed by carrieon

    The former Royal guest quarters....

    Reviewed Nov 9, 2013
    by (3 reviews) Calgary , Canada Flag of Canada

    Apprehensive but excited to be staying in palace's former guest quarters.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by dmarek

    Good location

    Reviewed Oct 12, 2012
    by (22 reviews) Schenectady New York , United States Flag of United States

    I was favorably impressed by the Ghion after 2 nights at another hotel in Addis. I like that the Ghion is very centrally located and has its own lovely garden in which it is situated. It is an old hotel and has a certain charm because of that, but it is a bit worn around the edges too. The downside for me was that I was only able to get money out of the ATM once and over the course of my trip to Ethiopia I spent over 4 nights there at 3 different times. But then again, one of those times, 3 banks in the vicinity didn't have any cash either.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by aberustours

    Addis Ababa city Tour

    Reviewed Dec 7, 2011
    by (1 review) , Ethiopia Flag of Ethiopia

    Addis Ababa, which means "New Flower" in Amharic, is an intriguingly indigenous African city. Unlike many other African capitals, it's founding, growth and development, are not rooted in colonization. Founded in 1887 by Emperor Menelik II, This big, sprawling, hospitable city is 7,200-feet high in the foothills of Mount Entoto and the panoramic view from the peak is spectacular.
    Addis Ababa is a mix of the past and the present, sheep, cows and goats walking down the road, framed by skyscrapers in the background, the city and the small-town feel, the modern apartment buildings and the small houses with zinc roofs.
    If you happen to be in Addis Ababa for some reason and have some leisure time; need no worry what to do, here is some information about activities in Addis Ababa and surroundings that are worth spending your time with. There are many interesting places to see in Addis Ababa and in the surrounding of Addis Ababa.
    Places to see in Addis Ababa include:
    National Museum: one of the most important sub- Saharan museums in all of Africa. The museum is home to the fossilized humanoid Lucy, as well as an amazing collection of artifacts, royal items and art.
    Ethnographic Museum: which was the former palace of Haile Selassie and its collection, reflects the life styles of different ethnic groups of Ethiopia? In addition; it hosts Ethiopian art and traditional music instruments.
    Trinity Cathedral: famous for its stained glass paintings and its grandeur architecture. It is where Hailesilassie's tomb is found.
    St' George Church: built in 1896 by Emperor Menelik II after the victory over the Italian colonizer. The inside wall is occupied with religious and historical motivated paintings made by World famous Ethiopian artist Afework Tekle. The museum in the church houses spiritual items and royal relics.
    Mercato: the largest open air market in Africa.
    Entoto Mountain: 9843ft high and where the city was founded at first. The panoramic view from the peak is spectacular.
    Places for Excursion near Addis Ababa include:

    · Tiya Stele and Adadi Mariam Rock Hewn Church (6-7 hours)
    · Wanchi Crater Lake, Addis Alem Church, Guder Falls, Woliso hot spring spa (10 hours)
    · Blue Nile Gorge and Debre Libanos Monastery (10 hours)
    · Ziquala Mountain and Crater Lakes ( 7 - 8 hours)

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    TripAdvisor Reviews Ghion Hotel Addis Ababa

    3.00 of 5 stars Good