Opened in 1951, the Ghion hotel has for years distinguished itself as the hotel where heads of state or governments and other VIPs stayed. Located in the heart of down town Addis Ababa in spacious verdant compound adjacent to what was once the jubilee palace of emperor Haile Selassie.
The Ghion is a whole campus. It has the most beautiful gardens that my husband and I loved to stroll through. It has a swimming pool, sauna, gym, massage, four restaurants, and a Jazz club. Addis can be quite hectic for a foreigner and the Ghion was a refuge for us. The staff was very friendly and helped us with a variety of needs from middle of the night airport shuttles to baggage holds. There is a money exchange, a place to rent a cell phone, and you can even buy stamps and post card and mail from there. The four restaurants offer a variety of foods from cultural to Italian to burgers. They have a free coffee ceremony. Great views from the balconies of the rooms. And my husband’s favorite was the Mulatu Astatke’s Jazz club where we go to see live music and on Sunday there is a play done in Amharic with dance interludes.