Ethiopia Hotels and Accommodation

(Ethiopia, ET, East Africa)

Photo of the luxury Sheraton in Addis AbabaMost visitors to Ethiopia opt to stay in hotels. These are located all over the country of Ethiopia, but the best selection can be found in the capital city of Addis Ababa and in other large cities. Additional accommodation options include guest houses and youth hostels, both of which offer good value for money. There is also an abundance of campsites throughout Ethiopia.

Some hotels and guest houses in Addis Ababa are happy for you to leave your luggage there whilst you tour the rest of Ethiopia. Transport to and from the Addis Ababa Bole Airport may also be available.

Different view of the Sheraton, showing the swimming pool

Where to Stay

Addis Ababa boasts several major hotels which offer upmarket accommodation. The Sheraton Addis is conveniently situated in a prime position on the hilltop adjacent to the National Palace, and has all the facilities you would expect of a luxury Western four-star hotel. Likewise, the Hilton Addis Ababa on Menelik II Avenue offers superior accommodation in the heart of the city, along with a swimming pool, restaurants and shopping arcade.

Clean and comfortable accommodation for those on a mid-range budget can be found in smaller hotels and guest houses. Guest houses vary from those that offer rooms only to those that offer apartment-style cooking and dining facilities.

Picture of the Imperial Hotel in Addis AbabaMost towns outside Addis Ababa also provide reasonably priced accommodation for those travelling around the country. In particular, youth hostels can be found in most of Ethiopia's main towns and cities. As you would expect, accommodation is on the basic side. However, if you're on a tight budget or planning an extended tour of Ethiopia, then this type of lodging can be a real boon.

Camping in Ethiopia isn't really about saving money, as in many cases visitors will find that the cost of camping and that of a low budget hotel is fairly similar. Camping is more about getting to stay in some of Ethiopia's most beautiful regions that are remote from the main tourist centres.

Several tour operators organise camping tours of Ethiopia, with equipment and guides included. For independent travellers, some hotels allow camping in the grounds, particularly in the south. However, peace and quiet will probably not be an option, as there are sure to be plenty of curious locals around.