Zeist Lodge, Addis Ababa

Set around a shady courtyard, this small boutique hotel  is decorated with local paintings and artefacts. Furniture is wood decorated with traditional carvings.

Beneath the trees teeming with bird life, it’s easy to imagine you’re in an oasis of the fertile south of Ethiopia.

LOCATION

Situated in Bole Rwanda, Zeist is in a peaceful side street. The hustle of the main uptown shopping area of Bole is about 10 minutes walk away.

Zeist Lodge Addis

ROOMS

We had a “suite room” – basically a large bedroom with a sofa, desk and balcony overlooking the courtyard.

The vast bed was wood and leather and very comfortable. Several bright art works hung on the walls.

En-suite bathroom was spacious and modern, albeit with the usual querks and minor malfunctions common to most hotels here.

FOOD

Limited and fluctuating choice but tasty and cooked to order (be prepared to wait).
Options include the usual suspects ie chicken, rice, pasta, injera etc.

Breakfast is great: I liked the pancakes with chocolate sauce served with a generous fruit salad.

Zeist Lodge Addis

 

FACILITIES

Nothing extra really: it’s sufficient to just be in this green and peaceful spot.

STAFF

Staff show the warmth that comes with a small, family run hotel.

PRICE

95 USD  per night for the suite room.  Free shuttle to and from the airport.

Zeist Lodge Addis
Just the bathroom bin – but stylish

IDIOSYNCRACIES

Nothing major but there were the usual ups and downs with plumbing. The sink was without u bend and issued a pungent smell. This was fixed with room spray and keeping the plug closed.

Shower was powerful although there was a 1 mm level of accuracy needed on the temperature control to achieve water between scalding and cold.

SUMMARY

Very unusual hotel in Addis. Overall an excellent stay due to the atmosphere.

courtyard Addis Ababa

Good for: peace and quiet, doing nothing.

Read my other articles on some  great places to stay in Addis.

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dining room Zeist Lodge

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