We chose to stay at the Addis Kidan Guest House and loved it. The couple who runs it is so sweet and we had a great time getting to know them. They asked many questions about our adoption and were even praying for us throughout our stay there. The accommodations are comfortable, but you don't feel like you're staying in a western hotel/home. We wanted something that was more authentic "Ethiopian". We did lose water for a few days and had no power quite often, but I think that's pretty common for all of Addis Ababa. We would recommend this quaint guest house for anyone traveling, especially for your first trip. I know choosing where to stay is important, so if you have any more questions about this place, feel free to comment or email me.
That black gate leads into the guest house. They have a 24 hour guard/gatekeeper who's always there to let you in. It's in a really nice quiet area of the city.
This is me and the woman who runs it. She is the sweetest lady and we became instant friends.
Here's what it looks like when you walk in the gate. They have a nice little courtyard area with tons of flowers growing everywhere; it's so peaceful there.
This is a common living room area.
Right beyond the living room is a dining room area.
They have a kitchen you're free to use. They will also cook meals for you for a small fee. We never had a cooked meal there because we were so busy running around town. There's a great pizza shop, Metro Pizza, within walking distance where we ate a lot. There's also a small grocery store and several other restaurants within a 15 minute walk.