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“Great service, decent accommodations” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Harmony Hotel
Ranked #20 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
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“Great service, decent accommodations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

I stayed at Harmony for a two week business trip. I have previously stayed at the Jupiter International in Bole.

Jupiter is more impressive visually- the rooms are more comfortable, furniture is nicer, bathroom fixtures are a little nicer. But I preferred Harmony overall- the restaurant is better, the gym and spa are very nice (for Africa), and the service is friendly and attentive.

The rooms: my bed was not very comfortable, but I adjusted to it quickly enough. It was an old spring mattress that sagged in the middle- my parents and others of their age probably would have complained and switched rooms. I had no problems with accessing hot water at all hours of the day, TV provided a good selection of channels, and the internet was some of the fastest that I've had in Africa (this could be a fluke, although it was consistent for the entirety of my stay).

So moderate your expectations, take advantage of the restaurant and the spa, and you'll have a good stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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25 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

I stayed here for 5 nights whilst attending a meeting at the hotel's conference rooms. It was comfortable and functional but nothing to write home about.
The staff were friendly and accommodating. The food was generally good. The bar on the top floor is a good space and it has a good view. It has a small gym and a spa which is good if you are staying there and not able to get out of an evening.
The Harmony was fine but I cannot say it sticks in your mind - either for good or bad reasons!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

My wife and traveled to Ethiopia for two weeks tour organized by addis ababa based tour company called Imagine Ethiopia tour and Travel. it was the travel agency that suggested Harmony hotel, where we stayed four nights. They have neat rooms with a balcony and comfortable beds. Their meals are delicious and so is the juice. We will definitely stay at Harmony when we return to Ethiopia next time! I would also like to thank Imagine Ethiopia tours for recommending good hotels and arranging our Ethiopia holiday in an excellent manner.

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Our recent trip to the Harmony Hotel was originally for one night although we needed to stay for 2 as our baggage did not make the transfer to Addis. The hotel were very obliging. The reason for choosing this hotel - which is not that cheap (£186 for 2 single rooms per night - see the Lewi Resort Hotel in Awassa review) was that they provided a free shuttle to the hotel which eliminated all the hassle with a taxis at 2.00 in the morning. There is an official hotel office at the airport and the transfer was efficient. The staff in the hotel were very helpful in trying to trace our luggage though the information we received was not exactly accurate which meant half a day chasing around Addis looking for a Turkish Airline office which did not exist. The Hotel "Business Centre" (a partitioned off area of the lobby) was more useful and e-mail communication saved the day hotel - when the internet was working! Without luggage we were not in a position to sample the other facilities the hotel offers - and we did not eat there other than breakfast (which was fine). We recommend the Zebra Grill nearer the centre - an old favourite - for an evening meal. We were, however, able to arrange our onward journey to Awassa with Asfaw from Hamer Nasi Ethiopia Tour & Travel (whom we thoroughly recommend). The bar - even on arrival at 4.00am - was always welcoming and in particular the St George beers which made things much better. Locally there are a few shopping malls within walking distance along with the church. Whilst this hotel is on the outskirts of Addis, it is convenient for the airport and the centre is only a taxis ride away. Overall a good, clear and safe hotel for a brief stay over on arrival or departure from Addis.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

I stay at the Harmony Hotel whenever I am in Addis Ababa for a few days. The rooms are lovely and the beds comfortable. I frankly have an addiction to their beef tibs and dream about them when I am traveling to Addis.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Harmony Hotel

Property: Harmony Hotel
Address: Bole Medhanialem, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Region: Ethiopia > Addis Ababa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 118 Hotels in Addis Ababa
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,751 - ₹ 14,200
Hotel Class:4 star — Harmony Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recently opened, Harmony Hotel represents an initial investment of over US$10 million and brings it to the forefront of four star accommodation venues in this rapidly growing East Africa hub. Situated 1½ kms from the Ring Road and 5 minutes from Bole International Airport, Harmony Hotel is conveniently located in the Bole Medhanialem area of the city within short walking distance of shopping malls, Multiplex cinema and an array of bars, restaurants and recreational facilities. ... more   less 
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