Thomas Lars’s updates

These are new developments observed in Ethiopia.

There are more up market hotels opening in Addis.

Harmony hotel (harmonyhotelethiopia.com) opened two weeks ago and also the Inter continental hotel in Addis Ababa.

Harmony is located Bole area opposite side of Medhaneralem Church. A four-star ‘Harmony Hotel’ officially opened its doors on December 21. Resting on a 1,250sqmplot, the latest entrant into the booming hospitality sector in Addis.

The hotel has 63 bedrooms and three suites located in its six floors.

Inter continental hotel has 152 rooms and 33 suites, of which one is a presidential and four are VIP suites with a Jacuzzi tub which has its own television and radio set. The remaining 28 are junior corner suites which are smaller in size and all vary in rates. The hotel is located in Kirkos District, Kazan-ches area, off Guinea Conakry Street.

Reference

Bahir Dar

Bahir Dar Ghion hotel maintain still its friendly atmosphere to tourists. I found the hotel, the best budget hotel in Ethiopia with all its ground and rooms.

More hotels are under construction.

Obama restaurant serves both Ethiopian and international meals and I recommend for any visitor in Bahir Dar.

Lalibela

Lalibela Bete Abraham Guest House owned and run by the church of Lalibela opened on November with 45 en-suite rooms.

Roads

The 180km road between Gondar to Metema border to Sudan is half way asphalt finished and open for traffic. The rest of the road expected to be finished mid 2009.

The road from Axum – Adigrat to Mekelle has been recently rehabilitated with good quality asphalt and opened for traffic..

320 km road between Bahir Dar to Lalibela is still under construction and expected to be finished mid 2010 according to the contractor.

Transport to tourist destinations.

Sky bus start operation with 28 MAN busses and coaches which compose the fleet are fitted with all-leather seats and some of them have bathrooms.

The first month operation which commenced last Wednesday Dec 31st, 2009 on a trip to Bahir Dar and a return route on the next day, the coaches are scheduled to connect Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar Awassa, Harar, Jimma, Dire Dawa, Mekele and Gondar.


The fair, while a little more expensive than the uncomfortable alternative buses, is nowhere near the cost of a flight. As per the one month pricing Capital reviewed, the ordinary bus tariff set by the transport authority is 73 birr for a trip to Bhair Dar while a seat on a Sky Bus coach runs 182 birr. www.skybusethiopia.com

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