Fire at Itegue Taitu Hotel

We were saddened to hear the the historic old main building of the Itegue Taitu, the oldest hotel in Addis Ababa, and the most characterful, was partially destroyed by fire over the weekend – see

Our understanding is that the bedrooms on the 1st floor of the main building, the roof, many historic pieces and a bank office were completely lost to the fire. The Jazz Amba club was also completely destroyed.

However, the two outbuildings that house most of the accommodation were unaffected and we’ve heard reliably that these rooms are still functional. Reception is still operating out of the left hand side of the old main building, and the ground floor restaurant in the main building reopened on 14 Jan. .

For further details see

Hopefully the rest of this lovely old building will be restored in due course!


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