Addis Ababa is one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa for business. Though it wasn’t always an economic powerhouse, it is now home to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the Ethiopian economy is growing faster than 10% per year. This strong growth has led to many top hotel brands opening throughout the city, many of them catering to business travelers. Here are our picks for the best business hotels in Addis Ababa.
This is certainly one of the most luxurious places to go in Addis and has all the conveniences most business travelers will want, too. There are close to 300 rooms at the hotel and it’s conveniently located between the airport and downtown. There’s a whopping 11 restaurants and bars on site, so you’re sure to never get bored. There’s also ample conference facilities for hosting large meetings onsite.
Conveniently located near the European Union and United Nations Headquarters, this smallish hotel features 58 rooms and caters to the business traveler on the go. There are conference rooms on site that can accommodate up to 100 guests, along with speedy WiFi and a business center available as well. The hotel plans to install a rooftop bar and gym soon to add to the appeal.
Ag Palace Hotel
This hotel is another smaller option in the city and will work well for business travelers on a budget who don’t need a ton of amenities. It’s located right in the center of Addis, making it a great stopping point to get around. The WiFi is fast, and the hotel offers a free shuttle bus service to get to the airport.
Jupiter International Hotel
This classy location is located in the Cazanchise area and is walking distance from the UN center, making it great for government workers coming to the area. There is a business center, computer station, fantastic concierge services and WiFi in all rooms and public areas. The hotel is also popular for its jazz and piano nights throughout the week.
Saro Maria Hotel
Like many of the hotels in Addis, this comfy hotel is walking distance from most of the embassies and governmental organizations in the city. There are 96 rooms on site, all equipped with ample desks and modern furnishings. It also features a large lounge, gym, spa, bars and a restaurant to get everything you need to do accomplished in style.
Elilly International Hotel
Often booked for luxury stays in Addis, this fab hotel is perfectly suited for business travelers as well. There are several massive rooms on site for hosting meetings, including a large reception center and a conference hall. Those looking to mix a little business and pleasure will also enjoy the pool bar and lounge, which are popular with locals.
Intercontinental Hotel Addis
Intercontinental is known throughout the world for offering five-star luxury and meeting the needs of the most demanding business travelers. Fortunately, this outpost in Addis meets all the standards the brand is known for. The hotel features 152 rooms, including four VIP suites and a presidential suite for those that want to splurge a bit. There’s also several conference facilities that can accommodate up to 120 people.
Much like the Intercontinental, Radisson Blu has made a name for itself across Africa for offering top class facilities for business travelers. It’s located right in the city center, and features 204 rooms with upscale amenities like a separate shower and minibar. The hotel also has some of the largest conference facilities in Ethiopia, being able to accommodate events of up to 190 people.
Although its one of the smallest places on our list, this newer hotel which opened in 2012 features 66 rooms and suites that are suitable for most business travelers in Addis. Nexus has free internet, a cool coffee shop, a small business center, conference and meeting facilities, and a swanky restaurant and bar for winding down after a long day.
The Residence Suite Hotel
This hotel is one of the most stylish in the city, including tastefully selected furniture throughout and locally sourced amenities. While it doesn’t have the large conference centers of some of the other hotels, the personal touches of the Residence Suite go a long away. You’ll also get all the standard stuff you expect, including a swanky downstairs lobby, free WiFi, and complimentary shuttle service to the airport.
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