Intercont Addis Hotel
Intercontinental Addis Hotel is a four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa. This four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa is placed at the heart of kazzanchis. Intercontinental Addis Hotel the magnificent hospitality service you deserve.
This Addis Ababa hotel is in a ten storey building and accommodates 152 luxurious rooms. Intercontinental Addis Hotel has an open air lobby, roof top swimming pool and specialty restaurants. Other facilities include bars, night club, health club, and meeting and conference rooms.
The hotel also has a business center, tour and travel office, FOREX office and souvenir shops. They have all the services to make your visit and stay pleasant.
This four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa is located in Kirkos district. This is in the Kazanchis area at Guinea Conakry Street. Intercontinental Addis Hotel is 10 minute drive from Bole International Airport. Medhanialem Church and Urael Church in Kazanchis are not far off.
Accommodation at Intercontinental Addis Hotel
Intercontinental Addis Hotel has 10 floors. This four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa has 152 rooms. The rooms at Intercontinental Addis Hotel include
- 1 Presidential Suite
- 4 VIP Suites
- 28 Corner /Junior Suite
- 30 Twin bed rooms
- 89 King Deluxe rooms
Some of the rooms at this four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa are for the physically challenged. Each of the rooms has flat screen TV sets with DSTV satellite, closet and private bathroom. They also have safety deposit box, mini bar, fire proof doors and carpets.
All the rooms have a balcony and continental electronic door lock. The Presidential and VIP suites have Jacuzzis with TV and radio in them. The rooms have 27’’ flat screen TV sets with DSTV satellite. There is a closet, private bathroom, safety deposit box, mini bar, fire proof doors and carpets.
Other Facilities at the four star Luxury Hotel in Addis Ababa
The restaurants offer the best multi cuisine and Indian gourmet cuisine. Intercontinental Addis Hotel banqueting and conference facilities can accommodate up to 20-120 people. There is a smaller meeting room all with conference facilities.
This four star luxury hotel in Addis Ababa also offers a fully equipped business center. It comes with access to the internet, health club with gym, steam bath and sauna. There is also a magnificent pool on the roof top, and a private health club.
The quality of the hotel and its scenery from the rooftop will turn any business trip into a breathtaking visit to remember.
Cancellation / Prepayment
PAYMENT & RESERVATIONS POLICY
Reservation and confirmation of a room at Intercontinental Addis Hotel has requirements. Clients are required to pay 50% down payment for the requested services. The balance will be required at least 14 days prior to your date of arrival.
African Safari Tour will hold a reservation for up to seven days at a client's request. This is to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. This is if Intercontinental Addis Hotel booking are over a month prior to the service. This must be received before we can confirm your booking. If confirmation is not received within the seven days all blocked rooms at Intercontinental Addis Hotel will be automatically released for re-sale. The full amount of the service must be made within 14 days of date of arrival at Intercontinental Addis Hotel. As for bookings within a month of service, full payment shall be requested for. This will be required before confirmation of Intercontinental Addis Hotel is undertaken.
All cancellations must be received in writing. This will take effect from the date received by African Safari Tour. The following cancellation charges will apply.
More than 56 days before departure: No cancellation fee
56-49 days before departure: 25%
48-29 days before departure: 35%
28-0 days before departure: 100%
The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees. These cancellation charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers.
Children and extra beds
Children older than 2 years are welcome at Intercontinental Addis Hotel. One child from 2 to 11.9 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds for children in a room is 2.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Accepted credit cards
Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express
Deluxe Room+ more infoMax:
Junior Suite+ more infoMax:
Room facilities:Air Condition, Bar, Catering service, Convention floor, Desk, Fitness, Free toiletries, Hairdryer, Kitchenette, Laundry, Lounge, Minibar, Outdoor pool, Restaurant, Room service, Safety Deposit Box, Sauna, Seating area, Telephone, TV, Wake up service, WiFi
Luxury Suite+ more infoMax:
Room facilities:Air Condition, Bar, Catering service, Convention floor, Desk, Fitness, Free toiletries, Hairdryer, Heating, Hotspots, Laundry, Lounge, Minibar, Outdoor pool, Private bathroom, Restaurant, Room service, Safety Deposit Box, Sauna, Seating area, SPA, Telephone, TV, Valet parking, Wake up service, WiFi
Presidential Suite+ more infoMax:
Room facilities:Air Condition, Bar, Convention floor, Desk, Fitness, Free toiletries, Hairdryer, Hotspots, Ironing board, Kitchenette, Laundry, Lounge, Minibar, Outdoor pool, Private bathroom, Restaurant, Room service, Safety Deposit Box, Seating area, SPA, Telephone, TV, Valet parking, Wake up service, WiFi
Bed size:King Size
Room size:165 sqm
Standard Double room+ more info
Breakfast included. Non refundable.Max:
Room facilities:Air Condition, Desk, Hairdryer, Heating, Minibar, Pay-per-view Channels, Private bathroom, Safety Deposit Box, Seating area, Telephone, TV, WiFi
Bed size:King Size
Room size:25 m2
Stylish and individually designed room featuring a satellite TV, mini bar and a 24-hour room service menu.
Standard single room+ more info
Breakfast included. Non refundable.Max:
Room facilities:Air Condition, Desk, Free toiletries, Heating, Minibar, Pay-per-view Channels, Room service, Safety Deposit Box, Telephone, TV, Wake up service
Bed size:King Size
Room size:15 m2
Stylish and individually designed room featuring a satellite TV, mini bar and a 24-hour room service menu.
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- Air Condition
- Catering service
- Convention floor
- Free toiletries
- Outdoor pool
- Private bathroom
- Room service
- Safety Deposit Box
- Seating area
- Wake up service
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Addis Ababa is known to locals as just “Addis”. It is a quickly-evolving city whose economic growth is one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Addis Ababa was founded just over one hundred years ago.
It is the capital is a multifaceted city that towers 2,400 meters above sea level on the Abyssinian plateau. There isn’t a cloud in the sky for about eight months out of the year.
The warm sun beats down on culturally-stimulating museums and world-class restaurants. There are also fashionable boulevards and hip clubs. Addis Ababa has many surprises up its sleeve, ready to impress even the well-traveled visitors.
The Thought Provoking Museum in Addis Ababa
The thought-provoking National Museum is a great introduction to the rich history. This is of both Ethiopia and the continent as a whole. The highlight of the extensive collection is Lucy, the famously-fossilized hominid. It is dated at 3.2 million years old.
Four main exhibition sections nearly overflow with artistic treasures. There are historic artifacts and cultural gems, including memorabilia from former rulers, ethnographic displays and archaeological finds from throughout the country.
The Dark Past Preserved in Addis Ababa
Between 1977 and 1978, the ruthless dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam ruled Ethiopia. He murdered as many as 100,000 Ethiopians. The Addis Ababa museum dedicated to the victims of the “Red Terror” opened in 2010.
This is to honor the dead through haunting photographs. It displays detailed exhibits to educate visitors and locals on tolerance, peace and unity.
Addis Ababa’s ethnological Museum is another fascinating museum. It showcases body art, music, religion, burial rites, traditional games and more. This is from thousands of years of Ethiopian history. Housed in Haile Selassie’s former palace, the grand building itself is just as interesting as its collections.
Visitors can delve into the spirit of Addis Ababa at the Mercato. This is a huge open-air market nearly overflowing with aromatic spices. There are handmade carpets, vibrant cloths and authentic artwork.
You can find everything from souvenirs to weapons there. Bargaining is welcome and expected by the sellers. If you are looking for something specific, hire a guide because the labyrinthine layout can be overwhelming.
You won’t have to look far for an expert. Local boys are always hanging around the entrances looking for tourists. They will guide one through the dizzying array of shops for just a few dollars.
Addis Ababa’s nightlife really gets going around 11 pm and the party lasts until dawn. High-end bars stocked with top-shelf international spirits sit next to traditional pubs. Here you will enjoy a serving up tall glasses of tej, Ethiopia’s national drink.
A mixture of honey and beer-like tela, the alcoholic drink is sweet and strong. Many night spots feature international DJs spinning the latest hits. Remember not to leave Addis Ababa without seeing a traditional music show. Belly dancers often sway to the azmari music, the traditional style played on single-string acoustic violins.
The only thing hotter than the nightlife in Addis Ababa may be the cuisine. World-class restaurants abound in the city, serving up spicy dishes that are usually eaten without utensils.
If you visit during the Lenten season, be prepared to feast on mostly vegan cuisine, as the Ethiopian Orthodox Church forbids meat for the 40 days before Easter.
Don’t let the bureaucrats fool you – Africa’s political hub has some of the best nightlife in the world. Dance until the sun comes up with Ethiopian youngsters on Bole Road, catch some live Ethio-jazz in the Piazza or sit around drinking Obama Draft beer in Kazanchis.
Fendika Zewditu St., Kazanchis
Easily the best place for those after a glimpse of traditional Ethiopian culture. Pack yourself into the intimate, one-of-a-kind azmari-bet, where you might have to duck to avoid a dancer’s flailing foot. The show starts around 9pm when an azmari (poet-musician) weaves his way around the club, strumming his one-string masinqo. The star of the show is undoubtedly world-famous dancer Melaku Belay. Bursts at the seams every other Friday when local favourite Ethiocolor play. Arrive early, 10 birr ($0.50). +251 (0)911 547 577
Jazzamba Lounge @ Taitu Hotel, Mundy St., Piazza
Meaning ‘jazz fortress’ in Amharic, Jazzamba opened in June and has a huge capacity with decor straight out of the 1930s. Visitors with only one night in Addis would be smart to spend it here as a host of local artists perform and the atmosphere is experimental. Local promoters love Jazzamba because it is a melting pot of the city’s best talent, with Addis Acoustic and Ethiocolor both playing regularly. Serves decent western food from 60-90 birr. Cover charge depends on the concert. www.jazzamba.net.
Club Alize Ring Road, Opposite Bole Airport
Perfect for soaking up laid-back Ethio-jazz grooves. Packed on Thursday nights when citywide sensation Addis Acoustic performs an acoustic set featuring clarinet, accordion, guitar and mandolin accompanied by traditional drumming. It is also worth watching Express Band playing 1960s and 1970s Motown soul. Good choice for Saturday night entertainment as it is open late. Well worth the 25 birr cover charge. +251 (0)911 862 911
Guramayle Namibia Street
Come here on Monday nights to watch saxophonist Olaf Boelsen and the Jazzmaris put on well-chosen Ethio-jazz covers as well as some fresh cuts of their own. DJ Mitmitta supports most weeks. Excellent outdoor garden area and free entry. Owner and manger Yahu is the life of the party.
+251 (0)911 210 757
Woube Berhah @ Edna Mall, Namibia Street
Those looking for rastas to party with will get a kick out of the live music at this club, which is popular with reggae fans and local university students. It’s convenient for movie goers as a cinema is upstairs. Drinks are expensive, but on the weekend it’s good fun and there is lots of space to sit down and talk with new friends. A great insight into middle-class Addis and a favourite of Shegger FM radio host Berhanu Digaffe. Cover charge 30 birr.
in just another addition to the growing metropolitan life of the Ethiopian capital, Suba, an exotic bar with a combination of splendid music and popular drinks, has opened its door only recently. With its grabbing interior design and professional staff, it is a place worth visiting.
Located in the heart of the Kazanchis business district, Liquid Lounge is an ideal escape from the ordinary in Addis Ababa. A contemporary and unique restaurant, bar and lounge, it has a bright and inviting space with a beautiful bar and design. Liquid Lounge is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night drinks. www.liquidloungeaddis.com.
Culture and history info
Entoto is one of a handful of sites put forward as a possible location for a medieval imperial capital known as Barara. This permanent fortified city was established during the early to mid 15th century, and it served as the main residence of several successive emperors up to the early 16th century reign of Lebna Dingel. The city was depicted standing between Mounts Zikwala and Menegasha on a map drawn by the Italian cartographer Fra Mauro in around 1450, and it was razed and plundered by Ahmed Gragn while the imperial army was trapped on the south of the Awash River in 1529, an event witnessed and documented two years later by the Yemeni writer Arab-Faqih. The suggestion that Barara was located on Mount Entoto is supported by the very recent discovery of a large medieval town overlooking Addis Ababa located between rock-hewn Washa Mikael and the more modern church of Entoto Maryam, founded in the late 19th century by Emperor Menelik. Dubed the Pentagon, the 30 hecatre site incorporates a castle with 12 towers, along with 520 meter of stone walls measuring up to 5 meter high.
The site of Addis Ababa was chosen by Empress Taytu Betul and the city was founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. Menelik, as initially a King of the Shewa province, had found Mount Entoto a useful base for military operations in the south of his realm, and in 1879 he visited the reputed ruins of a medieval town, and an unfinished rock church that showed proof of the ancient Christian empire's presence in the area before the campaigns of Ahmad ibn Ibrihim. His interest in the area grew when his wife Taytu began work on a church on Mount Entoto, and Menelik endowed a second church in the area.
However, the immediate area did not encourage the founding of a town due to the lack of firewood and water, so settlement actually began in the valley south of the mountain in 1886. Initially, Taytu built a house for herself near the "Filwoha" hot mineral springs, where she and members of the Showan Royal Court liked to take mineral baths. Other nobility and their staff and households settled in the vicinity, and Menelik expanded his wife's house to become the Imperial Palace which remains the seat of government in Addis Ababa today. The name changed to Addis Ababa and became Ethiopia's capital when Menelik II became Emperor of Ethiopia. The town grew by leaps and bounds. One of Emperor Menelik's contributions that is still visible today is the planting of numerous eucalyptus trees along the city streets.
Following all the major engagements of their invasion, Italian troops from the colony of Eritrea entered Addis Ababa on 5 May 1936. Along with Dire Dawa, the city had been spared the aerial bombardment (including the use of chemical weapons such as mustard gas) practiced elsewhere and its railway to Djibouti remained intact. Under its Italian spelling Addis Abeba, the city served as the Duke of Aosta's capital for the unified colony of Italian East Africa until 1941, when it was abandoned in favor of Amba Alagi and other redoubts during the Second World War's East African Campaign. The city was liberated by Major Orde Wingate's Sudanese and Ethiopian Gideon Force in time to permit Emperor Haile Selassie's return on 5 May 1941, five years to the day after he had left.
Following reconstruction, Haile Selassie helped form the Organization of African Unity in 1963 and invited the new organization to keep its headquarters in the city. The OAU was dissolved in 2002 and replaced by the African Union (AU), also headquartered in Addis Ababa. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa also has its headquarters in Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa was also the site of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in 1965.
Ethiopia has often been called the original home of mankind due to various humanoid fossil discoveries like the Australopithecine Lucy. North eastern Africa, and the Afar region in particular was the central focus of these claims until recent DNA evidence suggested origins in south central Ethiopian regions like present-day Addis Ababa. After analyzing the DNA of almost 1,000 people around the world, geneticists and other scientists claimed people spread from what is now Addis Ababa 100,000 years ago. The research indicated that genetic diversity declines steadily the farther one's ancestors traveled from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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