Ethiopia has officially opened the doors of Sherar Addis hotel to the public.Confirming the news was Amha G.Tsadik, managing director of the Hotel who said that the hotel which has been under construction for the past four years has six storeys with 30 standard rooms.
The new hotel is located on Africa Avenue, and only minutes away from Bole International Airport. It sits on a 500sqm plot of land and has different facilities including a bar, lounge, restaurant and cafe.The four year period was mainly due to setbacks in procurement of construction materials.
Sherar Addis hotel
Worku Mengesha, communications officer at the Addis Abeba Culture & Tourism Bureau believes that the hotel could be a good addition to the hospitality and tourism industry in the region. He characterizes hotels in Addis Abeba without star ratings to be of lower quality that will bring competition among the local brand hotels.
“We are currently offering training for these hotels as the city hosts a great number of tourists and international conferences,” he said.
At the moment, Addis Ababa has 164 star-rated hotels that have a total of 8,000 rooms to 10,000 beds. The city also has 1,129 non-star level hotels. During the first half of the current fiscal year, the city bagged over one billion dollars from tourists arriving in the city.
Along with these local brand hotels, the city is witnessing an increase in internationally franchised brand hotels. Considering that the city hosts the African Union, more than 100 diplomatic missions and six international brand hotels including Marriott Executive Apartments, Radisson Blu, and Sheraton Addis, Hilton Addis, Ramada Addis and Golden Tulip Addis hotel are looking into expanding.