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Reviewed 20 January 2012

The Green Hotel was described to us by our tour guides as `basic' and the wonderful book `Where to Watch Birds in Ethiopia' by Claire Spottiswode, Merid Gabremichael and Julian Francis said it was `The best hotel in Negele'. Both were right, and yet it is probably the worst hotel in which we have ever stayed - and that includes many all over Africa and South America in equally remote places.The plus points: its location is essential for birders like us who wished to travel to the Liben Plains and onwards to Filtu in order to see the incredibly rare and endangered Liben Lark and the quite stunning Prince Ruspoli's Turaco. Birders are a hardy lot, but our group found this hotel a challenge - and we were there for two nights. The other plus point was clean sheets, insect-free, and a comfortable bed. The room was grubby and the bathroom disgusting, as if it had never been cleaned. I risked the shower - cold water and a irregular flow, but at least it did drive the cockroach back down the plug hole. The toilet was indescribably dirty, seatless with a barrel of water and a jug alongside to flush it. It was a battle to get a second towel - one was enough for two people they felt. And these were the recommended `en-suite rooms'. Friends in single rooms had no washing facilities and communal showers/toilets which were crawling. Food was poor, nay non-existent - rice with peas for supper, that's all - so much so that our drivers took over the catering. I advise you not to look in the kitchen... A pleasant bar provided the cheapest beer in Ethiopia - sorry, a third plus point.
in all seriousness, this appears to be all that is available for people well off the beaten track - and birders and UN personnel put up with it. Whilst they do so, and there is no competition in Negele, the Green Hotel has no incentive to improve. In the meantime, if you want to see those elusive birds or travel to a lovely area and landscape on the way to Somalia, then you will just have to put up with it.

Room Tip: You do need to get a double en-suite.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2008

The Green Hotel is the best available in Negele but is still very basic by many standards. The rooms are reasonably clean and the beds fairly comfortable, although only 3/4 in size rather than proper doubles. The bathrooms are adequate at best, although we didn't even risk trying the showers during our stay. You should bring your own soap and towel.

There is no restaurant as such but meals can be organised through intermediaries by getting locally bought food cooked within the kitchens of the hotel.

Drinks are very cheap and the waiter service is extremely attentive particularly if you adopt the local custom of clapping your hands when requiring their services.

Local bird watching is excellent, which is generally the only reason for western visitors to stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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