Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Rezidor ends 2011 on a magical note with the opening of a spellbinding property in yet another new country: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa. Ethiopia’s capital and largest city is currently undergoing a major construction boom and is the focus of a flourishing tourist industry. This brand new hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the capital, a short walk from the UN Conference Center, making it the perfect choice for delegates. Located in the exclusive Kazanchis business district, and convenient for major arterial routes and Bole International Airport, this ultra-modern property promises guests an enchanting stay.
That Radisson Blu magic certainly has us in its spell in the hotel’s 204 stylish, well-appointed guest rooms and 16 spacious suites, designed to inspire relaxation in the heart of the city. Guests in one of the 44 richly designed Business Class rooms enjoy free access to the Business Class Lounge on the 9th floor. The suites boast additional features, including a separate living area.
Guests can savor fine international cuisine at the on-site Verres en Vers restaurant, which offers the city’s first French, brasserie-style dining in a chic, yet comfortable ambience. Quietly glamorous and sedately cool, design is an integral part of the atmosphere at this unique, Ethiopian restaurant, accented with clean lines, dark wood finishes and elegant, contemporary detail. With ever-changing plats du jour and desserts, experience something new each day at this world-class restaurant.
Welcoming and unpretentious, the Signature Bar & Terrace is the ideal spot to meet friends and enjoy fantastic cocktails. The bar’s contemporary feel is accented with cool, electronic beats and soothing, modern sounds, making it a relaxing oasis. Enjoy simple, gourmet bar snacks served in one of the most hospitable countries in the world.
The services and amenities offered by the hotel create a haven away from the bustle of the city. After a long day sightseeing or in meetings, unwind in the large, well-equipped Rainforest Day Spa, with sauna, beauty salon and relaxation area, or work up a sweat at the exclusive fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
With nine well-equipped meeting rooms, the hotel offers some of the best conference and events facilities available in East Africa. The conference area spans 1,246 square feet and can be divided into two or four sections. An intimate, 98-square-foot boardroom is perfect for smaller events. Whatever the occasion, the Addis Ababa meeting rooms come with personalized service, catering options and a stylish backdrop.
Known as the capital of Africa because of its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent, Addis Ababa is also home to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Meaning “new flower” in Amharic, it was given the name when the capital was moved in 1896. Today, a new flower is blooming in the city, as it emerges as a modern business center with excellent shopping and leisure facilities and some of Africa’s best spas. Visitors will learn to appreciate its unique blend of past and present: old imperial statues alongside hammer-and-sickle placards of the former Marxist regime, and the juxtaposition of wattle-and-daub huts with austere Italian Fascist buildings.
The hotel is an ideal base for exploring the sights. Set within Haile Selassie’s former palace, and surrounded by Addis Ababa University’s beautiful gardens and fountains, is the enthralling Ethnological Museum. The vibrant exhibition gives great insights into Ethiopia’s rich cultures. Other notable buildings are St. George’s Cathedral and the massive, ornate Holy Trinity Cathedral, the final resting place of Emperor Haile Selassie and his wife. Their massive Aksumite-style granite tombs, complete with lions’ feet, are a remarkable sight.
Or simply soak up the atmosphere at one of the vibrant markets and haggle for a bargain at one of the specialty stalls. Take the time to discover the city’s cute cafés, hot night spots and gourmet restaurants and you’ll soon fall under Addis Ababa’s charm. Come and discover Rezidor’s magic formula at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa!
Join us in wishing general manager Guillaume Massiera, director of Sales and Marketing Ulrike Braun-Nasso, and the entire team of Addis Ababa a fabulous and profitable opening.
Radisson Blu Hotel
Kirkos Subcity Kebele 17/18, P.O. Box 21555
Kazanchis Business District,
Tel: + 251 1 15 15 76 00
Fax: + 251 1 15 15 76 01
Source: Carlson Hotels Connect