Think twice before you book a room at Hotel Intercontinental, Addis Ababa. Let me share the experience of my Cypriot friend, Mr.Kikis who booked a King Deluxe room for $167/day at Hotel Intercontinental Addis Ababa. The booking was made on 3rd April 2012 for dates starting from 08-05-2012 to 11-05-2012. Booking confirmation is attached herewith. Mr.Kikis bought the air ticket, made all arrangements for the trip and fixed meetings with various authorities for his business needs in Addis Ababa.
But the reservation officer informed Mr.Kikis on 06-05-2012 about the new price of $380 (a hike of $213) for King Deluxe room due to World Economic forum meeting in Addis Ababa. The WEF is scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa from 7th to 11th April, 2012.
It should be noted that Mr.Kikis has bought his air ticket, fixed appointments with several officials in Addis Ababa from 08th May, 2012. An International hotel like Intercontinental should have given a bit more value (than toilet paper) to the confirmation letter which was issued a month ago. Moreover the price hike email was sent by the same shameless Reservation officer who issued the confirmation to Mr.Kikis on 3rd April 2012! He/She should be aware of such a big conference and foresee such price hikes before issuing such a booking confirmation. After all they should hold the dignity of a binding confirmation contract by keeping the rate for that prior booked room at same level. If not, they could have informed about the price hike to Mr.Kikis a bit more earlier.
The last minute email from the hotel Intercontinental Addis Ababa showed how irresponsible, irrational and unprofessional they are. They proved that they never care for the valuable time and arrangements made by the guests.
So friends, its high time to think twice or even thrice before booking a room in Hotel Intercontinental Addis Ababa. Because our valuable time shouldn’t be wasted for such unprofessional, unethical, nonsense, greedy people who runs that SH*T soap box hotel in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, a great country known for its hospitality should really be ashamed for giving a chance to Intercontinental to play with others’ time and money..