FAQs about the guesthouse

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is GT a family friendly guesthouse?
    • Yes, GT guesthouse is a family run-guesthouse, and we are very family friendly.
  • Are there high-chairs, cribs, small beds for children?
    • We provide high-chairs, cribs, as well as small beds for guests that need them. However you will need to notify us of your requirements before you arrive, and there may be small fee for some accommodation requests.


    • I am traveling with children. What are the charges for children?
      • Children under the age of two stay for free. If you are traveling with small children that do not require cribs, please contact us for rates.


  • I want to check in additional guests for a night.
    • There is additional fee, and check in time requirements. Please check our policy Click here


    • What kind of payment do you accept?
      • Wire transfer before arrival.
      • Cash only after arrival
    • What are your cancellation policies
    • How much is VAT in Ethiopia?
      • 15%


    • What time is your check-in/ check out time?
      • Check-in time is 2:00PM, and Check-out time is 11:00AM.
    • Do you accommodate early check-in/ late check-out?
      • Contact us lewamgebre@gtguesthouse.com for possibility.


  • Do you accept walk-in guests?
    • Because we have a small family run-guest house, there is usually not much space for walk-ins. As such, please call or email (lewamgebre@gtguesthouse.com, +251-930-01-1199), and make an appointment with front desk before you arrive at the guest house, and we will do our best to accommodate you.


  • What's for breakfast?
    • Our guests love our breakfasts. We surprise you with different hot meals everyday, from our soft pancakes and egg scrambles to Spanish omelets and toasts, so you are never bored. Organic coffee and Ethiopian tea are freshly brewed. We will gladly prepare Vegan and Gluten Free meals for you. We are deeply committed to bring you local ingredients and recipies, in European breaksfasts so you can have a perfect balance of European breakfast and Ethiopian taste.
  • What time is breakfast?
    • Breakfast is served in the living room on your floor between 7am and 10am: you must specify when you want breakfast, and we are happy to oblige.
  • I have food allergies/ dietary restrictions.
    • Please let our management know and we will accommodate your dietary restrictions to the best of our abilities.


  • Can I bring my pet to the guesthouse?
      • Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the guesthouse premises.
  • Are there any pets at GT guesthouse?
      • Yes we have one very friendly german shepherd (Max), but he stays in the guest house compound and is not allowed in the buildings.

Guide to Visiting Ethiopia

Welcome to Ethiopia

Below we have tried to gather information and resources that you may find useful during your stay in Addis Ababa.

These resources are for your convenience only. GT Guest House is not affiliated with any of these service providers nor do we endorse any of their services.


  • Ethiopia Calendar: The Ethiopian year consists of thirteen months; twelve of 30 days each and an additional month of five or six days, depending on whether it is a leap year. The first month of the Ethiopian year is September (or Meskerem) and New Year's Day takes place on what is the 11th September in the Western calendar.
  • Ethiopia Time: Ethiopia is in the +3 hrs GMT time zone. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that in addition to this Ethiopia also has its own time. This is based on the conception that the Ethiopian day is constituted of roughly 12 hours of daylight, starting at 6.00am and roughly 12 hours of darkness, starting at 6.00pm. So, 7.00am is 1.00am Ethiopian time.
  • Urban Ethiopians often use both systems as appropriate. Nevertheless, in general, when asking about dates and times, it is always worth checking which system is being used, especially when making flight arrangements.
  • Seek permission before taking photographs of people and be cautious about taking photographs in public. For security reasons Government buildings, military and some industrial sites, including some internal and external parts of the airport should not be photographed.
  • Ethiopia Social Etiquette Tips
    • When Ethiopians meet, they greet by bowing their head and/or by shaking hands and/or kissing on the cheek.
    • Bargaining with shopkeepers is common practice especially in open markets. Negotiations may include the buyer requesting the 'best best price'.
    • Food tradition in Ethiopia
    • Source: bestethiopia.com

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