I’m not a star snob but I hate hotels that blatantly lie!
Blossom is supposed to be ‘4 Star’
Now, I wasn’t expecting much for a place in deepest Ethiopia heading towards Somalia BUT…
For me 4 Star should include:
Properly flushable toilets
A TV with a remote that works and more than one channel
All lights working in the room
Blossom fails on all these, in fact the only thing Blossoming is the owner’s bank balance. By Ethiopian standards it’s not cheap!
The few advantages so far (touch wood, or don’t as the walls will cave in) are that least there don’t seem to be any mosquitoes. The bathroom window is jammed open, far too high for me to reach and there is standing water on the floor from the leaky shower but the local mosquito population don’t seem to have noticed yet.
It also feels ‘safe’
I’m not sure how to define ‘safe’ though.
I’m an incredibly light/paranoid sleeper when I’m on the road.
Years ago, as an Africa obsessed kid (I had and poured over the 1995 Lonely Planet until the early 2000s) someone told me a ‘true’ story that still creeps me out today.
It was the darkest days of the Mobutu era and a man checked into a Kinshasa hotel. Locking the windows and barricading the door with a chair he prepared to settle for the night.
Laying under his net, he heard a sound…
In horror he watched through the mesh as the floorboards gently lifted and a machete carrying figure rose into the room, rifled through his valuables and disappeared again!
Being on the 4th floor that is unlikely to be an issue here.
One thing the Blossom does have in common with a lot of real 4 Stars though is the snootiness.
Frustrated by the lack of working Wifi, I went to reception, only to be told “Wifi is only for paying guests Sir”
I am paying and it doesn’t work!
The ‘public’ wifi in the lobby barely works either.
My only solution seems to be a very weak connection on the tables on the front terrace, where a swarm of flies and an over eager waitress lurk.
The waitress has already taken a dislike to me, for the sake of 1 birr, I had to pay with a 100 for a coffee.
Her expression was eerily similar to that of Nick Clegg in the 2017 election when he lost his seat.
Absolute incomprehension followed by utter disgust.
Well, you should’ve let me just get on with it shouldn’t you?
Edit: The 'Public' Wifi connection went down a few days ago and no one has bothered fixing it.