This is a very nice, very new-feeling property. Large, clean, well-appointed, 3-story house on a gated property (with 24-hour security guard) in a part of the Mekanisa neighborhood that felt very residential and middle-class. Absolutely perfect for a large group traveling together and looking to (1) save money and (2) have a living room/kitchen/common area to hang out in together. The location is slightly out-of-the-way; with the realities of traffic it took 30+ minutes to get to the Bole area or to Piazza (main eating/shopping/going out areas) so we did have to plan our days carefully and we spent a good chunk o' change on transport. But overall, this place is a great value and the slight inconvenience was well worth the savings!
The common spaces are on the ground floor and include a very nice kitchen with oven/stove, I think a toaster oven kind of thing, no microwave. Living room with cable TV (unclear how good their package is, we didn't use the TV). On each of the upper floors, there are 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. While it worked okay for us, a large group that was not in a particular rush to get anywhere each morning, it seems you could be sharing a bathroom with 10 people or so if your floor is fully booked. Could be a bit chaotic! The quality of the bathrooms was great, though--hot water on demand and great water pressure! Although there is an overhead shower head, it didn't work so expect to use the handheld shower, European-style. Each of the upper floors also has an outdoor patio with very nice views of the neighborhood; we really enjoyed the lounging space. Overall, the place was extremely clean, new, and well-kept.
The bedrooms are quite nice with comfortable beds, nice furniture, and safes in each room. But one crucial issue that I hope the management addresses is that there are lots of big, nasty mosquitos but NO mosquito nets in the bedrooms. Well, there actually are mosquito nets over the cribs, but none for the adults' beds. We had several nights of sleep absolutely ruined by pesky mosquitos. Even when there wasn't a bug in the room (or wasn't one left alive...), the lack of bed nets meant we couldn't open the windows at night so it got a bit hot and stuffy. Anything that affects one's ability to get a good night's sleep while on vacation is a big deal, so I would strongly encourage the owner/manager to install bed nets! (On that note, also don't expect to sleep in too much here as there is a dog next door who is determined to make sure you're up bright and early! This is completely outside of the guest house's control, of course.)
Most impressively, there was very high quality, working wifi throughout our stay. I've read a lot of Addis hotel reviews that say the "free wifi" is spotty or just completely unavailable, and that was not the case here at all. We used it heavily to choose restaurants and activities, pull up google maps, etc. Compliments to the owner/manager on successfully providing this very important amenity!
It should be pointed out that this is a guest house and not an apartment/house rental. This was a source of a bit of confusion: we had set out to rent an entire place and have it to ourselves, which is why we looked in the apartment rental section of tripadvisor. But actually, this is a guest house, or sorta-kinda a B&B (see below). We were the only ones there are check-in, but early on our second morning, some other guests emerged from the other bedrooms and we awkwardly realized we probably them awake as we hung out and talked loudly in the living room late the night before. Not a big deal, but we just felt bad that we hadn't realized.
The staff were so very, very nice and worked very hard to make our stay comfortable and clean. They did not speak a lick of English, though, so communication was a bit difficult. Not uncommon in Addis. We do wish we had coordinated the breakfast situation with the English-speaking gentleman who greeted us on our first day. As we expected a full house rental, we had already bought some bread & bananas and self-catered (although the staff did provide some excellent coffee)...then on morning #2 we saw the staff cook the other group of guests a full hot breakfast...and on our last morning, to our surprise, they made some eggs for us! So unclear if this is a B&B situation, where we could have just asked for hot breakfast every day if we wanted to (and had been able to communicate!). Would have been worth figuring out on day 1.
Finally, we loved the driver that was arranged for us--a guy named Misikr (probably butchering the spelling) who drove us around almost all weekend. Ask for him if you book!