Asmara Eritrea Marriott Hotel
Located in the Horn of Africa, there is no other city in Africa and there is a large number of hotels to choose from. Almost 70 years ago it looked more like Europe, but today it is one of the most popular destinations in the world, with more hotels than anywhere else.
We were lucky enough to land head over heels in Asmara, Eritrea, and spent the day strolling along the palm trees - lined boulevards, sipping macchiatos and getting to know the people.
One of the less visited parts of Asmara, Eritrea's capital, is the city's most popular tourist destination, the Marietta Hotel.
This is the historical heart of the city and houses the Eritrean National Museum, a museum of Eritrean history and culture. The only way to get to Eritrea is by plane, but there is no reasonable availability, as Lufthansa charges a lot of taxes and fees. If you are tired at the end of the day and want a taxi back to your hotel, the trip costs more than $75 EITREan nakfa ($5 USD) if you are flying from the capital Asmara or any other international airport in the region. It is the only international airport and there are only two other airports in Africa, one in Ethiopia and one in Sudan.
There are few foreign visitors who have seen the country, although there is at least a lot to discover for the intrepid. Eritrea has immense potential and location, but if you stick to official prices, it will be surprisingly expensive. But Eritrea is relatively cheap in terms of black market interest rates, and has much-needed access to food, water, electricity, and other essential goods.
The hotel we stayed at during our ten-day trip to Eritrea offered WiFi, but it was ridiculously slow when it came to going online, and most restaurants had generators that turned on when power cuts occurred, though most of them behaved. Also, some of the restaurants we stayed at had been closed for a long time, so they didn't offer Wi-Fi and were ridiculously slow.
The Eritrean authorities do not consider dual US and Eritrean citizens citizens as citizens, which severely restricts the consular services of the US Embassy. The Government does not notify the United States Embassy of any arrests or visits to prisoners and is limited in its ability to assist prisoners in detention, particularly those of dual nationality or Eritrean descent. U, or citizens who have been arrested, are not informed of their arrest by their government.
Since many Eritreans rely on local bus services, the embassy does not recommend foreigners to use the public bus. My slight criticism is that it is actually a teacher's favourite in terms of Asmara hotels, and coincidentally links funky design and architectural significance with the presence of actually useful services.
I met other travelers in Massawa and we checked into the Crystal Hotel and went to the Grand Dahlak, which is just behind. Located in the heart of Asmara, just a few blocks from the city centre, it is the only five-star hotel in Eritrea. We checked in and out of the Crystal Hotel, then went back to our hotel to meet the other traveler.
Asmara is one of the most pleasant cities to visit in Africa, and also the country you most admire - inspiring to travel there without needing a permit if you want to leave the capital. I had long resisted going to Eritrea because I was dealing with bureaucracy and the fact that it has very strict visa and travel freedom, but I was glad I did, for sure.
Eritrean visas are notorious and are approved only a few days before entry, but it will take a long time for a response to come. Their application must be approved by the Government of Eritrea, not the embassy, and it is notorious. I had a friend who reported the circumstances to the embassy and had to call back because US citizens were harassed and detained by the authorities.
One is in the arrivals hall of Asmara International Airport, but you need to get permission from the Eritrean Foreign Ministry, not the Eritrean Embassy.
This mosque on Peace Street near the central market was built in 1938 from decemhare travertine and Carrara marble. Grand Dahlak Hotel is located on the road leading to Old Massawa, the oldest of the crumbling old buildings in Asmara. It is located in a large cave of Baobab, inaugurated in July 1881 by the fifth Apostolic Vicar, Monsignor Touvier, and only a few hundred metres from the city centre. Nakfa was built after the country split from neighboring Ethiopia, and was supposed to symbolize the capital's race to become the Singapore of Africa.