Life inside Somaliland’s timeless treasure , the Grand Oriental Hotel


The Oriental The frontage of Somalilands and quite possibly the Horn of Africas greatest hotel the Oriental

By James Jeffrey, for CNN

Somalilandsun- There’s the Paris Ritz, the New York Astoria, London’s Savoy — and then there’s Hargeisa’s Oriental.

OK, so this $15-a-night hotel, without an air-con unit in sight, on the Horn of Africa in the heart of Somaliland’s rambunctious capital might not be in the same luxury league as its big city rivals.
But stuck resolutely in a past that’s long been banished from the sterile, colorless places that many modern hotels now aspire to be, the Oriental is arguably what traveling is all about.
There’s no premier-class pampering and no pretentious airs here.
Drinks service Tea is served and dispatched from the bar at one end of the hotels courtyardYet it’s a top attraction in Somaliland, the unrecognized internationally but self-governing nation that’s been separate from the rest of Somalia since it declared independence in 1991.
Sure, the daily 4:30 a.m. call to prayer from the giant four-story Ali Mataan mosque right next door can cut a good night’s sleep shorter than guests might wish.
A few extra yawns are more than made up for by old world charm that the Oriental effortlessly oozes. Source and more photos CNN