Best I can find is a Lonely Planet mention at:
"Dire Dawa: Mekonnen Hotel at railway station square. Cheap: 40 birr. clean, very friendly manager. Recommend. Close to Selam bus Co 140 birr to Addis"
This is from a 2009 thread so prices may be a bit higher in 2011.
This mention from an online Ethiopian travel book:
"Mekonen Hotel: with shared bathroom Birr 40: a good deal that won't hurt your hip pocket. This faded glory is housed in an old Italian colonial building opposite the train station. Most rooms have plenty of space to really strew your stuff around, and some have balconies overlooking the square. Shared bathrooms (with cold showers) are a tad scummy.. "
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