The most basic way to sleep in Ghanaian guesthouses is to sleep in a dormitory: a bedroom that you share with other travellers. During my stay in Ghana I used it twice. The first dorm that I slept in (Pink Hostel, Accra) had two bunkbeds in a very small bedroom, but with an own bathroom with shower and toilet. A bed here was extremely expensive so I don't recommend this to anyone.
The second place however (Salvation Army Hostel, Accra) was much better value for money. A bed here was very cheap and I slept in a shared bedroom with 5 beds. The toilet- and shower facilities were shared here. I think this is the cheapest place to sleep in Accra, especially when you are travelling alone. And the rooms are pretty clean and comfortable.
Of course the only bad thing about a room like this is that your luggage is not safe when you leave it in the room. There were guards at the gate so strangers cannot walk in like that, but other guests can. If you use a dorm like this, make sure that all your valuables are with you all the time, and that you lock your bags or suitcases at all times when you leave the room.
In Ghana it is possible to stay in luxurious accommodations. In places like Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and almost all cities at the coastline of the country, you will be able to find a decent accommodation, with airconditioned rooms, goods beds and clean shower- and toilet facilities.
But why would you pay a fortune for an accommodation like that? Most of the times the water is cold in Ghana, even in expensive hotels, the personnel never is as polite as you are used to in the Western world: they simply aren't used to those standards, and as soon as you get out your hotel, you have to used to same old and uncomfortable taxi's, the same bumpy roads, you walk over the same smelly streets and you see the same poverty as when you stay in a cheaper place. Than, is it worth the money to lock yourself up in a luxurious hotel, hiding for the real Ghana "out there"?
That is why I would strongly recommend you to look for a budget accommodation. That way you are much closer to the real world, you save money for more important things, you get a better view of the local standards of living, and to be honest: even the cheapest accommodations are pretty good value in Ghana. In the following tips the different types of accommodations will be discussed: all budget tips...
I'd recommend the Rising Phoenix@Akumavillage resort for it's beautiful scenry along the beach of Accra,Ghana. Quite moderate rooms ranging between 10 Dollars and 15 Dollars...a bar and,a vegetarian restuarant,live musical,cultural programmes are organised weekly.
You'll meet people from different culturals and in a way learn about other cultures.....a real nice reception awaits you at the place.....the facilities(last time i was there, there were some renovation works to improve and approve the place.
A real natural home for people who love nature and want to experince it in its fullest.
The Rising Phoenix @ Akumavillage resort is your best place on the southern coastline of Ghana
The beautiful scenry of how the place is like on hill facing the sea and you wake-up to see nautre(sea,sand,sun and green vegetation) in its beauty filled with glamour...the feeling is just so much and that makes me love the place so much.
The staff are always ready to satisfy a customer and i think the place is nice and beautiful.
The St George is a good cheap hotel in Adabraka, not far from the more upmarket Niagara Hotel (and its lebanese restaurant), the very good White Bell bar-restaurant and Nkrumah Circle, the transport hub. So it's convenient and pleasant, at a good price. But....
....the area is not very pleasant after dark. With few shops and no municipal lighting, the streets didn't feel safe. Indeed, the receptionist tried to talk me out of going out at 8 pm!
So, not a very good choice if you're on your own. (After one night, I chose to spend a little over 10 dollars extra on an equivalent hotel in Osu - see Ghalebon, above)
Decent price for a spacious room, with A/C, TV and fridge. Be warned - the bottle of water in your fridge is tap water!
The Ghalebon is quiet, friendly and convenient for the restaurants, transport and nightlife in Osu, Accra. You get air-conditioning, a fridge and a TV in a comfortable self-contained room (i.e. with toilet-bath) for 40 $US. My main quibble is the tube lighting in the rooms, but that's usual in Ghana. They also do your laundry for about 1-2$ US, depending on number of items, and can prepare breakfast for you, behind a partition in the lobby - you're better off going to one of the restaurants nearby, but sometimes it's nice to have a tea or a beer in the hotel itself. There's also a foreign exchange bureau and a swanky supermarket next door.
For left luggage they have a locked office, and there's a safe for valuables which you would do well to use.
A pleasant garden and comparative isolation from street noise
This very pleasant hotel is run by the Mensahs, a Ghanaian couple who came back home after over 30 years in the USA. Both owners and staff extend a warm welcome and are generally very efficient (they can arrange a taxi for Kakum National Park if you wish). The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the centre of town and the waterfront, in spacious and pleasant grounds, with parking space.
The rooms vary - some are air-conditioned, some not. I took one of the simpler rooms with just a fan, no TV or fridge (for about 16 dollars US; I've marked this as 'average' but it's considerably cheaper than equivalent accomodation in Accra), and found it very adequate - the fan was powerful, the room and bathroom were thoroughly cleaned every day, the mosquito nets on the window were intact, and the little balcony was a nice place to sit in the afternoon.
You can have cold or hot drinks in your room, and the hotel also prepares tasty food in a hygienic environment; but the dining room feels a little institutional, especially in the evening - wish they would serve on the second-floor balcony!
Excellent service, pleasant grounds.
Lovely hotel with what looked like great swimming pool, closed for renovation during my stay. Rooms are in hut like structures surrounding the main hotel, 6 rooms/suites per structure. Service was typical for Africa, good when it came but don't stress waiting. Facilities very good but don't accept mastercard. Amenities good with pools, shop, ice cream area, many restaurants and bars and also casino
Terrific views from Ghanian Villiage, one of the hotels restaurants, unforunately hotel perimeter is surrounded by railings but fortunately there is 24 hour security patrolling grounds. Funny as a female in Ghana the only hassle from men came from either security or other visitors in hotel!!!!
6 rooms on the beach. That's it. You don't have to worry about crowds, or traffic, or waiting a long time for your food. The proprietor, Agnes, actually put me up in her own house the first night, because she didn't have a vacancy. Plus, the restaurant is recognized as the best in the area. Best grilled seafood I've ever had.
Tiny, no frills, quiet. Just you and the beach. Best restaurant around and a very kind proprietor.
Located on the beach in Kokrobite, Big Milly's is a backpacking institution. There are huts, or you can pitch your own tent on the grounds. Very inexpensive, and a real good restaurant.
Ping pong table and tournament outside under the palm trees.
Caspar is next to the German Embassy and run by a kind German woman who has lived in Ghana for years. The inn is very clean and nice and reasonably priced.
I loved the "honor system" at the bar - you write down what you take. For some reason, I just thought that was coolest thing.
In 2004 when I first stayed in this hotel. I think I must be their first customer. Every one was eager to service me and very friendly. I could see the construction still going on in the second wing. The rooms here are big by any standards and as it was new at that point of time it was very neat and clean.
Being a new hotel there were'nt many people staying there, butI made it a point to only stay in Crysta Royal in my subsequebt visits to Accra.
A Truly Value for Money Hotel
When I first landed in Accra, I was driven to this hotel. After a 6 hr flight from Adis the drive seemed to be a really long one and finally I reached the hotel in a place callled Tesano in Accra. It took me 45 minutes to beat the traffic and reach there. It is a 2 star hotel.
To my surprise the hotel was a small one, but the staff immensly friendly and were always up to service me. The rooms although slightly small were cosy. They have a small swimming pool too.
The restaurant has a limited menu, so I suggest you venture out after you have tasted couple of dishes as rest of them taste almost same. But the neighbourhood is good and not crowded, you can take a stroll and reach a junction where you can find plenty variety to eat.
Overall a comfortable place to stay.
I stayed in this hotel in 2004. It was during the off-season that I stayed there and hence it was less crowded. The hotel offers a breath-taking view of the Dam and the volta lake. The scene from the restarant just mesmerises you as you stand there admiring the gushing water and the vast lake. The hotel is essentially a leisure resort, a good holiday can be spent there if one is interested to be close to the nature in a calm and quiet environment. The staff was very friendly and always at service and in my experience they went out of the way to help me out. The restaurant is a good place to try out traditional ghanian dishes and it offers a lot of veriety in that respect. Overall a pleasant experience.
My stay at the Anomabo Beach Resort was a little slice of heaven. Inexpensive, absolutely GORGEOUS, really nice staff, great restaurant on a terrace overlooking the sea, swaying palm trees, white sand, blue water, lots of fun and laughter. Can't recommend it highly enough! Anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours west from Accra by trotro depending on highway construction. http://anomabo2.digitafrica.com/index.htm for pictures. :D
The pictures at their website really don't do the place justice, by the way. It's much prettier in real life. By the way, this place has less luxurious bungalows that would be perfect for backpackers on a bit of a splurge (no AC, shared CLEAN bathrooms) or nicer bungalows with AC and private bath which would be perfectly fine for a family travelling with kids that wanted a bit more luxury. One can also rent tents on the beach complete with linens and little lanterns. GREAT value for the money!
Close to Cape Coast and Kakum National Park
Take a walk down the beach at night and turn off your flashlight. Your footsteps will glow...
The Osu district has plenty of hotels like this one, so it's worthwhile shopping around, even on foot. Our friends took us around and we saw several places, and settled on Penta Hotel for combination of cleaniness, price, and service, although in this part of town the service is generally quite high. The location was great, as we could easily walk to a number of restaurants. The main thing is to avoid the hotels near the airport, which is far from everything. I don't like the coastal hotels either, frankly, as I'm more interested in getting a good meal by walking down the street. The Osu district is as upscale as one can get in Accra, providing such an opportunity.
I don't recall a pool, but satellite televisionn, AC, and a view across the boulevard were all there. It was not the sort of place to spend the day, but it was quite adequate for our purposes. The beds were new and the room was clean and comfortable. Right next door was a Lebonese restaurant where we ate breakfast, but there were also several eateries available within the block. Prices in Accra are higher than other parts of the country though.
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