My friend & I have just returned from a 2 week stay at Blue Orchids Hotel (Aug 27th - Sept 10th) & we loved it!
We had booked through Virgin Holidays so wasn't sure which hotel, here or Coral Mist, adjoining, we would be staying it. However, we were more that happy to find we had been allocated Blue Orchids. I’d emailed the hotels beforehand & they were able to let me know which hotel we would be in & they offered to make any arrangements for excursions, etc. which I felt was a really nice touch.
On arrival we were shown to a third floor, one bedroomed apartment room with a view over the ocean & the pool & gardens - it was perfect! Our luggage followed later & the security man brought our heavy bags up to the room for us.
The apartment & hotel suited our requirements entirely - there was nothing more we would have asked for. The apartment was kept spotlessly clean with fresh towels, bed linen & tea towel daily. Air conditioning in the bedroom was very effective, there was plenty of cupboard space - just bring some extra clothes hangers (fortunately my friend had!)
The kitchen was a full size kitchen with a good sized fridge & freezer with ice trays. We only used it for breakfast & making drinks & although there was a small dining table & couch & chair, we spent any awake time at the apartment, on the balcony - accompanied by the sound of birds during the day, tree frogs at night & the sea all the time - beautiful.
We knew that we only were looking for a base & not anything further from the hotel, so didn't try the bar or restaurant. For us it was in an ideal location for supermarkets, beaches, bars & restaurants. There is a Trimart five mins walk away - turn right out of the hotel & by the traffic lights, SuperCentre is left at the traffic lights about another 3-4 mins walk. We stocked up on supplies & then caught a free shuttle bus outside which brought us back to the hotel - easy. The Shell garage, also at the traffic lights, has an ATM & you are also able to top up local mobile phones there (I saved a fortune, calling back to the UK using a LIME pay as you go phone)
We loved Rockley / Accra beach which is just a couple of minutes from the hotel (turn left) & especially Side Shore beach bar (at the hotel end of the beach) where, when paying for the sunbeds & brolly, vouchers where given for the full amount which could be exchanged for food & drink at the bar. There was a quiz night there on a Tuesday which we stopped & observed (they were too clever for us to join in!!) and had a meal there which was scummy, after happy hour cocktails & a lazy day on the beach! However the bar closed towards the end of our stay for vacation as it was very quiet. Chicken George at the other end of the beach was also a favorite for the ‘fully loaded’ rum punch (his words!) & chicken & chips & veggie burger.
We also made use of local transport, catching ZR buses to other beaches & the Gap. We were well looked after on them, telling the conductor where we wanted to go & they pointed out when it was our stop & were to go if we needed to walk further. We went to Miami beach, Dover Beach, Crystal Waters & the Boatyard & loved them all!
Restaurants & bars near by we made use of, included Berts - great for pasta & pizza, Mojo’s - good for wraps, pasta, loved the french fries, and for cocktails & nightcaps. As well as slightly further afield, at the Gap, we frequented Harlequin, Pieces, McBrides, Hal’s bar on a Tuesday for karaoke and Cafe Sol for cocktails at happy hour either early 5-7 or later 10pm onwards!!
We were really fortunate with the weather & although hot & humid had little cloud or rain, we found there was plenty to do & see, places to go & great beaches and our two weeks flew by in a flash!!
I’d done a lot of research before booking this hotel & was delighted with it for value for money, location & what it provided us & I’ve already booked to return next March with my hubby!
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