This place has its pros and cons but overall it is a lovely place to stay in Accra and I felt obliged to write a review! I came here for a drink with a friend around 3 years ago and went there on a whim in October 2013 whilst looking for a place to stay in Accra. I couldn't remember exactly where it was but the memories of the cliff views stayed in my memory and I was determined to find it again! We stayed for 3 days initially, and loved it so much we came back for a further 2 days at the end of our stay in Ghana.
It is located on the cliff front just off High Street on the way to Jamestown. Some taxi drivers find it a bit difficult to find if they don't know the name so tell them it's behind Holy Trinity church on High St on the cliff front and they should find it!
Firstly, the entrance area. This is a dancing area, bar, pool table area, and plenty of seating on the cliff side directly overlooking the roaring Atlantic. It is actually an idyll of sorts in bustling Accra. At the far end of the bar/seating/dancing area is a (supposedly) locked door which leads to the bedrooms. The door is meant to be kept locked to prevent non-guests from walking into that area. Whilst we were there I never found the door to be locked, but I have to say we never had any problems with non-guests entering the area. All of the rooms have a cliff-front view and little porchway with a table and bench, and we spent a lot of time sitting there drinking a beer and enjoying the great view, and the majority of people who walked past us were either staff or other guests. We actually felt quite nice and hidden away in our little proch there, and because the room area is separated from the bar/dancing area you do feel secluded. At night, the music in the bar area is quite loud, but the volume is reduced somewhat in the room area. But, you would be aware of this when you first come into the Rising Phoenix as it is obviously also a night club, so there's no grounds for complaining! During the day, it is quite a quiet and relaxing place to sit. In fact, it is the best view I've ever had in Accra!
The room itself has some room for improvement, BUT considering the very reasonable price and the standards you'll find elsewhere in Accra for the same price, the rooms are great value. The outside area and view is a bonus. We had an en-suite with a shower. There wasn't any hot water, but as a frequent visitor to Accra I can tell you that is a rarity unless you are paying into the hundreds of cedis per night so that it not normally something I expect any more. Besides, it's a hot place and a cold shower is welcoming. The water pressure, however, was amazing! The shower head was also very large so although the shower is cold, it had a good water flow and was very satisfying. The shower head was also attached to the wall (also a rarity in my experience!), so it was very nice being able to rinse my hair properly. Other females with long hair will emphasize! No lock on the bathroom door, but this wasn't a problem travelling as a couple.
We had a double bed and the place was roomy and plenty of space to have suitcases flat on the floor and still be able to walk around. There were no hooks or coathangers but there were two large shelves. There was also a ceiling fan. We had mixed feelings about this - it was very wobbly and at times we thought it may wobble off the ceiling - this should probably be looked at. We were hesitant to leave it on at night, but we did do on a low setting as it was otherwise too hot. We didn't have a mosquito net over the bed, but the windows do have a net screen on them. Other people have commented about the bugs, but I have to say we didn't have any experience of bugs in the room.One small irritation was that the toilet rooms were not replenished and we always had to keep asking for them. There was also no toilet roll in the bathroom on arrival. The door also had a proper lock and key, not a padlock as others have commented. Unfortunately, I don't know which room we stayed in, but it near the beginning of the path where all the rooms are. We looked at 3 rooms of different prices and chose this one, which I believe was mid-range and cost 65 cedis a night. Having stayed in many places in Accra at a similar price and with similar facilities, this is my overall favourite. Had the ceiling fan been securely fixed, it would have been perfect.
No breakfast is included in the price but the food is really good and very reasonably priced!! Perfect for when you are craving some carbs and food from home! There is also a very varied choice. And cheese! That won me over. The local beer is also slightly cheaper than in some other bars in Accra. The food always came in good time, and the staff are very friendly, helpful and accommodating. A good tip - you can actually call the staff from your phone to place an order so you don't have to even have to walk back to the front bar and wait to order. Sadly, we only realised this on our last day.
The Rising Phoenix is a great place to stay and you won't get much better anywhere else in Accra for the same price, in my opinion! Sure, it has little inconveniences but this is part and parcel of travelling in Ghana and this is far outweighed by the overall experience of the place! If you're looking for a fun, lively place to stay with great views, you can't go wrong here. D.
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