I've heard many people say that there are few good hotel options in Accra. The rap is that if you want comfort, you've got to pay top dollar for places like La Palm or Labadi Beach. Hogwash. I made my second trip to Ghana within a year just this past August, this time with EIGHT family members in tow. There was no room for us at my favorite Accra haunt, The Mahogany Lodge, so, loving Accra like I do, I tackled the challenge of finding a decent, affordable alternative with relish. After a brief search on the internet and a call for recommendations to a friend based in Accra, I found my alternative at Afia African Village Hotel (also known as Afia Beach Hotel).
It's a very attractive new compound (2006) right on the beach just down from "The Castle" and most critical government ministries, so the area is very secure.
The rooms are clean, pleasant and modern - but definitely not institutional-feeling, generic cubicles - and many have ocean views. Service is great, There's AC and cable TV. Expect to pay only about US $55 to $70. There's a very fine restaurant, Tribes, which has become a favorite haunt of journalists, politicians, ex-pat writers and business people, as well as a diverse group of tourists and volunteers working in west Africa on behalf of the U.N. or various international NGO's.
It's an easy walk to The National Theater, Makola Market or the Art Market, one of the best places to buy authentic work of all kinds made by Ghanaian artisans. And speaking of authentic art, on the first floor of the hotel's main buidling, the owners run the best gallery for serious collectors of African art in the country. Many of the hand-picked items are truly museum quality - therefore, fairly pricey - but it's free to look, and it's a stop well worth an hour or two of your time. It's also well worth holding onto some money for a splurge here on something really exceptional.
The owner, a Ghanaian, and his Australian ex-pat wife are wonderful people, commited to a good experience for their guests. HIGHLY recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 3 acres of lush tropical landscape, Afia African Village is a quiet oasis in the vibrant city of Accra, Ghana. The serene oceanfront environment makes Afia a peaceful retreat from the daily activity of life in this busy city. Situated on the Gulf of Guinea, in a gentle bay sweeping from Ghana's Presidential Castle to Jamestown Fishing Harbour,Afia African Village is ideally located to meet the needs and interests of business travellers and tourists alike. The hotel has been sensitively designed to take full advantage of the expansive ocean views and cooling sea breezes. Its traditionally styled architecture evokes the very essence of Africa. Within Afia African Village is Afia Beach Hotel,Tribes Bar & Restaurant and Afia Gallery.These three components have created a synergystic experience that has made Afia African Village a popular destination for all visitors to Accra. A Short drive (5 mins) to "Oxford Street" - Accra's main shopping and entertainment area and only 10 - 20 minutes (depending on the traffic) to Kotoka International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Afia African Village Accra