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“GREAT option in heart of Accra” 4 of 5 stars
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Afia African Village
No. 2 Liberia Road Extension Osu, Accra, Ghana   |  
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Ranked #12 of 89 Hotels in Accra
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“GREAT option in heart of Accra”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2007

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.

  • Liked — Great value for the money
  • Disliked — No comment. We were very happy here.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2007

When looking for reasonable accommodation in Accra, friends recommended this very pleasant family-run guest house.

This place is centrally located for almost anything in Accra close to
Independence Square, the markets and the Art Center.

Built on a slope facing the sea, you have a splendid view from almost
anywhere. Rooms are located in small chalets scattered across the grounds with reception and restaurant in a central building. The rooms are rustic and simple but clean and well maintained with everything you need for a comfortable stay including air conditioning and a refrigerator.

The restaurant is located in a covered patio and serves all meals. The menu is mixed Ghanaian and international, all the food we had was well prepared and reasonably priced.

Two things to be aware of: 1) the hotel does have a generator to provide power during “light-outs”, however it isn’t powerful enough to drive the air conditioners and 2) although you can enjoy the views of the beach and sea, the beach itself is full of rubbish.

Both staff and management are extremely helpful and friendly so we really feel welcome and well taken care of.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Lack of AC during light-out
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Afia African Village

Address: No. 2 Liberia Road Extension Osu, Accra, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Greater Accra > Accra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Accra
#4 Best Value Hotel in Accra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
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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