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“Don't Even Think About It!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Elmina Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 JJ Rawlings St., Cape Coast 00000, Ghana   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 hotels in Cape Coast
Johannesburg
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Don't Even Think About It!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really, for $170 a night, we felt entirely ripped off. We had actually booked into the wrong hotel. We were meant to have booked ( on recommendations from friends) at the Elmina BAY Resort, not the Elmina BEACH. But hey ho, off we went.

The building is really run down. The website says it was built in 1999 and refurbished in 2008. You would never know, as the decor remains in the 80's. The reception area is quite imposing, but after that, you will be disappointed. Peeling paint, missing and broken tiles, very depressing.

The rooms smell of mildew (I suppose understandable due to proximity to the sea), very dark, old furnishings, broken plug fittings, peeling paint, poor lighting levels.

The TV has limited channels, poorly tuned. The kettle had a 2-point plug, but no adapters supplied. Luckily, we had one for our cell phones. The aircon was hanging on by the skin of its teeth.

Food: Don't. Just don't. We did lunch when we arrived. They had a rather dried out looking buffet, so we opted for a la carte. Granted, we were told by the waiter that it would take longer, but an hour?? For two toasted sandwiches?? Then one dish arrived, and we waited another 15 minutes (and reminded the waiter that we were still waiting) for the second to arrive. Also very expensive for such poor quality.

That evening, we decided, against our better judgement, to have dinner there. We walked into a silent, drab dining room. Rather than wait again for a la carte, we went for the buffet. Limited, poorly prepared food. Even the local dishes didn't look appetising. Meat was dried out and cold (how do they do that?). To be charged GHC45 ($17) for that muck was an insult.

The pool: looks nice, but when you're paying $170 a night, you do not expect to have to pay even more to use it!! Yes, they even charge paying guests if they want to go into the pool area. Just on principle we didn't use it.

Having decided that we would waste no more money on this facility, we ate out the next day. We had a great lunch at Coconut Grove Resort, just 10 minutes drive away. Good food, good value. We took a look at a room there, and it was in good condition. Nice vibey atmosphere, and the same rate per night.

We left the next morning, and were asked if they would see us again. We answered with an emphatic no, and they seemed surprised.

This resort is government-owned, and it seems that they survive on government functions, as they sure don't cater to tourists.

To conclude - there is better value and better facilities in the same area. Go to Coconut Grove, Elmina BAY Resort, both good facilities, and value for money. I have seen other comments on this forum that seem to be saying that it's ok for Ghana. However, when a hotel in Ghana charges European room rates, one expects something at least approaching European standards. Sadly, you won't get anywhere near it at this place. A waste of what could be a fantastic facility with a beautiful beach. The owners should be ashamed.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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English first
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I have stayed here many times over the years and for the area it's one of the best places to stay. At best this is a three star hotel in a place only visited by the adventurous. If you have stayed in West Africa for any period of time you know things just don't work seamlessly. The rooms are musty, but so are all the accommodations in the area. Although English is the official language, true understanding is hard to achieve. And, in traditional African custom, expect all locals to over charge westerners.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Accra, Ghana
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The reception on the first night was poor. The ladies at the reception were cold except one gentleman called Alex who was helpful despite all the complaints brought to him. We had to wait for an hour to be checked into a room after travelling all the way from Accra for about three hours. Myself and a colleague had to change our rooms after the first night. My door facing the balcony was old, rusty and unable to lock (making room for mosquitos to freely enter) and her air conditioner was not working. I guess management knows about it so they have provided Raid Insecticide Spray for the rooms. The telephone in the room was not functional and I had to walk all the way to the reception to make a request. The bathroom had rusted pipes, and the bathtub door was faulty. I guess because of the beach waves (which calls for constant renovation). Unfortunately, my personal towel was also taken by a cleaner without my permission and I had to wait for hours to recover it.

The conference package was however okay and the conference room was spacious. I also had my two blouses ironed for free.

Personally, I will not recommend this hotel to you until they make an effort to renovate.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Stayed here for two weird nights. The property seems to be massive but it got too creepy to explore it much. They have a pool but you have to pay extra to use it. They have a lovely outdoor bar area and deck but there never seemed anyone to staff it. Rooms were ok but the can of Raid on the nightstand did not inspire confidence.

Hotel staff run the gamut of mildly friendly to completely lost in the hospitality industry. Whole place had a really weird vibe about it. Lots of air conditioners in the building but they were never on. Halls were muggy and uncomfortable. Definitely made sure the door was locked.

They had a tennis court but the deck was a wreck. Maintenance is a challenge for the entire compound.

Not sure if it was at this hotel or someplace nearby but an all night party did keep me awake so sound proofing definitely not optimal. It was about 1/4 full.

Restaurant was ok. Toaster was missing parts so the toast was unevenly toasted. LOL. Things like that one has to deal with while there. Good for Ghana but not so great for the experienced, international traveler.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

Good quite place with beach facing rooms. The staff is very courteous . The room was quite spacious and clean. Play area for kids was nice . Overall a nice exp on new year night. The live band was ok , fire cracker show was nice. Breakfast was awesome with varied choices for both veg and non veg.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Northern New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Again, by Ghanaian standards this might be an okay place (perhaps even good quality). By western standards, you will be totally appalled by the rooms, which are run down, sparse and smell of mildew, are barely air conditioned, and by the dilapidated furnishings. The dirty curtains barely provide any privacy and while the location on the beach is nice, the pool seems okay, and the food was passable when in survival mode, think about the lowest end hotel rooms in the western world to get your hands around Elmina Beach. The breakfast in the morning was borderline okay. Not many choices in Cape Coast so if you have to stay here, bring your own sheets and pillow cases and lower your expectations.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Takoradi, Western, Ghana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Writing lengthy review about this resort won't cut it! Just take a trip there and it would be money well spent.

If you love history then you are guaranteed a great history lesson from the hotel organised trip to the slave castles in Elmina and Cape Coast.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Elmina Beach Resort

Address: 1 JJ Rawlings St., Cape Coast 00000, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Central Region > Cape Coast
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 hotels in Cape Coast
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Elmina Beach Resort 3*
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Elmina Beach Hotel Cape Coast
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