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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- Also Known As:
- Elmina Beach Hotel Cape Coast
- Elmina Beach Resort Ghana/Cape Coast