Akosombo Continental Hotel is located less than an hour and a half away from Accra, traveling by car on the very nicely maintained Ho Road. It is within sight of the Adome Bridge (look at some of your local currency, it is on the 2,000 cedi note!). The Akosombo Continental has a large swimming pool, kiddie pool, mini zoo with several breeds of monkey, a smallish crocodile pond which has also got a few turtles in it, cages that house several different birds, and the most recent addition to the zoo, a snake. The hotel is right on the Volta River, and you can fish off the docks (bring your own gear) or rent a boat and go to the Akosombo Dam for about $20 an hour. My family has actually rented the boat for a few hours for fishing, and the boat operator was most accommodating. They also have a new motor boat which can also be rented. I haven't had need of it, but they have conferencing facilities as well.
The hotel has two levels, with perhaps 24 rooms available; they also have 3 chalets available. Each room has got air conditioning, mini fridge, hot water kettle, TV with 2 channels (movie and local), and hot water heaters (though the switch for these is outside the rooms, and sometimes mysteriously is turned off). The rooms on the lower levels have blow dryers. The chalets have 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms each, with the same amenities. There is also a small internet café inside the hotel registration area.
The hotel has several summer huts or canopies to protect you from the sun, and there is a billiards table, if you play. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to use the pool, the fee is 30,000 cedis per adult and 15,000 cedis per child; they do have very clean changing rooms and wash rooms.
The food in the restaurant is good, though a bit pricey in relative terms. They have the standard fare, continental food, fried rice, tilapia and banku. If you are on a budget, consider walking next door (up the driveway to the right) to Aylos Bay for lunch or dinner, as the food there is cheaper, plentiful and delicious. I like the fish fingers (boneless and breaded tilapia) but my son likes their pepper steak which is more local beef stew with peppers than Chinese style pepper steak. Aylos Bay also offers 3 cabins/ rooms for rent, which are very clean, and they also offer camping out facilities. Though, because they don't have a pool which my kids prefer, we just eat there (though they do permit river swimming from their dock). If you’re really on a budget, consider walking to the village that you passed on the way in, and visiting a local chop bar. Alternatively, buy yourself a couple of bags of One Man Thousand for 5,000 cedis each (the small golden fried fish, which you eat whole; personally, I like the bigger fish, while my kids prefer the teeny tiny ones); you can also buy white kenkey with shito (the hot pepper sauce) or abolo which is fermented corn dough baked and wrapped in banana leaves, or even smoked shrimp or snails on a stick.
Room rates are about $56 a night for the regular rooms, and $75 for the chalet (though they could have gone up). Service is good and the people are very friendly. Mr. Lee is the owner and is very helpful.
The hotel has a website have a website just search for Akosombo Continental Hotel. Well worth the money and the drive.
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