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“Members only now???? What a surprise for us on Tuesday 27th Dec.”
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Hillburi - Aburi
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Aburi
maryland
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9 reviews
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“Members only now???? What a surprise for us on Tuesday 27th Dec.”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

The Hillburi is a very beautiful place full of thoughtful design and someone's imagination is clearly at work. We hadn't been there for a while. While we were on our way back from New Abirem, we decided to stop there for a bit to eat. Unfortunately to our surprise we saw neatly manufactured drivers' license plates which read:

-Members Only-

-5ghs per person-

We asked the security personnel if that was 'real' and he said yes. My husband asked, 'If you are coming to have lunch you have to pay to get in?" The reply from the security man was 'Yes'. I asked him to go in and confirm with the front desk. He did and it is true. Hillburi is now a 'Members only' environment.

1.) It would have been nice if the establishment had 'started in that fashion' when they originally opened.
2.) The owners have the right to do this in this in 'Ghana' but it seems a bit outlandish for folks that want to grab lunch and go home.
3.) It really turned all seven of us off and I was glad we didn't drive all the way up the hill for the lunch and we were just passing through.
4.) If the management/owners haven't done so already, can you please put this important information on your website.
5.) We have been there before and I can't remember it being a members' only establishment. All the books for travel and leisure should be sure to note this to all members of society (from backpackers to honorable this and honorable that). Bradt book, Frommers, Luxury Link, Expedia and the NAWA "No Worries" guide please make note so potential travelers will know before going up the hill.

Members only? Wow. What a shock.

Room Tip: We don't have an opinion on the rooms. Sorry, just passing through.
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Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Accra, Ghana
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

My wife and I stopped at Hillburi for one night of comfort on our way back to Accra from a week-long hiking trip to the Volta Region. Wow. Great place.

For starters, the staff have clearly been trained in a high level of customer service - much higher than I've come to expect in West Africa - and are doing pretty well putting that training into practice. And whoever designed this lodge-style restaurant/pool/lodging complex clearly knew what they were doing. From the appealing infinity pool to the carved statues tucked in corners to the hot pink flower pot on the side of the changing room wall, there's a design-delight for the eye at every turn.

Hillburi is located about an hour's (depending on traffic) drive north of Accra, a few kilometers south of the Aburi Botanical Gardens. On a hillside just after the road climbs up from the ocean-side plains, it is located in pleasantly green hill-station-style surroundings. It is relatively new, and apparently has a growing reputation as a lunch/while-away-the-afternoon/wedding spot in the cooler hill air up out of Accra's jumble. The parking lot was full when we pulled in on a holiday.

They are now offering overnight stays as well in three rooms tucked into a corner of their hillside garden. Our room was a gem, I'd say, with lots of natural and apparently locally-made (but to a high standard) furnishings and design touches, a great bed, a comfy reading bench, flat screen TV, dressing table with a thoughtfully-placed Ghanaian stool beneath, refrigerator, closet, pleasant blue-tiled bathroom, great accent lighting, and on and on.

Breakfast in the large grass-thatched pavilion was quite pleasant and the plate artfully arranged. And after, the pool-side lounge chairs provided just the relaxation we wanted.

If you're looking for an upscale escape, for a night or two, from Accra, look no further. It's on the expensive side, but worth it.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Hillburi, Owner at Hillburi - Aburi, responded to this review, January 12, 2011
Thank you so very much for all your positive feedback of Hillburi. Reading such reviews makes our daily committment in providing good service etc well worth it.

Thank you once again.
Your team @Hillburi
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

Take a break from the everyday world and discover a mixture of laid-back informality and up market comfort, creating a refreshing and unique outing experience.
Majestically positioned in the spectacular Akwapim mountain range in the Eastern Region of Ghana, the resort is a forty five minute drive from the capital Accra and along the Aburi Road. Hillburi affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains of the surrounding mountains.
Hillburi aims to provide family oriented customers with a destination out of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. A place where people can escape from their daily routine, somewhere to relax, unwind, enjoy good food and take in its beautiful scenic setting.


The scenic beauty surrounding Hillburi makes it the ideal location for corporate events, private gatherings and weddings.

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Property: Hillburi - Aburi
Address: Gyankama | Aburi - Eastern Region, Aburi, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Eastern Region > Aburi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Aburi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled up the majestic Akwapim mountain range in the Eastern Region of Ghana, only forty five minutes drive from the capital Accra along the Aburi high road is Hillburi, a spectacular resort that affords breathtaking views over the evergreen valley and plains surrounding the area. Hillburi is a family oriented destination that takes the bustle out of cosmopolitan living. It provides a place where people can escape to from the daily grind; a place to relax, unwind, enjoy good food and take in its idyllic setting. Children have a place to be themselves and have fun with variety of leisure activities, parents have a place to sit back and put their feet up! The scenic beauty surrounding Hillburi makes it the ideal location for corporate events, private gatherings and weddings. ... more   less 
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