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“Nice location, zero character”
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Frankie's Hotel
Ranked #40 of 92 Hotels in Accra
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Nice location, zero character”
Reviewed April 16, 2010

Frankie's is a landmark of Oxford St., the main drag in Osu, which makes it about as central as one can get if one is a short-term visitor to Ghana. That said, the rooms are windowless and bland, and can get noisy in the evenings if the hall windows are open to let in noise from the street. They're also rather expensive, given their unexceptional quality. They are clean, however.

The attached restaurant is a different, and more positive, story. Whilst it also has little in the way of character, it offers a broad menu with some good Lebanese staples (like hummus and falafel), and - key in my opinion - opens before 8 am for breakfast, including fresh-brewed coffee. Service can be a bit slow, so make sure to ask for your bill long before you'll need it. But overall it's a very solid choice if you're in a rush and looking for a wide range of safe, moderately-priced dishes.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

I have been eating at Frankies for a while and quite like the food. The lounge just off the main restaurant area is a great place for lunch.

Thought I would try the hotel as it was close to where I needed to be. I did hesitate when I read the tripadvisor comments.

I booked a single which at the quoted price of USD 70 was probably the first indication that things were going to be basic. On arrival they showed me the single which is on the back of the hotel. The room was tiny with no windows and furniture that looked like it had been knocked together 50 years ago.
They showed me a double at USD98 which had the same decor but was at least bigger and had windows. Took that.

The place is tired beyond all imagination with paintwork on doors, furniture and walls badly in need of a refresh. Bathroom is awful with shower tray and curtain that doesnt fit so you need at least one extra towel to deal with the flood. No means of hanging shower on the wall so it's a one handed situation.

Bed linen matress old and worn. In addition the cleaner needs a refresher course as it is not clean by any measure of the imagination.

On the up side you do have a very decent restaurant downstairs and the staff on the whole were friendly. AC also worked well. They also gave me a free very late checkout.

For this money in Accra there are guest houses enmass that are much better.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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chandigarh
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Reviewed February 5, 2009

I Arrived in ghana on 19th dec 08,when i arrived on airport of ghana the weather here was very hot as compane to india.and then i reached in hotel by taxi but on the way i saw many black people and i was worried that how i will manage woth these black people,but when i checked In hotel frankies and reached hotel then there was one of my colleague already there in the same room in which i was going to spend my 2 months.
i was very tired that time bcoz my flight time was very long,after checking in ni went with my colleague to airport to see off him.
after that i arrived my room again then i slep and woke up next day the i was planning for my stay in that place,
i was not happy but i came here for some company's project so it was necessary to spend 2 months in that pethetic place,
but after spending 1-2 weeks i realised that this place is not so bad that i was thinking about it.
my daily schedule was:office from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and after that i enjoyed in the market everyday because the place where my hotel was the most famous place in ghana where each and every people comes to enjoy with their friends and girlfriends in the evening.So i looked so many black beauties and my favourite cars that i was always willing to see.
So now its only 2 weeks left for me to go back to india..
but at last i want to say that this place is good but not better than india.
Because "SARE JAHAN SE ACHCHA HINDUSTAN HAMARA".

Sumit

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2008

I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana in the late 90s, when Frankie's was the great new thing in Accra. It used to be a big treat to go there for ice cream and pastries, and I remember when the upstairs restaurant opened right before I left. The hotel opened soon after, but I didn't actually stay there until a return trip.

Almost everything worked, the staff was pleasant enough, so there was nothing particularly wrong with the hotel, except that it felt like a prison. My room was tiny, and the only tiny window was in the miniscule bathroom and looked out onto a brick wall. The TV was a little 10" thing hanging from the ceiling above the door. One night during my stay the people in the room next door were up having a party at midnight and I had to get up very early the next day for a business meeting- not good. I called the front desk and I think they asked them to quiet down for me, which was nice.

Oh yeah, and the phone in my room didn't work for outside calls for some reason, and the staff couldn't figure out why- at first they didn't believe me and thought I was using it wrong. I needed to have a phone for business, but I wasn't in town long enough to warrant a cell phone. So I ended up using the phone at the front desk, which was not convenient or pleasant.

Another thing I didn't like about Frankie's is the location. It's very conveniently located right on the main strip of Osu, so you have all the restaurants, shopping, and fast food you could want right outside your door. But that also means the Accra hang-out party scene is right outside your door, and you can't just nonchalantly walk in and out without people wanting to talk to you, sell you stuff, etc. I accept that is part of the Accra experience, but I'd rather stay somewhere on a quieter street and brace myself before I face the hordes.

The reason I gave Frankie's 3 stars and not 2 stars is that it is a pretty good value considering its location- I didn't pay all that much, I think $70? I don't remember exactly. And the staff was friendly and it was convenient and the food is pretty ok there. But next time I'll spend more money and get a better night's sleep. I ended up staying there only 2 or 3 nights and then moving on for the rest of my 2-week trip. I ended up staying at the Airport View, which suited my needs much better.

  • Liked — convenience and price
  • Disliked — hectic location
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Frankie's Hotel
Address: Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Greater Accra > Accra
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Ranked #40 of 92 Hotels in Accra
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Frankie's Foods and Rooms is the ideal boutique Hotel to stay at as far as experiencing the Ghanaian culture and nightlife hands on is concerned. Consisting of 20 rooms only, Frankie's is able to uniquely cater for your choice, the rooms include standards, doubles, and suites. ... more   less 

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