What a joy to check in here after 10 days of non stop travelling through Ivory Coast and Ghana in budget hotels! My taxi driver from Cape Coast recommended it after I decided not to stay at Big Milly’s Pond in Kokrobite for R&R before heading to Togo and Benin as I really needed a quiet and comfortable place with fast WIFI, a firm mattress and good air-conditioning to recharge my batteries. He told me that well heeled older tourists stayed here and I would like it and he was so right!
From the moment I walked in I was greeted with friendly smiles. This hotel is in the same chain that runs the Elmina Beach Resort and Bridge Café in Elmina and staff are taught that it is a privilege to serve guest and not that we are an inconvenience to them. They remembered my name throughout my stay. The receptionists let me choose whether I wanted a queen bed or to stay in a room with two twins and let me see the rooms. Cost $135 with a 5% service charge if you pay by credit card—note that you are charged in USD so don’t incur a further exchange rate loss. You can pay for food, laundry, WIFI access ($5 for 24 hours and it is fast even in your room) using cedis. If you only want to stay half a day before a late night flight they half the rate.
The hotel complex is in red bricks—looks colonial. There is a reasonably sized pool but the chlorine was so strong I had to get out after doing my laps and my eyes were watering for 2 hours after my swim. Still, at least you know it’s clean! There are no beach towels given at the pool—bring your own from the room. There’s a small gym open 24 hours, but like a lot of gyms in Africa weights are missing and the weight machine didn’t work. They also stored luggage here on two days so I got a workout lifting bags off the exercise bike The bike and running machine worked and these are normally the first to fall apart. The gym could also use a curtain on the door so not everybody sees you working out at night.
As other guest have noted, rooms are a bit tired. I’m generally not a fan of carpets in African hotel rooms because of cleanliness and damp from humidity issues but the carpet was clean and didn’t smell damp. I had room 31 which had a queen bed and was in the building behind reception. The room was a bit dark but no more so than your average Western chain hotel with no proper bedside lighting. There’s was a small TV with a selection of cable channels mostly geared to news and sports. I also had a nice desk, chair and armchair. There was a mini-bar and free coffee/tea making facilities with a small bottle of complementary mineral water. Bathroom was spotless and shower had piping hot water and strong pressure. However, late one night, the water was switched off until early morning (went back on at 7 AM, so plan accordingly if you have an early departure and need to shower).Air-conditioning worked well but was not the meat-locker cold variety—thank goodness!
There’s a smallish restaurant for such a big place that usually puts on buffet meals, especially for conferences. You take your breakfast (included in room rate) there. The buffet breakfast has all you need but isn’t something to write home about—standard egg, cereal and fruit and toast bread. I asked for baked beans with my egg and they arrived cold from the can! They start serving breakfast at 7 AM, but a lot of stuff wasn’t laid out until a half hour later. I had some local food from the a la carte menu for dinner one night and it was good and prices reasonable. There is also an upstairs venue but the restaurant wasn’t serving food upstairs when I was there. Restaurant service is also friendly.
One disadvantage is that this place is popular as a conference venue. This means that sometimes the pool is decked out with balloons so you can’t use it and tables are all over the courtyard with music playing loudly into the night—if the party is large or they have two parties in one evening, even the farthest wing of the property gets music, though it stops at 11 PM.
They have a same day laundry service at reasonable prices. There is a forex office, gift shop and even a beauty parlor in the hotel complex (but hair dresser showed up over an hour late for appointment and disregarded instructions to trim and chopped instead. You have been warned!) Reception organized an air-conditioned private car to take me to the Togo border (180 cedis) but I had to negotiate the price down hard to make it reasonable and it should be lower than this (120 cedis is the going rate and I had no trouble getting this rate at the border on my way back to Accra.) A number of taxis don’t know this hotel. Some say they do and will then drive around aimlessly before asking you for directions! Tell them next to the Ghana Immigration office or near the Canadian Embassy. Most taxi rides to anywhere in town will be between 3-4 cedis though the drivers will ask you for between 5-10 cedis.
Book the airport shuttle to make sure you get a seat.
The price is high compared to what you would pay for a comparable hotel in the US, but bear in mind costs in Africa (other than labor) are higher because everything needs to be imported. (The four star Villa Monticello wants $350 a night and isn’t a full fledged hotel to give you some idea.) This place was a haven from the rigors of travel both midway and at the end of my trip. I came back here after Togo and Benin before flying home and would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel is located in close proximity to the business district of Accra. The Regency has 10 suites and 26 standard rooms all tastefully decorated, with air conditioning, multi-channel satellite TV, Free Wi - Fi and mini bar. You are assured of 24 hour uninterrupted power supply to make your stay very comfortable. Some guests have described our location as 'strategic and closer to everywhere'. We are within 5-10 minutes drive and in some cases walk to the Diplomatic and Business District of Accra, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the seat of Government (Flag Staff House)the Accra International Conference Center, the National Theatre, the Makola Market (one of the largest in Africa)and the 37 Military Hospital (a UN designated grade 4 Hospital). Our staff know that you are our reason for being in business and we can assure you of 'memories worth repeating'. ... more less
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