This boutique hotel was located in the East Legon section of Accra, only about 15 minutes from the airport. The staff was consistently like first-class flight attendants: eager to please, kind, thoughtful, and attentive. The room was fine: the bed with a firm mattress was comfortable and the room was clean. It was twenty steps to the second floor – there was no lift. Rooms on the third floor entailed an additional 20 step climb!
Although the very large bathroom could have fit a bathtub, it featured a shower which had its own issues. The water did not drain quickly enough (a repetitive complaint of former TripAdvisor reviewers) so there was always a sizable stream of water flowing onto the floor. (Hint: if you are from overseas, remember not to ingest shower water through your mouth or nose to prevent becoming ill). There was rarely a full complement of towels: either a wash cloth and/or hand towel (or both) was missing. The soap was replaced once during our six day stay.
On the weekend there was a private party by the pool courtyard where the sound system could qualify as a weapon of mass destruction. Fortunately it ended before midnight because even earplugs could not abate the noise to acceptable levels. At other times, I was not aware of sound coming from other rooms. (Although the pool was inviting, from a health perspective it would have been too risky to swim in it since it is virtually impossible not to ingest pool water).
While the cost of the room was negotiated, it would have been thoughtful for the hotel to have included an ample supply of bottled water, as we could not drink tap water anywhere in Ghana for health reasons. (There was an upscale, American-style shopping mall only a ten minute walk away with a supermarket).
The remote controlled air conditioner was efficient, but sometimes spontaneously turned off. I found that leaving it at 18°C was a bit chilly, but prevented it from independently turning off. The television in my room took three days to be reprogrammed for it to be operable. The remainder of the time I was able to access CNN as well as the unique Ghanaian soap operas!
Because of an acute sensitivity to sound (such as neighbouring barking dogs) I found that Mack’s earplugs (a wax-based product) were the most effective (which I use in most hotels around the world).
The Mirage Royale was a pleasant hotel that was reasonably managed. I do not think it is an unrealistic suggestion for the hotel to provide bottled water. The electricity worked. The water worked. The air conditioning worked. The staff was consistently lovely. Would I return there? Yes.
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