A review from a European perspective for the unseasoned Western Africa traveller!
On the plus side, it's very good value – we paid about £40 a night and it accommodates 6 adults comfortably. The staff are very welcoming and helpful, and it's reassuring to have a 24 hour presence – it's a walled compound, but the main gates are not locked. The bedrooms are all a good size, and we found the beds very comfortable with en suites (bath with shower over x2, shower x1) and a toilet in each plus a fourth toilet off the hall. The living area is spacious, partially divided between sitting and dining. The kitchen is on the small side but reasonably well equipped with a four ring gas hob and an oven. There is a large porch area, covered and netted, and this always seems breezy so it is usually comfortable to sit in at any time of day. We only used the air conditioning in the bedrooms: it is efficient and quiet so is not a problem to use at night. There is A/C in the living area.
The pool is about 6x6 metres, max depth 160cm, comfortable water temperature, a great asset as far as we were concerned.
Shops for basics like bottled water, soft drinks, beer, loo rolls etc are just outside.
Taxis are plentiful in Otu Adzin Road, just outside, and a ride to central Accra we found usually about 25 cedi – remember to agree the fare before you get in! Coming back, ask for 'Spintex Road, Kotobabi Junction'.
On the down side – one of our party had been here several years ago, when it was much newer – it was smarter then, and although basically sound it could do with quite a bit of decorating and a thorough cleaning to make it smart rather than adequate. The general décor and condition of equipment is not as good as one might expect in comparable premises in the UK, but it is reasonably clean and can be recleaned on request. Water pressure is poor – the shower in the bedroom that does have a shower is pretty hopeless, the shower over bath is better but don't expect a power shower!
Electricity and wifi is paid separately and we found it was not very cheap – the wifi is 75cedi for 12GB – we used 36GB in 9 days - and we spent 1000 cedi on electricity for 9 days, using A/C at night only in two bedrooms, plus lighting, some TV, etc. We didn't use the water heaters: the cold supply is warm and Accra is hot and humid so washing under cold water is very refreshing.
There is only one pillow per person, they're quite good but bring your own if you prefer two!
There's a bar just outside and the music keeps going until 3am – quite noisy in two bedrooms, not so bad in the third.
The pool was a bit murky, we had to ask for the filtering to be turned on after a few days, told it wasn't on because they had no money – that really isn't acceptable!! - was turned on for one day only after that, but not again for the rest of our stay. It isn't used much, but if it is provided, I think it should be maintained properly.
This area does not have any of the European standard of shops and restaurants that are found now in central Accra – if you want western food, you will need to travel. Although taxis are cheap, the journey to the centre is a minimum 20-30 mins but also at the wrong time of day can be an hour or more. Going by the motorway does not help much: the nearest intersection is further out of town and has eastbound access only, so going into town means going east along the motorway to the next junction and back again – making the trip to the airport, for example, 32Km by motorway compared to 13Km via Spintex Road.
There were a lot of shopping mall around to visit.night clubs to attend in the evening after had days of work for some fun.the apartment is very close to the beaches as well.
The villa is very spacious and clean,close to shops as advertised.My family and i will definitely be visiting again!
Believe you me, your stay at the villa will be worth any dime you spend. Though the rates are cheap, the services we received and the facility we enjoyed were excellent. My family and me really felt at home. Keep it up Akotaa villas. we definitely will be back. Thumbs up.
So happy I booked this villa, which was a home away from home for 21 days. The villa came equipped with almost everything needed to sustain us throughout our stay. Hannah was always cheerful, kind and friendly, and left no stone unturned when cleaning the house!!! Isaac was always available to assist when called upon to resolve any issues, another great asset to the property. I would like to suggest upgrading the air conditioning in the living room, which didn't get very cold and had some problems. Overall this property was a great stay and I'll book again here.
Good service, helpful staff on hand. Only thing that should be explained on the add before hand is that you pay for your own electricity. The A/C in the sitting room draws the most electric but isn't the coolest on the property.
Overall a good stay, good amenities and services.
I always feel reluctant to write a negative review, especially if it is a place that has so many positive ones. But I must say that the place was very different from what I had expected after reading the reviews and seeing the pictures. Some of the furniture is fairly worn out and we had both cockroaches and mice (!) in the house. The latter is something not too uncommon for a place like Ghana, but then the price of the apartment makes it unjustifiable. The house is in a side street that is off a main road with lots of bars and street clubs. Depending on where in the complex you are staying, it can be really noisy at night until 3-4am in the morning.
My biggest issue though was the transportation. If you are on a holiday and have time to be stuck in traffic for 1.5 hours to get to town in the morning or plan to spend most time in the house this is not a problem. If you have to get out every day though then it is a serious hassle. Plus the additional cost you bare for paying for ubers and taxis actually does not make the house affordable anymore.
Cleaning is only every five days, quite in contrast to other serviced apartments I know in Accra. Last but not least you have to pay for Wifi and electricity extra. Hot water comes and goes irrespective whether you have electricity or not.
The staff: extremely nice people. They are even willing to help buying food items for you if you give them the money.
But altogether definitely not for me. Maybe if you have a big family who comes for a holiday, do not care too much about the cost-benefit ratio and want to hang at the pool, yes that could work.