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Coconut Grove Bridge House
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Elmina
Reviewed November 1, 2009

Lovely lagoon experience, watch the early morning harvest of fresh fish from the ocean.
The rooms were basic and very clean, a totally different experience. Try the fresh snapper, from the first catch harvested-whoa, a happy moment with reasonable rates.
The staffs were friendly and cheerful, they tell us new management.

Would visit again soon.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

Stayed for 1 night whilst visiting Elmina. Had stayed at the Hans Cottage Botel the night before which was awful so we were pleased with the facilities at the Bridge House. On arrival I believe there was a problem with our room but our driver sorted this out with the staff and the room allocated to us was decent standard for Ghana. 2 double beds, fridge, tv, AC, flushing toilet, shower, sink and not shabby at all. The hotel is tiled floor throughout and the AC meant it was pleasant and comfortable. We seemed to be the only guests but others were using the restaurant. We sat outside in the walled area which means you can view the goings on in the town (of which there is a lot to see) in safety as the staff do not allow diners or guests to be hassled in this area.

We went to Elmina Castle and I would agree with other reviewers - it is an atmospheric place and creepy despite its whitewashed appearance. The female slave cells were the most shocking of all as the smell was overpowering - even though they haven't been in use for such a long time. It serves to slap us in the face as to how appalling the conditions were and how terribly these people were treated by our ancestors.

We walked around Elmina town and got a bit of hassle from lads wanting sponsorship but nothing too bad. We went down some of the backstreets which are very poor with open sewers etc. We were stared at and some people might have been shouting at us or about us but we ignored it and walked on. We did start to feel a bit uncomfortable walking around this very poor area and I dont feel people welcomed our presence so we didnt hang around. However around the hotel we felt fine. The hotel is opposite Elmina Castle and a great place to see the fisherman going out and coming in with their catches and to walk over the bridge to the castle. I noticed that most tourists seemed to arrive at the castle via taxi or private car and we seemed to be the only ones walking there. There was also a crazy guy outside the castle just ranting and shouting at the sea or anyone who would listen.

There is a strange atmosphere about the place but then it has a very marred & sad history so maybe thats why??? We didnt know about the hotel being used as the slave birth house (ref info in other review) but didnt notice any type of bad atmosphere at the hotel.

My thoughts are that it is an comfortable and safe base to use to see the interesting sights, sounds & smells of Elmina town and castle for 1 night but probably no more.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2008

Stayed here in July 2008 - our original booking was for 2 nights - we got out after 1 and would not have spent the 1 night there if there was a bus back to Accra. Didn't expect much as we were volunteer teachers and used to staying in much worse! Staff very indifferent - verging on the rude - especially the owner's daughter who was downright rude wthout trying to disguise her ostility in any shape or form. She would not let us make outgoing phonecalls even though we had told her we would pay and said the hotel did not have a phoneline??!! She totally mislead us about Cape Coast Castle, all the while laughing and joking to one of the maids in African ..clearly about us. Food was terrible (even by local standards) and believe me in Elmina there is nowhere else to eat. On the plus side, the rooms were air conditioned and had a fridge. Outside 'terrace bar' was just a walled off section on the street next to an open sewer where the street hustlers hung over the wall haranging us until we had to go to our room and even entered the bar area to hustle for money, cigarettes or indeed anything! At 9.30pm the staff were looking at us daggers when we ordered our last drink!

The town itself, although seemingly picturesque upon entering soon appears very strange and odd with an underlying feeling of hostility - the place is filthy, much worse than innercity dwellings of Accra and other such poor villages I have seen. The hustlers here are much worse also - they will not take no for an answer and beware telling any of them your name as they go off and make presents for you ...seemingly free but then produce a 'sponsor sheet' for you to 'sponsor' their school ..... to the tune of $20 a pop! When I gave a donation of a substantial amount for Ghana this was snatched and kept and when i refused to pay anymore money, the money was pocketed and so was the 'free gift'! People are not willing to help with directions or assistance and the local youths hanging around till 5am are menacing to say the least. I would certainly not recommend anyone travelling here alone - esp women.

The Slave Castle is something else ..upon entering I immediately had goosebumps and upon entering the dungeons found i could not breathe and had to leave....evil place.

The Hotel is actually a residence where the women slaves who were raped repeatedly and became pregnant were 'saved' from the slave ships and kept there ...needless to say the atmosphere in the hotel is strange to say the least and kept me awake!

All this spoilt my opinion of Ghana somewhat. I met and encountered some wonderful people on my stay, I just wish that i hadn't gone to this town and hotel - Village of the Damned!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Kwekoolio, Second-Generation Owner, Finance Manager at Coconut Grove Bridge House, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2009

There are a number of questionable statements in this review, beginning with the item about the owner's daughter who, at the time of the review, was busy working in a laboratory conducting research and not laughing and joking in "African."

The Bridge House is different now than it was in 2008 and is certainly different than it was 20 or 30 years ago. At no point, however, was the Bridge House a place for raped and pregnant slaves. The comment disrespects the family for whom the place was a home for over a century. Elmina, moreover, is not a "Village of the Damned" - it is a charming town with a lot of history that everyone should try and visit once in their lifetime.

Again, the Bridge House has undergone a lot of change and we will continue to work on the service, the food (considered some of the best Elmina has to offer) and the building until we have satisfied even our most difficult clients.

We appreciate honest and critical feedback - it helps us improve our hotels and create a better experience for future guests. We encourage future guests to stick to the facts as it will make the feedback you provide much more meaningful.

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Reviewed January 10, 2007

Photos of it looked great but what a disappointment! This was the most expensive hotel we stayed at in Ghana and the worst by far. US$90 a night for a room on the top floor with no working TV or fridge, the one mirror was on a wall behind a pillar, no mirror or shelf in the bathroom, dark brown water set so high I burned myself (no way to lower it), no toilet paper, no clean towels during a 2-day stay, cotton sheets of inferior quality, breakfast served in plastic storage containers we regretted opening, indifferent staff and service. No beach, no pool or facilities but we were given a slip of paper to enable us to use the pool at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort (we had to ask) - however, we had to find our own transportation there and back. It too was a disappointment, run down looking and indifferent service. They should have paid US to stay there!!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Kente
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Reviewed March 4, 2006

I just spend three nights with my family in the hotel. Tu put it simple: the service is close to bad, the food even closer to lousy, and the hotel overall run down and not maintained (in our room tv not working, AC not working , chairs broken, etc etc). Notably the kids facilities are all broken down.

The owner, Ghanean living in the USA, must make a fortune to charge 135 US $ a night (for a family of 4), but reducing service to mere basics. Staff was having fun, playing billard, listening to loud music, but service to clients is not at all on their strong side, although we were practically alone in the hotel.

From what I heard I would assume that staff is underpaid, but that is not my fault. I can´t see how tourism in Ghana could really develop at such a lousy price quality relation. I wanted to give it a rating of terrible, but my wife convinced me there must be something worse so I give it a rating ok, still the beaches are quite nice.

Still I can´t see any reason to make holidays there.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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8  Thank Thomas R
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Reviewed May 2, 2005

March 2005 - We stayed here for several nights in March while we were in Ghana. This was the most expensive of our lodgings at $150 US per night, and also the biggest disappointment. When I went to check in, they tried to say I had cancelled our reservation. They seemed not to believe the email I produced from the hotel saying a family room had been reserved for us. They knew we were a family of 5, however there were only 2 beds in their "family" room. We separated one into two smaller ones, but the other was a double, no room for another kid. We asked for a cot, and they tried to charge us ANOTHER $25 US a night for the cot - I don't think so! We were given a room right next to the "staff/storage quarters" where there were lots of bottles clanging and trucks running and talking going on at all times of the day and night. We were woken up one morning by the sounds of digging right behind the headboard. Turns out they were mixing cement right at our door. The room had really, really seen better days. Paint was falling off the wall, the windows were so high you couldn't look out of them - it was rather scary to lift the curtain anyway. It would have been an OK place to stay, perhaps at $40 US but not $150/night! To top it all off, we had no water while we were there. My husband thought they trucked the water in to the resort. Once when he saw the truck arrive he rushed back to our room and we did have enough water for two showers, but that was it. We booked this hotel based on the activities they offered such as 9 hole golf course, games (pool tables etc) but the golf course had not seen a lawnmower in quite some time - they were getting out a lawnmower when we left however. The pool tables/fooseball etc were all locked up in a room and through the windows it was obvious they were not in working condition. There is a small 3 computer internet cafe which was really expensive (so we thought). The food was OK, a tad expensive. A breakfast was included with the room that was adequate but consisted of cold eggs and cold porridge and dry toast etc. The beach is nice, however this was the one place in our whole time in Ghana that a guy tried to grab my camera while I was picking up shells. Only hotel on our stay to jerk us around in arranging transportation - I believe they got a cut of the rate. It gave us a place to sleep, but not a desire to return. Other than complaining about no water a couple of times, we said nothing else. When our bill arrived - for some reason they felt compelled to deliver it at 4:30 AM! - I noted that they had reduced the rate to $134 US per night - nice of them. I will not stay here again - go to the Elmina Beach Resort instead if you can handle not having a beach altho it is on the water.

6  Thank Shook
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Reviewed January 9, 2018
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  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled solo
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Address: Liverpool St., Elmina, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Central Region > Elmina
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Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Elmina
Price Range: $69 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coconut Grove Bridge House 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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