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“Poor fit and finish but typical for this part of the world.”
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Modern City Lodge
Ranked #11 of 28 Tamale B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 8, 2012

My expectations for African hotels outside of capitals is rather low. I don't expect perfect service or the walls to. be unstained. The modern city lodge does not change my expectations. Tiling in the bathroom is missing or kludged together, furniture is old and mismatched. That being said, there is hot water, working AC, and clean enough. It is what it is. Service at the restaurant is slow even by Ghanaian standards. They appear to be adding more rooms in a significant addition but who knows when that will be finished. There are several large meeting rooms so it can work as a conference venue. Flights are now daily from Accra. You can also drive up from Accra in one long day but it is better to break it into two.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

Visited modern city lodge for two weeks and was very much impressed about the hotel,We had a three day conference there and i must commend staff were on time especially during lunch time.I have been to Mariam but will prefer that to Modern City because i do not really like the rooms in Mariam hotel

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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

We had a local recommend this hotel as nice and new, and indeed surface appearances are nice. However, we arrived late at night, with reservations, and were told we had too many people per room, and we had to pay in american dollars in cash. At midnight they had us over the barrel so we bought an extra room. Well the rooms had no towels so back to request more. The service of basically extorting cash out of us in the middle of night was really unpleasant. I would take my chances with any other accommodation in Tamale. The room I was in had plaster falling off the wall and a huge water mark. Yes, there was a flat screen TV and the room was huge, but I needed a clean, inexpensive place to sleep and this is not it.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

Three of us arrived in Tamale late in the night, needing to go to mole in the morning (a similar situation to other travelers in this part). We only needed the room for about 5 hours as we were leaving early in the morning. The hotel management was absolutely rigid in denying us the ability to sleep three people in one room and wanted to force us to buy a second room for nearly an extra hundred dollars. We decided to search out another hotel room for our third friend. But, while we took a quick bathroom break at the hotel, the manager set some of his cronies to follow us, just to make sure, we weren't going to try and put three people in the room. One of the hotel workers went so far as to burst into one of the stalls while a friend was using it. Additionally, when we got the room, there were no towels, midlew afflicted the walls and so the paint made lake flaky piles on the ground, there was no soap,or warm water. The management also forgot to give us wake-up calls, and in fact gave our wake-up calls to another group going to mole ( a little later that day) 3 hours after we should have received it. All in all, for nearly $100 dollars a room, I'd rather just be mugged.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

It's the small things in life that can make a difference. We stayed here on a business trip through the region and from the outside the hotel looked impressive. The owner is currently building an extension, so it seemed that business was going well... on the inside, the story was very different. Light-fixtures with wired hanging from them, broken tiles, missing toilet covers, windows that don't fit in the frame and therefore let the heat in, a satellite TV that lets you receive three local channels and two satellite channel images (don't try the sound, all you get is a hiss). The restaurant was awful, with a breakfast buffet that made you promptly decide to go on a diet. Continuous advice to the staff that, considering the abundance of it in the area, some fruit would be a welcome addition, fell on deaf ears. Overall, the service was lackluster at best. For the price, this is a royal rip-off and the owner would do well to get the hotel in order before building extending any further!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

I am an American traveling and working throughout West Africa. This hotel was okay for a hotel outside of the capital city, but could be a lot better if the management would do some maintenance.

The rooms were pretty dimly lit and both my colleague and I had to change rooms to get one with air conditioning that worked. In my case, I waited and waited for the room to cool down from 33 degrees Celsius with the air conditioner on full blast, but the temperature wasn't dropping much and was sometimes going back up. I called the front desk and they sent someone who apparently thought I didn't know how to read the buttons on the remote because he basically asked me what temperature I wanted it to be and then said it would eventually cool down and left. Five more minutes of sweating and I called and told them it still wasn't working, so they agreed to give me a different room. It worked fine in the new room. Outside of that, the rooms were fine, little things broken here and there that would probably take a dollar or two to fix, but aren't fixed. The bathroom seemed clean but the toilet seat was broken and of course there was a hideous smell from the drains when you used the water.

The hotel is huge and our room was a pretty long walk from the reception area or the restaurant.

The wireless internet was free, usually very fast, and more or less reliable. There are not safes/security boxes in the rooms and they make you leave your key when you leave the hotel. I didn't have anything go missing, but I locked stuff in my suitcase before leaving.

I wouldn't recommend the restaurant. They have a huge menu, but when you start trying to order stuff you find out they only have chicken, rice, and lots of onions. It wasn't very good, but the prices were okay - I think about 10 Ghana Cedis per meal. The service was slow, but I guess that's to be expected.

The staff were nice enough, not super friendly but not rude by any means.

Everyone that I've talked to that has stayed here and at the Hotel Mariam has said that the Hotel Mariam is better and has better food. I wasn't able to try it during my stay.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 5, 2014
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  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Tamale, Ghana
Location: Ghana > Northern Region > Tamale
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Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #11 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Tamale
Price Range: $92 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
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