Set on a lovely beach, Big Millys has live reggae on Saturdays and Sundays. The venue is intimate a hidey-hole to get away from it all. On Fridays, there is a beach barbecue and drumming from a cultural group. And at any time there’s usually someone playing guitar. There is good, basic accommodation at Big Milly’s too. Double huts with a fan cost GH¢29, and self-contained huts with air conditioning are GH¢69. Single rooms are GH¢17 a night (GH¢33 with bathroom and AC), dorm rooms are GH¢8.
This tower of self-catering apartments is a comfortable and convenient base in central Accra, just a block from Oxford Street. The standard apartments are acceptable, if a touch basic. All are air conditioned, with well-equipped kitchenettes including fridge, cooker, microwave and utensils. For the times when a pre-prepared meal is called for, there’s a cosy 7th floor restaurant with fantastic city views. Those looking to stay for a while can negotiate a monthly rate.
If Afia African Village were any closer to the sea, staff would need to hand out scuba gear at the reception. This beachside complex is made up of the Afia Beach Hotel’s 29 rooms (nine rooms face the ocean), Tribes Bar and Restaurant offering Ghanaian and international cuisine. The complex is a little way out of city centre, although it is close to Black Star Square and Jamestown and, of course, the beach.
The eponymous Delphy cleverly spotted a wide gap in the Accra hotel market: that of mid-priced B&B accommodation. Amazingly, there’s nothing like it the city, and very successful it is too. But it’s not all down to hitting a niche, Delphy’s affable nature and excellent staff means that people just keep coming back. There are only eight rooms, each basic, but well-appointed with A/C, TV desk, wardrobe and a good en suite bathroom. The courtyard area is a lovely spot to relax at the end of the day. There’s a small covered area with a couple of sofas and a table around which everyone enjoys the good, substantial breakfast. Inside there’s a little communal seating area too with a small library. The Labone location is a short taxi ride from Osu, Labone’s hub and Cantonments.
The Paloma Hotel has benefited from a recent update, although it’s still a simple, mid-priced two-star option with 65 air-conditioned rooms and five chalets in the central Asylum Down area. Complimentary extras include breakfast, which can be taken in your room if preferred, and airport pick up/drop off. Sharing the hotel’s complex are two restaurants, both of which offer the standard range of international cuisine, and a tour agency eager to show visitors around the area. Also on site, Champs Sports Bar is back is with a good menu, while a conference centre seating 150 is available too. There is an internet café nearby and guests can also tap into the wireless in the hotel. The Paloma Hotel rewards frequent visitors with substantial discounts, sometimes up to 30 per cent – ask at reception for details. There’s also a branch in the Industrial Area (0302 248 916).