Accra's best designer hotels
Good things come to those who wait.. Well, finally, the much-delayed Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City has now opened to compete for top billing with Ghana’s very finest hotels. The Gold Coast City Hotel is from the Kempinski group that has a global reputation for doing things in style, this is no exception. It marks the brand’s West African debut and is a dazzling addition, with a complex spread over 35 hectares and comprising numerous buildings, including commercial and residential towers organised along a ‘broad boulevard and esplanade’. The hotel itself will have 269 rooms, all at least 50 sqm in size, including a pair of seriously snazzy presidential suites. Guests can also enjoy an extensive spa with 10 treatment rooms, a hammam, yoga studios and a fully kitted-out beauty salon. Other hotel features include an organic food bar, a cocktail bar, tennis courts and a flashy outdoor pool. In addition, there will be seven meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment, a number of outside meeting areas and a conference centre measuring 1,750 sq m.
Labadi Beach has always been one of, if not the, highest end hotel in Ghana, as the wall with photos of staying digitaries attests. But in the light of new openings, it has had to up its game - and it has. The main changes is out the back with a new and incredibly inviting pool and a full, new conference and events centre. Also upgraded is the gym. It has retained its cool – the lobby alone is all ceiling fans, dark leather sofas and gold-coloured standing lamps. The property’s pristine rooms and luxury suites, all fairly recently renovated, come with a private balcony. There’s also floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court and table tennis equipment; sauna and massage services are also available. The resort has two bars and a restaurant to choose from.
Backed by palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s newest luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on roller blades glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool; the onsite luxury shopping centre is filled with high-end goods, from bold fashions at Nonterah to Afrocentric homeware at Joe’s Perspective (see p54); Sankofa restaurant pleases with an array of international flavours, and the cocktail lounge expertly whips up any favoured tipple. At the time of writing, the only slight downside to Mövenpick is that it feels a little like a new pair of shoes – shiny and impressive, but ever so slightly stiff. But with the stream of visitors surely on their way, its edges are set to be softened very soon indeed.
Located 6 km from Independence Square in Accra, Tang Palace Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. Some units feature views of the pool or city. Rooms come with a private bathroom fitted with a hot tub. Extras include slippers and free toiletries. A TV is featured.You will find free shuttle service and hairdresser's at the property.The hotel also offers car hire. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is 7 km from Tang Palace Hotel, while Accra Sports Stadium is 6 km away.