With new hotels seemingly popping up in Ghana's capital by the minute, competition between establishments can be fierce. A superb restaurant is always a draw - and these ones come out on top for great food, which ranges from fresh, traditional Ghanaian buffets to gourmet three-course meals. Whether you're deciding where to stay or planning your next dining experience, Time Out's selection of Accra's top hotel restaurants will point you toward where to go for great food in pleasant surroundings. Some of these places have great bars, too.
This gorgeous boutique hotel is a quiet and stylish escape close to the centre of Osu. The whole place basks in a classy European feel, topped off by the onsite Italian restaurant, Soprano, open 6am-11.30pm. It’s cosy, welcoming and with a menu brimming with classic favourites.
Branche, at the Golden Tulip hotel, is the kind of chic, understated hotel restaurant (or bar, lounge, call it what you will) that wouldn’t feel out of place in any global five-star property. There’s a full choice of Ghanaian dishes, as well as a large international buffet, and from 6pm the à la carte selection includes the likes of French onion soup, beef tenderloin and Atlantic lobster. There are also regular themed nights, such as Texas BBQ on Saturdays. Food can also be taken around the pleasant pool outside. It’s reasonably priced for a hotel restaurant with burgers around GH¢25 and pasta around GH¢30.
The Labadi Beach Hotel is probably Accra’s plushest residence. In keeping with its reputation, its restaurants are also highly renowned, particularly the Akwaaba Restaurant under the keen eye of chef Gary Howard. There are buffet and à la carte options. The menu includes some superb fish options.
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; 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.
This hotel is a cut above what you might have come to expect from the Holiday Inn brand elsewhere in the world, and the cluster of expensive suits usually found milling around in the bar area is an accurate sign of the property’s popularity with the business world. The lobby is a stylish, airy space full of floral displays and modern African wood sculptures, but from a leisure aspect it’s perhaps the Med-style pool – a ridiculously inviting sight on a hot day – that’s the main draw (despite the building site of new hotels around it). The rooms are good, with all the amenities you’d expect. It makes sense to take the Superior over the Deluxe which are around the same price. There’s a wide food offering from the pool-side bar – hugely popular on Friday evenings – a bar in the lobby and the Wiase Restaurant which does a superb Ghanaian buffet on Sunday afternoons, much loved by locals.