Time Out Accra - Rate Your City: The Results

The results are in. Thousands of votes were cast in our Rate Your City campaign and here is the outcome. There are a few clear winners, but some real surprises too.
Rate Your City results
By Daniel Neilson |
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Thousands of people cast their votes in the Time Out Accra Rate Your City campaign. We wanted to get a snapshot of the hottest places in Ghana from you, our discerning reader. We are on a mission to highlight the best in hospitality in Ghana and push the standards even higher.

We had sixty shortlisted venues and also gave readers the opportunity to vote for a venue of their choice outside of the shortlist offering some very interesting feedback...

Competition was very stiff – and very close, with the lead changing almost daily in some categories. So a massive congratulations to the winners and runners up, and of course to all shortlisted venues. 

The Campaign is a prequel to the inaugural Time Out Accra Awards 2015 scheduled for May this year, when readers and judges will continue to vote for the very best venues that make up Accra's growing hospitality sector. From the best restaurant to the best nightclub, from the best spa to the best boutique, we'll have them all covered... 

This is your city - let's make it even better. 

Best traditional food

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Buka
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, Ghanaian

Buka

icon-location-pin Osu

Conveniently situated close to the centre of Osu, Buka is, without question, one of the best lunch spots in the city – and more often than not has full tables to show for it.

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The Chop Bar, Ghanaian Food, Achimota Retail Centre
The Chop Bar
Restaurants, Ghanaian

The Chop Bar

Enjoy authentic Ghanaian cuisine in a modern atmosphere at The Chop Bar. With all the mouthwatering Ghanaian dishes on the menu, you won't be disappointed. Reasonably priced and with great service, the Chop Bar is a great lunch spot.  

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Maquis Tante Marie
Daniel Neilson
Restaurants, North African

Maquis Tante Marie

icon-location-pin Labone

There are three branches of Maquis Tante Marie. The menu is definitively African, with authentic dishes predominantly from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

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Chez Afrique
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, North African

Chez Afrique

icon-location-pin East Legon

This popular restaurant often has live bands, including highlife musicians. The food’s good, but the music’s better. Many sets start off with a mixture of reggae, and other hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing.

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Local cuisine, fish, Accra, Ghana
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Restaurants, Ghanaian

Katawodieso

icon-location-pin Labone

More of a street stall than a restaurant, Katawodieso is semi-legendary in Accra. It serves excellent traditional Ghanaian food – and the queues at lunchtime attest its success.

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Country Kitchen
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, Ghanaian

Country Kitchen

icon-location-pin Osu

The main appeal is hearty home cooking that remains true to Ghanaian classics. The atmosphere is as relaxed as the staff are, but the food is freshly cooked – fufu, banku and jollof rice all come with a choice of chicken, beef, mutton or fish, (usually ‘red fish’).

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Best pizza

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Mamma Mia
Restaurants, Italian

Mamma Mia

icon-location-pin Osu

Set around an agreeably rustic courtyard some five minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Mamma Mia, now well into its second decade, combines quality thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas with an attractive setting, easily making it easily one of Accra’s best options for Italian food. 

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<p><span>Delicious Coco Lounge&nbsp;</span><span>Eggs</span><span>&nbsp;Rancheros. Crisp corn tortilla with two fried&nbsp;</span><span>eggs</span><span>, refried beans and spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar and crumbled white cheese. A spicy way to jump-start the day.&nbsp;</span></p>
Restaurants

Coco Lounge

icon-location-pin Accra

From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. The pizza oven is dressed up as an old Italian truck and a sight to behold.

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Nicolino
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, Pizza

Nicolino

icon-location-pin Airport Residential Area

The best pizza in town? It’s certainly up there with Mamma Mia and Coco Lounge. The wood-burning oven at Nicolino’s – not to mention a super tasty crust – help the matter.

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Pizza and Italian Accra
Daniel Neilson
Restaurants, Italian

La Piazza, Pinocchio & The Grill

icon-location-pin Osu

This pleasant complex in Osu encompasses Pinocchio, a colourful café and ice cream parlour, and La Piazza, an outdoor seating area for pizzas, pastas, salads and chicken dishes.

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Shisha Lounge

icon-location-pin Accra

Hidden in the back roads of Osu, near Koala, is the always happening Shisha Lounge. Munch on brick-oven pizza and watch Osu at night from the second floor in the tree house, while smoking a shisha. 

Best burger

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Independence Burger at Burger & Relish, Accra, Ghana
Daniel Neilson
Restaurants, American

Burger & Relish

icon-location-pin Accra

Burger & Relish is Ghana’s first gourmet burger restaurant and cocktail bar – and what a place. The interior is vintage industrial design, quirky urban art and curiosities together to create an eclectic East London/Soho New York style vibe.

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<p><span>Delicious Coco Lounge&nbsp;</span><span>Eggs</span><span>&nbsp;Rancheros. Crisp corn tortilla with two fried&nbsp;</span><span>eggs</span><span>, refried beans and spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar and crumbled white cheese. A spicy way to jump-start the day.&nbsp;</span></p>
Restaurants

Coco Lounge

icon-location-pin Accra

From the leather bar seating to the tilework in the private dining room, the attention to detail in Coco Lounge is quite amazing. Local artist Nana Anoff has installed pieces alongside thoroughly modern and brave design touches, as you’d expect coming from the same stable as design store La Maison next door, which also curated the restaurant’s interior. 

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Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana
Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana
Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

icon-location-pin Adabraka and Asylum Down

Champs is back! After a brief flirt with being called The Lexington, the bar has become Champs again.

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Bread & Wine, Accra, Ghana
Bread & Wine, Accra, Ghana
Restaurants, French

Bread & Wine

icon-location-pin Osu

Great French food, a wine cellar, a beautiful location, real croissants made by a French pastry chef – what’s not to like? This is a serious set-up. The bakery alone will no doubt be marked out as the best in Ghana. 

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Bistro 22, Labone, Accra, Ghana
Bistro 22
Restaurants

Bistro 22

icon-location-pin Labone

This new venue is a great addition to the Labone eating scene. It is the kind of place that takes the marbling of its beef very carefully and therefore the kind of place we like.

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Best sushi

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<p><span>Santoku&rsquo;s Chicken Karange is the Japanese version of traditional fried chicken, deliciously flavoured with soy ginger and garlic.</span></p>
Restaurants, Fusion

Santoku Restaurant & Bar

icon-location-pin Airport Residential Area

Despite some stiff competition, not least of all from the same group in the form of Urban Grill, Santoku remains Ghana’s best restaurant, if not West Africa’s (wealthy people from Lagos have been known to fly over for dinner). 

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Monsoon
Dan Neilsen
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Monsoon

icon-location-pin Osu

Three eateries in one, all of which are likely to leave you happily replenished. Monsoon’s centrepiece is its bar, a reasonably plush spot that wouldn’t look out of place in any city, and its main à la carte selection offers a good choice of seafood and meat options.

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Rockafellas Sushi Accra, Ghana
Frances Quarcoopome
Restaurants, International

Rockafellas

Rockafella's accra, a well established restaurant in Osu, can easily be described as one of the best restaurants in town.  Offering a range of international cuisine,ranging from ribs to pasta to sushi, there is definitley something for everyone.

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SoHo, Marina Mall, Accra, Ghana
Restaurants

Soho

Firstly, let’s get the sushi out of the way. It’s good. Really good. The sushi chef knows what he’s doing – that much is clear. However, it’s across the rest of the Asian fusion menu where the creativity begins to shine. 

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Movenpick
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel
Hotels

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

icon-location-pin Accra Central

Backed by 16 acres of palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on in-line skates glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool.

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Chase
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, International

Chase

icon-location-pin Labone

This popular Labone eatery houses a sports bar and lounge with banquette seating, a large projector and a stack of TVs, as well as the main restaurant. There’s now a teppanyaki bar indoors. 

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Best cafe

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Vidda e caffé
Daniel Neilson
Restaurants, Cafés

Vida e caffé

On the same complex as Coco Lounge and Urban Grill, and from the same team, this excellent Vida e caffè is already very popular.

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Bread & Wine, Accra, Ghana
Bread & Wine, Accra, Ghana
Restaurants, Delis

Bread & Wine Bakery & Delicatessen

icon-location-pin Osu

This bakery is a serious operation. All the equipment and grain is imported from France (as is the pastry chef), and all the bread and patisserie is freshly baked each day. The croissants are a highlight, obviously, but the cakes are fabulous too.

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Delifrance
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, Coffee shops

D–Cafe Osu

icon-location-pin Osu

Iced cupcakes, golden pastries, crunchy baguettes and bulging paninis are the staple at this very European of cafés. From the humble sausage roll to a light and salty spinach and ricotta puff pastry, find a bevy of bakery favourites chalked up on giant blackboards behind the serving counter.

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Josie's Cuppa Cuppaccino
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, Coffee shops

Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino

icon-location-pin Airport Residential Area

This café serves light lunches and brunches. Its sandwiches are popular, especially the calorific chicken, cheese, bacon and avocado version.

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Cafe Kwae, One Airport Square, Airport City, Accra
Frances Quarcoopome
Bars and pubs, Café bars

Cafe Kwae

icon-location-pin Airport City

Café Kwae is an all day café/restaurant founded by Yvette Nana Ama Ansah and inspired by her love of good, simple food and her passion for travel. 

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Ci Gusta, Airport, Accra,Ghana
Ci Gusta
Restaurants

Ci Gusta

icon-location-pin Airport City

Ci Gusta, an international franchise bringing a wide array of gelato, frozen yogurt, waffles and many other desserts. This cafe, located conviniently in Airport, provides a perfect place to relax during rush our.

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Best bar

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Firefly
Dan Neilsen
Bars and pubs

Firefly Lounge Bar

icon-location-pin Osu

Firefly is a confident nightspot – the industrial chic of its whitewashed brickwork, dim lighting and edgy beats attracts a preened international clientele. 

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Honeysuckle Pub and Restaurant

icon-location-pin Osu

Based on a regular local boozer, the Honeysuckle in Osu is a homely place for homesick Brits who want a dose of Premiership football and some recognisable food. 

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Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana
Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana
Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

icon-location-pin Adabraka and Asylum Down

Champs offers an international menu, wide coverage of all major sporting events on eight large screens TV and four project screens and a wide selection of regular events organised entertainment events, a quiz night every Thursday, regular live music. 

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Shisha Lounge

icon-location-pin Accra

Hidden in the back roads of Osu, near Koala, is the always happening Shisha Lounge. Consisting of an elegant outdoor eating area, an indoor bar (almost always witha  DJ spinning some discs), and a delightfully rustic ‘tree house’, it has carved a niche for itself in Ghanaian nightlife.

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Sai Wine & Champagne Bar, Labone, Accra
Sai Wine & Champagne Bar, Labone, Accra
Bars and pubs, Wine bars

SAI Wine & Champagne Bar

Sai wine & champagne cafè is open for business and a wonderful addition to Accra. Sai sells nothing but wine and champagne from key wine producing countries through out the world.

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Bars and pubs

Republic Bar & Grill

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the most happening bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed, music-forward approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music.

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Best live venue

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+233 Jazz Bar & Grill, Accra, Ghana
© Daniel Neilson
Music, Music venues

+233 Jazz Bar & Grill

icon-location-pin Ridge

Formerly Bassline Jazz Club, +233 (named after the Ghanaian dialling code) is an intelligently designed club that has live bands six days a week. Inside, there are two floors. The band play on a small stage downstairs, but can also be seen from the U-shaped upstairs.

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Bars and pubs

Republic Bar & Grill

We’ll still keep recommending this bar as it remains one of the most happening bars in Accra right now, thanks to its relaxed, music-forward approach to the good things in life: alcohol, fried food and really great music.

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La Reine Pokou fondatrice du Royaume Baoulé, Friday 31st May 2013,  Fatoumata Diabaté
La Reine Pokou fondatrice du Royaume Baoulé, Friday 31st May 2013, Fatoumata Diabaté
Things to do

Alliance Française d’Accra

icon-location-pin Airport Residential Area

The Accra-based arm of the French cultural centre offers a large range of artistic activities every week. It particularly excels in live music events, but there are also regular art displays and talks from international artists.

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Bars and pubs, Tapas bars

Toros Tapas Bar

icon-location-pin Ridge

The tapas revolution has finally hit Accra, and with customary Latin style. This is a lovely if unsubtle space (it’s all red and black with pictures of bulls on the wall) that lends itself to a jovial atmosphere.

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Chez Afrique
Dan Neilsen
Restaurants, North African

Chez Afrique

icon-location-pin East Legon

This popular restaurant often has live bands, including highlife musicians. The food’s good, but the music’s better. Many sets start off with a mixture of reggae, and other (random) hits before returning with a highlife set that gets everyone up and dancing.

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Best shopping malls

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Accra Mall
Dan Neilsen
Shopping, Shopping centres

Accra Mall

icon-location-pin East Airport

Accra Mall is looking lively again, with nearly all the units now open. Clothing boutiques, global sports brands and high-end jewellery outlets populate the ground floor of Ghana’s largest shopping centre.

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Marina Mall
Dan Neilsen
Shopping, Shopping centres

Marina Mall

icon-location-pin Airport City

Marina Mall is made up of three floors of shops, with a food court taking up the top level. There’s a welcome branch of D-Café, as well as fast food outlets including Marina’s, which sells burgers and kebabs, and KFC.

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Westhills Mall, Accra, Ghana
Westhills Mall, Accra, Ghana
Shopping, Shopping centres

West Hills Mall

Designed for excellent access and visibility, West Hills Mall is on the new motorway in west Accra. West Hills is a 30-minute drive from the Accra CBD, and forms the gateway into the Greater Accra Region from Western Ghana.

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Junction Mall, Nungua, Accra, Ghana
Junction Mall, Nungua, Accra, Ghana
Shopping, Shopping centres

The Junction Mall

icon-location-pin Accra

Located in the suburb of Nungua in Accra, Ghana, the Junction Shopping Centre is the go-to venue for residents in search of popular clothing brands and restaurants. 

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Choco'Pain bakery at Melcom Plus, Accra, Ghana
Shopping, Shopping centres

Melcom Plus Complex

icon-location-pin Accra Central

In the last 25 years, Melcom has become one of Ghana’s great retail successes. It’s now the country’s largest chain of retail complexes, with almost 30 up and running, including a new location in East Legon.

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A&C Mall
Dan Neilsen
Shopping, Shopping centres

A&C Square

icon-location-pin East Legon

Set in Accra’s East Legon residential community, A&C Square offers a mix of shopping, dining and entertainment – plus access to banking, health clinics and other services.

Best hotel

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Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana
Hotels, Luxury hotels

Labadi Beach Hotel

icon-location-pin Labadi

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.

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Movenpick
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel
Hotels

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel

icon-location-pin Accra Central

Backed by 16 acres of palm-studded grounds and a sweeping azure pool, Accra’s luxury bolthole is certainly living up to its hype. Waiters on in-line skates glide across the gleaming patio, supplying fresh snacks and icy drinks to holidaymakers stretched out on loungers around the pool. 

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Holiday Inn Accra
Dan Neilsen
Hotels

Holiday Inn Accra Airport

icon-location-pin Airport City

This hotel is a cut above the standard 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.

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Fiesta Royale
Dan Neilsen
Hotels

Fiesta Royale

icon-location-pin Dzorwulu

The Fiesta Royale has smart rooms, efficient service and a good bar and restaurant, making it an ideal bet for business travellers and families. Its location, no more than 15 minutes from the airport, is superb. 

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Golden Tulip Hotel
Dan Neilsen
Hotels

Golden Tulip Accra

icon-location-pin Airport Residential Area

The Golden Tulip is one of the most popular hotels in Ghana, thanks to its sizable rooms, its conference facilities and its location near the airport.

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Best Ghanaian resort

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The Royal Senchi hotel, Senchi, Ghana
Royal Senchi
Hotels, Luxury hotels

Royal Senchi

icon-location-pin Out of town

The Royal Senchi Resort is a bold undertaking; a largely thatched 84-room complex with facilities for large conferences just west of the town of Akosombo.

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White Sands Resort, Accra, Ghana
White Sands Resort, Accra, Ghana
Hotels, Resorts

White Sands Beach Resort & Spa

icon-location-pin Out of town

Those willing to splash some cash for the millionaire treatment can stay at this deluxe private members’ club near Fetteh.

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Blue Diamond Beach Resort  & Spa
Blue Diamond
Hotels, Resorts

Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort

icon-location-pin Out of town

*Time Out Accra review soon* Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort say: Blue Diamond Beach Spa Resort currently includes - 10 sea view chalets and 1 suite. - A professional camping ground with a BBQ, shawarma grill and African Kitchen. -

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Aqua Safari, Ghana
Daniel Neilson
Hotels, Resorts

Aqua Safari Resort

icon-location-pin Out of town

We were rather taken aback by Aqua Safari. It faces out to the estuary of the River Volta, a mile or so upstream from the ocean. From an open-sided restaurant and bar you can see Ghana’s island-dwelling folk crab-fishing and clam-diving in the water.

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Lansdown Ibru Heights, Aburi, Ghana
© Daniel Neilson
Travel

Lansdown Ibru Heights

icon-location-pin Out of town

‘Hidden away’ doesn’t really do justice to the location here. This smart new villa complex in the lush folds of the hills around Aburi isn’t somewhere you’d stumble across – it’s only accessible via a long and winding road, and that’s just how the owners want it.

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Best Western Atlantic Hotel, Takoradi, Ghana
Hotels, Chain hotels

Best Western Atlantic Hotel

There’s no missing the 100-room Atlantic Hotel, a huge white monolith overlooking the ocean around Takoradi. The rooms in the main building are modern and well-appointed – ask for one with ocean views.

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