Recommendations on where to stay in Ghana are listed below. I have found the best hotels in Ghana are not always the most expensive ones. My recommended list of accommodations generally reflect my taste for eco-friendly budget and mid-range hotels with character. So, if you are looking for a clean and safe place to stay in Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina, Kumas, Bolga, and other locations in Ghana, check the list below. Where I have listed rates, please note they are subject to change, but were accurate in April 2011. Booking hotels through a tour company makes life easier, I highly recommend Jolinaiko Eco-Tours.
La Paradise Inn is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood close to La Pleasure (Labadi) Beach. Eight apartments, from studios to two-bedrooms all face the courtyard with flowers, palm trees and a small swimming pool. The owners Vitto and Donna welcome every guest with warmth and a smile. The food is excellent and served in the garden by the pool. It's a lovely place to start or end your Ghana vacation, I spent 4 wonderful nights here. Every apartment has a small kitchen, AC, fans and a TV. Rates start at US $80 for a studio apartment. There is safe parking on the property if you have your own car. You can walk to the excellent Artist Exchange gallery, and it's quick taxi ride or tro-tro to Osu and other hot spots in Accra.
Afia African Village is a real gem, centrally located but set on three acres of tropical gardens overlooking a beach. You can walk to many of Accra's major attractions, or take a short taxi ride. The hotel is built to look like a traditional village, with lots of character. The Tribes restaurant is highly regarded and serves both local and continental cuisine. The Tribes bar is a great place to unwind after a hot day of sightseeing in Accra with a chilled glass of wine The gift shop is fantatstic, a collection of superior arts and crafts selected by the owners of Afia during their travels around the region. Rates start at USD $70 for a double standard room.
The Labadi Beach Hotel is by far the most expensive hotel on this recommended list, but if you can afford it, it's a lovely place to stay in Accra. The rooms are spacious and clean, the restaurants serve good food and the pool is spectacular. The hotel is right on the popular La Pleasure Beach and has it's own little roped off section, so you don't get hassled by hawkers. If you want to escape the rather sterile environment, just a few minutes walk down the beach is where all the action is. Take a stroll to the public beach, and sample some spicy local dishes, a cold beer, and watch families and beautiful young things at play. Taxis to Osu and other central AccraRates start at $400 per night.
Big Milly's is legendary among backpackers. It's just a forty minute tro-tro ride from Accra (depending on the traffic), but a world away. The rooms are clean, dorms are available, as are individual cottages. The bar is well stocked and takes pride of place in the center of the compound. If you are young and like to party, Big Milly's is great. The beach is nice, but you do get hassled by folks trying to sell you things. On the other hand, it's still a working fishing community, so not totally spoiled by tourism. Be careful with your valuables, don't bring them on the beach. Unfortunately the drumming academy that attracted many to Kokrobite shut down recently. Rates for a dorm start at 7 Cedis, a 2 person hut with bath and AC is 44 cedis.
Maks Resort - Ada Foah (Greater Accra)
Ada-Foah is becoming a very popular weekend getaway for people living in Accra, but it has yet to be discovered by most tourists. Maks hotel offers lovely, moderately priced accommodation along Ghana's Eastern Coast on the estuary of the River Volta. Shell lined paths take you to a nice sandy beach, perfect for swimming. The chalets come with en suite bathrooms, and TV. The restaurant serves both Ghanaian and international cuisine. Book through a tour operator in Ghana and ask for rates.
KO-SA is a real treat, good swimming, great food and wonderful accommodation at reasonable prices, located about 13 km's west of Elmina. The individual huts are colorfully decorated, very comfortable, with attached bathrooms and compost toilets, making this a truly eco-friendly place to stay. A natural bay allows for safe swimming, rare in these parts, but you still have to take care. You can relax on the beach or in hammocks in the gardens, take drumming lessons or walk for hours on the beach. The restaurant is wonderful and serves both local and international dishes. It's an easy day trip to Kakum National Park from here. Rates for a bungalow with attached bathroom start at 65 Cedis per night. Dorms are also available. Camping is free.
A relative newcomer to the Elmina area, but getting rave reviews, the Elmina Bay resort is great value, just a ten minute drive from Elmina. The resort is situated on a lovely stretch of beach, with a nice swimming pool for those who don't want to brave the waves. The buildings look a little new and stark on the outside, but inside they're clean, cool and spacious. The staff are attentive, the food is very good, and you can take endless strolls along the beach here. Rates for an air-conditioned double room, with free wi-fi start at USD $110.
Next door Stumble Inn is excellent if you are on a budget or wish to spend some time volunteering. You can use the pool at Elmina bay for 10 Cedis.
Ghana's best beaches lie in the Western region, and the Green Turtle Lodge offers the perfect accommodation on a lovely beach at very reasonable prices. The Green Turtle Lodge lies 10 km's west of Dixcove, next to a small fishing village. You can simply relax your days away by swiming, taking walks on the beach or checking out the local fisherman bringing in their daily catch. A popular activity is taking a canoe ride through the mangroves of the nearby Ezile river. Rooms are traditional chalets on the beach, a double with bath costs 40 Cedis per night. There are also dorms available as well as a patch to pitch your own tent on.
Catering Rest House - Kumasi
The Kumasi Catering Rest House reminded me of an American motel with parking outside every single story room. It is centrally located, reasonably priced and the restaurant serves good local and Chinese dishes. It's a great place to stay if you are in Kumasi and want to walk to all the major sights. The rooms are spacious, very clean, with en suite bathrooms, AC and TV. It's nice and quiet despite its central location and there's lots of greenery around the rooms. Staff is very friendly and efficient. You can walk to Kejetia Market, Menhya palace, Kumasi zoo, and the Cultural Center from here. Rates start at 65 cedis for a double room.
A wonderful place to relax, the Rainbow Garden Village is located on a sandy bank of Lake Bosumtwi, about an hour south of Kumasi. The Rainbow Garden Village offers budget accommodation, volunteer opportunities and the unbeatble chance to take a dip in Lake Bosumtwi to wash off the dusty rigours of traveling in Ghana. Similar to Aylos place (see below), you can enjoy your meals prepared with homegrown vegetables, on floating decks in the lake. The grounds are extensive, with a wonderful flowers, plants and trees. The owners host regular bonfire nights and can also arrange local school and hospital visits. You can stay in a tent, dorm (15 Cedis), or enjoy your own little bungalow starting at 40 Cedis.