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Swearing-In and Party Plans; Hotel Recommendations
May 2011

 

The 50th annual swearing in of Peace Corps Volunteers (worldwide) will be held at the Peace Corps office in Cantonments in Accra, Ghana on 30 August 2011. Peace Corps will probably host a party either the night before (not a good idea, see “hangover”) or the night of (better idea). The venue will probably be the Peace Corps office. The RPCVs will be hosting a party the night before or the night of (good idea, see “super hangover/still wasted”), whichever Peace Corps is not doing. The venue will probably be Renae Adam’s house in Labone. The night-after-the-swearing-in-night party will also be hosted by RPCVs, at a venue to be determined. Further parties will be arranged on an ad-hoc basis.

PCVs currently crash at the Swiss Rest in Labone. The RPCVs will use this as their hub for leaving messages, lodging as room permits, etc.

Duncan’s Bar in Osu is the current PCV watering hole. I have personally tested Duncan’s in 2008 and can vouch for its socialization potential and alcohol stores.

Hotel Suggestions
Cheryl Anderson, RPCV and current USAID Director’s Hotel Recommendations

  • Swiss Rest, Dot’s, Wangara, Crystal Rose, Headlines

PCV Chrissa Percival’s Hotel Recommendations:
Here are a few suggestions on nice, but not too expensive, places to stay in Accra when you come for our 50th Celebrations:

  • Swiss Rest in Labone - bonus as this is where the current PC Ghana bunkroom is located and rumored hub for RPCV activities
  • Blue Royal Hotel in Osu - adorable, little hotel with a lot of character centrally located in Osu blueroyalghana@yahoo.com 021.783075 ~$75 US for a double room with AC/DSTV/self-contained/breakfast included.
  • El Elyon Hotel in Osu - right next door to Blue Royal, lacks character, but is clean and sufficient elelyon@africaonline.com.gh 021.774421 / 784620 ~$75 US for a double room with AC/DSTV/self-contained/breakfast included.
  • Byblos Hotel in Osu - never actually seen their rooms, but if the attached restaurant is any indication, this place is great bybloshotel@hotmail.com 021.782250 ~$75 US for a dbl with AC/DSTV/self-contained/breakfast included.

*There are tons of other places to stay, so let me know if you are looking for something cheaper, swankier, or in a different part of Accra (but keep in mind that Osu is where all the fun happens!).

Richard Adzadu, Peace Corps Security Officer’s Hotel Recommendations:

OSU AREA AT DANQUAH CIRCLE ON CANTONMENTS ROAD (MOST REASONABLY PRICED FOR PCV’S. To get to Osu, go to the 37 Trotro station outside the Peace Corps office and take a line taxi or Trotro.

  • Salvation Army Hostel - # 0243556375 / 0302-776971.
    Located in Osu. Turn right at the Total Filling Station (across from Koala), walk to the end of the road, hostel directly at intersection. Walled compound with security. Simple but clean.
    Rates:
    GHS 6.00 – shared bath/toilet- some dorms sleep only six/seven
    GHS 40.00 – Guestroom – Self contained. (Only two available)
  • Comfort’s Lodge - # 0244-448296 / 0302- 783692
    Located in Osu. Turn left at Woodin’s on 16th Street, walk to curve end of road, you will see a sign. clean, quiet, convenient, safe, security guard, restaurant, telephone and laundry services, hot water, refrigerator, TV, A/C, contained bathroom/shower.
    RATE:
    Double - GHS 50.00
    Single - GHS 45.00
  • Christiansborg Hotel - # 0302-776074 / 0289545017
    Located in Osu. Turn left at the first street to the left alongside Koala Supermarket; take first left at the “Y” in the road, a short walk to on the right or turn left at Penta Hotel and go straight. Safe, older but clean, convenient, TV, AC, FAN. Contained bathroom/shower.
    PC RATES:
    Single - GHS 35.00
    Double - GHS 55.00
  • Joska Lodge - # 0302-948392 / 0302-774808
    Located in Osu next door to Christianborg Hotel. safe, security guard, convenient, A/C, TV, refrigerator, hot water.
    RATES:
    Single - GHS 46.00
    Double - GHS 60.00
    Breakfast and Internet inclusive.
  • Byblos Hotel (www.bybloshotelghana.com) # 0302-782250 / 60/70
    From Danquah Circle towards Osu, turn right after the gas filling station      
    PC Rates:
    Single - USD $60
    Double - USD $70
    Twinbed - USD $80
    (Charges include breakfast)

OUTSIDE OSU AREA (MOST REASONABLY PRICED FOR PCV’S)
*** Recommended in terms of the price

  • ***Avenue Club Hotel - # 0266428273 / 0302-234813
    Located one block from the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Asylum Down road junction on Farrar Avenue. 8 rooms available, safe, walled compound, older, but fairly clean, TV, A/C, restaurant, bar, and an outdoor seating area, contained bathroom/shower.
    RATES:
    Single - GHS 35.00
    Double w/twin bed - GHS 42.00
  • ***New Haven Hotel - #021-222053 / 026422503
    Located two blocks from the NDC Party headquarters on the ring road, Kokomlemle. Safe walled compound.
    RATES:        
    Standard single - 20.00
    Superior singe - 31.00
    Standard double -37.00
    Superior double - 40.00
    Twin bed - 47.00
    Standard 4 occupancy – 60.00
  • ***Hilltop Hotel - #0302-248444 or 0244-771710
    Located on Obasanjo Highway, next to Accra Girls Senior High School and is managed by Maiden Hotels (GH) Ltd. From 37 lorry station take a Nima car or taxi and drop at the Accra Girls school. Safe with walled compound, security guard.
    PC RATES:
    Single Occupancy - USD $30.00 per person
    Double Occupancy - USD $20.00 per person
    5 persons in a room - USD $15.00 per person
    The above rates include European breakfast. Hilltop Hotel has amenities such as 24 hr hot /cold running water, DSTV in all rooms, self contained, split air condition in all rooms, continental restaurant/Bar open till late , and taxi service available 24 hrs.
  • Assemblies of God Guesthouse – # 0244-295364 / 0277399290
    Located around the Police head office. From 37 bus stops, take a taxi going towards Accra central. When you get to the Ako Adjei overpass, use the round about and turn left towards Osu. At the traffic light opposite the Police head office, turn right and three blocks away from the traffic light is the Adventist church. The guesthouse is opposite the Adventist church. It is safe, clean, quiet surrounding, TV,AC, fridge, and kitchen. Contained bathroom/shower
    RATES:
    Double rooms - GHS 43.00
    Single rooms - GHS 30.00
    Additional 10% for a third person.
  • Pink Hostel - #0302-256710 / 12 (www.pinkhostel.com.gh)
    Take a circle car, drop just before Paloma, on other side of road one block over. Caters to PCVs. NOTE: PC used to rent rooms for authorized business stay-overs. TV, AC, and contained bathrooms/shower.
    RATES:
    Bunkbed - $30 or GHS 40.50
    Single Occupancy - $60 or GHS 81.00
    Double Occupancy - $70 or GHS 94.50
    Twin bed - $80 or GHS 108.00
    All rates include tax/breakfast.      
  • GILLBT Guest House – #0302-772074 / 761476 / 0244935152
    Take a taxi or trotro going toward the Trade Fair Center, La. Get down at the junction opposite the Home Touch restaurant and turn right. Take the first left at the T-junction, left again, pass the German Volunteer Service on the left, continue to the GILLBT Guest house on the left side. AC, TV, self-catering rooms, and Internet access in all rooms at a cost of GHC3.00 per day(you need to have your own computer)
    RATES:
    Single - GHS 35.00

    Double - GHS 56.00
    Charges include breakfast. AC is charged at GHS 2.00 per hour (All rooms have fan)

ADABRAKA AREA – NEAR THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL (MOST REASONABLY PRICED FOR PCVS)

  • Hotel President - #223343
    Located two blocks from the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Asylum Down road junction on Farrar Avenue. Two- story hotel with 18 rooms available. Safe, walled compound, and security guard.  TV, A/C, all fan, refrigerator, restaurant, and some tubs/showers.
    RATES:
    Double - GHS 46.00
    Single - GHS 34.00
  • Niagra Hotel - #230118 / 230119
    Located off of Farrar Avenue, turn right at intersection down from hotel President at first light, immediately on right. Upper scale hotel, has it all.
    RATES:
    8 Single rooms - $55.00 include breakfast (try to negotiate)
    6 Double rooms: $75.00 include breakfast (try to negotiate)

HIGHER PRICED – GOOD FOR VISITORS (FAMILY /FRIENDS)

  • Frankie’s Hotel - #773567 / 762920 / 773569
    Located in Osu along Main Street on right just before Papaye Fast Foods. Clean, convenient, TV, Refrigerator. A/C, contained bathroom/shower. Great restaurant, accepts credit cards (charges 5%)
    RATES:
    Single - PC $58.00
    Double - PC $81.00
  • El-Elyon Hotel - #774421
    Located in Osu off Cantonments Road. Turn left at 18th lane by Goil filling station, short distance on the left behind large blue building. Safe, convenient, clean, A/C, Satellite TV, Telephone and laundry services, restaurant, transport to/from the airport.
    PC RATES:
    Single - $80.00
    Double - $95.00 
  • Paloma Hotel - # 228700 / 228723
    Take a Circle Car, drop at Paloma at Ringroad Central. Has it all!  Complementary Buffet Breakfast and Airport Shuttle.
    PC RATES:
    Single - $77.00
    Double - $105.00
  • Transit Lodge - #0302-775164 / 0302-761943 / 0244271507
    Located in a secured and quiet environment on Abokobi Road, East Cantoments. Take a trotro going towards the Trade fair center. Get down at Home Touch restaurant and turn right. Follow the road to the T-junction. It is about 20 meters from the GILLBT Guest House on the left
    RATES:
    Single - $70.00
    Double - $80.00
    Twin - $90.00 (2 separate beds)
    Chalet - $140.00
    All rates include continental breakfast
  • Niagara Plus Hotel - #0302-772402
    Located in Osu near Christiansborg/Joska lodgings. From Danquah circle, turn left at Koala supermarket. The Hotel is about 100 meters down the road from the Rest Inn Hotel. Safe with walled compound, security guard. Clean. Convenient. A/C, cable TV, refrigerator, hot water, restaurant
    Rates:
    Single - $60.00
    Double - $80.00