On a recent business trip to Accra, I spent a couple delightful nights at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. The Movenpick is a 5-star hotel in Accra’s downtown, in the area popularly known as Ridge and also close to other popular sites like the National Museum, the Kempinski Hotel (another 5-star hotel), the British Council, Cedi House and Accra’s World Trade Center.
The Movenpick has some history, it was originally gifted to Ghana, from the British, upon attaining independence in 1957. It has changed ownership since then and is still one of the best hotels in town. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are expansive and the pool is most inviting. More details on the how, what, why after the jump…
- We booked a non-refundable Superior King Room rate on Booking.com. The rate was $276 per night, inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
- The hotel is well-located and easy to get to. You can get a taxi from the airport right outside the terminal. An uber will cost you about GH₵18 (less than $4), but it might be easier to just take a regular taxi as you will have to meet the Uber specifically at Parking Lot 3 and you may have trouble finding it. Regular taxis will cost upwards of GH₵80 (about $15).
- Because of the rather steep price, the Movenpick is a great choice if you are traveling for business, for a specific event, splitting the cost with another person, or just looking to splurge.
- You will get a lot of space in the room and bathroom.
- The King Bed was very comfortable and the beddings felt soft and luxurious.
- The shower was also roomy, and I loved that they have done away with bathtubs and given us rainfall type of showers. The shower also had great coverage so there was no worry about water spillage on the floor.
- The bathroom amenities tray was well-stocked with the normal hotel provision, shower gel, lotion, shampoo, etc. and good quality kind too.
- There was a bathrobe and bath slippers!
- My room did not have much of a view but the grounds more than made up for this.
- The pool was huge and looked pleasant for a dip or swim, and there was adequate lounge space around it. The main restaurant also has outdoor seating that overlooks the pool area, which provides great views especially over breakfast.
- Breakfast was complimentary and there was a great spread of baked goods, fruits, hot and cold meats, an omelette station, etc. The restaurant also does an international dinner buffet for about $30. It is worth a try on a night when you are not up to checking out Accra’s restaurant scene, but it was not so special.
- There is a deli connected to the hotel where you can get hot and cold sandwiches. It is also open for breakfast.
It was definitely a great stay, and you get good value for your money. The hotel is in great shape, in a convenient downtown location. The staff are super friendly and go out of their way to engage you in conversation and help out when needed.