In February I spend 3 nights at the Accra Holiday Inn Airport hotel.
The hotel shuttle bus picked me up from the airport. This shuttle is offered to hotel guests free of charge and runs 24/7. The hotel is a 3-4 min drive from the airport. The driver told me that in bussy times he does 20 trips PER HOUR between the hotel and airport... it sounds a bit high, but tells me the hotel ensures travellers are picked up/dropped off.
Upon arrival I checked in and the hotel made an attempt to block some credit on my credit card. My card, an Australian Citibank card, has no PIN facility as far as Im aware and in my 3 years using it, no credit card terminal had ever requested for it...I had an alternative card which I had to use. Also be aware that the hotel rates are published in USD, invoiced in local currency but payment is required to be done in USD again... The rate used for this conversion is EXTREMELY disadvantaged for the traveller,, to such an extend that when I submitted my expense claim with my company it showed an 80 USD difference in what the hotel should have charged versus what they did charge me.
The published rate (behind the counter) is 350 USD, which is high for this hotel, if it would have been located in other markets. Around the hotel 3 new hotel properties are under construction and lets hope that with some competition the cost will be driven down a bit.
I got to my room, 309, with the elevator (2 elevators, working well, small in size, max 3 people).
My room was spacious, clean, soft bed, clean bathroom, separate toilet. The minibar made a lot of noise so I unplugged it for the duration of my stay. The airco was also a bit on the noisy side and as it was quite cool at night, I had it switched off 2 out of 3 nights. The rooms wont open (or at least not easily).
The TV in the room is large and has all of the usual suspects pre-programmed. There seemed to be pay tv available as well.
There is a hotel pool with a nice terras on the side, which serves a basic menu. (I went for the burger 2 days in a row). On Friday night there was a nice band with live music.
I peeked into the gym of the hotel (next to the pool) what that was not much. The place around looked safe for roadrunners.
1 evening I ordered a salad (to compensate for the burgers) from the room menu service which was delivered within 20 minutes.
Breakfast was a decent buffer with very nice coffee served.
Check out took a long time (20 min) as the credit card terminal was not functioning and manual payment had to be processed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated only one kilometer from Kotoka International Airport, and only seven kilometers from the city centre, Holiday Inn Accra Airport, part of the African Sun group, is ideally located for the business traveller or adventurous tourist.The Holiday Inn Accra Airport has 168 appointed rooms and all have high-speed internet access (Wi-Fi), satellite television and a mini-bar. The Wiase Restaurant, overlooking the sparkling pool is open all day and caters for the large appetite to snacks for the not so hungry.La Cabona Pool Bar and Restaurant gives guests variety and an opportunity to relax.The staff at Holiday Inn Accra Airport are proud of their can-do approach to guest requests which start with free airport transfers. All you have to do is advice them of your flight details and they will do the rest.Exceptional conferencing facilities are matched by the skills of the dedicated conferencing and banqueting manager, whose team can cater for a reception for 450 people, a banquet for 250 or 300 people seated for a conference. A total of five meetings rooms and all ancillary equipment are available and Holiday Inn Accra Airport staff expertise and experience is on tap.What will be unfamiliar though, is the particular flavour given to the traditional African Sun Welcome by the Ghanaian staff. This part of West Africa has a charm all of its own. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Accra Airport Hotel Accra