I came to Crystal Hostel in November 2013 to stay for a week or two during my research trip to Ghana. I stayed until the end of March 2014! The Crystal Hostel is a unique and perfect mixture between a hostel with good standards and a home stay with a family. It´s really the best value for that little money you can find in Accra.
The rooms are good Ghanaian standard, clean and spacious. You can use the kitchen in the yard or order meals for little money. And there´s a nice garden and a big, shady, breezy roof top terrace on top of the guest house to relax and hang arround with other guests (don´t miss it!). But what makes the Crystal Hostel so special are the helpful and friendly owners, Uncle and Auntie. They really made me feel "home away from home" there. Also Nana, the neighboor living next door, a musician and all-round talent, is helpful and friendly, and you can really trust him.
I have to mention a few things, because I red some complaints in other posts: You really can ask the hosts and staff for any help at any time. But, of course, you have to aks or tell them what you need. This is not a hotel but a budget hostel, and a really well kept one. The staff will clean your room and change bedsheets as often as you wish, but again, you have to tell them and leave the key with them. And, of course, if there´s a power cut (light off) in the whole area, you can´t expect light produced by a generator like in an expensive hotel. And, as you surely know, the normal Ghanaian standard is cold water, and you are lucky if it is running day and night most of the time, like in the Crystal. So if you need warm water, if you need electric power anytime anywhere, and if you need chamber maids changing your bedsheeds every day and highspeed internet for survival, then, may be, you should choose a room in a downtown hotel at least four times as expensive as the Crystal Hostel.
But if you want to experience Ghanaian hospitality and an authentic Accra flair in a safe surrounding you will love the Crystal like I did.