To start off, let me clarify that this 3 star rating is relative to other places in ghana. A 3 star hotel in ghana is more like a 1 star hotel in the US. You will have cockroaches in your room (pretty standard in all ghanain hotels that are <50USD a night...except cape coast university!).
When you first enter, you walk into an open area with a performance stage directly on your right, some pool tables and tables/benches down on your left, and the front desk directly ahead. This area is decently kept and pretty chill to hang out in. Expect lots of rasta guys smoking weed and shooting pool.
The view is awesome everywhere in the hotel, as you're sitting up on a cliff over looking the ocean. The only negative of the view is the abundance of trash in the water, but this is typical everywhere on the coast east of cape coast.
The rooms are kept in a separate are of the hotel, behind a locked door behind the front desk. It's intended to keep the riff raff away from the rooms, but honestly security isn't good at all and I wouldn't depend on it. At night you can literally walk through the front desk area and open the door to the rooms yourself (no one is at the front desk at night).
The rooms line the edge of a cliff and look out over the ocean. We stayed in several of them, including their most expensive, and they're all pretty run down even by ghanain hotel standards. Beat up/gross furniture, cracks/holes in the walls, barely functioning doors, etc. Not the worst place I stayed in ghana, but definitely on the lower end as far as rooms go. They'll give you a pad lock for your door, so as long as the door stays on, your room is fairly secure. They also have bug nets in most of the rooms, which is nice considering all the cockroaches you'll find when the lights go out. Their most expensive room didn't have a bug net and in my opinion was the worst room.
The highlight of this hotel for me was definitely the food. You wouldn't expect it, but they had the best indian food I've had in my life. My travel companion agreed, it was truly fantastic and unbelievably cheap. If you don't stay here, stop in for the indian food at least. They also had really fresh fruit for breakfast (pretty typical in ghana) and some of the best coffee I found in ghana (not saying much...at all).
The last thing you should know about this place is that the location is sketchy. In particular, at night. You really don't want to be walking back here from the main road at night. Know where the dirt road is and have a taxi driver take you right to the door (they will). We walked down this dirt road and through the little marketplace at night a couple of times at the beginning, and it's really not a good idea. You will be followed/harassed by all kinds of locals in various states of intoxication. On the plus side, as far as location goes, there's a forex and ATM nearby to exchange/withdraw money.
All in all, I'd definitely stay here again. Its proximity to the airport, cost, and food are what will draw me back. We had some minor disagreements with the staff, but overall they were fairly hospitable. This place shouldn't be a destination for your trip (not too much to do besides shop), but it'll suffice as a place to stay and provide some good food and views. Hope this is helpful to someone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rising Phoenix Magic Beach Resort is a budget hotel, vegetarian restaurant, bar, and ecotourism center. Located on the cliff of the ocean with breezy views. It is also a live music and disco center. ... more less