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Hello, a friend and I (both mid-20s) will be traveling to Ghana for about a week in November after visiting Burkina Faso (another friend is there in the Peace Corps). We will be arriving in Accra on Monday, and will leave Accra the following Saturday night.

Can anyone recommend:

- A hotel in Accra to spend one night? We would be looking for something with a great location, not super ritzy, but also decent ~$200/night maybe.

- A beach resort to spend 4 nights. We have considered the Green Turtle Lodge, but that is based on one friend's recommendation.

Or if there is someplace else in Ghana worth going to, we are open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

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    I find hotels in Accra very overpriced for what one gets. I guess it's because I've vacationed a lot around the world and have a lot of places to compare it to...like all the years I stayed at the Four Seasons, in Bangkok for $138-$175 a night and during some of the same years, that I was in Accra. And most of the other 5-star hotels in Bangkok cost less than some three-four stars in Ghana. I was in Accra twice, first in Dec 2003/Jan2004 and second in Dec 2004/Jan 2005.

    On the first trip to Accra, I stayed at the La Palm Royal at Labadi Beach. Then it was $200. a night which I thought was overpriced. But, I'm female and usually travel solo on vacation, and had a very late arrival time into Accra. I was flying from L.A.-Europe-Accra and knew that I'd arrive beyond exhausted. When I arrived to the hotel, right before midnight, they couldn't find the reservation and claimed that they were booked solid. It took a good half hour to finally get a room.

    I had wanted to just choose the Novatel, but the reviews had it sounding run down. Well, I found out later that the reviews had been written a year before they had renovated. I just checked Expedia and now the price, for the La Palm Royal, is $340. a night. Yikes!

    I had first planned to stay a week at the La Palm Royal and then move next door to the Labadi Beach Hotel for maybe another week, as I like to try different hotels when I travel. The price would have been the same at the Labadi Beach Hotel. Now the price, on Expedia, for the Labadi Beach Hotel is pricing out at $500. a night. Double yikes!

    I didn't like being at Labadi Beach, too remote and some other issues, so about 4 days after staying at the La Palm Royal, I decided to call the Novatel, in downtown Accra, and ended up moving there and was quite happy. I didn't know until I got there that they had recently renovated. So, when I walked into the lobby, I was pleasantly surprised.

    My room at the La Palm Royal was much bigger than at the Novatel, but overall the Novatel was just easier to navigate as it wasn't spread out. And since I had taken very sick, with a flu caught on the flights to Ghana, I needed an easier hotel to navigate. At the Novatel, I didn't need to walk across the property to get to the dining room as it was right across from the elevator and the bar and the exchange window, were a few steps away from the elevator. I didn't need to go outside and walk across the property to get to services as they were all in one building.

    Since I seldom prepay hotels, I lost no money changing hotels and when I called the Novatel, from my room at the La Royal Palm, and mentioned that I was considering transferring over to their hotel, I was able to bargain the price. I got the room for $74. a night although it was listed at double that. And there was no check in time as I was told that I could arrive whenever I wanted to and that they'd be waiting for me.

    A year later, when I decided to go back to Ghana, as I really liked it and the people, I just called the Novatel, from home, and bargained the price. I mentioned that I had been there the year before and that I had paid $74. and that I would like the same price. On the internet the price was pricing out at around $200. But, by phone, I was given the $74. price and then I had the person that I talked to to e-mail me a confirmation with the quoted price. I didn't need to give a credit card to hold the room. And when I finally arrived to Ghana (L.A.-Europe-Nigeria-Ghana flight) and exhausted, someone from the hotel was at the airport to greet me and drive me to the hotel and check me into my room which was the same one I had had the prior year.

    In some places in the world, I'm just used to bargaining hotel prices over the phone as that's what I've been doing since I first started traveling around the world as a teenager, back in the early 70s. Smiles. When I went on Expedia, a few minutes ago, I noticed that there are a lot of new hotels in Accra since I was there, but some of those prices of $340. a night, are scary.

    Prior to my trip to Ghana, I had been in other places in Africa (North Africa, twice, in the 80s), but loved Ghana as much as many friends of mine who had also loved it, back in the 70s and 80s when they were there. Happy Travels!

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