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NEWS - Major hotel news in Accra

Oct 12, 10 - Comments


Expatriates use hotels for several reasons: when relocating, for meetings, to put up visitors, for leisure and dining and escape home, office and Accra’s streets all-together! So we welcome the following good news that 2010 and 2011 are bringing to the hotel industry in Accra.


Accra’s historic Ambassador Hotel is undergoing a 100 million dollar renovation that looks more like the building of a new large hotel from the ground up.

In any case, this represents the biggest hotel news in the country ever: the Mövenpick Hotel Ambassador Accra will be the first brand new luxury five-star city hotel in Ghana operated by a hotel company from the old world.

Built as a gift to the newly independent Ghanaian state about 50 years ago by the United Kingdom during the Nkrumah era, the Ambassador Hotel started operating in 1957 and played an important role in the nation's agenda in the immediate post-independence years, hosting important conferences and visiting dignitaries. It was equipped with terraces, a nightclub and bars, which combined to make it the hub and focal point of social and political activities in the national capital, before falling into decline. The hotel even had its own private beach, near the current Customs House.

The Mövenpick Hotel Ambassador Accra will be located in the central business district of Accra and will be the anchor of 300,000 sq./mt. of mixed used development, scheduled to be constructed in three phases. In the first phase, the hotel with 268 rooms, including seven bay suites and a presidential suite, is currently being developed: planned amenities and facilities include a lobby lounge, a restaurant, meeting and banquet facilities, health club and spa, swimming pool, tennis and retail outlets. Phase 2 and 3 components will include serviced and residential apartments, office space, retail, restaurants and other entertainment space.

To be originally named Accra Kempinski Hotel and operated by the Kempinski Group, Europe's oldest Hoteliers, the new reborn Ambassador will finally be managed by Movenpick Hotels and Resorts, the international Swiss hotel chain operating 69 hotels in 26 countries with a concentration in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the upscale segment. The current six (1,803 rooms) projects under construction or in development phase in Africa will add to Mövenpick portfolio of sixteen (3,202 rooms) in the continent.

The investors behind this ambitious project are Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), a leading international hotel and resort real estate investment company focused on emerging markets. Dubai based KHI has a balanced portfolio of hotel properties in upscale, upper-upscale and luxury market segments.

Note that the majority shareholder in KHI, Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin AbdulAziz Alsaud, member of the Saudi Royal family and one of the world's richest persons, also has significant equity investments in three leading international hotel management companies, namely Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and… Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts (33.3%).

The project has the support of the Government, such as a loan to KHI Group. It was voted in Parliament in what was the narrowest win by the current majority (76 votes against 75). The provision of the support include a five-year tax break for each phase of the project, waivers of duties and other taxes on materials to be used for the project and that the land is freed of any encumbrances.

When cutting the ribbon at the ground-breaking ceremony, Mrs Zita Okaikoi, Minister for Tourism, said the construction of the hotel would fill a major gap in the hotel industry in Ghana and help turn Accra into a leading metropolis in Africa.

We, expatriates, certainly look forward to enjoying brand new five-star facilities we are used to in large cities around the world in hotels such as Hyatt for example.

In the meantime, the unique Labadi Beach Hotel is there to escape Accra all-together and the renovated Golden Tulip is open for business.


Labadi Beach Hotel is an establishment that has been unique in Accra’s hotel industry for the past nineteen years, as per its location, design, gardens and true private beach.

Legacy Hotels & Resorts, the property manager, is a private company with a portfolio of luxury four and five star hotels, lodges, leisure resorts and casino resorts in key tourism and business locations throughout Africa.

To keep up with the current and modern trends of competition in the industry, the property is benefiting from a major extension and refurbishment effort representing an $18 million investment.

With the recent release of the new Executive Block, the hotel now has 164 rooms compared to the original 104.

Refurbishment of the Lagoon Block
Commenced in July 2009, the fifty rooms were released in April 2010, with exclusive features. All the rooms are spacious, have king size beds and ideal for couples or singles. Standard features include an en-suite bathroom, direct dialing telephone, hand dryer, mini-bar, razor point, internet access; both Wi-Fi and CAT5 Cabled, a forty-inch flat screen TV with a wide variety of channels and coffee and tea making facility.

The room types on the refurbished Lagoon Block are Superior double or twin-bedded rooms, Superior suites and two rooms fitted for special needs customers.

The new addition – The Executive Block
Sixty new Executive rooms have been added to the Labadi Beach Hotel collection of rooms. Situated at the extreme end of the property, the piece boasts of bespoke fixtures and fittings.

The room types are Luxury double rooms (54), Executive suites (4) and Presidential suites (2) with respective dimensions of 38, 67 and 122 square-meters.

The Presidential and the Executive Suites are both very spacious and boast a separate living area, a dining area and bedroom with a king size bed as well as a walk-in closet, a larger bathroom, a larger floor space, direct dialing telephone, hand dryer, mini-bar, razor point, internet access; both Wi-Fi and CAT5 Cabled, a forty inch flat screen TV with a wide variety of channels, TV and coffee and tea making facility.

The extra feature of the Presidential suite is that it has an ultra modern fitted kitchenette.

Refurbishment of and new food and beverage facilities
The Akwaaba Restaurant is open all day and serves a full English breakfast as well as an extensive buffet for both lunch and dinner. This existing restaurant will soon be totally redone but the beautiful terrace overlooking the pool will remain as is.

From the beginning of 2011, Labadi Beach Hotel will boast three restaurants: the Lounge, the refurbished Akwaaba Restaurant and an exclusive restaurant for the VVIP in society – a Fusion restaurant yet to be named.

The current cocktail bar will be extended giving it more room for variety and an array of world sought after liquor. In addition, there will be a coffee bar that will be opened 24 hours daily and guests will be treated to freshly brewed coffee accompanied with tantalizing pastries and sweets. 


Golden Tulip Accra is a four-star business hotel located on Liberation Road in a safe and quiet area of Accra, close to the Kotoka International airport.

Built in 1991, this African-style hotel is one of two properties operated in Ghana by the Golden Tulip Hospitality Group, the other being in Kumasi. The Netherlands-based hotel franchisor group offers services in the mid- upper- and luxury scales to over 230 hotels in more than 40 countries under the 3 brands Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip.

Set in spacious grounds, Golden Tulip Accra has 238 rooms including suites, apartments, chalets, executive and standard rooms.

The US$15 million renovation effort started with the opening in December 2009 of the first 83 renovated rooms and the first part of the Branche Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. Since then, renovations have extended to more rooms, more common areas and are will be completed late November 2010 with the release of the Executive Wing.

Refurbished rooms
The newly refurbished rooms offer luxury and comfort for every visitor. Each room has been equipped and decorated to the Golden Tulip international standards: key card access, wireless internet, mini bar, safe, free coffee & tea facilities, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, multi-channel TV and an accurate timed wake-up system.

Remodeled entrance hall
The large hall has been redone, from the entrance itself to a relocated larger reception and business centre next to the sitting area and coffee shop. Facilities such as a Forex Bureau, car rental, shops, art gallery and travel centre are now available in the hall.

New food and beverage facilities
The large new Branche Restaurant, Bar and Lounge offers à la carte menu of continental and Ghanaian cuisine, in addition to a daily changing themed buffet, in a new contemporary setting, with a terrace next to the swimming pool. It is supported by a new kitchen.

The attractive and comfortable Lounge area has been opened very recently and its large windows let natural light in and allow views to the pool area.

The new coffee shop next to the business center in the hall offers coffee, tea and other drinks as well as snacks.

24-hour room service is available.

Modern meeting facilities
The meeting rooms have been redesigned to offer an ideal setting for business meetings. The fully air-conditioned rooms can accommodate meetings up to 100 people and cocktail receptions up to 300 people.

Leisure facilities
The flooring of the fairly large swimming pool has been redone and a Millionnaires Casino where you can try out the roulette and varied slot machines has opened next to the hotel entrance.


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