If you looking for the best hotel in Accra, this is the place. I enjoyed a tremendous stay at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City and would not hesitate to return.
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Review
Booking + Check-In
My room rate was $240 and included breakfast as well as all taxes and fees. I was coming from Cape Coast and arrived very late in the evening. There was no wait to check-in and I was assigned to a standard room on the fourth floor. This was my first stay at a Kempinski property.
It was a fairly long walk from the lobby to the elevator bank and then back down the hall toward my room.
Although it was a hot evening, the air conditioning was blasting in the room, keeping me quite cool (to the point at which I eventually turned it off). The room was spacious, with a seating area including a couch and chairs.
Here’s the room in daylight:
The bathroom a water closet with toilet and bidet, rainhead shower, and toiletries from Ferragamo.
The room also included a plus bathrobe and slippers in the closet and a mini-bar with soft drinks. Bottled water was complimentary.
Dining + Room Service
I was tiredd and not really in the mood to go downstairs to one of the hotel’s many on-site restaurants. Instead, I called room service and asked if dinner from Cedar Garden, the hotel’s Lebanese/Levantine restaurant could be brought up. The menu looked wonderful and I ordered Shakriyeh (slow-cooked lamb with baby onions, coriander, pine nuts, and pita chips in a yogurt sauce with tahini).
This turned out to be my best meal of the trip. Lamb has a strong and distinct taste and this dish was brimming with flavor.
Satisfied, I went to bed.
Other dining options at the hotel include Papillon (all-day dining with Mediterranean influence), Gallery Lounge (afternoon tea in the lobby), Gallery Bar, and a poolside terrace.
Breakfast at Papillon was a treat, with a large buffet plus a menu of a la carte items available. Coffee was also tasty (speciality drinks like cappuccinos available) and freshly-pressed juices were available. However, my favorite breakfast items wasn’t even a breakfast item…it was the mini-pizzas directly out of a wood fired oven. A very lovely breakfast with good service.
As for the artwork…no comment.
The hotel features a large outdoor pool with cabanas and chairs.
I loved the hotel’s large fitness center, which included not just late-model cardio and strength training equipment, but a lot of it.
Spa + Wellness
Even in scorching hot weather, I enjoy the routine of a sauna and steam bath and this hotel offers both in the male locker room, as well as a nice jacuzzi. The hotel features the largest spa in West Africa.
A special thanks to Michael Addo, one of the spa attendants who was extremely attentive while being discreet at the same time. For example, as I stepped out of the sauna he appeared with a bottle of water and fresh towel.
Accra felt very safe to me, but entering the hotel felt like entering a U.S. diplomatic compound. There was a high fence and security guards. The undercarriage and trunk of my Uber was checked for bombs. There was a metal detector check upon entering.
Perhaps that is best in the uncertain world in which we live in, but the hotel is very fortified.
I mentioned Michael above, but every staff member I encountered was well-trained and polite. Even passing maids in the hall resulted in a warm “good morning” or “good afternoon”.
The Marriott was nice, but the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City. I had a lovely one-night stay here and wish it could have been longer. Next time, I will be proceeding directly to this hotel.
How would you review the Kempinski Gold Coast Accra hotel?
This story is part of my An African Adventure As The World Shut Down trip report.