If you're planning a trip to Ghana and need clean, comfortable accommodation that won't break the bank, make sure to check out the recommendations listed below. The hotels detailed here are safe, charismatic and often eco-friendly in addition to being kind to your wallet. We've chosen places located near Ghana's key tourist destinations, including Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina, Kumasi and Mole National Park. The rates listed were accurate approximations as of December 2016 (allowing for fluctuating exchange rates), but are always subject to change - so please check for up-to-date prices before deciding on where you'd like to stay. If you find that you have difficulty booking hotels independently from overseas, consider using the services of a company like Jolinaiko Eco-Tours.
This article was updated by Jessica Macdonald on December 6th 2016.
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La Paradise Inn is located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood close to La Pleasure Beach. Eight apartments, from studios to two-bedrooms, all face the courtyard with its palm trees and small swimming pool. The food is excellent and served in the garden by the pool, making this the perfect place to start or end your Ghana vacation. Every apartment has a small kitchen, air-conditioning, fans and a TV. There is safe parking on the property if you have your own car. You can walk to the excellent Artist Exchange gallery, and it's a quick taxi ride or tro-tro to Osu and other hot spots in Accra. Rates start at around $100 for a studio apartment.
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Afia Beach Hotel is a real gem set on three acres of tropical gardens overlooking the beach. You can walk to many of Accra's major attractions, or take a short taxi ride. The hotel is built to look like a traditional village; and rooms have ensuite bathrooms and balconies. The Tribes restaurant is highly regarded and serves both local and continental cuisine, while the adjacent bar is a great place to unwind after a hot day of sightseeing in Accra. The gift shop is fantastic, offering a collection of superior arts and crafts selected by the owners of Afia during their travels around the region. Rates start at around USD $120 for a double standard room.
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The Labadi Beach Hotel is by far the most expensive hotel on this recommended list, but if you can afford it, it's a great place to indulge in a little luxury at the end of your trip. The rooms are spacious and clean, and come complete with air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and a private balcony. There's a spa and a spectacular swimming pool, and the restaurant specialises in Ghanaian and continental buffets. The hotel boasts its own private section of La Pleasure Beach, so that you don't get hassled by hawkers. If you want to experience the true character of La Pleasure, take a short walk down the beach to the centre of the action. Rates start at around $300 per night.
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Big Milly's is legendary among backpackers. It's just a forty minute tro-tro ride from Accra (depending on the traffic), but feels like a different world. The rooms are clean and include dorms and individual cottages. The 24-hour bar is well stocked and takes pride of place in the center of the compound. If you're young and like to party, Big Milly's is great - especially on Friday nights, when there's a bonfire, drumming and dancing on the beach. Kokrobite is a working fishing community, and there's plenty to explore nearby. You can even learn to surf with lessons at the shop located inside the Big Milly's garden. Rates start at around $6 for a space in the dormitory.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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KO-SA is a real treat with good swimming, great food and wonderful accommodation at reasonable prices, located about 8 miles/ 13 kilometers west of Elmina. The individual huts are colorfully decorated and offer ensuite bathrooms and compost toilets, making this a truly eco-friendly option. A natural bay allows for safe swimming, which is rare in these parts, although you still have to take care. You can relax on the beach or in hammocks in the gardens, take drumming lessons or join a tour to the Elmina and Cape Coast castles. The restaurant is wonderful and serves both local and international dishes. Rates start at around $16 per night.
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A relative newcomer to the Elmina area, Elmina Bay Hotel is a luxury retreat offering exceptional value. Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Elmina, the resort overlooks a lovely stretch of beach and has a palm-lined swimming pool for those that don't want to brave the waves. The buildings look elegant and new, and inside they're clean, cool and spacious. All rooms include WiFi, a TV, an ensuite bathroom and a private balcony with scenic sea views. The staff at Elmina Bay Hotel are attentive, the restaurant serves excellent local food, and guests are invited to make the most of volleyball and table tennis equipment. Rates for an air-conditioned double room start at around $135.
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The Kumasi Catering Rest House is reminiscent of an American motel with parking outside every room. It is centrally located, reasonably priced and the restaurant serves good local and Chinese dishes. It's a great place to stay if you are in Kumasi and want to walk to all the major sights. The rooms are both large and clean, and include ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and TV. The rest house is peaceful despite its central location, and there's lots of greenery around the rooms. The staff are consistently friendly and efficient. You can walk to Kejetia Market, Menhya Palace, Kumasi Zoo and the Cultural Center from here. Rates start from around $20 per night.
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Aylos Bay is a little haven of tranquility on the Volta River. You can swim, relax, take a ride in a canoe with a local fisherman or look for the plentiful local birdlife. The hotel is set in lovely gardens, with paths made of shells. Floating docks on the water provide a gorgeous shady spot to enjoy a beer or an al fresco meal. The restaurant serves delicious food, with a focus on river produce including fried shrimp and fresh tilapia. If you can, book one of the three rooms on the river front for cool breezes and spectacular views. If you have time, stop by the Volta Dam or visit the nearby Cedi Bead Factory. Prices start at $40, while camping is available for $15.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Liati Wote is one of Ghana's most picturesque spots, surrounded by cocoa and coffee plantations and a forest that provides a home for over 300 butterfly species. The village hosts a community based eco-lodge, with basic, clean rooms and shared bathroom facilities. The location is excellent for hiking up Ghana's highest peak, Mount Afadjato, which boasts an elevation of 885 meters/ 2,904 feet. You can also walk to the lovely Tagbo Falls from here, while family-run restaurant Stella's Inn serves chilled drinks and delicious Ghanaian food created using locally grown produce. Accommodation can be booked through Jolinaiko Eco-Tours.
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Mole National Park is Ghana's best wildlife park, and a great place to spot elephants, buffalo, warthog, baboons - and if you're very lucky, lions. It's quite a trek to get up to the park, so spend at least two or three nights at the Mole Motel. Considering it's one of very few accommodation options in the park, it offers good value. The rooms are large and cool, with different choices including separate bungalows and private verandahs. There's a swimming pool on-site and a restaurant. Service is slow and your food may get pinched by baboons, but it's a fun and relaxed place to stay. Prices start from $13 for a dorm, and $70 for a chalet.