Patricia Staley’s updates

 

Page 117 Shangri-la Hotel Prices are higher than you report: small shabby ensuite single room with A/C US110, double US$ 130. We did not see renovated double rooms. (Your superlatives with regard to extensive renovations do not fit our experience) The lobby and our shabby single rooms were very dimly lit. There were no bedside lamps but housekeeping attended to that (It meant that I could see to read but could not use the fridge…no adapter for electrical outlet)Housekeeping and restaurant service was cheerful and efficient. We would stay there again because we enjoyed the good breakfast, mature gardens and the swimming pool. And the location close to the airport was very convenient.

Page 155 Anomabu Beach Resort on the other hand is excellent value. Service was charming and efficient, food was very good. The standard of the rooms seems quite variable. The new and renovated rooms with a room safe and with ensuite bathrooms are spacious and pleasant. I suggest that you remove “family bandas with two bedrooms and a kitchen at US$100” from your comments. We booked this unit against the advice of the hotel who warned about the kitchen. We moved out to better rooms the next day. The price was the same. The so called “family banda” has a non-functional kitchen, is old and shabby with some windows that are not secure…. the family banda should most definitely be avoided.

Page 170 Hans Cottage Botel charged US$55 for a shabby ensuite double room with noisy A/C. and very uncomfortable old mattress.

Page 234 We stayed at Little Acre Hotel in early November 2008. Double rooms were US$55 to US$110.(You quoted $38 !!!) Your comment of “impressively smart” is appropriate for the marble-clad lobby. But the prices charged for the rooms is excessive. It is true that the gardens are pleasant, but there are no facilities in the gardens: no chairs, no umbrellas, no tables, no bar service. Service in the restaurant was charming but extremely slow. During the few days that we were there, the simple evening meal consistantly arrived at least an hour after ordering and on one occasion, one of us was served three quarters of an hour after the other. There was no warning that this would be the case. Rooms at half the price would be more appropriate, even if there were garden facilities….this judging from the prices we were charged elsewhere in Ghana during our three-week holiday. Before going to Little Acre, we drove up a long dirt track, spending some ten minutes at Jason Lodge. As far as we could tell, there was neither restaurant nor bar at Jason Lodge, so in this regard, Jason Lodge and Little Acre are NOT comparable….but perhaps other readers could confirm this (The staff we met spoke very little English and we could not speak the local dialect)

 

 

Page 303 Kumasi Catering Guesthouse. We agree with all that you had to say about this pleasant old resthouse. The ensuite rooms were spacious, freshly painted and very pleasant.

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