Outside of South Africa, a decently priced hotel with the creature comforts you’ve come to love with your globetrotting self (even if that’s in your head) is actually a hard thing to come by on the continent.
Our friends at Hotels.Ng and sleepout.com have a pretty awesome selection of boutique hotels but we’re excited that locals are slowly beginning to embrace one of our favourite things: Airbnb.
We’ve taken the liberty of doing some not-so-scientific research into some of the best AirBnB crashpads in Accra, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi to make your life easier the next time you book a trip.
For those of you that like to rest your head in luxurious digs — don’t be quick to write these off — there are some baller-ific hosts that can make your dreams come true. Up first: Accra, Ghana
Accra is probably the least developed of our the AirBnB cities on our list, literal Bed & Breakfasts and apartments managed by property managers, unfortunately, make up the bulk of the listings but even some of these are gems.
Some of our favourites aren’t the closest to the city, but we’ve included them for those of you willing to be a bit outside to have something truly special. We think that if we could “IKEA” half of the listings we could actually exit the year 1978 and greatly improve the offering at the same time.
Until then we’ll have to make do with our top picks based on location, vibes, and host.
For Solo Travelers or Friends that Want to Share
Tuulie & Joe have completely embedded themselves in Accra which we fully support. They’ve also taken the time to craft one of the best spaces for travellers in Accra who want to escape hotel life.
Design b+b is gorgeous, comfy, if not altogether the most conveniently located. But you can’t have everything, can you?
The pros: Awesome hosts, Instagram photos = fleek, breakfast and avocados
The cons: 20 minutes from Osu (could be more in traffic)
Take a super smart local who works long hours but actually wants to show you his city, and a super comfy crash spot within walking distance from Accra’s restaurant and nightlife scene and you’ve got one of our faves chills AirBnB’s in the city.
The pros: Kobina, a gym, wifi, snacks, LOCATION
The cons: Very bachelor paddy but that can also be a good thing.
Just Outside Accra but Epic
Nana Amu’s house sort of feels like Martha Stewart Living, Ghana girl style. An airy design, cheerful colours, and super warm host definitely make this place an oasis.
If you need comfort, style, and modern touches this is your place.
The pros: Hostess with the mostess, super beautiful, relaxing vibes
The cons: Accra traffic has no chill so build some time in for traffic.
Delphine and her Ghanaian bae (actually her husband) opened up this small guesthouse but added beautiful touches like a garden terrace for travellers to get their zen on.
It’s right in the centre of town and is an easy jumping off point to pretty much anywhere in the city.
The pros: Active host, free breakfast! wifi, free books! location
The cons: we can’t find them yet
For People Who Need an Entire Place
Olma Colonial Suites
Olma takes the best of traditional “Ga” architecture and blends it with modern, clean design.
Each apartment is unique and done with its own vibe, we especially like the cottage in the back that has its own private veranda situation.
The pool is amazing (and just right for FOMO inducing photos) and it’s smack dab in the middle of Osu, you can literally walk to Accra’s Best.Burger.Period. and have a cocktail while you’re at it.
The pros: Stunning, super convenient, free wifi
The cons: we need like 10 of these in Accra
Eyetsa is actually one of our favourite people in Accra. Outside of her awesome AirBnB space, she owns an amazing vegan-friendly restaurant/boutique called LiveWell that is a must do when you visit Accra and are in need of a good bite.
Able to accommodate up to 8 people, this is perfect for a small group trip, family, or those that just want more space.
The pros: Active host, great location
The cons: be sure to build in money for a generator just in case
Kokrobite Beach House
On a good day, Kokrobite is about 45 minutes outside of Accra so if your plans including heading into the city every day, this is a bit much. However, if you want a weekend getaway, or are more focused on beach time, this is hands down the best way to do it.
Headquarters for our first Tastemakers Tour [#decemberinghana], the architecturally designed house on Langma hits on all fours: interior design, beach access, epic pool, and in-house chef. It can sleep up to 10.
The pros: Beautifully done, the staff is amazing, perfect for groups
The cons: there is a short road between the highway and the house, it’s terrible :/