Accra provides a concentration and variety of accommodation and other tourist facilities and services for both business and holiday tourists. Both the Labadi Beach Hotel and the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel rank five stars. The elegant Golden Tulip Hotel and Novotel Hotel, which is right in the centre of Accra’s main business district, both ranked four stars.
There are numerous three star hotels, including the exotic Hotel Wangara, Shangri-La and Erata Hotel. There are, indeed, hotels for every kind of tourists, including budget hotels. The Accra International Conference Centre and other meeting facilities such as the National Theatre, provide facilities for conference tourism, an area in which Ghana leads the rest of the West African sub-region.
Spreading along the Atlantic coast, the city is endowed with excellent restaurants and decent night clubs. A range of absorbing museums and fine public monuments, modern business and commercial areas, as well as busy, well-stocked markets and tree-lined residential suburbs are waiting to be explored.
The Accra metropolis hosts the National Museum, which houses a cream collection of Ghana’s historical treasures; the National Theatre, with its distinctive modern Chinese architecture; and the National Cultural Centre, whose arts and crafts bazaar and traditional textile market is the best place to find traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana.
The Accra Zoo is a habitat for a small but very fascinating collection of animals and birds indigenous to Africa. The Du Bois Centre is a source of inspiration, housing a research library and gallery of manuscripts, as well as the graves of this famed African – American scholar and his wife.
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is the last resting place of Ghana’s first President who is remembered in history as one of the leading exponents of Pan –Africanism during his days.
Historical sites, such as Jamestown area in which the national monuments of Usher Fort and James Fort are located, are well preserved. Accra is repleted with palm tree-fringed beaches, blue skies and the Atlantic Ocean. The most popular is Labadi Beach, a festive beach for relaxation and entertainment. Kokrobite Beach is 25 kilometers west of Accra.
A modern hotel faces the beach front and the area houses the Academy of African Music and Arts. Accra is the gateway to Ghana, whether for investors or tourists.
As a shinning citadel of Ghana’s attempts at economic growth and self-actualisation, the Accra Metropolitan Area has lots for people to do and lots for them to see.