Magazine article New African

The Hotelier: Accra's la Villa - a Hotel for the Discerning Guest

Magazine article New African

The Hotelier: Accra's la Villa - a Hotel for the Discerning Guest

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From the outset, Nii Amaa Ollennu was very clear about La Villa Hotel's target clientele. "It's almost entirely business visitors," he explains, "and I have very many regular clients drawn from the multinational companies that are now coming to Ghana. In addition, we host a good number of diplomats - mainly French, Dutch, Italian, etc - who appreciate the ambience of a boutique hotel."

Ollennu has a background in real estate, having built a successful business renting high-end, short-let apartments in Accra. He decided to diversify and, partnering with M. Barbisotti & Sons, one of Ghana's leading construction companies, was inspired to develop this boutique hotel - one of the very first in Ghana's capital city.

La Villa Hotel is located in the Osu district of this vibrant city, close to the commercial heart of Accra. With its 22 rooms (soon to be expanded to 32) the building was once Accra's stately Russian embassy. It offers en-suite rooms, each with its own mini-bar, a 32" flat screen TV, writing desk, phone with IDD facility, and free wireless internet access throughout the building. Guests also enjoy exclusive access to a private swimming pool surrounded by a 300sq m terrace and the hotel's intimate poolside restaurant and bar, The Soprano, which has rapidly gained an enviable reputation.

In addition to these attractions there is the intimate nature of the hotel, an intimacy that is perhaps the definition of a boutique hotel. Such hotels are rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. Guests are increasingly finding the atmosphere of the ubiquitous international chain hotels both sterile and boring, and opting to stay at the smaller, boutique hotels. These offer guests a much more focused, individual service as well as featuring sophisticated interior decoration themes.

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In La Villa's case, it is the wonderful arts and crafts of Ghana that inspired the approach to the hotel's decor. …

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