Hotel check: Fiesta Royale

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Background

The 4-star Fiesta Royale is a Sterling Hotels property. Sterling Hotels is part of the Preferred Hotel Group, a global collection of independent hotels, destination resorts, city centre hotels, luxury residences, and hotel groups.

Where is it?

The hotel is located about five to 10 minutes from Kotoka International Airport. If your business is in and around the airport area, then this location will suit you. Otherwise, downtown Accra is about 20 minutes away, although that trip could take significantly longer, if traffic is an issue.

Rooms

The hotel has Standard rooms, Executive suites and chalets. I was accommodated in a Standard room and the first thing that struck me was how big my room was. At 40m2, this is more than you expect from a 4-star property. The décor was fairly simple, with the bedroom itself consisting of a king-size bed, work station and chair, two-seater sofa and coffee table, air-conditioning and a console housing a flat-screen TV (with selected satellite channels), tea/coffee etc. I liked the fact that the hotel Wi-Fi was easy to connect to and speedy. The bathroom facilities were split in two, with a separate toilet on the immediate left as you enter the room, followed by a smallish bathroom made up of single basin and a bath with a shower in it. I’m not usually a fan of a bath/shower combination, but the water pressure was at least strong. Cupboard space, a mini-bar, and small safe could be found in the room’s passageway. My only complaint regarding my room was a persistent noise that seemed to emanate from the walls between my room and my neighbour. But a quick call to reception saw the maintenance staff resolve what appeared to be an issue with a squeaking pipe.

Restaurants & Bars

The hotel has three dining options, in the form of the main Mansonia restaurant, the Ceiba terrace and the Asanfina bar area. Mansonia takes care of breakfast, lunch and dinner, whilst Ceiba caters for outdoor dining, and Asanfina serves ‘pub fare’. The latter served me a large and delicious club sandwich for lunch, and this area off the lobby is also a place to get some work done or meet business associates. I didn’t get an opportunity to sample Ceiba, but instead used Mansonia for all my remaining breakfast and dinner meals. Both were in the form of a buffet, with Ghanaian, ‘African’ and ‘international’ cuisine on offer. For breakfast I kept things simple, with scrambled eggs, toast and bacon, accompanied by juice and coffee, although the spread did offer much more in the form of cereals, yoghurt, pastries and various other hot dishes. For dinner I opted for the octopus salad to start, followed by grilled fish and calamari Provençal with shrimp-fried rice and vegetables. Also on offer were fried plantain, Oriental lamb, spicy chicken, and goat stew as mains, with the likes of carrot and pea salad and chicken wings as starters. I didn’t opt for dessert, but there was a fair spread. Mansonia also offers 24-hour room service.

Meeting & Conference Facilities

The hotel’s largest conference room has a seating capacity of 250, theatre style, whilst 150 delegates can be accommodated banquet style. The other options are the pool area, the terrace, and the restaurant – all available for hire. Further to that, there’s a business centre offering a range of services, high-speed Internet, laser printing, photo copying, binding, laminating, faxing etc.

Leisure

The hotel has a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, which is located at the back of the property between the two wings of the hotel. It’s an inviting area and a place to relax. You can also order food and drinks for consumption in the pool area.

Verdict

I believe a soft refurb of the rooms is in the works over the next few months, which will help spruce things up. Otherwise, a solid 4-star option, particularly if you need to be in and around the airport area.

Dylan Rogers

Contact
Address: North Dzorwulu, Accra
Tel: +233 302 740810
Email: info@fiestaroyalehotel.com
Web: www.fiestaroyalhotel.com