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Episode 2 of TPGtv was all about my journey to Accra, Ghana, to spend time with PeaceJam, a wonderful non-profit organization that’s changing the world by having Nobel Laureate teachers educate youth. Episode 3, which you are about to watch, features my review of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel (where we stayed in Accra), plus a memorable trip to the legendary Kane Kwei fantasy coffin shop.
For starters, there aren’t a whole lot of hotels to choose from in Accra, especially if you’re staying downtown. There is a nice area by the airport where you can find a few points hotels like the Holiday Inn Accra Airport (from $240 or 20,000 IHG Rewards points per night in March), the Ramada Resort Accra Coco Beach (from $135 or 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points per night in late-February), the BestWestern Premier Accra Airport Hotel (from $355 or 36,000 Best Western rewards points per night in March) and ibis Styles Accra Airport, an AccorHotels property (from $220 per night in late-February). But downtown you’ve got relatively few options.
The Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra came highly recommended and was located right near the school where we had the PeaceJam Conference, so it was a no brainer for us. The rooms are really nice and you get free breakfast in the morning, which is a buffet — the dinner buffets are fine, too — and it’s a safe, comfortable place to stay. The rooms were better than expected and the amazing pool with its roller skating waiters was a real highlight, so I would definitely recommend the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel if you’re visiting Accra.
Without further ado, here’s Episode 3:
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I booked my stay at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra through Hotels.com, a great option because you’ll end up getting a rebate of about 10% since you get one free night for every 10 nights you stay. Just note that if you do book a stay at a chain hotel with Hotels.com, you won’t get any stay credits there — it’s worth trying, but generally, it just doesn’t work that way — so remember to use the site whenever you’re booking expensive hotels that aren’t part of a loyalty program. I also used my Chase Sapphire Preferred card to pay for the hotel since you get 2x points on travel and there are no foreign transactions fees.
There’s one thing that was surprising about staying in Accra: The traffic there is horrific. As I found out the hard way, there are very few roads so to go from one side of the city to the other can sometimes take up to three hours! After getting stuck in an epic traffic jam, I was exhausted and feeling cranky by the time we finally arrived at the Kane Kwei Coffins, a legendary Ghanaian company that builds what can only be described as works of art so families can honor the lives of their loved ones. Their creative designs also act as status symbols and include everything from corn cob coffins for farmers to giant crab coffins for fisherman — they even offer high heeled shoe designs for women. Their fantasy coffins are known worldwide and were even featured as art installations in 1989 at the Pompidou Center in Paris.
It was really interesting to talk to the guys working in the shop, and I was thrilled (but nervous) when they let me get involved in the process and help chisel the wood — I don’t think I have a future in coffin building so I’m leaving it to the professionals for now.
The surprises didn’t end there. Right after we filmed the scene of me testing out the corn cob coffin, I looked down to see a bunch of spiders — the moment wasn’t caught on camera but let’s just say I quickly climbed out and that was enough excitement for me for that day!
I had a great time exploring a different side of Accra, a vibrant city with many different dimensions. Ghanaian art is really interesting, too, and the food scene is getting better and better so I can’t wait to go back again to explore more.
The next episode of TPGtv is all about boxing and it was incredible, a really really fun experience and I’m so excited for you guys to see that. Stay tuned for next week’s episode where I get in the ring.
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