September 18, 2020
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel – an exquisite blend of contemporary allure & Ghanain heritage
Since its grand opening in the heart of Accra’s central business district in 2011, the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel has distinctly made its mark as an iconic luxury hotel and a home away from home for international businessmen, diplomats, high profile politicians, Hollywood celebrities and affluent vacationers.
Encompassing a capacity of 260 luxurious rooms and suites, including 33 Executive Club rooms with an exclusive 24-hour Club Lounge, 15 junior suites and a palatial 320 square metre Presidential Suite; excellent meeting and conferencing facilities, a 400m jogging track and 24-hour health and fitness centre, and 16 acres of perfectly manicured lawns and beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding an oasis; the largest lagoon-style pool in the city, this 5-star hotel is nothing short of a mini paradise – a perfect environment for relaxation, business meetings and exclusive events such as the ‘Glitz Style Awards’.
With the Kotoka International Airport just 7km away, the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel stands at a gratifying location that is just a few minutes’ drive away from key and historic landmarks such as the Parliament House, Accra International Conference Centre, Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Star and Independence Square, Osu Castle, National Theatre, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the symbolic Jamestown lighthouse.
An edifice of classic Ghanaian history itself, the Hotel was originally built as the ‘Ambassador Hotel’ and presented as a gift by the United Kingdom to Ghana after the country gained independence in 1957. It encapsulates its story in treasured artefacts amorously and meticulously restored from the days of the old hotel and a compelling history dating back to the genesis of Ghana’s liberation, its Independence Day.
Beaming with an exquisite collection of over 1,500 pieces of art graciously displayed on the walls of each floor is a trail of hidden tales told by strokes of perfection in subtle yet awestricken ways carefully curated with captivating themes. A side attraction among its unique art collection is a gallant portrait of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, dating back to 1956, while two large murals splendidly displayed at either end of the Hotel’s 750 square metre ballroom also maintain the link with the Hotel’s heritage. The originals were painted by one of Ghana’s distinguished artists, Kofi Antubam, a founding father of the National School of Painting, which inspired the painstaking reproductions by his students.
Expounding its love for art, the Hotel commissions the work of contemporary Ghanaian artists, adorning each room with at least two original paintings by local artists, while the corridors on each floor feature work from more of Ghana’s prominent artists, invigorating the hotel’s aesthetic appeal and splendour. The breath-taking chandelier in the lobby, rich hues and vibrant colours of the hotel’s tapestries and paintings, complementing original artworks with stunning wooden carvings of animals, artefacts and design features evoke the magic and mystery of the West African culture.
Its all-day dining restaurant, ‘Sankofa’, is much loved for its multi-ethnic cuisine and live cooking stations complemented by an à la carte menu. The music and live performances in its African lounge conduce a relaxed atmosphere in the hotel bar ‘One2One’, while guests enjoy the golden sun as they quench their thirsts and savour the best grills by the city’s largest pool at the Pool Bar.
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra, is part of the Swiss Mövenpick portfolio of over 90 hotels in 25 countries. The Mövenpick brand is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.
Written by Annie-Flora Mills for Luxuria Lifestyle Ghana