All you need to know about Accra

Accra is the largest city in Ghana, with a population of over 2.27 million. It’s situated on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa and lies approximately 33 metres above sea level. It has a tropical savanna climate, with wet and dry seasons, and an annual average temperature of 27.6°C. The city is divided into 10 governmental districts which collectively form the Accra Metropolitan Area: a bustling zone offering business travel serviced accommodation. The currency used in Accra is the Ghana Cedi and the predominant language spoken is English. Serviced apartments in the city offer a great alternative to other accommodation options in Accra. Accra shares a sister status with the following cities: Johannesburg (South Africa), Sterling (US), Washington D.C. (US) and Columbia (US).

The word Accra derives from the Akan word Nkran, meaning “ants”, with reference to the various anthills that surrounded the city. The history of Accra can be traced back to the 17th century, with the establishment of various forts which served as trading posts. In 1908, the city began to expand with the building of the Accra-Kumasi railway, which served as a principal gateway to Ghana’s cocoa-producing regions. Shortly thereafter, a number of new settlements were established in the city and merged to form modern-day Accra. Those settlements have brought with them new businesses and corporations, including an increase in corporate serviced apartments.

Today, Accra is a colourful capital city rich in markets, beaches, accommodation and charming walking areas. Its economy is predominately centred on the industries manufacturing, transportation, finance, insurance and marketing, and the city is home to various banks, building societies and foreign exchanges. As a result business travel to Accra has increased rapidly and the popularity of serviced apartments in the city has led to more business travellers opting for this alternative option in accommodation.

Points of interest include Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Aburi Botanical Gardens. Other sites worth seeing are Black Star Gate and the Artists Alliance Gallery.

The main mode of transport in Accra is by car. Whilst the city has a rail system, it’s not as reliable as it could be and is often subject to cancellations. The city does, however, offer a Metro Mass Transit Service which connects various towns, villages and cities in Ghana. Taxis are widely used in Accra, and don’t tend to operate on a meter. The main airport in Accra is Kotoka International Aiport. Corporate housing and serviced apartments in Accra offer close proximity to transport links and make it easy to commute during your stay in the city.

Choose SilverDoor Apartments for your corporate stays in Accra. The serviced apartments that we offer in Accra are the perfect accommodation choice for business travel.