From Adanwomase, it was only 30 to 45 minutes to the Beauty Queen Hotel in Kumasi where Stanley puts up his visitors. The length of time it took was due more to the traffic congestion than the distance. One of the reasons he likes it is because it’s not in the city center and he doesn’t have to face even worse traffic.
The Beauty Queen is on a busy street. It wasn’t remarkable looking, so I didn’t take a picture. As always, you regret more the photos you didn’t take. However boring looking I might have thought it was, I still wish I had snapped a photo or two.
There was a double room with no view for 45 cedis and one with a balcony overlooking the busy, noisy street for 65. I took the no-view quieter room, and Stanley went off to find less expensive accommodations.
The room was air conditioned and had a fan and cable TV. It was unremarkable otherwise. Water pressure in the shower was nonexistent. Only a trickle came out of the shower head. But there was a plastic bucket in there, and the lack of pressure was probably the reason. I let the bucket fill up under the trickling faucet while I fussed with luggage.
After a refreshing bucket bath and a change of clothes, I went down to the hotel restaurant. It was not yet 5:00 pm, but I hadn’t had lunch today so I was starving. In the cavernous bar-restaurant, they had both the TV and a stereo blaring. The restaurant had the usual cheesy decor, complete with cheap plastic placemats and plastic flowers on each table. I think the food must have been prepared some hours earlier, as the chicken was pretty dry. There was too much pepper in the rice.
So the Beauty Queen was about average, for a West African hotel. The staff were probably the best part about it. They were all friendly and helpful.