This was our 8th trip to Gambia but our first visit to Lemon Creek Hotel. I will say straight away that for various reasons we have never returned to stay in the same hotel, but we would definitely return here.
Having stayed all the way along the coast from Cape Point to here at Bijilo we were a little worried about the distance to the 'busy' areas of Senegambia and the newer Plaza area but this was not a problem. There were always taxis available outside of the hotel which would give a good price and it was always a pleasure negotiating, but if you aren't happy a 2 minute walk takes you to the main road for a yellow taxi which is about a pound into town and beyond. Senegambia is 5 minutes away max.
It was my wife's 50th birthday on our second day and the maids and hotel did a superb job decorating the room. Balloons, bunting and best of all Happy Birthday to You spelt out in flowers on the bed. Many thanks!
The grounds in this hotel are fantastic - very well kept. The hotel is on the beach which is probably the best stretch in the main tourist area of Gambia - fairly flat, clean,and not horrifically erroded like at the Kairaba and Senegambia Beach.
We never spend a lot of time in any hotel as we are always out and about and the same applied this time. I can report that the staff as a whole were pleasant, not overpowering, no hassle. I would however agree with previous comments that breakfast staff were more than a little surly - not in anyway rude or unpleasant,just that they seemed unhappy and it seemed to be beyond them to even engage in good morning,.
Having been to Gambia quite a few times and stayed at hotels and guest houses along the coast I really would recommend Lemon Creek to anyone that wants a nice quality hotel on the beach. The main thing we wanted was peace and quiet at night and we certainly got that. The only sound we heard was of the breaking waves.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday and would recommend this hotel for the first time or the seasoned Gambia visitor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open all year around About us: We are a small Danish owned hotel with focus on personal service and giving a 'home away from home' feeling to all our guests. Corporate social responsibility and the principles of Global Impact are vital to our running of the hotel and amongst other things we work together with different women cooperatives from around the country. Responsible tourism is key to a sustainable development and we constantly strive to get greener with the support of and audits of Travelife. As a part of this strategy we have our own kitchen garden as well as our own hens and pigs to make sure as much of our products are ecological. We purchase locally where possible, re-use our gray water, use solar energy, recycle our waste where possible and yearly update our environmental charter to continue a green development. Accommodation facilities general: Reception open 24 hours Pool bar A la carte restaurant Conference facilities Souvenir shop Parking Wi-fi in public areas (added cost) Rooms: Standard rooms - Double bed, bathroom en-suite, satellite television, mini fridge, kettle, wall fan, balcony or terrace seating, safe box (free of charge) Studio - Double bed, seating area with bed sofa, bathroom en-suite, satellite television, kitchenette, wall fan, balcony or terrace seating, safe box (free of charge) Swimming options: Outdoor pool Children's pool Bath towel service and sun beds free of charge Bed linen: Bath towels included, change 7 times per week Bed linen included, change 3 times per week Recreation: Entertainment 1-2 times per week Massage studio/beautician (added cost) Body boards and canoes (added cost) Conference: Conference facilities for app 35 persons Tailor: Tailor available at hotel The Premises: The Gambia's best kept secret, 39 luxurious en suite rooms, all with sea view terraces, set in mature tropical gardens, which host many different varieties of wildlife and colorful birds. Lemon Creek Hotel Resort is situated right on the beach, approximately 3 km. southwest of the Senegambia area (Kololi). The constructions and architecture are made with respect to the nature of the land site and the garden hosts an extensive bird life. The pool bar is a relaxing spot in the shade of 400 years old baobab trees and rustling palms, bask in the sun or take a dip in azure blue water. Our smiling staff, who will cater to your every need, will offer delicious snacks and cool long drinks. Lemon Creek Hotel Resort offer the "Big Tree Restaurant" serving delicious international cuisine as well as local delicacies, enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sunset and listening to the ocean. We organize your birthday, wedding staff-retreat, graduation or dinner party by the poolside. Let our service minded staff take care of all details to make the day a special one. We also offer comfortable conference room facilities for 35-40 people, ideal for private meetings and workshops. Our experienced beautician offers traditional massage, Thai massage, aromatherapy, pedicure and manicure. And our tailor makes sure your clothes are one of a kind in colors and styles that suits you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lemon Creek Hotel Bijilo
- Lemon Creek Hotel Resort Gambia/Bijilo