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“Lovely little hotel” 3 of 5 stars
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Bakotu Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kotu, Gambia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
north east
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely little hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We have holidayed in Gambia 6 times, and stayed at this hotel twice. It,s a lovely little hotel, with great gardens, a lovely ambience. The hotel staff are fab.

. We had a family of monkeys visit us every day, even caught one of the youngsters spying through the window of our room to see if we were there.
The rooms are basic, and I am afraid are starting to look a bit shoddy...the walls are a bit grimey and could do with a lick of paint, as well as some repairs.
They are going to start losing points and tourists if they don't start maintaining the rooms .
The breakfast as most people have commented is rubbish, so I didn't even bother.
Tip: Dont bother getting your money exchanged in the UK, as there is a money exchange right next door to the hotel, on your right.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rickmansworth
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in March for three weeks, on a positive note the grounds are lovely and the rooms are what one would expect in Africa, basic and clean.
The staff are absolutely brilliant, (reception, bar, waiters/waitresses, cleaners, gardeners and bar staff at the Tiger Tiger bar) always working with a smile and we always felt that they were sincere in their friendship.
On a negative note and I'm sure it's not the cooks fault but the owners should be embarrassed with what is served up for breakfast, If you travel with Gambia Experience you can have egg and bacon at no extra cost, If you can call it bacon. It's no more than an after thought, a lazy gesture, a decent breakfast and this hotel would be very hard to beat.
Overall would we recommend this hotel? Yes, simply because of the working staff, they make the holiday an absolute pleasure! We would love to go back again, Gambia and her people are lovely.

Room Tip: Choose a room towards the back of the grounds
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Romford, England
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Rooms pretty basic but clean and comfortable. Bakotu hotel is small and quiet, no TVs or music. There are other bigger hotels across the road if you want to watch the football or local bands etc in the evening but I'd still rather stay at this hotel. We found all the staff very friendly and helpful. Decent restaurant for evening meals in the hotel and a few local restaurants located dead opposite if you fancy some variety - we found both the Indian and the Algerian served great quality meals. We would definitely return here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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newcastle upon tyne
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

As a travel agent who books repeat guests here,i could see the appeal-a small,friendly reception,no lounge but a pretty bar by the beautiful pool area with good standard furniture,wood carvings,ponds and tropical greenery everywhere,and a resident family of friendly monkeys and wildlife.I emailed the hotel before with my room request and my request of an upstairs,sunny balcony room with open aspect was granted, nature all around,the room was spotless with flower petals sprinkled on the bed daily by the cleaner,Ikea furniture, comfortable bed and adequate small bathroom of a simple wet room style, and open wardrobe behind a curtain.Breakfast as everyone says is a very simple continental affair but its adequate,and served by friendly waitresses in the picturesque bar/restaurant area.Theres a lovely viewing platform at the back overlooking the creek,and exercise equipment and wicker sunbeds are scattered around the very pretty grounds,Accomodation is single storey accomodation arranged in pretty rows,or two storey accomodations containing 4 rooms,though balcony/terrace is shared,and i found the stairs up to my room unlit at night so i had to buy a torch to find my footing.It was very quiet in April and we were the last guests to leave on April 20th-such a shame the season is so short and many hotels and restaurants close.I enjoyed Ali Babas restaurant in the market over the road several times,great food and service,Sailors served good food too.And do use the juice boy Ebu on the beach by Sailors-beautiful fresh banana milk shakes and juices,and Awa on stall 20 in Fajara Market.If anyone needs a guide/taxi then i highly recommend Batou Manneh who is based in the taxi base-all my customers and friends use him,rates are good and great tours.Message me for his details.The boys in the street can be a bit tiresome wanting money,but smile,say no, politely and they will leave you alone.I visit the Gambia every year and have fallen in love with the people and culture,come with an open mind,dont expect European standards and you will love it,and you cant fail to fall in love with Kotu beach-beautiful.The Bakotu is a quiet, very pretty African style hotel,if its a more European style hotel with more facilities you need then the Kombo Beach over the road may suit better.

Room Tip: upstairs balcony rooms for better views and more privacy if you dont mind sharing the balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We have stopped at several hotels in the Kotu region of Gambia before and we thought we would try the Bakotu hotel for a change. We are keen on birdwatching and wildlife and this hotel had it all within the grounds. We had a room down near the golfcourse and were watching a variety of birds, monkeys and lizards from our room.
We used a guide called Fansu Bojang who is a member of the Bird Guide Association that can be found by the Bridge at Kotu Creek. He was excellent and we recomend him and his fellow members for some excellent walks and trips. We saw over 100 species of birds in a few trips and other wildlife as well.
The hotel was quiet and the restaurant served lovely food but did run out of wine at the end of the week! Most of the staff were very helpful and friendly and we would return to this hotel in future!

Room Tip: If you like wildlife rooms away from the pool are best. The hotel is quiet so noise wont be a probl...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Penrhyndeudraeth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Bakotu seems to be one of the smaller Kotu hotels, however it is perfectly sized. Rooms are either located near to the pool or around the perimeter. If you are after the local wildlife (birds etc) then this is the place. Just sitting outside our room we saw, monkeys, monitor lizards, glossy starlings, sunbirds and a lot more. During the mornings and evenings the creek viewing jetty is the place to be.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the pool for wildlife.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Herts
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Our first visit to The Gambia,we had researched hotels and as we didnt want a large impersonal hotel but to be amongst nature, settled on The Bakotu which was perfect for us.The grounds are beautiful,peasceful,full of exotic plants and wildlife with the ever helpful gardeners on hand to find particular individuals,the monitor and giant tortoise as well as the monkeys and birds.My favourite were the fruit bats.We visited all the other local hotels which served to prove what a good choice we had made.The breakfast was perfectly adequate for us and we enjoyed our drinks in the bar before heading out in the evenings for dinner and returning for night walks around the hotel with the night guards to spot nocturnal residents!we used arch tours for major trips and a local taxi driver,Smiley for visits.He was lovely, hard to pay,a complete delight,can be found in the BB taxi rank.The local restaurants are good,we liked Dominoes on the beach as we got to know the staff,reggae night on sunday is a must! Tandoor good, Ali Babbas ok.The beach is beautiful,an afternoon at Kotu point beach bar is recommended,the walk along the beach is an experience in itself,we ended up pulling the fishing nets in en route!Special mention goes to Adama the cleaner at the hotel,what a personality,you cannot help but smile in her presence ,she is a huge asset to The Bakotu.We would love to return to The Bakotu as we felt it was very special.Gambia is definitely what you are willing to put into it, the local beach boys were befriended by a family we met at the hotel and some of our lasting memories will be the day they shopped at the market and cooked for us on the beach, organizing entertainment, these are the chaps most tourists try their best to avoid,what a revelation,we found all the boys extremely trustworthy and will do our best to stay in contact.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Kotu, Gambia
Location: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kotu
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bakotu Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renowned and well established, Bakotu is a small, friendly hotel ideally located in Kotu between the beach and the golf course. Facilities include a small swimming pool, sun and shade terraces, reception, laundry, shop, restaurants and bars. Individually decorated rooms, with comfy beds and either terrace or balcony are grouped around mature gardens. The monkeys, squirrels and birds are great attractions. Ideal for those looking for something a little different with good value for money. ... more   less 
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