We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“You never know when they are going to have a wild party until 4am.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Senegambia Beach Hotel

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Save
You added Senegambia Beach Hotel to your Saves list
Senegambia Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 2373, Serekunda, Gambia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Serekunda
Washingon
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“You never know when they are going to have a wild party until 4am.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

At least on four different stays the hotel hosted outdoor parties that blasted music until 4AM leaving quests at their hotel and area hotels wondering what happened and who allowed such a disrespectful thing go on.

I remember seeing one father yelling at the management the day after and trying to get the manager to understand how upsetting the noise and lack of sleep affected his young son, yet the following year they rented the place to another group of all night party goers.

So you never know when they party and noise is going to hit. No, I don't stay there, but stay nearby and now moving away from the entire area.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
Was this review helpful? Yes 10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

728 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    222
    355
    100
    37
    14
See reviews for
131
367
34
27
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (164)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Northwich, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Over 20 years ago my husband and I visited ths hotel by chance,wishing for some warmth and sunshine at Easter even the Med and Canaries couldn't offer.We have seen many physical changes to the hotel,mainly including upgrading the pools and pool areas in addition to the rooms.This year (2013) there have been more rooms built with more in the pipeline.There has also been a small Italian restaurant in the grounds which seels take away pizzas in addition to being able to sit down for a great Italian meal.(We always used to go half board and eat in the hotel's main restaurant but it's a better option to go for B&B as you can still eat there and pay each time you do so but there are great local restaurants which include the Thai,Green Mamba and most notably Scala).
The hotel is well maintained and clean,set in lovely kept gardens and next to the beach.The rooms are located in the gardens in two storey blocks of 16.There are beautiful plants and flowers,and the bird life is really something else.Daily visitors include vultures which are fed at about 11:30 each day and monkeys.Beware the monkeys will steal any nuts,bananas and sugar lumps you may have - they've no morals at all.
The hotel now boasts two pools,the quiet one near the hotel's main building and the main one next to the beach bar and beach.
All of the staff are friendly which makes the stay very welcoming.So,too,are the locals except for the bumsterswho tend to come out more when it isn't high season and there is a lack of police presence.I'd give them a wide bearth if I were you.If you feel you are hassled or threatened by one make sure you do not shake their hand or speak (if possible).When they speak to youshake your head or just say no and walk on.If you're a female and on your own say that you are on your way to meet your Gambian husband!I'm told that works a treat.
On the minus side,if anything,the sea is so strong that it is slowly wearing the beach away.Also the structure and age of the hotel lends itself to the usual minor faults in plumbing etc which can be annoying but are fixed within 24 hours.The electricity also tends to go off each evening but the hotel's generator kicks in within a couple of moments.

Room Tip: First floor rooms tend to be quieter but would be difficult to access if you are disabled.Blocks A,B...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mablethorpe, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

just back from gamba hotel right on the beach lots of sun bedson beach and around the pool .the strip as thay call it just out side no need for taxi you can walk out its very safe just a fue bumsers but thay ok.the rooms ar old the water is full of rust from the pipes.safe box is quite exspensive.£30.00 for 2weeks.food around the poolis good.pool boys are great no need to get up to get abed thay will get one for you.

Room Tip: l.j.k blocknear pool/beach quiet
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

The hotel was set in lovely well maintained gardens, with Red Monkeys living there and Green Monkeys popping in from the Monkey Park next door. Our room was basic but clean, with just the one door which was a sliding patio door which lead out onto a nice patio area. We were given clean towels every day, the shower was lovely and refreshing after hot dusty day. The hotel staff were very friendly, a lifeguard told us how to entice the red Monkeys out of the tree, the gardeners were happy to show you around the gardens and pointing out the different birds and plants although they also tried to persuade you to go on trips with them. Breakfast: there was a varied selection to choose from, the thing that we found odd was that the plates to put your food on were only slightly bigger than side plates.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Grantham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This place is just amazing!!!! I must admit I struggled for the first few days to get used to it but it really is excellent. The problems I experienced at first were probably my own doing as I didn't know how to handle ALL (and there are many!) the young lads who come up friendly but just want your money! They don't do anything but that, befriend and expect money and also put down those who do work, and oh boy do they come out with some stories!!! Do not tell them your name! They will call it out as you are lying on the beach and every time you appear on the strip, you can't get rid of them!!! However if you want to go to a reggae night or similar you will need one with you to stop all the others! Choose one who works in a bar or restaurant, they will really look after you and expect very little from you. There are some wonderful restaurants along the strip as many people have mentioned, and you are protected from all the hassle in these as they don't let them in(just don't sit by the pavement) Highly recommend the jewel of India , food and service brilliant, although I am pretty sur they killed the beautiful young goats we saw opposite late afternoon to provide the "lamb" for our curry, as they hadn't had it the night before. It had a very "fresh" taste to it!!! The lad who greets you outside is wonderful, his name is Box(?) but don't give all your tips to him as it makes the waiters very cross! He also has another job touting for another hotel and will try to arrange to take you there. One night a week they have alovely, gentle , smiling man playing the traditional Kora, which he made himself and which his father taught him to play. Absolutely brilliant and not to be missed. Paradiso is also a brilliant Italian restaurant with wonderful food and great service. The african queen is good, but, because they sizzle everything it carries on cooking and burns all the food. The service is not very friendly here either, it seems very popular so I suppose they feel they don't have to be. You MUST go to the Wild Monkey after you have eaten ( the food is cheaper here but a little too European ) They always have African bands/dancers and it is a wonderful experience. The staff here are wonderful , but beware, there tend to be a lot "mature" women paying to be with the young lads and being overly "affectionate", you do see this quite often here and it can be quite off putting, as is the opposite with the really attractive young Gambian girls with the elderly men!
Once you get used to how they are you can start to be friendly, but firm back!
The hotel itself is really lovely. I don't agree with others that the rooms are basic, I have been in FAR worse in European locations.They are kept so clean and towels are changed every day, what more can you ask for? EVERYONE is so friendly and helpful, but even here , they will try to get more money out of you, by telling you their sob stories, and wanting sponsorship for school fees, but aren't prepared to do it properly by money straight to the schools, just a western union regular payment to their bank account. Very hard, because they earn very little and have such a poor life style, it must be so hard for them to see us spending so much money. Help with tips, but don't be taken in!!!!!
As everyone else has said the grounds are superb and so lovely to see the monkeys and beautiful birds, as well as beautiful plants. the grounds are very well maintained and the people who do this need the odd tip every now and again. 50 dalasi means the world to them and just shows your appreciation.
A little tip about the waiters at breakfast and the pool bar(they are the same) I realised it's best to "adopt" one! Tip first time and explain you will either tip at end of day/week/stay. This way you don't have to keep giving small amounts(hard to get) and can give them a decent amount all in one.They will really look after you. Remember, they only earn the equivalent of £25 a month.
The same goes on the beach. John is wonderful and will have your sunbed ready and waiting for you every day. The beach may be eroded at this site, but the steps lead you down to the lovely sea. Security patrol the beach to make sure the locals do not come up, but you will still get people trying to sell from the edge, and coming and playing music to you. DO buy from the ladies selling fruit , they make wonderful fruit salads for you, and also buy from the locals selling drinks on the beach (they have little stalls and are licensed to do this) The money then goes to the Gambians who deserve it and not to those making a huge profit running the hotels.
Once you have been here you will not want to leave and will want to come back again and again. The weather is amazing, the people are wonderful and make you feel so welcome. Just be prepared for the things I have mentioned(which I wasn't!) and you will have your best holidat ever. ENJOY!!!!!

Room Tip: Rooms away from reception/bar etc much quieter, blocks D and E good. Upstairs you share a balcony, b...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My wife,16 year old daughter and myself booked through Thomas Cook,what we were led to believe was a family room.Upon arriving,we were shown to our so called "family room".It was in fact,a very average sized bedroom in which they had managed to squeeze in a double and single bed,with no privacy screen or curtains.The room itself was dated,shabby and tired/worn looking.
We had no choice but to upgrade to a room that we originally thought we were booking.
During the course of our stay,in our upgraded room,the air conditioning developed a leak which semi flooded the floor.
The shower was blocked ,and the bathroom floor would be soaked whenever we showered.We would have to mop up the floor with our towels.This fault was reported to reception immediately.
However,this being Gambia,all complaints were supposed to be manually written into a dusty old book by the hotel reception staff and then acted (or in our case,NOT)acted upon.
I requested on numerous occasions to speak to the manager ,with no luck.The only time I was able to speak with him was when we were about to leave,and I threatened not to,pay for our so called "upgrade".I asked him whether in view of our experiences,what discount they would offer us.
He advised me that he in fact had to speak with the general Manager as it was not his decision.
They offered us the derisory amount of £60 off our amount for the upgrade,leaving us with £440 still to pay.We were ready to,leave so paid this very reluctantly.
The hotel itself is in fact made up of a main reception/bar area,where there is also the dining facilities.There are then various blocks of apartments.The entire complex is in need of attention.It is dated,tired,shabby and no where near three stars by European standards.
The so called "night time entertainment"is embarrassingly bad...makes Butlins seem sophisticated.
The only thing I can recommend are the bar/waiter staff at the beach side pool..they were great,friendly people with a real sense of humour.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel...the hotel Kairiba next door for example
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I agree with other people,the hotel bedrooms are basic, but clean.
I was with my husband and 7 year old son. We had a large bed and our son had a single bed in the window alcove. A television in the room and fridge a ceiling fan and A/C too.
The bathroom had a shower handbasin and toilet. On arrival I noticed our toilet was not flushing properly,maintenance fixed it straight away.
The staff at this hotel really make it,so friendly and helpful.
Cherno at the pool is a lovely man, Jarro too. Really helpful.
Make sure you leave the hotel and see the real Gambia.
Can recomend Arch Tours for trips,very professional and fun too.
I am travelling back end of April with my sister. I have 2 children I now sponsor out there,so can't wait to see them again.
Keep an open mind it's not Europe,it's Africa .ENJOY!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 5
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Senegambia Beach Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Senegambia Beach Hotel

Address: P.O. Box 2373, Serekunda, Gambia
Location: Gambia > Banjul Division > Serekunda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Serekunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Senegambia Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 328
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Despegar.com and Tingo so you can book your Senegambia Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hotel Senegambia Beach
Senegambia Beach Kololi
Senegambia Hotel
Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Senegambia Beach Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.