Just got back from another trip and I ve stopped at Sarges 5 times now, it is getting better with time. The rooms- I was in B block have had the boilers taken out and new showers with hidden pipework so it is better and seems to be more likely to be hot when you need it, the breakfast is also better but it is all still Africa and "entry level" , the rooms are cleaned daily,towels and linen every 2-3 days and it is a cheap and cheerful place with friendly staff,good security and a great location.
It frustrates me that people write stuff on here about how shoddy it is when they HAD to be put somewhere after a flight cancellation as it was nt as good as what they paid for, well if you want plusher, pay up and go to the Senegambia or Karaiba, the breakfasts there are a running buffet of warm stuff and fresh fruit (Sarges has not fruit or juices in its offering,but it is fresh and clean and re stocked regularly).
As regards it being a knocking shop full of Jimmy Savilles, I m 49 and was probably the youngest there...I spoke to a lot of regular visitors who go out 2-3x a year and prefer Sarges for its location over all else, it is mostly couples and older ladies getting some winter sun
One downgrade was I slipped on the tiles near the pool, the ramp is of the same tiles rather than non slip ones and I bloodied and bruised 2 toes as a result but could have easily cracked my head open as i went head over apex, I mentioned it to the staff and 4 days later nothing was done, they d mentioned it to the handyman.. and if you know Gambia it will still be there next year.
A tip- don t use the exchange place that is 2 doors down from the front of Sarges, you see it as it has a 6'8'' guy promoting it, they are robbers,they used classic distraction technique on me to short change me by 200d, they were all in on it, asking if i d ever been to USA etc and then when I started counting the money back in front f them the cashier said, 'Its gambian money ,maan', like a plank, I took it at face value, walked off then, thought about it, counted it fully,foound I d been done, went back thinking I ve messed up here,thought that the best way is to front them up so I did, i told him he d done me, he said "how much do you want", I told him, he counted out a new lot in front of me and just asked for the other lot back!
Meals- La Scala was excellent, the Danish lady who runs it is out front in her whites and checks everyone and the staff and it is a good standard from the linens,service and of course the food,I paid £16 for a lovely salad starter,steak and 2 beers, Al Basha is as good as ever if you like Meze,but my favourite was the Jewel of India, under new management and the chef is great,I ate there twice and both meals were lovely
Overall, it s nice to be nice maaan, never had a bad holiday and I never will!
- Also Known As:
- Sarges Hotel Tafbel Kololi
- Sarges Hotel Gambia/Serekunda