This was our 9th holiday in Gambia but our first stay at the Bijilo Beach Hotel. We have stayed at a lot of different places in The Gambia and would recommend this hotel as a very good base.
The hotel is right on the beach (one of the best in Gambia) and is about 1.5 miles from the main Senegambia tourist area (100 dalasi / £1.50 in a tourist taxi outside the hotel). You can walk down the beach during the day in about 30 mins. Close enough to be near the 'action' if you want it, but far enough away for peace and quiet.
The staff at the hotel are one of it's greatest assets. All of the reception staff were very helpful - Seka and Alieu were the 2 names we remember, but all were good. Breakfast staff were equally as good, friendly and efficient, and a special mention goes to Omar who alternated between breakfast and the evening shift.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel, which was OK. Fresh eggs, omelettes, pancakes, fruit, juice etc. Nothing special but perfectly fine and cooked to order. Plenty of people stayed in the hotel for evening meal but we preferred to go out.
The rooms are large, very clean, although a little basic. All have air conditioning and fridge (no extra cost unlike some places) and bath and shower. Cleaned daily to a good standard. The pool area is also very clean with very nice modern sunbeds. Sunbeds also available down near the beach, but right next door are a couple of nice beach bars, Jammeh and particularly Kumasai. Good food here.
All in all a lovely place to stay. Great if it is your first time in Gambia or if you love the place as much as we do.
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- Also Known As:
- Bijilo Beach Kololi
- Bijilo Beach Hotel Gambia