We went as a party of 6 to the Djeliba for 2 weeks on the 2nd April. 2 had booked flight only having prearranged the cost of a room on arrival with Omar the hotel manager via email. We had a room overlooking the main road and bars, which the hotel is located on, but having enquired if we could change this room due to the possible noise we were quickly, offered one of the newly finished suites which we readily accepted.
Another couple had prearranged to 'upgrade' to one of the many bungalows to the rear of the hotel grounds which were quieter and consisted of a double bedroom, separate kitchen/diner comprising of a hob, fridge, sink and plenty cupboard space.
Our room was very large and had a huge double bed, dresser with TV (we never switched it on), separate dresser and mirror, double wardrobe (with plenty hangers) and 2 single chairs which we used mainly to drape clothes over. The bathroom was large and spacious and had an excellent shower which not only was very powerful but very hot (managing to steam the mirrors up in Africa!) and a clean toilet and was tiled throughout. The safe deposit box was mounted on the wall inside the room and had a key rather than the battery keypad type which we have known to break continually.
The plug sockets were 3 pin UK type which made charging phones and tablets easier but please expect frequent power cuts particularly at night but only for 10-15 minutes. (Gambia is known for this)
The room was swept each morning and fresh towels provided (on all but 1 occasion) and loo rolls and bins were emptied. One thing which we didn’t experience were the beds being changed in the 2 weeks but if we had asked, I’m sure this would have been no problem at all.
Mosquito screens on the main window and patio window were in excellent condition but please invest in a good mosquito plug in device and a large can of insecticide spray to be on the safe side as we had the occasional night-time visitor, which kept me awake.
The staff change over at 7am was often quite noisy but we were usually awake anyway, but the rooms with balcony’s facing the poolside would have been quieter.
The hotel itself is very clean and the staff are all polite, helpful and always smiling.. Particularly Omar who most mornings came to the breakfast tables asking if things were ok and acted instantly on any enquiries we made (the air con in one of the rooms was turned off for 3 days which Omar said was an electrical issue)
Breakfast comprised of bread that you toasted yourself, local tapalapa bread (very tasty) and jams, cereal and marmalade with scrambled eggs, fried hot dog sausages in onions and baked beans as well as a chef offering omelettes with many different fillings (queue for this was often only 2-3 people). The breakfasts became very 'samey' after only 3 days leading a few of the party to go to the attached bar, Muna's on the main road and paying for a full English breakfast, which was an occasional treat.
The pool was very clean and maintained daily and the sunbeds and parasols were plentiful even if you had to be there early to prevent people placing towels on them. Only complaint was the 'entertainment' pool boy who although very enthusiastic, became annoying shouting continually and calling people lazy for not wanting to do pool aerobics at 11am or volleyball when most people wanted to sunbathe or read and relax.
The hotel grounds are very well maintained and were constantly tended to by the ground men and the pathways clean and we saw very few lizards and almost no insects.
We even borrowed one of the hotels gas BBQ's for an impromptu balcony side BBQ at the bungalow after a excellent days fishing on the mangrove's, which was a pleasant change from eating out..
The Lobby bar was open in the evening and plays traditional African music but Omar and Lamin would plug in our phones to their music system if we asked and played our music. In the lobby bar there are dozens of pieces commercial gym equipment which seemed odd and we never saw it in use.
The security lodge at the main gate was always manned by 2 people and throughout the hotel grounds other security staff wandered throughout the grounds and were always friendly and polite.
We will definitely go back to the Dejeliba next year and I know one couple we went with have already booked for November this year.
It is only a short walk via either the beach or main road to 'the strip’, which has dozens of very good bars, restaurants and other attractions.
- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Djeliba Gambia/Kololi