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African Village Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bakau
Stavanger, Norway
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice basic hotel”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

The hotel is cheap, nice and quite clean. The staff is friendly. It's worth it if you pay a little more to stay in a sea view room. The breakfast is very basic, usually we had the same every day bread, eggs, corn flakes and some fruits. The restaurant is ok, but not exceptional. Also they take a long time to serve you: sometimes we had to wait for about 1 hour - once even for 1h30min to have our food. The pretty annoying part is that you can't go out from the hotel without people from outside disturbing you. Even before going out from the gate we could see, for example, the taxi manager already looking and waiting for us. It was difficult to walk in the region.
If you are looking for sunny days during European winter then Gambia is a nice place to go. But be prepared to wait a lot for the services because everything there can take long time.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with sea view. It's for sure the best option.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

This was just an overnight stay, as we were on our way 'up country', working with a charity.
It was the first time I had stayed at this hotel and I was pleasantly surprised.
Rooms were adequate, as was the food. It was great to watch the fishermen launching their boats - you had a feel of the real Gambia, not just the tourist face.The best part was that there were less bumsters about on the beach - but they were the usual irritation the minute you stepped outside the hotel!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

I stayed here over a period of 11 days on a bed and breakfast basis; I've previously stayed in larger hotels but I wanted to immerse myself in the 'real' Gambia as a solo female traveller, and on reflection this was the best place to do that. I stayed in a single room which contains 2 beds, en-suite bathroom, mosquito net and a fan, clean towels and sheets are provided for those that travel light. (African Village has it's own electricity generator so regular power outages do not impact on your stay).
I arrived late evening in the darkness with my luggage and was welcomed with a cheery smile and warmth, the genuinely helpful staff ensured my stay was safe and comfortable.
I really loved my stay here and if staying in Bakau will always stay at African Village...Abaraka ba ke!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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5 reviews
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Our stay there was thoroughly enjoyed. The room was clean. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We enjoyed the nightly entertainment and the relaxing atmosphere. Although the weather was very hot inland it was very comfortable there by the ocean. We have recommended this Hotel/Resort to several people. We hope to return again in 2014

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I like this Hotel, it is very close to the real life of The Gambia, the staff have always been very helpful. On the street nearby its cool, nice people, they don't have a lot so you will get a little pestered, go with a sun tan! It will help.
The rooms are simple too but it's The Gambia don't expect back home. I have been several times and always gravitate back to the same Hotel

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

As other contributors have said, this is a place to stay in Africa. If you want to pretend you are somewhere more affluent, then go to the bigger, plastic hotels. Here, there's a pool, shady and sunny areas to relax, a couple of bars, a private beach down the steps (and btw a really helpful batik producer who will also give classes). Get up and see the sunrise, and then go in for a great breakfast.
The food is more than fine, and certainly compares in quality, quantity and price with all but the swankiest restaurants out of the hotel complex. The staff are friendly, it's the most bug-free place I've stayed in the Gambia, close to the bank, very close to the taxis (private and bush taxis) - certainly a good place for those who want to explore the coast.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I had an amazing week at the African village hotel!
I was there to teach in The Gambia, and felt like I was living a life of luxury compared to some other people outside the hotel, that live in poverty. Therefore with this in mind the service was great, the food was great and the staff were very friendly. The hotel was clean and the pool/bar area had a lovely chilled atmosphere.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the hotel and would recommend it to anyone. For me, I was there for the experience not to stay in a fancy hotel and moan about every little thing. I was great full for a working shower and bed :) my whole experience in The Gambia was one I will never forget and the hotel contributed to this.

Room Tip: just enjoy the experience!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Property: African Village Hotel
Address: 98 Atlantic Boulevard, Bakau, Gambia
Location: Gambia > Banjul Division > Bakau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bakau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — African Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 96
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