We visited this hotel mid-December, being among the first tourists after the rainy season. That was really felt on the beach, as it seemed everyone was desperately trying to sell us something. At one point we were so bored of being approached that we swore to stay at the hotel only, as it was so good and peaceful. (We actually did not stay only, there, thanks to our local tourist guide Ibu, who was really great and worth our trust all week).
Hotel area itself was refreshing, and we saw a lot of monkeys and even a ginat turtle there just by laying by the poolside. And after trying several other restaurants that were recommended, we found that the best restaurant, especaily for wine and seafood was at the hotel: Captain's Table.
Behind the hotel there is a nice path to riverside and a local golf course for sightseeing, and the hotel has also got some reserved chairs at the seaside.
Rooms were adequate, with a funny window system consisting of several panes of glass meant that while it was tight enough to keep the insects out it was not totally tight to keep the sounds out, so it might disturb a light sleeper near the pool at least. Or near the forest if you are more scared of non-human sounds. We slept happily during the night though. All in all it was tidy and the staff was friendly. It was Africa in good and bad.
There are bigger hotels across the street, so if you want entertainement and more activities then you can pop in there. Come to think of it, for families with kids maybe waiting to see monkeys is not enough for them to keep the parents satisfied.
Our most positive experiences during the trip were the hotel, Ibu the great guide, and weather
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renowned and well established, Bakotu is a small, friendly hotel ideally located in Kotu between the beach and the golf course. Facilities include a small swimming pool, sun and shade terraces, reception, laundry, shop, restaurants and bars. Individually decorated rooms, with comfy beds and either terrace or balcony are grouped around mature gardens. The monkeys, squirrels and birds are great attractions. Ideal for those looking for something a little different with good value for money. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bakotu Hotel Kotu
- Bakotu Hotel Gambia/Kotu