Stayed at hotel in April 2013 for 10 nights.
I was a little apprehensive about this destination/hotel. Stepping into the unknown! I have to as we had the holiday of a lifetime and would so love to go back - soon!
Accommodation - We had a family room, which had a 4-poster double bed and bunk beds. Quite comfortable, clean and spacious. Bathroom basic, but again clean and spacious. Plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.
Breakfast - It is basic, but very nice, bread rolls are lush. They alternate daily eggs or cheese and fruit. There is an option to pay for alternative, such as bacon, sausages etc. Tea & Coffee is nice too.
Staff are very friendly and very welcoming and helpful.
Facilities - Swimming pool is small, but big enough. There are plenty of sun-loungers, with cushions.
The hotel is in a good location, very short walk to beach, bars and restaurants. Sadly there is no evening entertainment, so we either took a taxi into Senegambia (the strip), which is around 10 min drive or in the hotel opposite, who had entertainment every evening - Dancers, bands etc.
Beach - To get to the beach you do have to run the gauntlet lol. Once past the restaurants, you come to a small market and the locals want to stop for a chat and of course what you to have a "look" at the items they are selling!
All the locals are really friendly and just what to talk to you. However, if you do not want to stand around chatting, then simply walk on, but do not be rude and/or ignore as they find this offensive. Simply acknowledge the locals and a no thank you will suffice - they just want to be your friend.
Trips - We would highly recommend Arch Tours in Senegambia (the strip) the owner, Abdul and his staff are fantastic. They really do make the trips enjoyable and the extra special. Check out the reviews on here.
Tours - arch-tours.com
Gambia was never on my list of destination, but I have to say this was a holiday of a lifetime an experience we will never forget, memories we will cherish.
We would highly recommend this destination and hotel.
- 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