Stayed here for four nights as part of a two centre holiday with 'The Gambia Experience'. We requested a room overlooking the stream at the rear of the hotel and were very pleased with location of these rooms. They are quiet and overlook the stream and bridge. Reasonable size room that is clean and beds comfortable .We ordered a fridge (a must in hot weather to keep drinks cool ,not advisable to drink tap water at all ) and had a safe ( again on advice) the two were about £20/five days,- you can negotiate. Didn't need air conditioning though is available at cost, think the rooms at the back are cooler as shaded which suited us (we had room E4) Monkey family-two adults and two young ones visit frequently ! good views of them in the trees from room, also will come up to rooms for bananas and peanuts. Shower/toilet facilities very basic but good enough. Rooms are cleaned daily and the housekeeping staff are brilliant. Breakfasts O.K ( not huge but choice of continental with fruit or cooked English/American ,plenty of tea/coffee ) We ate one evening at The Captains Table attached to the hotel and the meal and service were both very good. This is a small hotel and so pleased we chose this and not the Kombo beach opposite,if you want lots of entertainment and activity go there, we had entertainment one evening in Bakatu for about two hours and that was plenty, we would not want drums every evening for three-four hours !! There is a small bar and a very nice pool, the grounds are lovely, wooded with pretty flower beds and fish ponds, also tortoises .I read with interest a previous review by someone staying at the hotel possibly the same time as we did ( 14th-18th Nov ) I also had a vomiting episode that lasted about six hours, I blamed it possibly on food I had eaten on a river cruise the previous day ( prawns) thankfully it was short lived, couldn't 'tie it in' with any food eaten in the hotel. The beach is directly opposite the hotel, there is a large market there and it can get a bit tiresome getting called to buy items from the stall holders, we found another route to the beach to avoid this ,in saying that we did purchase from the stall holders and you can get some good bargains bartering. Also the exchange kiosk within the market gave the very best possible rates of exchange ( no ATM'S locally, nearest one would be about an hour walk or ten min taxi drive.) Take plenty of U.K. money and exchange locally. The staff in the hotel are extremely accommodating, there is a resident bird guide also .We would definitely use this hotel again, internet available at Kombo beach if you need it.
- 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