We stayed here as a couple for a week, and had a very enjoyable stay.
The selling point of this hotel is it's grounds. The accomodation blocks are placed around the huge gardens. The gardens are beautifully kept, very peaceful and tranquil, filled with wildlife; monkeys, birds and monitor lizards. Everyday we had a walk around the grounds to spot the birds or be entertained by the monkeys. The daily vulture feeding is worth going to watch, very entertaining!
We stayed in block D which is one of the furthest away from the hotel entrance but not a problem, as it was a lovely walk! Yes the rooms are basic, but they have everything you need and are kept very clean on a daily basis. Our maid, Teressa was lovely and would be happy to help if you needed anything. I am very fussy when it comes to hotel rooms and usually prefer to stay 4 and 5*, but you soon realise that you don't need any of the luxaries and why would you want to spend much time in the room when you're in such a fantastic place?
The hotel reception is huge and has plenty of seats so you can pick up the free wifi. The bar area is also nice, both have a very African feel. We spent most nights out on the strip but we did manage to catch 2 nights entertainment, both we're very good.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel, which was great. Loads of choice from cooked to continental, omlettes, pancakes, fruit and a Gambian selection also. Try the wonjo and baobab juices very tasty. Service was very quick and friendly. Equally friendly were the birds that try to join you! We did have lunch a few times at the beach restaurant. A bit pricey compared to the strip but the sandwiches were tasty and you get a lovely view of the beach.
There's a choice of 2 pool areas. The first pool is very peaceful, surrouned by lush plants and trees. A nice place to relax. The other is the larger pool by the beach, which has a swim up bar. This is where they do activities through the day. Regarding getting a spot by the pool, it does seem to get quite busy early on, but I'm sure if you ask someone, they'll find you a place. We opted for the beach where there was always room and very comfy sunbeds. We gave the sunbed guy a few dalassi each time we visited. There's also security on the beach so you don't get hassled whilst sunbathing. However from the beach you can go on some lovely walks, yes you will get hassled by the bumsters, just be polite or even talk to them, what harm is it going to do?
The exchange rate is much better once you arrive, you can change money at the hotel or on the strip. All the staff are very friendly, everyone will always pass with a hello and a smile. The hotel is just at the bottom of the strip. Within a few yards there is everything you need bars,restaurants and convenience stores. A 15 minute walk and you can go to Bijilo Forest Park aka the monkey park. The Gambia is a great country so get out and explore it! There are a few tour companies on the strip. We chose Arch Tours who were absolutley brilliant, I've wrote a separate review for them. The hotel has it's own taxi rank. Instead of getting our transfer back to the airport with Thomas cook, we had an extra few hours in the sun and got a taxi for a very reasonable price.
Overall a very enjoyable stay in a relaxing environment, and a great location to get around an amazing country!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda