Stayed: March 2013, B&B
Hotel grounds: Fantastic tropical gardens with monkeys and african birds. Very lush. and well maintained. Possibly the best feature of the hotel.The building are low rise.
Location: Plenty of facilities, tour operators and restaurants just outside the hotel. Monkey park in a walking distance.
Beach: The beach in front of the hotel is greatly erroded. Large sand bags are used to stop the errosion which is necessary but unsightly.
Pool: Two pools, one is quiet the other one is livelier with a swim up bar. Both pool areas are very nice. The livelier one is very deep (3m). It is hard to get sunbeds near the pool in the sunnier area unless the pool guys are tipped, in which case they will put your tower out for you every day early morning (before sunrise) to the same spot. Other option is to get to the pool no later then 7am each morning and reserve a sunbed. The daily routine of guests pilgrimiging to the pool just before & around sunrise was comical. This practice is a bit annoying though, however will be encouraged by the pool attendants because of the tips.
There are books and magazines by the pool, left by other guests.
Breakfast: Nice outdoor seating area. The buffet breakfast is adequate but not extensive. 3 types of fruit, bread, some cereal, fry up (potato, sausage, bacon, egg, beans), preserves, one sort of cold meat and cheese. It is fine, never left hungry, but most things are of the processed kind.
Room: This is the "worst" bit about the hotel. Small rooms with minimum decoration. The room is very dark because the only window&door opens up to a communal balcony, so to maintain privacy the dark curtains always had to be drawn. Bathroom is small and the tiles on the wall had fungi on them. Room cleaned each day. Only two small soaps provided. Air conditioning funcioned well. Safe is provided for about £15 a week. Always had hot & plenty of water. No coffee and tea making facilities.
Staff: Always smiling and polite with guests. However there is a tipping culture (pool) and this is the only place that we were outright asked for a tip! As a result we were always just a bit uncertain wheter they were genuinely kind or just fishing for tips.
Other: "dreaded" bumsters failed to materialize. Never had any harassment from anyone outside the hotel. Yes, people were offering their services but stopped as soon as we declined them and moved on. The only time I got harrassed was at Paradise Beach when I took a mile stroll on the beach without my husband. That was really annoying but the only time in the Gambia that bumsters somehow spoiled my enjoying the country.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia/Serekunda