This was my second visit to this Hotel and I still stand by my original 2012 review. This Hotel is ideally situated being close to the “strip” and a quick exit out the back gate neatly takes through either the Kairaba or Senegambia Hotels to the beach.
Sarges has a basic problem with hot water because it uses electric boilers to heat the water and relies on some member of staff to “flick” the switches and this does not always happen but as it says on the card in your room “if you have no hot water then please ring reception” So please don’t “ moan” to other tourists that you don’t have hot water……….just ask and eventually your problem will be sorted out, yes it may take time as this is Africa but the staff do go out of their way to oblige all requests.
On the subject of staff I find Sarges to one of the most friendly hotels I have stayed in with the staff being warm and friendly and honest which for me makes my holiday just that little bit more personal.
What’s new for 2013? Well the breakfast certainly has been upgraded and more of an experience with scrambled eggs,beans,small sausages along with toast,cheese,ham and orange juice and the usual tea and coffee so trust me you will survive :-)
WiFi has been added but is “flaky” to say the least. To be fair all the places I tried had the same problem and it is down to the Internet provider, even the Senegambia proved to be the most unreliable. A tip for all you people with “smart phones” who must check out their gold prices/stock and shares/Facebook /Twitter or just simple emals the then the Kairaba reception area proved rock solid on all occasions I tried it.
The swimming pool has also had a makeover for this year and it is kept spotlessly clean by the staff who pool clean every morning to a high standard. To compare Sarges pool I suggest you look at the Kairaba hotel pool which as last year still has a 6 inch wide film of scum around its edges.
I stayed in E Block and had good quality of sleep and the room was kept clean to a good standard and whilst being close to reception no noise was heard from the “Strip” albeit I was on the ground floor so I am unable to say what it might be like one or two floors up?
To sum up. Sarges is a very good 2 star African hotel with a warm and friendly atmosphere in a location that is suitable for people with walking difficulties who wish to be near to everything. Will I go back? Yes in a flash :-) From the owner down to the most junior of staff you get that family feeling. They really do care about you holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Sarges Hotel Tafbel Kololi
- Sarges Hotel Gambia/Serekunda