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Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Serekunda
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Another great stay...”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

We spent another fine week at the Sheraton in the first week of February. The weather was sunny and warm the whole time. This was our third stay at the Sheraton and it is a perfect place to go for relaxing without any disturbances from 'activity' staff. In fact all the staff there are great - so friendly and helpful. The hotel itself could probably do with a bit of tlc here and there and is, in places, looking a little tired but nothing to worry about. The bedrooms are great, showers always hot and the views out to the ocean are stunning.

It's a little off the beaten track and a taxi ride sown to the Senegambia 'strip' but, having been there a couple of times we were happy to just chill out at the hotel. The grounds are extensive and well looked after. There are also brilliant murals which you stumble across as you walk around by an artist called Ibrahim Sessay. They depict local scenes and are really well done.

The food was good and quite varied and once again the staff were very very good. The entertainment was pretty low key with local bands playing in the bar area for a little while most early evenings.

All in all, we love it!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Dear Yannijen6

Its great to see that you that you had another fantastic stay at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa and that you really enjoyed the food. We agree that with you that we have great staff

We look forward welcoming you back yet again to the Shearton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa!

Warm regards
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2014

We were at this hotel at about the same time last year and will return again to this fabulous hotel in a few days time for anther two weeks winter (no stress) sun.
Having stayed several times at the Ocean Bay and the Senegambia we decided to try this hotel. Everyone has a different view. All we can say is that we had a lovely, stress free lovely holiday. Almost all of the Gambian staff at all three hotels are excellent. With nothing really to say who are the best. What makes this hotel stand out was the location. No hassle.
So much has been said about this hotel, both good and bad. You cannot please all of the people all of the time. We go with the view that we want a chilled out break, read books, have a few drinks and people watch. What more could you want from the stresses and strains from rainy UK.
Francois made our holiday. I dealt with two little slippery problems and from that moment on we had a fantastic relationship with this lovely, professional and dedicated Manager. Wicked sense of humour. One who you definitely want in the trenches should things get bad. Thank you Francois, we look forward to seeing you and your hardworking staff soon.
When we first visited Gambia 10 years ago you would get about 35 dalasi to 1 pound. Today it is over 60 to the pound. Fantastic rates. Change your money in Gambia.
For the first 8 visits to the Gambia I used to suffer quite badly from 'Banjul belly.' However, I started taking Yakult a few weeks before travelling. Since taking this I have had no tummy problems at all.
We all work hard all year and all we ask for is a nice room, great view, lovely caring staff, fantastic sun, no stress and decent food and drink. The Sheraton in Gambia provides all of this (AND MUCH MORE).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Dear The Snake charmers

It good to see that you had such a great vacation at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa , and that you will be coming back again soon.

Your mentioning of Francois and on how he made such a positive impact on your stay is appreciated.

We look forward welcoming you back to the hotel soon!!!

Warm regards
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

we have just returned from yet another wonderful stay at the Sheraton gambia the staff were as lovely as ever all very friendly and helpful, the food was excellent there are always choices even for fussy eaters like my husband if you can please him you can please anybody thanks to the fantastic head chef , our room was kept very clean by awa our room maid,we were looked after very well by yankcuba and the pool staff,the bar staff are great and always know your tipple, but more cups needed for the pool area.I just hope the management realise a what wonderful staff they have. Looking forward to our return next year.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 12, 2014
Dear Julie C

Its fantastic to hear that you had another great stay at the hotel. Thank you for making mention of the Associates that made a difference. You are so right when you say we have the best staff, we certainly appreciate them as well!!

It will be great having you back next season again!!!!

Warm regards
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This holiday was a much needed holiday. I wanted somewhere for guaranteed weather and relaxation.. And here I got that!!
I was dubious when reading others reviews but I had absolutely nothing to worry about. And would like to point out if this hotel was 'that bad' then why would Thomas cook,monarch and other airlines use this hotel for their cabin crew inc pilots stay here for 1-4 days? That speaks volumes in itself about the fantastic standard of hotel.
This was my first trip to gambia. And as a young single female I was dubious. But these people gave me an amazing confidence boost!! To start with it takes a while to get used to their friendliness especially compared to strangers in the uk!!
The staff from managerial all the way to security/ gardeners/ cleaners are all very friendly.
For example one morning I wanted to Skype my 3 young children but the hotels internet was down so a member of staff lent me their phone so I could atleast speak to my children! Which I will never forget.
The gym has good facilities. And the spa is fantasticly priced.
The food had a good variety and the a la carte you can get lobster for £15!

This is purely a relax and read a book kind of holiday. I'm used to all inclusive hotels that have the holiday reps playing music. Playing games etc. This isn't that type. So took me a while to really relax.
Having said all this I would feel very comfortable coming back here on my own!! And am already planning it!

  • Stayed January 2014
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Dear Ellie185

We are glad to see that you had the perfect breakaway at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa and get some well desrved R&R!

The staff assisting you in connecting with your loved ones is a gteat example of how far we are willing to go to ensure the pefect holiday!!

We look forward seeing you again!

Kind regards
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Lagos, Nigeria
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This was my first visit to The Gambia, the weather was miserable as it rained throughout day 1 of our arrival at the hotel. My wife and I stayed at Sheraton Gambia, our room had a stunning sea view. The Manager was gracious to us by providing and delivering complimentary fresh fruit to our room which cheered us a bit. Food at the hotel was buffet style with varieties. The IT manager, Eze and his wife made our stay quite exciting, especially as his wife helped prepare some mouth watering African dishes. The entire hotel management staff we came in contact with were simply amazing throughout our stay.
The internet connection was stable and strong within the hotel lobby and so we were able to stay in-touch with our loved ones back home. Evening walks by the beach side was another exciting activity for me. The only downside of my experience was having cats running around the within the hotel premises.
I hope to return to sheratonGambia during my next visit to the country.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear mo o

thank you for your recent posting on your recent stay at the Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort and Spa.

We are glad that you had such a fantastic stay with us, and that you enjoyed walking on the beach.

It is fantastic to see that everyone made such a positive impact on your stay, especially the IT manager and his wife.

We look forward welcoming you back to the hotel in the not too distant future!!

Kind regards
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Fajara, Gambia
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

We visit Sheraton Gambia for the brunch on Sunday. It was really nice food .After food we was sitting next to pool ,calm atmosphere , staff was very friendly .Ocean view , silent music…Thank Very much for nice weekend.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Gidas G

We are glad to see that you really enjoyed having Sunday Brunch at the Sheraton Gambia Resort and Spa, prepared by our French Executive Chef and his team, and then relaxing next to the pool for the rest of the afternoon.

We hope to see you this Sunday again!!

Kind regards
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Returned a few days ago from a great two week holiday at the Sheraton – just what we needed. This hotel is excellent. We went for R&R and that’s exactly what we got. All staff were very friendly, many going beyond their duties. The food was good with excellent choices. We had good useful open chats with the French Executive Chef and the Australian Food & Beverages Manager who discussed the difficulties of providing such good service when 90% of food has to be imported. They do a great job. All other staff employed were local, so we did help the economy in one of the poorest countries in West Africa. The room was provided with more than we needed and kept very clean. The grounds right by the beach were perfect for us to lounge in, read undisturbed and yet be near the bar and the beach. We found enough shade. It was cool at first in the evenings with the wind off the Atlantic, but it warmed up during our stay. The beach was lovely to walk on, but some of the locals who tried to persuade us into their “restaurant” (a shack on the edge of the beach) could be persistent and become a nuisance, but hey, this is Africa… get used to the African way... you are on holiday, so what does it matter if the drinks service was occasionally slow, or the door to the room was badly fitting? Slow down, relax, “no problem.” Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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SheratonGManager, Manager at Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear GOMMidlands

It is good to see that you had such a grest holiday with us, and that you enjoyed the food as well as talking to the French Executive Chef and The F&B Manager, about some of the difficulties involved.

As you say we are a great destination for some R&R.

It will be fanatastic to welcome you back again on your next R&R break!

Kind regards
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Property: Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: Brufut Heights A.U Highway, Serekunda, Gambia
Location: Gambia > Banjul Division > Serekunda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Serekunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gambia Coral Beach Hotel & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to Sheraton Gambia Hotel Resort & Spa, enjoy the tropical leisure, sand, sea and and the tranquillity of our spa. The unique, spectacular architecture, with its blocks of 186 guest rooms perched on two cliffs overlooking the Atlantic coastline, provides a serene environment. Tropical palm and baobab trees dotted along the immaculate landscape allow gentle Atlantic sea breezes to flow. Cozy guest rooms with private balconies offer unmasked sea views right from the comfort of your bed and the attractive all-inclusive concept surrounds your treat. ... more   less 
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