We stayed for a fortnight in B block, having read some of the previous postings I was a little concerned on receiving the key.
The room was certainly pretty basic, but it was kept spotlessly clean by our lady, yes some of the towels, sheets had old marks/stains, but they were changed daily and weren't dirty.
The shower had plenty of hot water (excluding two days, but this was fixed as soon as it was reported), yes a lot of the water did find its way onto the bathroom floor.
The pool and communal areas were kept very clean.
Breakfast was basic but you could eat as much as you liked.
The staff at the pool bought the sunbeds and mattresses to you quickly enough and were very pleasant to the kids, playing table tennis with them whenever they had the time. The daytime entertainment was poor, various activities were promised on the boards, but very few materialised, this didn't worry me, but the kids would have liked to play things like water polo etc.
The location is good, from our room you could just about hear some distant music in the evenings, but nothing likely to disturb sleep. The main restaurant strip is just out the top of the hotel and turn left.
Monkeys come through from the monkey park in the mornings and again around 6pm, keep an eye on any food or drinks as they will nick them.
My only one big concern was the apartment locks, the general door lock could be opened with a coin so you are definitely reliant on people being honest (this wan'r just my apartment),a second lock (bolt style) was available at the base of the door, the bolt dropped and could in theory be locked in place (ours didn't lock) but the real problem was that the bolt dropped twice while we were in the room locking us in. There is no way to operate the bolt from the inside and no phone to contact reception, we were stuck in the room until we were able to attract the attention of another guest to let us out. After the 2nd time we got locked in I reported it to reception (twice) and nothing was done. I eventually used a plaster from the first aid kit to stop the bolt dropping, unfortunately staff kept removing my repair and we ended up using most of our first aid kit up stopping from getting locked in. Not a great safety feature!
Personally I found Kololi a bit or a tourist bubble, the restaurants were expensive for the country you are in. Expect to pay £5-9 for a dish both lunchtime and evening, £12 for a bottle of wine, £3-6 for a cocktail, none expensive by UK standards, but a lot more than you would pay anywhere else in The Gambia. There are no local 'chop shops' (cheap eats) so you are stuck with these restaurants or getting a cab out of the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Beach Club Hotel is a simple traditional African hospitality facility of a Two (2) Star rating, situated on the Golden Kololi Beach. The Holiday Beach Club Hotel Complex features 81 rooms consisting of Superior, Pool view, Sea view, Single storey and Garden View rooms. It also has a swimming pool, Main Bar, Beach Bar and Restaurant. Its mission is to provide a simple but modest Gambian hospitality service of excellence, while aiming to make the Gambia a tourist haven. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Beach Hotel
- Holiday Beach Kololi
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