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Holiday Beach Club Hotel
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Kololi
Helsinki, Finland
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“Great location on the beach”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We stayed one week in the hotel during New Year. The room was very basic and worn, but still okay. Terrace in front of the room was nice. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. On New Year Eve's dinner there was a mistake with our bill in the hotel restaurant. I don't know if they tried to cheat us or was it just a honest miscalculation. Except that one incident I don't have anything to complain about the service.

The location is perfect. The best thing (in my boyfriend's opinion) was that there is A SURFBREAK right in the front of the hotel. And there were nice waves and the possibility to surf everyday! But you need to bring your own board as there is no surf shops in Gambia. At least we didn't see any.

Breakfast was really simple but it was okay. I actually started to like it after the first day's disappointment.

We only tried hotel's restaurant on New Year's evening dinner. For me as a half vegetarian it was nothing special, but everyboby else said it was really tasty.

We didn't like any of the "tourist restaurants" in Kololi. The best food we got in Rellax Bar on the main road.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks in the Gambia. Staying at the Holiday beach Club Hotel. An excellent location for the beach and the strip. This hotel deserves more than its 2 star rating. Yes the rooms and breakfast are basic. But everything is wonderfully clean and tidy and the grounds and pool area are beautifully kept. We stayed in A block, and, yes you can hear some noise from the strip but it was never enough to keep us awake! We hired a fridge so we could keep drinks cold and loved to sit on the veranda and watch the monkeys! Just a word of warning we think our maid was pilfering small items from our room, nothing major or expensive but i lost several items of make up and toiletries during our stay.Having said that all the other staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough for you.We used Bushwacker tours for our trips who were excellent and we would recommend this area to anyone looking for an economic wintersun holiday.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2014 via mobile

Location excellent for the beach and main strip, excellent restaurants, 65dalasis to the uk pound, pool area very quite for a relaxing holiday, the monkeys arriving everyday are a joy to see, the veritably of birds you can see in the hotel grounds are amazing, the breakfast is very basic. I will be booking for next February, only 6hours from the uk, same time zone, to eat out is very cheap.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

was at holiday beach for quick week there 1st feb alough wee had prob wa hot water they went oot way sort it staff all brill have new menu and the cheff some cook clean as any 5 star av been in an grounds kept beautifull recomend it to anybody old or young 2 min fa strip but still very quiet at ngt security great alll in all get over there enjoy the african xperiance

Room Tip: superior rooms are brill
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Really enjoyed my time here but didn't enjoy the room in B Block, it was dark and dingy and it annoyed me that the bungalows were much nicer for the same amount. I wanted to move or upgrade but hubby couldn't be bothered after we unpacked so I got used to it, but I did enjoy sitting on the balcony watching the sun go down and seeing the monkeys swing from tree to tree. The bed was fine and the toilet seat was replaced quickly after it had broken.
The electrics are a bit iffy we had sparks popping out when we changed plugs.

Our neighbours in the next room brought an ice maker with them which the management charged them for as they said it was a fridge....ummm don't think so! If it was me I wouldn't have paid it as they wouldn't supply

The showers and hot water were fine, though it could run out if you were late in.

The staff were friendly but did try to give us less money on the exchange rate on the first day which they tried to do again after it was pointed out, we went elsewhere on the strip after that and it was a better rate.
ice at the bar!

Both of us had 2 massages and really enjoyed them although I was suppose to have two types and there were basically the same, but still enjoyable.
Whilst I knew it would be basic as I had read the review, I have spent the same amount of money going both to Sri Lanka and Thailand at Christmas and staying in much nicer accommodation.

There is no shortage of restaurants here and our favourites were Green Mamba and Scala and went to both twice, the Grilled Lady fish was to die for. We pretty much went to all the restaurants and could not complain about the food anywhere, though the service at the Lebanese restaurant one night was a bit slow, we weren’t bothered too much but we saw 3 tables get up and leave.

We went out later for New Years Eve and unfortunately my husbands wallet was stolen out of a buttoned down pocket which put a sore taste in my mouth. We did see a couple of times police running after bumsters so security is good, just need to be a bit more vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings. After we enquired on what was going on, it was denied by all that anything was happening.

I didn't find we had too much hassle and a strong polite "no thanks" and keep walking deterred them

Yes I would definitely return to the Gambia but possibly another hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We have stayed twice in this hotel, once in the bungalows and once in the block nearest the hotel gates/entrance..
The room in the block was a good size and had views over the garden We did hear noise from the strip one night out of 7 but that was all.
The shower was always hot and good pressure. Sheets and towels changed daily.
Breakfast is very basic but kept us going until lunchtime.
Compared to the price for other hotels in the area I think this is good value and will book again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

stayed in bungalow, clean towels daily and bedding changed every other day.Staff friendly.lovely location, beer cheap, food ten pounds ruffly.going again next year 2015.weather hot in january one day in 2 weels needed a cardigan at night time.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Beach Club Hotel
Address: Kololi Beach, Kololi, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kololi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Kololi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Holiday Beach Club Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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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