A cheap and cheerful hotel in a central location on the main senagambia strip. Just yards away from numerous cafés, restaurants and other shops. Additionally the Kololi market is less than a 5 minute walk away and the Bijalo forest 10 minutes, where you can wander around on well marked pathways and watch the monkeys and birds etc (no guide needed despite what the local bumsters will tell you!). Outside the market you can get cheap local transport to other destinations (Banjul, the larger senagambia market and further afield including to the Senegal border). The hotel itself was satisfactory. Gambian star ratings do not equate to UK ones, nonetheless, for a cheap place to lay your head the facilities are fine and the rooms not bad - basic but spotlessly clean. The hotel has security and bumsters are kept out of the hotel grounds themselves but do lurk at the front gate and steps down to the beach. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and snack facilities. Breakfasts were ok - nothing exciting (eggs, cereal, bread and jam). The pool and surrounding area were cleaned daily and there were plenty of sun loungers available. Alternatively, loungers were available on the beach in front of the hotel if you can face the hassle from bumsters (they do leave you alone after a few days!). A walk along the beach is nice and it's worth going out early one morning to watch the fisherman hauling in their catch. Horse riding is available at various sights along the beach (some horses better cared for than others) and juice stands are dotted all over the place. From my sons point of view the most appealing aspect to staying at the holiday beach club was the numerous monkeys within the hotel grounds (do not leave anything out on your balcony or else they will run off with it! Also, be careful when walking through the grounds with food - one large monkey ran up behind me, leapt on my shoulder and reached over prising open my fingers one by one to take a snack I was eating. My son thought it was hilarious but it was a little scarey - they have really sharp teeth, some are aggressive and rabies is present in the monkey population in Gambia). Overall, we thought the location and price were the best aspects of this hotel. If you prefer somewhere more comfortable and up market I'd recommend the Senegambia hotel which is literally a 2 minute walk away from the holiday beach club (although if it's price and a place to lay your head I'd opt for holiday beach club again as you can use the Senegambia hotel facilities anyway! Either way, if you have children, we'd recommend that you go to one of the daily vulture feeding sessions at the Senegambia hotel! Fun - but boy are those birds ugly!! My son loved feeding the vultures.
- 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
- Holiday Beach Club Hotel Gambia/Kololi