I have been going to The Gambia for many years now and usually stay at the Sunbeach. Due to the ever increasing prices, we decided to try the Cape Point this time. We knew it was only a 2 star before booking so didn't expect luxury.
The hotel rooms are spacious, if basic, but have all you need for a comfortable stay. There is adequate wardrobe space and a fridge and the bathroom is clean. Ours was in need of a good refurbishment though. The air-conditioning works fine and the 300 dalasi per week (£7,50) charge for the safe in the room is well worth it for peace of mind although it is key operated rather than being electronic which I have been used to at the other hotels. The beds are comfortable enough and you get no noise from the street so you get a good nights sleep. There is a mini-market and gift shop in the hotel itself where you can get a good choice of goods and the prices are reasonable. The swimming pool is a good size and is kept clean as are the gardens but the hotel could do with a few more sun parasols. Having said that it was never full around the pool area so we could always find one..
The staff are helpful and polite and the hotel is run and owned by Gambians.
Breakfast is basic and repetitive but still ok, and i never went hungry, but don't bother with the porridge because it is very very salty.
We were on bed and breakfast but ate at the hotel a few nights. The set menu has only 2 choices per course but you can get a la carte if you pay a bit more and even then it is good value. The food is fine if not exceptional but there are plenty of places to eat if you want to venture out. There is entertainment for guests most nights, usually traditional African dance troups or musicians/singers. We were made to feel very welcome during our stay.
All in all, we had a lovely holiday and I would stay at the hotel again and would recommend the Cape Point to anyone who just needs a clean and comfortable base in which to stay.
One tip though, we booked our flight and hotel separately this time (usually book package with Gambia Experience or Thomas Cook). By booking directly with the hotel over the internet and finding a flight, which incidently was the same Thomas Cook flight that we would have been on with tour operater, we saved over £400 pounds on the cost of our holiday! So we really got a great value for money holiday
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A popular and lively hotel, Cape Point Hotel is situated at the sandy beach of Cape Point with a brightly-coloured African setting. Its excellent amenities mean this hotel is ideal for either a relaxing or an active beach holiday. Although the facilities allow you to eat in if you wish, the hotel has an attractive restaurant offering a high standard of cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Point Hotel Gambia, Africa