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“shame about the rooms”
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Hotel Palm Beach
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Reviewed 13 February 2013

ok so i know this hotel is supposed to be basic,but that do'es not mean that they cannot be cleaned.so lets start from the begining our first room had loads of hot water unfortunatley it was brown in colour,so changed rooms(next door) .....brown water.......this now needed a new water tank,and fair play it was changed quickly and problem resolved.BUT this work had disturbed colin the cockroach and it took another hour untill he collided with my right trainer(with my right foot in it).
on the bathroom walls were blood splats from mossey kills,these were still there at the endof the holiday and i was able to write "clean me"on the top of the t.v.
ok it was a shame about the room as the rest of the hotel was very good.the breakfasts were ok plenty of choice and always enough to go round.the bar staff were always on the ball and there was a good selection of entertainment in the evening.the hotel is in a great location being right on the beach but far enough away from the town.look out for the birdman feeding the vultures every evening .if the room issue could be resolved i would have no hesitation in recomending this hotel

Room Tip: ask for seaview room (these have been upgraded)
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank fairsyontour
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

just got back from palm beach this morning in my party was me and a friend two vunerable ladies hotel was much better than expected as we usualy go to sunset down the road so was not expecting much but on arrival we were greated by staff shown to our room which was just right shower and toilet good beds big and comfy clean towles every day and beds made would be nice to have fridge in room but can hire for week for 1200 dalasi grounds are great and beach from hotel is beautiful all the staff and security staff are fantastic we had our own gaurds sitting down in the cornerunder our room sun bed boys great they sort out your beds each morning ,coconut man is lovely he feeds the birds everyday at five a nice place to eat just round the corner is jd sports bar fantastic food and on a wed and sat live band its great try alli barbas in the town and escarlas and combo has great food some sellers can be pushy if not intrested just say no thanks dont be rude as may turn nasty pop to markets and barter with them overall i had fantastic holiday and will be back next year met some really nice people oh nearly forgot food and bar staff is out of this world please take tourch as not lit up very well thanks for reading

Room Tip: ask for a corner or end apartment higher floor as out the way but very secure as security staff alwa...
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank lorraine681
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

This was my first time staying at Palm Beach hotel. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived as I wasn't expecting much. The rooms although basic are very spacious and clean. The staff are very friendly and always ready to offer assistance. I was a bit disappointed with the menu as there wasn't much variety and the food wasa bit pricey. However there are several restaurants and bars nearby serving various cuisines and dishes and are much cheaper. Didn't spend much time in the hotel during the day as I was visiting friends who live in the Gambia. However I thought the evening entertainment was superb. There were various live bands performing every night and I loved the music !!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank Keelanah S
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

we have just got back and i thought i would put a word in for this hotel. although rooms were basic they were clean.the staff are what make this hotel special always smiling and eager to make your holiday go well nothing is to much trouble for you them.food was good , you will not starve as the portions are huge.we would love to go back.thanks to them all.

Room Tip: c and b blocks. dont think see vew is worth the extra
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jennifer h
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

The service , the staff in new uniforms, the service and the cleanliness standards are much improved from my visit in Jan 2012, im so glad i took the time to visit the hotel during my holiday this year 2013 i could see how much effort has gone into improving the service in Palm Beach in the last year. I would be happy to stay there in future. Well done to the Management and staff keep up the good work.

Maggie

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Maggie P
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

After our third visit here, the beds have been renewed (memory foam) and the place has had a general tidy up. Had a great time although got fed up of having to sign friends into the hotel grounds when the staff/manager and security actually new our guests as they played drums their every week ! the prices have gone up slightly since last year for food and drinks but thats to be expected. No trouble from the beach sellers etc.... i think they remembered us ! word of advice to any newbies - don't say your going to buy from one of the shops/beach sellers later or the next day and then dont do it - they get most upset and why lie ? just say you don't want anything - its honest and doesnt get there hopes up (most of them have to live off the tips) all in all we had a great time, the staff were more than helpful and friendly, stayed in A14 overlooking the pool - quite noisy but we didnt go to stay in the room all fortnight ! Fantastic bonfire on the beach on Sunday nights with local band drumming - who don't get paid and rely on tips in the hat (so don't be tight ?) will be going back ASAP -

Room Tip: Your in The Gambia not Europe just remember this - basic but clean and VERY friendly
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank spugga
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Ive stayed here twice now and will be staying again, its location is wonderful, the beach is great and the staff are excellent.

Ive worked all over the world and by african standards this is a fine hotel, some of the reviews here measure against european or american standards, if thats what you want stay at the senegambia and pay three times more thats what you pay for !!

Its clean, the plugs work, hot water is genrally plentiful, doors lock and new towels and bedding every day. Yes its not the most well repaired or painted but its location is fantastic.

If you want to go to the strip its a 40 minute walk along the most beautiful beach, stop at few of the bars, the Gambian stafff are always hospitable and more than friendly. If you want to bird watch then this is right on the Bolong, walk out of the front door and you are there.


Foods not as good at the beach restaurant as last time i stayed but its still okay for a curry.

beers not bad price for a hotel and taxis are available anywhere, walk up to the top of the road and a yellow cab is 25 dalasai to senegambia or serrukunda (50p)

I would recommend Bakau for a meal and an evening out becuase its quieter and personally im not one for the tourist thing but this is a happy medium.

If you get chance and a driver the snake park/sanctuary is a great day (1 hours drive) out very well educated staff and only a few quid donation to the upkeep and conservation, not european standards here you can get a grip with them all if you want. Senegal border only couple of miles further and the local villages are lovely

Room Tip: stay further away from the pool if you want peace, facing inwards gets evening sun on balcony mornin...
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank mikesvoice
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Address: Serrekunda, Kotu, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kotu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range: £29 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Palm Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 166
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