This hotel was more affordable for my trip than some of the other Atlantic Coast hotels. When I contacted the hotel directly, the rate was much higher than if I booked through a third party site, so I chose the third party site.
The room was inexpensive and clean. Breakfast was good though it never changes (only the meats/potatoes change every other day). Service at the bar was prompt, almost too prompt. Reception was helpful and the manager is eager to resolve any issues you bring to his attention. You can easily change money into GMD at the hotel but they won't change "back" when you are leaving, so plan carefully. There is a taxi stand at the end of the hotel driveway which is very convenient. I recommend finding a taxi driver that you like and feel comfortable with and then negotiating with the driver for a daily rate rather than visit the taxi stand every day. The prices are very high as published on the board. The convenient shop on the property has a lot of basics from snacks and water to hygiene products. The prices at the gift shop are pretty comparable to what you would pay in one of the markets so it is a good place to buy souvenirs if you don't like to bargain at the markets.
There are a few things to beware of. One, everything costs extra. A/C is extra, using the in-room safe is extra and must be used only after having an appointment with the man from the safe company, a standing fan is extra. Two, the wifi isn't dependable. If you need reliable internet, this may not be a good place to stay. The hotel wifi isn't PW protected and maybe this is why it gets bogged down. Three, there are bumsters on the beach and some inside the hotel because tourists bring them inside. That is frustrating at times because your room might be next to some tourists with questionable travel needs, or you may not be able to enjoy the beach at all without a handful (or more) men approaching you. This is probably an issue on all of the beaches near hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sunset Beach Hotel is set in the heart of the Gambia’s tourism district and positioned along the sandy beach of Kotu! The entire team strives to ensure superior customer satisfaction to all of our clients surrounded by everything from classic three-star elegance to modern-chic comfort. We have 97 rooms in total (81 standard and 16 apartments) that are set within our beautiful gardens. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, fitted with cable TV, mini fridges, telephones and laptop size safes. Take a walk down our very own sunset boulevard, where a variety of tropical plants and flowers will lead you past the rooms and on to our newly renovated and spacious sunset restaurant and lounge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking sunsets. Sipping on a cocktail tiptoeing in tanning pool or hanging over the infinity pool daydreaming away, this is More Than You Bargained for! NOTE: From 1st of November 2017 to the 30th of April 2018, Sunset Beach Hotel is Fully All Inclusive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunset Beach Kotu
- Hotel Sunset Beach
- Sunset Beach Hotel Gambia/Kotu