We first went to The Gambia 17 yrs ago when our son was 3 1/2 ! at that time you were advised not to step foot out of your hotel ! Now its quite a different story, don't get me wrong it is still Africa when all said and done, but it is now very safe to wander around and to eat out. We went end Jan for our wedding anniversary and Jan/Feb is the best time to go, the weather is fab with a hint of a breeze to cool you off. We picked the Kombo for its location to outside restaurants, the fact that you could step foot outside the hotel straight onto the beach, and all the fab ratings it had on here.
Efficient check in, happy smiling staff, lovely clean beach, security staff on the beach looking out for your welfare, clean room, plenty of places to eat (recommend The Captains Table/Sailors/Senegambia Strip)
Room - we upgraded to a Suite, and weren't disappointed as it included in the price air con, safe (which you had to pay for daily in other rooms), dvd player, kettle, bath robes - the difference in price wasn't that much once you added the extra bits together.
We did B & B - and were glad that we did, we tried the buffet meal one evening and to be honest were disappointed, it was overpriced and the quality wasn't that good, and we would rather put our money in the locals pockets than the hotels.
Thomas cook - they offered trips but the prices (considering we were in Africa and the locals get paid a pittance were extortionate) !!! very disappointed TC !! as we had been before we decided not to do any of them as we were only there for a week and the trips were exactly the same as they had been 17yrs ago ! But I do know that quite a few people went with the locals outside of the hotel, were perfectly safe and had a fab time - tip to remember "barter" you will be suprised what you can get them down too.
Locals - do you know what, go with an open mind, don't get aggravated by them, they are only trying to earn a living and with not many jobs going for the majority what do you expect. I can't say it doesnt get tedious, because it can do, but a firm "no thanks" or "this is our 3rd time here" or as a last resort "we go home tomorrow" usually works, they are vere astute, they know perfectly well when you have just stepped off the plane, but once they have seen yr face a few times and you start to change colour then they will move onto someone else. To be fair some of the hotel staff could be just as bad trying to get you to sponsor them or just outright asking for money but just say "sorry no" and thats that,
Overall - a lovely week away & we have no complaints.
Ps take your own mugs, I read that tip on someone else's review and it was a good bit of advise, they only have poxy small cups and if you like a cuppa like we do, take it to breakfast and fill it up !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the beautiful wide sandy beach of Kotu is Kombo Beach Hotel, a popular and lively hotel with a desirable range of facilities, excellent cuisine, entertainment and true Gambian hospitality. Offering 5 different room types: standard, superior, premium, studio and suites, all with excellent amenities which makes this hotel also the perfect choice for the business traveler. During 2011 and 2012 the standard & premium rooms, studios and suites were refurbished. With a choice of facilities like pool with separate children's pool, gym, internet cafe, mini market, massage & beauty saloon, laundry service, daytime and evening entertainment, clinic, lush tropical gardens, beach front setting and friendly staff this is an ideal hotel for either a relaxing or an active holiday. On site there are 3 restaurants and 4 bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kombo Beach
- Kombo Beach Banjul
- Kombo Beach Hotel Gambia/Kotu