We spent 14 days in Gambia on December the 28th until January the 11th. As none of us had been to Gambia before, it was a bit hard for us to know which hotel to stay at. after several reviews from different sites we decided to stay at Kombo Beach Hotel. Since Gambia is still concidered as a third world country, we did not really have any expectations of the hotel. and I was surprised! It was way better than I thought it would have been. The resort itself had all the facilities that we actually needed, and even more. The pool area was okay and so were the dining areas. However, the breakfast buffet got somewhat tiredsome after 1 week. Every morning I wanted to have scrambled eggs, the chef told me it is not possible to get. However, I saw other people eating that so I don't know what was his deal. Anyway, the staff was very friendly and I also had sme good small talks with the GM himself.
The rooms could have been better as our room smelled somewhat funky. But what can you expect in a hotel like this anyway.
One thing that was really nice was all the daily activities for the guests that the entertainment department took care of. Water poolo, soccer on the beach, beach volley, bingo nights etc. were some of the nice programs they arranged. I also liked that they had tennis and golf pros in the hotel. Even better was that we got to play with the golf pro a couple of times.
The thing that surprised me the most was the new years party, which was really nicely arranged. The food was delicious, even though it finished very fast. The cow they grilled was really good as well!! The party itself was nice with live band and DJ.
The only downpart was the beach side with all the annoying fruit ladies! Some of them were nice, put too many of them were too pushy. Although, I did do horseback riding a couple of times.
All in all, a very nice stay and will be back some day!
- 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