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Kombo Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kotu
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic Holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

Great hotel right on the beach. Genuine friendly staff, fantastic. Food good, hotel facilities good, weather great. Had standard room with aircon - basic but had tv for late evening, bath with shower over. Ate off site most evenings just because there are good places just a sort taxi ride away.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

Very relaxing week staff are always happy to help with a smile, rooms are clean little bit dated and could do with a lick of paint and a general spruce up breakfast was a good done a few trips with the only taxi driver allowed in the complex (RATTY) He has fair prices and a car for trips in the evening and a 4x4 for safari, if you need to change money do it outside the hotel you get a better rate all in all a good cheap relaxing holiday

Stayed March 2013
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Bournemouth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

This was our 2nd stay at the Kombo Beach Hotel. This year we decided to upgrade to a premium room but on refelection preferred the superior room that we had last year.
This is a friendly hotel, it does need some refurbishing but it is clean and the staff are very helpful. We went half board last year and bed and breakfast only this year. We made the right decision as there are many good places nearby to go for dinner. Breakfast is a bit of an experience as if you need plenty of coffee you need to catch the waiter - this is such a shame as there are plenty of pots but you have to be served instead of helping yourself.
Do check out the chef who makes the omlettes, you can also have scrambled, fried, poached and pancakes but a fair few people did not realise this.
Be prepared for the odd power cut - had a few around 6pm which did cause the shower to stop working but it is part of being in West Africa!!!

Room Tip: Depends what you like - premium are ground floor which is good if you do not like stairs.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Washington Engaland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

This year we decided to join with friends and stay at the Kombo Beach Hotel for our two week stay in Gambia ( March 2013). The hotel location with direct access onto the beach is lovely, we stayed in a suite on the top level and had fabulous sea and beach views from the bedroom and living area, with two large patio doors and a balcony running along two sides. The room was cleaned immaculately every day, the only issue was the insistence of the room boy to throw flowers on the bed each day, resulting in an investigation of green fly one evening, but the bed and room were totally stripped down and thoroughly cleaned. The same guy did accidently lock us out on the balcony, but that is another story. I hope it wasn't revenge for refusing any more petals.
Initially we were in a different suite in block 1 ( 139) and we had to ask to be moved due to the excessive noise from the pool and bars, lying in bed after a long days travel listening to karaoke at 1:30 in the morning and it sounded as if it was in the room. This room does not match the standard of the other suites, it was very tired and only had one small balcony which is very public. Although if you enjoy the hotel accommodation it did have poolside views as well as a view of the beach and you could listen to all the entertainment from your balcony.
Breakfast was good with a wide choice, although I missed the Gambian pancakes that we have at the Bakotu. The staff are all very friendly and quick to help with any requests.

Room Tip: If you want a peaceful quiet holiday avoid the rooms on the odd side of block one, altough they are...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp-Belgium
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013

As a part-time employee of a Gambian NGO I already visited several hotels in Kotu, but none offers such an elaborate breakfast buffet as Kombo Beach. Where other hotels only have basic egs and bread, Kombo offers a fruit buffet, bread buffet, juice buffet, eggs buffet and omelet showcooking, not to mention the waffles, pancakes and even a koffee/tea buffet.

Almost all the rooms have side view to the ocean, overlooking a nicely maintained garden. Rooms are clean and staff very thorough, but I do recommend leaving every day a 25 dalasis note on te bed, as these workers really have low wages and most appreciate tips.

The hotel staff os very friendly, reception even replies to mails, a unicum in Africa ! The hotel has a basic super market and a massage center. If you need money right in front of the hotel is a westernUnion booth with very good rates, next to Yancuba's local shop where a boy tries to sell water bottles to the tourists to gain a living. Loads of taxis waiting in front of the hotel, and a few restaurants in the immediate neightbourhood, if you don't want to eat every night in the excellent local hotel restaurant. I can recommend Ninki-Nanka some 500 m left from the hotel exit.

Airco and fridge are optional as electricity is scarse. The hotel has its own power generator that kicks in a few minutes after power ruptures that often happen in The Gambia.

The hotel has a semi private beach where bumsters and fruit selling ladies are kept at a distance by security guards. Next door is a beach party place Domino's where every friday and wednesday a beach party is helt where locals mix with tourists in a friendly matter.

The hotel has a policy accepting local visitors/friends at a 750 dalisis fee, as we see loads of foreign woman like the company of the young beach boys very much, and summer loves are quite popular, as for the bumsters this is the only way of getting money. When walking around they first appear annoying but if you give them a firm thank you thet respect and leave you alone. Single woman however will never walk alone a long time, no matter if they are ugly or pretty, always friendly people to accompany you.

The hotel is located close to a craftsmarket where prices are lower than the one at Senegambia. The famous Senegambia strip is a half hour beach walk away, if you don't mind crossing the creek till your belly submerged at the Sunset hotel, if not a small detour by the Palm Beach let's go get there all dry.

Kombo beach is a modern hotel with a Belgian manager and this approach pays off as it is the number one ranked hotel in Kotu. Price-quality is excellent, a pity they are closed during the rainy season... It really earns FOUR African stars !

Room Tip: a top floor room gives you less problems fro garden insects and gives you a nice view over the beach...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

We had a couple of weeks at the Kombo Beach hotel in March.overall we were very pleased with our stay . We had a ground floor premium room which was very large and airy. with a lovely patio with steamer chairs , brolly,plus plastic tables and chairs. I had had real walking problems before i went on holiday and TC arranged for me to borrow a wheelchair from the hotel. It was a very nice chair. There are lots of paths and ramps around the hotel makeing it quite easy to get around , although you could not use the stepping stone paths as they were not wide enough. If you can walk a little this is a good hotel for you , but the room doors will not let a wheel chair through ,so you must be just a little bit mobile.
Out side the hotel we were able to go for walks with the chair as roads were good and not busy.

I thought the hotel food was fine ,a really nice breakfast , and good snacks to order. Out side there is a really good indian just in the market place. But i must agree with a previous poster , i did not much enjoy the Captins Table, they even told us they could not supply any ice for our very expensive drinks.what nonsense, This was the only place in the Gambia i did not see warm smiles!!!.
I would recommend the Kombo to anyone , they really try to make your holiday a good one.

Room Tip: Premiunm rooms are good and large if you have a disability
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vurda
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

Stayed for one week in the Kombo in room 139 sea and pool views. The room is a little tired if I was to be picky but very clean and cool. Shower was hot most of the time and no insects or creepy crawlies. Bed was comfortable and cleaned and made up beautifully everyday. Food and drinks were very reasonable but be aware the buy one get one free offer is for the same drink so if you both like Black Russians order one pay for one and get two :) happy days!
The security on the beach is low key and keeps most of the bumsters away. The various fruit ladies will be quite intense trying to get your business but pleasant and quite amusing in their efforts.
Money is best exchanged out there and turn right out of the hotel to the small kiosk on the left 52d to the £.
Boss lady opposite the hotel had great Gambian food very reasonable and the tandoori had really good food as did Ali babas. Captains table we thought lacked atmosphere and was a little over priced in comparison.
Went on three trips to see Gambia from a more intimate view of REAL Gambia our guide Ousman Jarra was exceptional. Ousman is one of the official local guides from the office left out of the hotel 30 yds on the left next to the first craft market. His knowledge and enthusiasm made great trips absolutely fantastic ones that will provide us with life long memories. Local school visit was a truly heart warming experience, Banjul ferry ....madness but great, Tanji fishing village sights smells and sounds than are unbelievable and a trip to Senegal to see giraffe, rhino and zebra were great.
Very happy to recommend Kombo beach hotel and Ousman Jarra our guide.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kombo Beach Hotel
Address: PO Box 694, Kotu, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kotu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Kombo Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 258
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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