Our first time in the Gambia and we booked the Kombo Beach on the recommendation of a couple we met last year in Goa. We were not disappointed, beautiful grounds, stunning beach location and comfortable public areas, all staffed by the most wonderful people you could meet.
The rooms are a bit tired, the hotel is 30 years old, but they are in the process of modernising them. It did not bother us at all,they are perfectly adequate, with air con, fridge, safe, comfortable bed and tea/coffeee making - you must remember that this is Africa. We got a nice sea view - the sunsets are remarkable - and recommend the superior rooms or suites - just that bit better.
We tried both restaurants, the buffet was fine for breakfast - everything you would expect - and ok for the 1 meal we had in the evening. The other restaurant was disappointing and not worth going to.
The bars were on the expensive side for Gambia but in a nice setting. The staff in the main bar were brilliant, lovely ladies who made every evening, always dancing! The LIV bar within the hotel was good for cocktails and had free wi-fi as long as you had a drink there. Just give them your phone or tablet and they will enter a daily chaning code and off you go
The beach is great, free sunbeds from the hotel and with the security guards, not too much hassle from the bumsters. The fruit ladies supply really good quality plates of fresh fruit and once you have one that you like, keep the same one. Same applies with the juice sellers.
Outside the hotel is a small touristy village with a selection of good restaurants, we tried them all and never had a bad meal. The Bakotu hotel, opposite the Kombo beach, is a birdwatchers paradise, with monkeys, fruit bats and a huge tortoise to entertain you. Further afield, you are 10 mins from Punta Rima with some really good restaurants and bars (Sambas was our best) and about 15 mins away is Sennengambia which is quite lively with another good selection of restaurants and bars. During the day you can walk easily to both places, either along the beach or by the road and footpath.
If you want to go out we found the best way was to get a taxi from the controller outside. All the prices are displayed on a board and if you like the driver he will give you his number and then whenever you need him the hotel will call him for you. They will even take you to a restaurant, wait for 2 hours or so and bring you back. So easy and very cheap. As for changing money, do it outside the hotel for a better rate. We got aroung 65D for £1 sterling. Do get out and see a few things, the trips with ARCH tours are brilliant and half the price of your travel company.
The only drawback to the Gambia is the amount of hassle. They never give up and if you let it it will get you down. We got conned a couple of times but only for a couple of pounds and frankly, they have got so little we did not mind.
Overall we had a great time in a good hotel. We will definately be going back, about the same time of year, and will probably go back to the Kombo Beach because of its location and the staff. Thank you all!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Ebookers, Evoline ltd, 5viajes2012 S.L., Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Kombo Beach Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Kombo Beach
- Kombo Beach Banjul
- Kombo Beach Hotel Gambia/Kotu