I read so many varying reviews about Gambia hotels before booking with The Gambia Experience that it was confusing and impossible to make a sensible judgement - so we decided to let fate take a hand and book "allocation on arrival" and was sent to the Kombo Beach. All in all we enjoyed an excellent beach/pool/sun break for a week. If you can ignore the well publicised negative aspects of the country - the poverty, rubbish, continual shmoozing for money and so on - it is possible to enjoy an excellent hotel-based holiday in The Gambia. Our room on the 2nd floor was basic, spacious, cool enough without a/c and was efficiently maintained each day. Bed very comfortable. Hot water at vital times of day, and a delightful view of beach gardens and sea. The pool area was excellent, the beach outside the hotel clean and maintained and although there is the continual and persistent attention from jewellery, fruit and restaurant sales people, it is essentially good natured and non- threatening - just annoying. We chose a half-board option, ate at the Kumbala restaurant and found the food quality and selection very satisfactory. Excellent music and dance groups each evening. We did no trips - which were expensive no doubt due the collapsing Pound - so cannot comment on the other 99.999999% of the country .................... but we loved the Kombo Beach.
Whole organisation with The Gambia Experience was seamless and smooth. Monarch flight excellent in most respects but they seem to be attempting a new world record for how many people can be shoehorned into a Boeing 757 - I have never experienced such little room in an aircraft.
- 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