I read the reviews before, went out there and now want to add the opinion of a couple who wanted just some sun, sand, sea and a place to sit and be served food and drink.
The hotel itself, set in beautiful mature gardens had all you needed; a nice pool, lots of sun loungers, bars, shop, reasonable rooms etc.. all kept clean and organised. It reminded me of many places in S.E Asia. It's pointless comparing the standards of the hotel to anything other than mid-range tropical locals in the developing world. Don't therefore compare to hotel standards in Spain, Italy or Florida ! This hotel can only be viewed with respect to other African or Asian resorts, and if you can not do that: do some research and be open minded.
We got heat, sand and pleasent surroundings. I worked outdoors in the cold all winter so if the worst thing I had to endure was how one salad buffet on our first night was the same as the next three then fine- it tasted good. I'm not fussy about food. Had I'd been I would go to Rome or Naples. Yes the food variety lacked.....variety.... but as I say, it tasted ok and they did wonders to invent many dishes out of a few ingredients.
Our room was fine for us in size, the bathroom modern and balcony small but looked out to sea and tropic gardens. The beach was great. You will hear alot about the locals approaching you for charity. The hotel beach itself is private only to the guests but if you can't resist a walk along the beach, or anywhere, then be prepared to be approached. They do invade your privacy but it does not take long for them to get any hint that you wish to be left alone if you ignore them. We tried to put things in perspective. This is a country in dire poverty with a gloomy past.
It's funny because after hearing so much about the locals, the people we could not stand were our fellow English travellers with their nice football shirts, cigerrette smoke, and the butts they think ok to flick into the sand as if outside their local Spar shop. Those ladies that strut along the beach topless dazed with heat forgetting they are in a Muslim country.
Our highlight was a guided tour around the local padi fields and mangroves by Ya Ya Barry the highly recommended bird guide. He showed us the most amazing things including Kingfishers the size of Blackbirds, Bee Eaters and vultures.
Go and enjoy being hot, having a beer. There is a very high chance you will get what you pay for and come back tanned and relaxed. A very good holiday!
- 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