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Kombo Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 January 2011

I returned last night from kombo beach and will definetely visit again,
Rooms are a little dated but clean, maid service and towel change every day.
I have travellled to many countries and not all have the same standards, in my opinion rooms were adequate unless you spend more time in them instead of enjoying the experience outdoors.
Food was ok could have done with a bit more variety, i never had a bad meal and the waiters were efficient and friendly.
I didnt use the pool, i am a beach person but the pool was clean and pool area was kept clean withplenty of beds and parasoles. Steps away from the beach which also had beds and matresses provided.Shaded areas under palm trees aswell as parasoles.
There are sellers on the beach that can be a bit of a nuisance selling fruit but security do keep them at bay.
The beach is a lovely long stretch and kept clean.
i would recommend this hotel, i had a very relaxing time there, all the staff including reception and management were always very helpful and friendly.
If you go on holiday just to complain about everything stay at home!!
People donot get assaulted in hotels like this,unless ofcourse you are rude, loud and
out to cause trouble.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 January 2011

First impressions - we had a standard a/c room in block 3, top floor and it was a bit out-dated but we did have a sea view and at least the bathroom and bedding were spotless so considering the amount of time spent in the rooms they were ok. We had a few issues with our room over the course of the week, namely we got infested with ants twice, our toilet leaked all over the bathroom floor which took 2 phone calls and 1.5 hours for someone to come and sort out but I guess thats just one of those things. Now for the important bits to know, the safe will cost you approx £15 a week to use in the wardrobe. Laundry price list I found to be expensive. You do not need to change any currency in the UK, Gatwick was giving the rate of 34 Dalasi to the £ but the hotel will offer you 40 and next to the hotel in the Western Union shop they give 43.5 and both are open long hours. I ate twice in Gecko bar in the hotel, on day 1 and day 6, and was ill after both occasions, so take some medication and rehydration sachets along just incase (if you take malaria tablets they cannot be used in conjunction with imodium). Neither myself nor my husband took any malaria tablets and despite it apparently being 'rife' in the area we didnt get bitten once. On the beach the 'fruit ladies' will offer you plates of fresh fruit for a starting price of 150D, a little expensive for some fruit but nice and refreshing in the midday heat. I did hear on the last day that you can haggle this price down quite a bit with some sellers. They do tend to ask a lot but a friendly 'maybe tomorrow' or 'not today' works fine. Eating out and drinking I didnt think was particularly cheap, or as cheap as I expected it to be but if you turn right on the beach from the hotel you come across 'Dominos Bar', they have great service, really nice food, fab cocktails and are reasonably priced, serving food from 10am - 10pm and then every evening at 8pm the drummers come along to entertain you, this made for many a pleasant evening watching the sunset. Boss Lady opposite the hotel is a Gambian restaurant and very nice too, meals are either 175D or 195D each and the Tiger Bar next door is always busy and nice to sit outside. Dining on 'the strip' will cost more but nice to experience. Dont be put off by the 'bumsters', I encountered far worse in Egypt and Tunisia, the Gambian people are very friendly and are just trying to make a living but will leave you alone after a 'no thankyou', or just say you have been many times and have a friend there - that works too. We booked this hoping for 7 days relaxation in the sun on a beach which is exactly what we got (until we met two sisters that is, Munira and Tahira - you know who you are) and will probably return one day and would recommend this holiday for that reason.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank adaviesFromWales
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

This hotel leaves alot to be desired. Firstly, the pictures on the website of the rooms are abot 10 - 15 years old, I would say. They need serious updating. If you are not happy, complain and see if they will move you to a better room. We had issues with our allocated room. Firstly, there was an infestation of ants on our balcony and, secondly, the shower was either too hot or too cold (trying to regulate it was a nightmare). We got moved after the first week, finally, to another room where the fixtures and fittings were of a better standard. The A/C did not work for nearly a day, which we reported straightaway. The maintenance man came the following day, by which time it was working. Thankfully, it wasn't too hot that day so we coped. The bed linen in the first room was old and worn, but thankfully in the second room was much better. The phone did not work for three days. All reception said was that the maintenance man would be up to sort it out. We went to the assistant manager who sorted it out straightaway and then phoned us on the line to make sure that it was working. On New Years Eve night we had no hot water to have a shower for about 2 hours, therefore missing the hotels' celebrations which we had paid for. We were told 'these things happen'. Yes, these things happen, but that is not the point. We were then compensated for this loss by a complimentary meal in the Brasserie restaurant which turned out to be an inedible meal. The lobster salad was more salad than lobster, the mixed grill consisting of chicken, lamb and beef was tough, the barracuda fish was tough, the veg was cold and the rice was tasteless. What a let down. The management didnt even get back to us to find out if we enjoyed our meal. Then to top it off, the day before we left my husband was assaulted by another guest who was then allowed to check out (by the management) and leave the country to fly back to the UK without anything being resolved. When we got the Kotu police involved the management told us that they wouldnt assist us anymore because we had taken the matter into our own hands. What can I say!!! But hey, life goes on. We met some really lovely people out there who we've exchanged contact details with and we are definitely gonna keep in contact with. The staff in general are lovely, the Gambian people are geniune people and so willing to help you that we would go back but not to Kombo Beach Hotel. We feel extremely let down by the management there.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank golollo
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

If you travel to Gambia with relaxation and sun in mind u won't be disappointed. People are extremely friendly but poor bear that in mind. The monkey reserve crock park and vultures are a must see. Hotel was clean and well set up.

  • Stayed: March 2010
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Thank DiningExperience
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Reviewed 28 December 2010

On arrival at the Kombo beach hotel our first impression was the place was clean and very welcoming on check in we were assigned room 110, but before setting off though we had been on to the travel agents Thompsons and on the internet trip advisor and they had advised to pay for and get a room upgrade with a view of the sea, a bath and balcony so therefore we paid the extra £300 for the privilege.
room 110 had a double bed a shower and the view was of a tree, on speaking to reception they told us this was what we had ordered but to upgrade yet again to the room shown in the brochure it would cost us another £360.00, as not to ruin our only holiday we paid it and got room 465 which is the same room as the picture in the Thompson holiday guide.
On speaking to an advisor i found out that although you will be told you will get the view it is not guaranteed, so my question is why did i have to pay an extra £300???
We did try to call The rep on their 24 hour line but no one answered.
What people need to be aware of is that there are 5 types of rooms at the Kombo beach hotel
1 standard
2 standard with air conditioning
The above consist of twin/double bed and a shower and a view of the block next door
3 superior with air conditioning
This is a room with a double bed shower and a view of a the garden and a small patio, unless on 1st floor where some have a sea view.
4 premium with air conditioning
This room is the same as above you just pay more for it with larger patio in front of the window, or if on the 1st or second floor some have a sea views.
5 suites these have all the facilities, air conditioning, bath, shower, phone, safe, and a balcony with a fantastic sea view, i recommend
Something to think about is money, i changed £500 in England and got a rate of 33 to the pound, out in Gambia the minimum was 45 to the pound change your money over there people.
Food
On the first night as we arrived late afternoon we had dinner at the hotel this was ok maybe good but was very expensive 550 dalashies each for a buffet style meal , if like my wife though you have a fish allergie you needed to go elsewhere, 7 out of 10
Breakfast at hotel is buffet style this is great lots of choice, fresh fruit, cereals, cooked eggs any way you want them, the bacon is not like the English bacon, thin strips of crispy if your lucky, and 2nd day westler hot dog sausages, this repeats every other day


We ate out most evenings so here are some of our recommendations and warnings
1st A Place to avoid was the captains table this is absolutely awful , we arrived on a buffet night and had to pay 780 dalashies for two persons, the meat was mini kebabs which had been cooked in the kitchen then brought out to be reheated again on a charcoal barbecue, my wife had a jacket potatoe and salad and 3 different kebabs, supposedly chicken, beef and an African something, i asked what it was to the girl, and she replied same as the beef?, it was dry, tasteless, tough to eat and to finish it off the potato was burnt and black inside, the waiters could not be bothered, 0 out of ten
The kombos gecko bar, cheap enough, i had piri piri prawns,hazel had the olive salad, great and tasty as a lunch treat, and they don’t do a bad salad either, 8 out of 10
The African queen on the senagambia strip, a great restraunt i had a seafood special, and hazel had a hotpot, just one small problem with the meal, mine was luke warm,, but reported to manager and immediately sorted food ok, 6 out of 10
Dominos not a pizza place but a restraunt which is basic and is just next door,i had a steak hazel had chicken curry, the place is owned by an English guy, the food is good and cheap, is great also half the price of the kombo beach, 7 out of 10
Gambian fried chicken, think KFC With attitude is also just up the road 5 minutes walk or 50 dalashies return by taxi try a lebonise salad very nice 8 out of 10
Tao restraunt a thai restaurant again on the strip, very good but more Chinesey than thai, we went on buffet night and would recommend the food, it was piping hot but watch the chilli sauce super hot hot hot, the service excellent.
If adventuress Try a chicken yassa up the beach, at jufurreh beach bar and restraunt, head for the point people will point it out, the food was great, hot, filling, and proper chips not frozen ones, a real treat hazel went twice. 8 out of 10
Love 2 on the strip again, what can i say, i went for the gambas platter, whice should have been tiger prawns, but they only had small prawns so they asked if i would like lobster instead at no extra charge, and hazel had a pork steak, not only was the food cooked to perfection, the presentation was spot on 10 out of 10.
JOJOs, is on the strip again, if you want the best steak in gambia go here, i had a fillet steak medium rare with peppercorn sauce, and hazel had the lamb, the lamb was a little tough but well cooked, i could only find 1 small fault the veg was slightly overcooked, but apart from that would still give 9.5 out of 10, very good.
El Sol up on the main road just outside the strip, a Mexican restraunt, but does other things if you order in advance, ie quite a few people were having mussels which were not on the menu, but i had a calamari starter, and hazel had the nachos with cheese cream etc, both excellent, for our mains i had shrimp fajita, and hazel went for chiken quessillo, it was well presented hot and filling, again i would give a 10 out of 10, the only down thing was no wash basin in the toilet.
Ali Babas next door a pizza place with other food ok 5 out of 10

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank andrewbaddley
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Reviewed 18 December 2010

This hotel is located steps from the beach. We stayed in a premium room, which i would say is definitely worth the upgrade, but even the standard rooms were big enough and nicely furnished, the breakfast was plentiful and the pool are lovely. The staff will do everything and anything to help you and to make sure you are having the best holiday possible. Gambian people are so friendly and so lovely. I would suggest doing any escursions with locals, rather than the official tour guides as they are often cheaper and you get to see more of the real gamiba- (ask for Rodney on the beach- hes a lovely guy who is a good tour guide) I wouldnt change anything about the hotel and would definitely recommend the Gambia to anyone. Also- if you go, make sure you visit Jojos resturant- it has the best steaks ever!!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
2  Thank bryony28
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Reviewed 4 December 2010

We have just returned from a week at this hotel and what a brilliant place. This was our first time to The Gambia and was one of the best week's holidays we have ever had. Okay rooms are a bit dated but we advise upgrading to a suite for the extra cost as the views are amazing direct onto the beach. Staff are helpful and there is always something going on in the resort entertainment wise. Would be careful of the 'bumsters' but do definitley advise doing day trips with the locals as they give a much better insight into the country and is alot cheaper plus you can do things at your own pace. The bumsters are completley harmless but can get annoying - however the beach is patrolled during the day so they cannot approach you as you chill out! Woudl def reccomend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank molerocks
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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
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range: £53 - £139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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