By the second day at Badala Park, we were on our third room which we would still say was not up to standard as the workmanship and décor finishing were poor and we dread to think how bad it was before the 'recent improvements.' By that time we knew about 1/2 the staff who introduced themselves as being very useful for arranging trips out for guests using their 'brothers nice car!'
The 'tradesmen' and gardeners were all at it, do they not get paid a salary and get told that some guests want a little peace and quiet? We just decided to spend all day out of the hotel and had a long walk south down the beach and found the Monkey Park ourselves and by the 4th day we found the rep and told her that we were leaving and asked her to find us somewhere else and she replied a few days later that our 3 waiting days at Badala and the costs at a 3star hotel for our second week were a lot more than we could have paid for the full 2 weeks at Kombo Beach. No way!
After 7 days, spent mainly at the lovely Palm Beach area by the sea on loungers and eating and staying away rom the hotel in the evenings the Bumsters, (sorry Maintenance staff) knew we were not into being their best friends, which I suppose some couples do like and they moved on to new prey. You expect to get pestered outside the hotel which you do all the time but that is by unemployed youngsters but when it happens all day by the pool, when you are walking to get the breakfasts, which were absolutely chaotic! or when you are siting to have a cold beer, its too much. I should point out that the security staff, cooks and waiters/waitresses are exempt from this but some of those are unpaid trainees. There was a Xmas Eve Gala Meal free so we decided to continue with our beach holiday and have the meal because at least it was free, bad decision as it was awful, cold and an uninspired menu and we ate very little but it was too late to go anywhere else so we stayed and watched at midnight as a drunken 'member of staff' nearly drowned in the pool. It was absolutely awful to watch him being revived mainly by the guests!
So we saw out the remainder of our few days on the beach and going out to eat and drink most evenings! Do not get me wrong we did meet some nice people on the staff and will keep in contact with a few but the management chain at the hotel is wrongly set up and staff bumsters should be sorted out speedily to stop the hotel getting a bad name, it has a terrible reputation in the local area. Gambia lovely (and cheap) Hotel build quality and décor-awful, Staff 50% great, 50% a nightmare! Would we go back, yes but to a better hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With over 10 years of ownership and 30 years of management experience, the recently refurbished Badala Park Hotel is renowned throughout the Gambia, as well as Africa, Europe, USA and by travelers worldwide.Less than thirty minutes transfer time from the Gambian Yundum International Airport and you will always be greeted in our large cool reception and lounge area after your travels, on arrival at the friendly Badala Park Hotel with the friendliest staff in the Gambia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Badala Park Kotu
- Badala Park Hotel Kotu
- Badala Park Gambia/Kotu