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“2 star value 5 star staff”
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Badala Park
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Spalding, United Kingdom
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“2 star value 5 star staff”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Hi I have just had a weeks holiday at the Badala Park Hotel. block C. Its not the Ritz but its good fun, great staff , breakfast basic and a bit scruffy, could do with better bread toasters ,Restaurant Food is good , Security is good . The hotel rooms need a good make over ,its 2 star and that's what I bought so no compaints. Iwould book this hotel again. Thanks Badala Staff Mike.G.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Security at Badala Park is more than adequate without being over the top.
I was concerned having read previous reviews describing perceived poor security at this hotel.
When I visited, twice in February 2014, the following measures were in place:
1. There was a gate keeper at the entrance to the property
2. Each residence building had it's own night watchman on duty from 7pm to 7am.
3. Hotel staff wore ID badges, and some also wore descriptive t shirts: "cleaner", or "maintenance" etc.
4. In room safes were available on a pay for use basis

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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nottinghamshire
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

just returned from a 2 wk stay. the hotel is very run down and shabby. BUT.the rooms are cleaned every day. beds an towels changed, the staff are very friendly and go out of there way to please , every night has entertainment round the pool. breakfast is ok but would advise against half board. the menu is varied and cheap and there are lots of eateries round about. the location is good. 5mins to the beach , when this hotel is fully re-furbished it would be a great place to stay,

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I stayed for two weeks in January 14 and had a great stay. I have travelled a lot on my own and could manage the local bumsters and taxi drivers :). They are really not a problem. You cannot blame them as they really need the money they ask for if you want a guide or something else done for you. The hotel is a 2 star hotel and I had a great stay in the J block. Quiet and nice. The cleaners accepted that I did want to sleep in the morning so after a talk they did my room later in the day. The reception staff and the bartenders are great service minded people who are genuinely interested in you as you also should be in them. We are all human and we as tourists should respect their way of living and the Gambian culture. The general manager and his? Swedish wife were always available for a chat and helped if something was needed. I will definitely go back to both Gambia and Badala. Culture clash of the titans, but in the end a great holiday :)

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I recently read a review from Glen complaining about Badala I must admit I found it strange as they tried to help when he had nowhere to stay
I have stayed in Badala Park many times and have always found that the Management and staff to be very friendly and helpful and would always stay at Badala Park when visiting Gambia the Hotel is excellent value with lovely staff and would recommend it to anyone

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

If you want dark dirty and unsafe then this is the place.just returned back from a weeks hols 9th to 16th feb let's just say Gambia yes BADala park no.we were given cell block J most of the doors had some kind of repair to the locks room was dark & dull bathroom door just hanging on.a concrete rod for the shower curtain and if you want to listen to a genarator then this is the block you want please think twice before booking this place yes we read the reviews and went with an open mind(big mistake) we spent our time out only going back for fresh cloths and a cold shower.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

The hotel was very welcoming and accomodating. The rooms are what you pay for, but better than what I expected. the beds are very comfortable, with a little kitchen area and balcony. the showers where always warm.

The staff made our visit great! very friendly with lots to do, very friendly and approachable and made the visit worthwhile. the evening entertainment was really good and culutural which made it great to watch and was even able to get involved.

everything is close by, The beach was amazing! lovely weather, hitting about 30 degrees. the monkey park is about 5 minutes away which was good, even though i got lost a little lol. the craft market was fun to, where you can see people actually making everything and all welcoming you. You can haggle the price down from a tourist price to a gambian price, but it isnt worth trying as everthing in pounds is fiarly cheap and reasonable.

I would definately go back, already really missing the place!! thank you Badala park staff for a fantastic trip!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Badala Park
Address: Kotu Stream, Kotu, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kotu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Badala Park 2*
Number of rooms: 202
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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