I have read some of the other reviews and believe everyone has different expectations on their hols. But It really saddens me to see extremely negative reviews on this hotel. I was there for two very very enjoyable weeks with my wife and two children aged 3 and 4 and did not once feel uncomfortable or obliged to give anyone anything. When we were there I met the GAMBIAN owner (not European) on the stage on Xmas eve and he summed it up in his speech that they can't offer the comfort the European owned hotels offer but they offer the friendliest hotel in The Gambia!! This is 100%true. My kids cried when they had to leave.........I got to play Water Polo against another hotel and by the way the pool was cleaned at the end of our first week so I believe it is cleaned regularly.
Please don't book to stay in Badala Park expecting luxury.....and then come back home and tarnish the GAMBIAN owned hotel's reputation..........The staff here are trying to make a difference and rely on people staying there to make a living. When you see the hotel rating is 2* remember this is Africa not Europe or America........Our Thomas Cook rep informed us it is in fact a zero star rating despite advertised as 2*.
As for being hassled by staff to take you on trips...........of course they will try but we found that after a day or two when you have told them 'you already have a guide' they will not bother you but to simply pass the time of day with you!! There is despite the other reviews alot of genuine friendliness from even the bumsters outside the hotel!! We found telling them we had a guide or we were meeting people at another bar/restaurant and couldn't visit theirs, soon sent them on their way wishing you a happy holiday of course.
As for tours, we booked Moses Colley, a local guide who took my family and friends on three very enjoyable trips, Gambian style not on an air conditioned coach. It is your choice entirely who you go with but a recommended local guide is the best way to experience the real Gambia. Your money also stays in The Gambia.
Tam Tams Bar and Ali Baba are restaurants just outside the hotel that we thoroughly recommend. Or you can go to Senegambia strip in a green taxi for 100 dalasi. Where we ate at Africa Queen which was fantastic!
- 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