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Bakotu Hotel
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We are two Norwegian friends who travelled for 1 week to the Gambia. We had the holiday of our dreams. If you are expecting a 4 star european hotel and have high standards, you`re going to get dissapointed. You have to remember, this is Africa. So the power might go off and on, the shower might have cold water and slow water, and food can be a bit slow. This is not because of the hotel, but because it`s Africa.

The hotel was great. Friendly staff, a fairly well stocked supermarket and clean rooms and common areas. The animals and birds at the hotel made the whole stay even more exotic. The beach and several restaurants are right outside.

We didn`t notice bumpsters and hipsters much. Most people just wanted to know who you where, and make sure you had a good stay. It is important to remember that if you accept anyones card, then you just made a gentlemans agreement to shop with them. The trick is to find one guide, one fruitlady, one seemstress, one juiceguy, one money-exchanger. A person for everything. Do their shopping with them, no one wants to steal eachothers costumers.

Remember, buying trips from your touroperatour will only lead your money back to Europe. A local guide is definately best for the economy of the country. Make sure they are certified. We used Baxs Bojang the whole week. You`ll find him outside Bakotu Hotel, at the bar on the end. He is very knowledgable and will tailor the different trips for you. Plus, he speaks most local languages in addition to english, and will get you around easily without any hassel.

We will also highly recommend our contacts, as they all were serviceminded, friendly and left a special place in our hearts. The fruitlady Binta and the dressmakers Neneh and Fatou all offer great service. The beauty salon at the end of the hotel is also a good place to chat and relax. The bartender Lamin is funny and chatty, always serviceminded. And, eventually the nightguard Papa-Lamin keeps you safe during the night. Don`t forget to tip him : D

PS. A relaxing place at the beach is at Paradise Ninki Nanka. Get a sunbed there and it is more quiet.

Wish we could write it all, but eventually, you just have to go there and experience it for yourself. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Third time in Gambia for myself and my husband. Positives, reception staff were smart, friendly, polite and very professional. Bar man Lamin again professional and really nice to talk to. Cleaning staff soon friendly and our room L11 was always lovely and clean. All the basics provided, although fridge, air con, and safe cost extra. We did without and didn't miss them. Now then, the negatives, breakfast is a disaster. If you can 'opt out'. Not really fussy we would've made do with a very basic meal, but oh dear the service was atrocious, first day it was confusing, as the 2 weeks progressed with the same chaos every morning it became amusing and by day 14, damn annoying! I asked for juice one day and we saw the 'waiter' pick a glass of juice partly drank by another person who had finished, and hand it to me, covered in lipstick etc. Yuk! One day after 45 mins of waiting to even be acknowledged we gave in and went and paid for breakfast for the lively breakfast at the hotel across the road. Fuming!!! Shame because we love The Gambia but would not go back to Bakotu. Try the Lemon Creek at Bijilo to show how it should b done.

We found the area fine if you go to beach try Ninki.Nanka best we found by far!!!

Room Tip: All rooms nice and quiet at night
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

My boyfriend and I got back almost 3 weeks ago now but had a fantastic time. We were only in Gambia for a week but managed to fit a lot in to see as much as possible! The hotel was perfect for us..really relaxing and we felt so safe. Everyone staying there was lovely and we're sorry we couldn't say goodbye properly to you all as the coach arrived to take us home sooner than expected!

Bai on the front desk was extremely professional and very helpful whenever we had a query. The hotel pool is on the small side but the wildlife was amazing...the monkeys are not shy and will play right by the pool! The bathroom was basic but had everything we needed...the shower even had very hot water!

We would really recommend the Indian restaurant opposite the hotel on the way to the beach...we found the indian food there better than when we went to India! Don't do the tours with Thomas Cook as they are very overpriced and you can get a taxi driver to take you around much cheaper. Also we had no trouble at all with bumsters...there are tourist police opposite the hotel who are obviously doing a good job at keeping trouble away! In terms of evening entertainment I would recommend the reggae party on the beach outside Dominoes on a Sunday night! Also the Kombo beach hotel has African dancers and musicians every night and you can pop over there for a drink! All in all we had a perfect week! :)

Room Tip: If you would like some quiet then request a room round the back as we were poolside and while we cou...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

First time in Gambia for me and my girlfriend and we are definitely going back. The Bakotu Hotel offers a safe and quiet atmosphere with rooms that hold an adequate standard. There is a nice pool with a bar and the staff is nice. We never ordered anything to eat at the hotel as we went other places to eat, like Sailors and Ninky Nanka. I would especially recommend Ninky Nanka (3 minute walk from the hotel); good food, good prices, very nice staff; and if you spend your day at the beach in front of Ninky Nanka you will be taken good care of and not be bothered by hustlers/bumpsters.

Further, I would recommend to go and meet Ebrima outside the hotel if you want to experience Gambia in a pure and very secure way (You’ll find him outside the hotel with Skippers/Boss Lady, or you can ask in the reception). Through his 7-places-in-one-day tour he showed us Gambia in a very memorable way, took care of us with foods and drinks, made adjustments for our convenience, and he is one of the main reasons for us travelling back. Amongst other he encouraged us to visit a school and bring along books and pencils for the kids instead of candy (as many others do), which I believe summarize Ebrima’s big heart and good intentions in a perfect way. Together with his friend Ensa we were also invited to Reggae-nights which were a lot of fun; we were treated as friends and we really felt included.

Before we left we wrote Ebrima a 2-sided recommendation in Norwegian for him to show Scandinavians, and we warmly recommend him for everyone in the mood for a laidback and reggae-inspired experience in the bounty and beautiful Gambia.

Kristian, 24

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Bakotu hotel is a good choice if you look for a basic accommodation. Bakotu hotel garden and small pool area are very nice. I think the loveliest at Kotu with lots of different plants and flowers. Crossing the road and the market square over to the beach is not a problem, as there is very little traffic and there are plenty of beach bars with free sun chairs. We also liked the quiet evenings as there is no entertainment. Hotel staff was professional and they fixed the window net quickly as there was few holes in it. However, Bakotu breakfast service was very inflexible and choices were few. Our tour package did not include the breakfast, but we would have liked to buy breakfast coupons for the family, but it was not possible. They did not sell the coupons at the hotel reception for us and hotel does not accept credit cards at all. They wanted us to pay in cash every morning separately, so we did this the first morning. You could have 3 different types of breakfast. We tried English breakfast and Baobab breakfast. The English breakfast was the smallest portion I have ever seen. Baobab one was simple with cheese and egg of the day. It was not possible to have only coffee and bread or to add something to the order or to choose the way you egg is cooked or the type of juice you have... Small things which would have made the difference. We ended up in eating our breakfast elsewhere for the rest of the stay. Kombo Beach hotel next door serves fantastic buffet with all you can wish and it costs less than simple and small breakfast in Bakotu hotel. They made fresh omelets and waffles for us even that day we arrived only 5 minutes before the buffet was closing due to our early bird watching tour. We could collect and eat our late breakfast without problem.

Room Tip: We liked the room at the back of the garden area as they were quiet. The second floor rooms looked n...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

First time in gambia for me and my partner and we will be going back. Lovely hotel clean and helpful staff at reception. Breakfast isn't the best especially if your a good eater... But loads of places to eat out near by. Ask for dj to get a taxi he's lovely,friendly and you can trust him and not wanting anything in return. Arch tours across the road with Amy, Steve and tall boy can't remember his name are so lovely and very knowledgeable, 4 in one tour was a great day out, a real eye opener. we booked all ours through these the locals didn't like it much, but as a young lady with blonde hair I felt more comfortable with booking through arch tours and our experiences wouldn't have been the same with a local that's for sure... Captains table was a lovely meal out but we didn't have a bad meal out. Very quiet hotel a lot of older people staying at hotel. Basic hotel was to be expected in a country so poor... After 11 in the night you'll be sure to meet a local or two, that has been on something or had to much alchol it's quite daunting.... But by the end of the week you know to react to them! Lovely week away......

Room Tip: We stayed k5 lovely room by monkeys
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

The accommodation is fairly basic but comfortable. The rooms are set like an African village, with paths and ramps between the small blocks, and the area feels secluded and verdant.
The exchange rate was £1 - 63D, so a bottle of beer was roughly a pound and eating the 3 course diner from the bar area came to £9. The same meal in better surroundings at the Captains Table, (same kitchen), would be about £15.
As I was out early every morning, I never ate the breakfast there, so I can't comment on that.

I can thoroughly recommend a bird guide called Musa Manneh,(website - Musa Manneh Bird Watching Tours), he is very knowledgeable, polite, courteous and will do his best to find your target birds. He knows the calls of all the 'difficult' birds and will pick you up from the airport.

There are only a few bumsters around the area now, and they all have a different line on which to reel you in, but when it comes to the 'payoff', be firm and walk away saying 'NO THANK YOU'.

I enjoyed my stay at the hotel, and would definitely return there, the staff are friendly and obliging. It is a third world country overall and the standards are somewhat on the lower side, but if you look past that, you will have a good time there.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Address: Kotu, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kotu
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Kotu
Price Range: £59 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bakotu Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renowned and well established, Bakotu is a small, friendly hotel ideally located in Kotu between the beach and the golf course. Facilities include a small swimming pool, sun and shade terraces, reception, laundry, shop, restaurants and bars. Individually decorated rooms, with comfy beds and either terrace or balcony are grouped around mature gardens. The monkeys, squirrels and birds are great attractions. Ideal for those looking for something a little different with good value for money. ... more   less 
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