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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bakotu Hotel Kotu
- Bakotu Hotel Gambia/Kotu