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Kairaba Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Serekunda
Ware, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

This is the third time we have stayed here and it doesnt change. Lovely staff, so willing to help you, beautiful gardens, we were welcomed by the monkeys again on our patio, the peacocks wander around the gardens and hubby caught sight of a three foot iguana. The hotel has two or three restaurants and they all serve excellent food. Just outside the hotel is a round hut which houses the local Tourist Guides and we have to plug their services. They will take you anywhere you want at a much cheaper rate than they tourist companies. They know much more about the places and give a personal service. We have been going out with them for the last 11 years and cant praise them enough. They are just trying to earn a living which is a lot more than can be said for some of the locals. PLEASE USE THEM.

Room Tip: Rooms in horseshoe have lovely view of gardens.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Great hotel and good value for money (booked through Hotels 4U - owned by Thomas Cook, and flights direct with TC). It's all been said before but combination of top hotel, great location, good food locally, fantastic weather, no time zone change and bearable flight all add up to make this a great winter break - will be visiting again next year!!

Room Tip: Room 225 (Superior deluxe) (block 2, top floor,south side) was excellent ( we would ask for it again...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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lancashire england
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

As expected from the earlier reviews this hotel would rate as a three star in Europe. However from speaking to tourists in other nearby hotels it would appear to be similar/better than others available for the same price. The grounds are beautiful, full of wild life and very well maintained and the staff are excellent. We were in a standard room with garden view and it was adequate although worn and at one point the bathroom wall switch fell out of its fitting exposing the wires next to the sink, it was fixed immediately. Unless you are visiting for total relaxation, you will; need to do some of the trips out into the 'Real Gambia'. We went with Arch Tours, booked when we got there as we wanted our money to go locally and not to Thomas Cook. We also ate out as often as possible for the same reason. There is nothing to do in the evening other than walk up 'the Strip' which was an eye opener for me .I wasn t exactly expecting the Las Vegas Strip but this a literally a rough road sided by restaurants, bars etc. in various states of disrepair. However, as I kept reminding myself...this is Gambia, and it's hot in February and only 5 and a half hours from the UK with no time difference. I wouldn t recommend for families as there is precious little to do for children. Breakfast excellent with lots of choice hot and cold.

Room Tip: pay a bit more and upgrade to a suite
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stockport
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Looking for something original to add to the many favourable reviews. A massive plus has to be the hotel's prime position in Kololi. Great for restaurants. We reckon you could easily eat out in a different place every night on a 14 day holiday. Hotel is well maintained and has fantastic staff. Gambia Experience (excellent operator) put their customers in upgraded rooms (deluxe minimum). Hotel staff know the score, and it's fair to say they have a hard life. Always smiling and helpful. Whilst staying, there was a huge event at the hotel next door - Senegambia -which the management kindly warned us about, apologising for the noise in advance. Only downside is the beach, which is a real disappointment but no fault of the hotel's. Not much reference to the erosion problems and rather unsightly attempts to stop it in the brochure. Otherwise, a fantastic holiday & we will returm, despite the appalling cattle truck conditions on TC airlines - it's a disgrace!

Room Tip: We got a Superior deluxe, which was a corner suite - excellent. We'd suggest the southern end. 1...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

This was my fourth time at this hotel but had not been back for 7 years until this year but everything was just as good as I remembered it and felt right at home as soon as I got there, The gardens are still immaculate, The room was very clean and tidy, but I now think the rooms could do with a bit of a face lift but still clean, The restaurant Bodega Casa Fernando was so much better than last time, the food was very good and the staff were lovely and the entertainment was great, Its a real shame that it was never very busy because it is really nice and I am very fussy when it comes to eating, The pool was very clean and the pool boys were great many thanks to Andy who was lovely he would always make sure the towels were there for you and were clean, I did have my Wimbledon towel go missing but my fault as I left it on the sunbed !!!!!!!!! so don't let that put you off, The only negative thing I have to say was the reception staff were not very friendly and not very helpful when I lost my towel, but apart from that a great hotel and a lovely holiday

Room Tip: go for sea view its lovely to watch the waves rolling in
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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gerrards cross
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We stayed at the Kairaba 4th - 11th Feb. The staff can't do enough for you. The Hotel is smart (African standard) and very clean. You can have the ice as they use sterilized water. They use gloves for food prep., we were worried about getting bad stomach but the only thing i got was a bit of sun stroke! Weather was beautiful and the Gambian people are so friendly - we were 6 girls on our own so sometimes a little over friendly but never felt threatened. If you have never been to Gambia - you must and stay at this hotel.

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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2013

I staid here with business trip, and it was very good. Hotel locate near senegambia street, and a lot if restotaunts are near. Staff is very friendly and cultural. Monkeys walks on the territory of hotel. Good beach and swimming pool, no nouse and very tasty breakfast. Excellent hotel, recommedate it for all.

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Property: Kairaba Beach Hotel
Address: 390 PMB, Serekunda, Gambia
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Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Serekunda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Serekunda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Kairaba Beach Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This premier 5-star hotel in The Gambia is not one to sit on its laurels but has continued to build on its reputation over the years. Located on the idyllic, sprawling golden sandy coastline of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. ... more   less 
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