This is great hotel set in beautiful grounds with fantastic wildlife, excellent swimming pools (2), great restaurants and a stunning beach. OK the rooms are not the height of luxury - for that go to the Sheraton at Brufut Heights - but they are serviceable and kept immaculately clean by the ever willing, helpful and smiling staff. Although set into a slight hill, the hotel is perfectly set out for wheel chairs or push chairs.
The local area of Senegambia will either be fascinating or frustrating. The hotel is at the end of 'The Strip' which means if you want to walk anywhere you will be confronted by local people asking, politely, that you stop and talk about their shops, taxi's, trips or anything else that will part you with your holiday cash. There appears to be 2 ways to deal with this. Be polite back and enjoy the banter, being firm but pleasant if you don't want their products, or just be rude and spoil your own holiday! Be aware though that the craft market will push your tolerance levels to the limit. There is no chance of browsing, you will be hounded all the time you are there - and at times after you have left also. There are exceptions - a guy called Omar Shariff (yes, really!) in stall no. 55 is a genuinely nice guy.
Ultimately though, it's your holiday so enjoy it. The hotel is good enough so that if you don't want any hassle you can stay there for a week and be perfectly happy. You'll spend a lot less in the local restaurants though, but avoid the Ali Baba pizza place at all cost.
Oh, one more thing, the arrival back at Banjul airport will remind you of feeding time for the vultures at the hotel. The trolley guys are a nightmare - it may be the only time when being rude is appropriate!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Senegambia Beach
- Senegambia Beach Kololi
- Senegambia Hotel
- Senegambia Beach Hotel Gambia