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Senegambia Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Serekunda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 August 2014

My first time in Senegambia Beach hotel though I've been to The Gambia about five times previously. Location is great with lots of restaurants and shops within the vicinity. The hotel workers are very friendly and helpful with the GM. Bunama always available to ensure that guests experience the maximum comfort. The free internet wireless is a bit slow but ok. The breakfast was good with good varieties. The beach is good though with bumpsters, as usual, harassing but the constant presence of the securitymen helped a lot. The room was very comfortable with the minibar.

However, I found the use of red towels very strange and the non availability of intercoms in the rooms!

Room Tip: Kololi Rooms are the best. They are closer to the reception and it saves long trek moreover because...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

I first visited the Senegambia beach hotel 10 years ago and have visited yearly since. The hotel has gone from strength to strength over the years. For anyone not having been to The Gambia the airport can be daunting as can wandering the local area however the 'bumsters' are getting fewer every year as security is tightened but yes you can be hassled, however a stern no or even telling them you have been to The Gambia previously usually gets rid of them!
The hotel grounds themselves are stunning with carefully pruned gardens the gardeners clearly work hard to look after.
The staff are the hotels biggest asset, from the waiters to cleaners everyone is so friendly. In particular Ndongo (waiter) and Balla (tennis coach). I'd highly recommend a lesson or game of tennis with Balla even if you are not a skilled tennis player he is brilliant and his patience commendable! Especially with my hand eye co ordination!! Very reasonably priced also!
Evening entertainment in the hotel can be repetitive (lots of cultural local dancing) however the karaoke evening is a nice touch and the DJ who runs it has a fantastic voice!
The food is lovely in particular the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinner! Everyone works so hard to make these days special!
There's so much to do in and around Gambia and would recommend one of the tours through the local tour companies as they allow you to explore the local area and culture with ease and minimal pestering!
Overall a brilliant hotel with even better staff! A friendly relaxing holiday which I would especially recommend at Christmas time!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
5  Thank Hannah B
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

we stayed at senegambia beach hotel in march 2014 , we have stayed at a few places near by before , we upgraded our room with the hotel via internet before arriving which we saved money from doing it with travel agent ie thomas cooke . lovely big lounge with 40inch tv on wall fridge and kettle to make drinks , bedroom was very big also with 40inch tv on wall , felt spoilt . you get access to free internet also in your room . pity about the beach being washed away near hotel we went to beach bar used there sun beds next to hotel , everyone was very polite and nice to us This hotel as shops inside but we went to market be ready ready for hassle lol , hope you enjoy your holiday here as much as we did . FOR THOSE THAT LIKE TO BIRD WATCH THERE IS PLENTY AROUND THIS HOTEL , MONKEYS ALSO

Room Tip: the room we had very very large , had A/C dint have to pay extra for this like sum hotels .
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank shell814
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Hotel has alot of birds and monkeys (thirsty for beer and soda) roaming the area. Hotel has a nice big space with alot of great activities for kids and adults. Includes tennis and tabletennis, watergym etc. What i did not like so mutch is that they want extra fee for safe in the room and the tip for everything. You DONT need the safe there and all the employes will be checked by security when leaving work so they cant steal and take it outside as easialy as u might think. Friendly and nice staff with exception of a few pushy "helpers" that wanted to earn some extra tip. Overall: Would visit again

Room Tip: Ask to be placed as close to the sea as possible since the walking distance from beach to reseption...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Atle A
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I have to say, reading the more recent reviews, I believe many people would be put off going to the Gambia.
Some Gambians will persist in following you or trying to make contact with you. For some ,especially those without jobs, tourists are the only people that they believe can help them out of their situation. Take some time to think about what you would do in their situation. Talk to them and politely explain that although they may think you are a millionaire, you are not. We have found over a period of time, Gambians do appreciate a polite, Go away, rather than swear words.
We help in various ways by either taking over some clothes, sponsoring a child at school- through an official agency- or using them as guides. By being in their country you are contributing to the local economy in various ways. Beware of those that ask for money for baby milk or potions to deal with the bugs that are invading your body.
We have got to know some people in a large compound and we buy -via their bumster son- a sack of rice which will be largely shared. Having visited the Tanji fish smoking area we now take eye drops to the fish ladies who work there and have now become their friends.
I could go on but before damning the people in the Gambia, take some time to reflect on their situation. At Banjul airport, on the way home, I had omitted to keep some money for food and drink. I explained my situation to a member of staff who was trying to sell me food. Moments later he returned with food and drink and would not accept anything for it. That turned the tables on me.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank JLees
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Before travelling to Gambia you need to appreciate African way of life and culture. It is even worth visiting in the rainy season! I have travelled here many times over 15 years and this hotel underwent a great transformation many years ago and elevated its status above most other resorts. The rooms are clean and well maintained, good air conditioning, good power supply, hot showers and water was never a problem. The staff are incredibly warm and welcoming and are genuine if they offer to take you to their local village/family (the negative feedback to the hotel would lose them their job,so they are safe in general). The grounds are well maintained and the vultures are spectacular , the moneys are very quaint but can get annoying if they chose your roof to chase over, but they are encourgaed by the tourists feeding them peanuts so will of course visit regularly. the main restaurant is disappointing and buffet style, the choice is average catering for an international audience, so my advice is to do B&B and eat elsewhere (there are many to chose from). It is after all a resort hotel with the majority of guests on package trips. The beach is lovely and makes a change from the 2 pools. The only other drawback is the beggars outside who are quite intimidating, especially if you have never visited this region before.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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12  Thank SurreyGirl27
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

I have written a review about this hotel before but, having read what some other people are saying, feel that I want to add some more. This is Africa. If you come here you must expect a completely different way of life, culture etc. There is so much to explore here and that starts with the hotel! Forget the TV, Wifi etc etc. it s all available nearby but not the way that we know it. The same with hot water and electricity. I can remember years ago how we often had neither! Things have improved a lot in the last 15 years but it will still always be Africa. Do visit The Gambia and enjoy it for the wonderful place that it is.

Room Tip: Always speak with the Reception team if not happy. They are there to help you enjoy your time in The...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Address: P.O. Box 2373, Serekunda, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Serekunda
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Serekunda
Price Range: £72 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Senegambia Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 328
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