Laico Atlantic Banjul Hotel

Avenue Marina Parade, Banjul, 1602, Gambia | 3 star hotel
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Great place

A travel blog entry by mothman

For the price we really can't complain. I understand that some travel agents sell this as a 'First Class' hotel (which it isn't), which may lead to some negative revews!

In 11 days we also stayed at Keur Saloum in Toubacouta, Senegambia Beach Hotel, and Ocean Bay in Bakau, so can give a bit of a comparison..

This hotel had a good …

Gambia Senegal tour by bike

A travel blog entry by jnewcomb

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Day 01 Start: England End: Brufut Km: None Cycling in Africa is not new to me. The Nerves I felt in 2004 when I set off for my first cycle trip were due to the unknown, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting my self in for. This time with the 2005 tour behind me and two weeks to fill, I was eager to hit the road. The plane journey was made …

An adventure in The Gambia

A travel blog entry by beverlyndavid

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A truly Gambian experience.We approached Banjul, situated on the island of Saint Mary through the mouth of the River Gambia. It was early morning, we saw fishing boats on the waters edge and a busy ferry that was being loaded with passengers and vehicles.As the ship came alongside we were greeted by local dancers, a brass band and even a piper standing proud, playing the bagpipes.
The harbour side was busy with vendors setting up their wares and all type of vehicles ready to take us ...

The End

A travel blog entry by joseph.heskin

So it's all over, we made in back to the uk relatively unscathed apart from some Banjul belly and some passengers arrested on our plane! It has been the most fantastic experience I've had, and I can only advise anyone who finds the time or a gap in your hectic lives to use it wisely, these countries are far more accessible than you might imagine and the people are so friendly and ever ready to ...

Floating on the river

A travel blog entry by trissy

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... on their way to bed. One of Mandina's many dogs was barking madly at them and pretending to chase them, but as soon as they turned and looked at him, he ran away!

That night, we had other company to keep us awake - a night heron perching on the decking rail and stamping his feet!

Birds seen today: Blue-bellied Roller, Various sunbirds (and Western Grey Plantain Eaters and White-throated Bee-eaters by the pool)


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    TravelPod Member ReviewsLaico Atlantic Banjul Hotel

    Reviewed by mothman

    Good val for money, but don't go AI

    Reviewed Feb 23, 2012
    by (26 reviews) Brighton , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    For the price we really can't complain. I understand that some travel agents sell this as a 'First Class' hotel (which it isn't), which may lead to some negative revews!

    In 11 days we also stayed at Keur Saloum in Toubacouta, Senegambia Beach Hotel, and Ocean Bay in Bakau, so can give a bit of a comparison..

    This hotel had a good sized room, and was the only hotel to have a bath. Toileteries were provided. Beakfast good, but only the Keur Saloum disappointed here.

    Internet expensive here, but free at all other hotels we went too. This is one reason why we only rated 4 out of 5. They need to address this to be on par with the others. Safe free, as it was at Ocean Bay. Senegambia charged.

    Mosquitos are about at dusk and can be annoying. But they spray them with 'Bop' whilst you're at dinner. We bought a can (50D) which was useful for the rest of our trip.
    Exchange rate of 47.5 to the pound, when official rate was about 47, so we were pretty happy. Best we could do in town was 48. Ocean Bay in Bakau took the proverbial here as rate was 40 to he pound!! Close to Ocean Bay in Bakau the money changers offered 44, but 5-10 minute walk to fishing port, we used a small booth that also did 48. In Senegambia the hotel did 47.6, 48 was easy to get on strip, but Barry's offered a bit more (also cheapest large water at 25D).

    We staid B&B, which meant that we tried local restaurants for food. Billy's, with a view of Arch 22, was the best food we had on our holiday. Very good portions and quality at very good prices (less than £4 a meal). Michel's seafood is now something like Bamboung, but the food was a bit disappointing. Nefretiti on beach is only open until 6pm and had a much nicer ambience, but cost more (still less than hotel). Happy hour and prices in hotel, much better than the others we visited, and therefore we had far more on drinks in this hotel than we did in the others (in Ocean Bay we refused to buy any as crazy prices). The only food we had in hotel was a pizza (£4) and was good. For us there is no need to pay extra for the big buffet (£13) as we would only get fat. A la carte 3 course could be had for about £11. Other than places mentioned here, there isn't really much else about, except juice bars and black & white for cheap, good drinks. Both other Gambia hotels are better in this respect.

    Grounds are very good, there is squash, tennis, bird garden, mini golf area, table tennis etc. All a bit tired looking, but good nonetheless. Ocean Bay is really lacking in the department. Pool fine, but bit cold, however jacuzzi nice and warm.

    Beach looks nice, but not really any good for swimming. Senegambia best here.

    During the day, sightseeing is easy as very close to the capital. Museum (£1), Arch 22 (£1 plus 2p tip!), and July 22 square can all easily be visited within minutes and no need for a local guide. Yes, the bumsters can be a bit annoying, but they are just trying to offer a service for those that may need. We stated where we were going, said they were wasting their time being with us and we wouldn't pay, and we were fine! However one did tag along one morning and showed us the commercial port, fish smoking areas etc in about 2 hours. We could not have seen this on our own, so we tipped him £1 and he was happy! Trip on ferry (20p) to Barra recommended and no need for guide, you can get a Pirogue back for about a £1 to speed things up. To Senegal border was 20 mins from Barra, we paid £4 for a cab. Across border in less than 10 mins, all very easy, if you want to do a day trip. However, you wont see much difference to Gambia, except the people speak French!

    Would recommend walking to see the mosque after going to museum, that way you are off main street, so don't get bumstered! You get to see local life and are greeted by people not expecting anything in return, very pleasant. We were not allowed in mosque as not muslim, but they seemed very apologetic!

    We went to international football match Gambia v Algeria which was quite an experience, although result (1-2) was a shame. Took green taxi from Bakau for 50D, and tickets for 100D - we would recommened these over the 50D tickets as are out of the sun, and the crowd are a bit less crazy! For the 50D tickets people were climbing on each other..! You can always go with someone from hotel/street if worried about doing alone.

    In summary this hotel is good for those wanting to spend time in hotel and do local, low key sightseeing. We found it friendlier here than Bakau or Senegambia, and received no sob stories or blatant begging, unlike the other places. Staff good, price great - highly recommended

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Laico Atlantic Banjul Hotel

    Great time had at the Atlantic

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    We have just returned from staying a week at the Atlantic Hotel. Very enjoyable, rooms very clean and comfortable, Hotel staff very helpful and friendly, buffet food excellent with local produce but would have liked Gambian night i.e. Chicken Yassa or Domodah etc. Hotel guides very friendly and overall helpful. Definitley suggest you take one with you especially into Banjul/Albert Market. Albert Market is not the place to buy your souvenirs. An experience to visit though. For wood try Brikama wood carving factory. 1/3 price of Albert Market's starting prices!

    Brilliant

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    Stayed at the hotel in April 2005. Very clean. Food good selection, might not suit younger children. Expensive food and drinksas there is no competition. Beach lots of space. Locals very friendly. Hotel Tour Guides excellent especially

    Seedy Kinteh. Air Con works only when key in lock cannnot leave it running while your out.

    Just what we needed....

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    We booked this holiday about 3 months before travelling. We wanted a relaxing, hot break, where we could sit by the pool and completley do nothing. We got exactly this!!

    Nothing but praise!

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    I have stayed in this hotel on several occasions over the years and have always found the staff and services to be excellent, I'm just in the process of booking again for April and looking forward to being able to sit on the newly reclaimed beach again!!

    Fantastic holiday

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    First visited for Xmas 2003 and New Year 2004, best holiday in a long time, spent Xmas day jet sking with Santa. Hotel and staff brilliant. Food excellent. Made some good friends with the Gambians felt very safe. Children throughly enjoyed the relaxed surroundings. When you first arrive it is a culture shock but the people are friendly and always happy. We were so taken with the country my husband and I returned at Easter. We visited again for New Year 2004 and enjoyed it just as much. We met up with people that had been there the previous year, it would appear that people return year after year. We have just rebooked for three weeks over Xmas and New Year this year. The locals remember you year after year and they do not hassle you, we have kept in touch with several of them. Fantastic place to visit.

    Trapped

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    The Corinthia Atlantic is a super hotel in a direct beach location with friendly helpful staff and excellent amenities within the complex. The food is great and there`s a wide choice to suit everyone. BUT - This is not just my opinion but a general concensus voiced by most visitors which the management should surely look into and that is that the bar and beach restaurant facilities have no competition from outside the hotel due owing to its remote location. The hotel is isolated within 2 minutes walk from the town of Banjul and as there are no worthwhile bars or eating places in Banjul it means that a taxi costing £10.00 plus tips is required to go to where there is a little more life just down the coast at Kololi to dine out. Also, a walk down the road requires the assistance of a hotel guide plus tips to head off the inevitable hangers on (bumsters). Subsequently the hotel are able to charge maximum prices for soft and alcoholic drinks which cost less than half the price elsewhere. They are equivalnt to UK prices. We would certainly holiday in The Gambia again but not at the Corinthia.

    Isolated

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    The hotel is very nice. The staff are always helpful and pleasant. Good food. But the price they charge for drinks and snacks is very expensive compared to Hotels at/near Kotu Beach and senegambia. There are no other bars or restaurants in the vicinity so you are stuck in the Hotel unless you get a taxi. You cannot walk out of the Hotel entrance without being accosted by the Bumsters who refuse to go away no matter what you say to them so don't expect to be able to have any nice romantic strolls along the beach you'll be joined by these pests like it or not.

    Excellent Holiday

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    Arrived at Hotel on 31st Dec, delighted to hear traditional music being played as you arrived by staff in very colourful traditional outfits, handed a fruit drink, although the reception was busy with the arrivals as about 5 parties departed from our coach the staff were very efficient & you had the keys to your room in no time. Porter took you along to your room with the luggage & advised you how to operate air conditioning, tv & fridge. The room was a good size & had plenty of wardrope & drawer space. Bathroom had a bath & an excellent shower. Clean towels & sheets changed daily.

    Lovely

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    went to the corintha on new years eve 2004 , arrived at 4.30 in the afternoon to music in rececption and a lovely drink, very quick check in and then shown to room. we had a interconnecting room for the children brill. the rooms were kept well clean and were nice ,we were at the bottom with balcony facing pool lovely view. cant fault the food always lovely , the gala dinner was great, entertainment was good we enjoyed the dancing and the bob marly songs. we had no problems getting sunloungers in the morning the staff came over ang gave you the cover to sit on. the pool was on the small size but never got full ,jump in at the deep end not as cold i found. the beach was nice sea looked great but did not go in as we were told it had a bit of a strong current . the staff were all very friendly and helpful and all spoke good english. all in all we really enjoyed our stay and would go back. any questions please get in touch.

    Very eye opening

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    The hotel was very modern and well kept. The staff were very helpful and friendly and all spoke good english. Although the pool was small, the beach was only inches away.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Laico Atlantic Banjul Hotel

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent