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... hotter in than outside, with monkeys running across the lawns from the nearby monkey park! We took a stroll down the beach, accompanied by endless Gambians wanting to sell us stuff or become our friend so we'll take a tour with them. There's security with the villas who keep them away when you're by the villas. Dinner overlooking the beach as the sun set was ...
... well. Service slower and not as friendly as in Najul and Bakau. Food prices in hotel for pool snack seemed resonable. We had a spag bol and water there, which were a bot more than on the strip, but nothing major.
Grounds are very, very good, you can see monkeys, vultures, hornbills etc. Two pools, one near reception and the busier one near the beach. This was far warmer than the other pools we went too and we spent a fair amount of time here. ...
... to Senegambia the nearest town. Along the way there are few people- some joggers, some men on horses trying to persuade us to go for a ride and the juice boys at their little stalls. This is a Muslim country so alcohol is not sold by them but is freely available in bars and restaurants. The people are tall slim and elegant (an immediate contrast to the average British tourist!) We admire the lovely colourful long dresses and elaborate headgear worn by the ladies, some ...
... they go in and out of the home and are busy, but are not really visible. So the scenes he paints are interiors with a doorway to nowhere. Then another series is also about women, the ones who cannot have children and so end up disguising themselves and entering a different world….Haunting. But we really liked him and he told us about a new project that he and a colleague have begun that basically entails bringing high quality graffiti/street art ...
So that's that then. Another trip finished, and all that's left is for (of course) the summary statistics. In a break from the norm we give you a comparison between: (i) Mr and Mrs R in West Africa, 2008(ii) Mr and Mrs R in West ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Beach Club Hotel Kololi
I have been doing charity work in the Gambia for 5 years now and visited the country 11 times.The Holiday Beach Club gives people exactly what it says in the brochures. Of course parts are basic, but you are talking Africa not Spain. The people will do anything they can to help all you have to do is ask. The people on the streets and the beach generally only wish to talk. If you do not wish them to walk with you ask them to leave you alone and they will. If people want luxury then all they have to do is book into the Kairaba or Kololi Beach club and you will get it. The cost will obviously reflect the improvement. The Holiday Beach Club is not a noisy or dirty place, rather a basic place with alovely pool area, private beach and a restaurant that if asked will try to provide for you. When you go to Gambia you have to expect third world problems but get to know the people and you will return for many years.
We have just returned from a holiday at the holiday beach culb hotel, and were very dissapointed,we were put in room more like a very old butlins camp room, the toilet was not attached to the floor, the sink was hanging off the wall,and it smelt awful.The first night we arrived, were very tired so went to bed,was woken up at 12-30 by someone breaking in through the sliding window,we reported it but we did not even get an apology.
Every day for breakfast it was salty ham and prossesed cheese, if you wanted a boiled egg and they were very small eggs you had to pay roughly 55p, and the bottles of water were over a £1 a bottle.
Have just returned from a week at the Holiday Beach Club. We where put in Block A with is doulble storey nearest to the road but a long hike from the pool, breakfast area, beach etc.
i have been to this hotel many times
and will continue to
the staff are excellent and that is the main reason i go back time and time again
my children cry when they have to say goodbye at the end of the 2 weeks
to me the hotel is like home away from home you are made so welcome
it is the only hotel where you will never forget the names of all the staff
the beach is close by
that hotel got me addicted to the gambia and since the first time more and more of my family and friends have visited and they too became addicted
i deffinatly see why it has the name "the smiling coast "
much love to the hotel staff
i recommend anyone to visit you will not be dissapointed
having arrived in gambia and finding myself initially horrified wondering what i had done on seeing sheep being tied to the top of cars etc it was a complete culture shock and the pestering initially it was a feeling of anxiousness and feer for my safety i soon realised this was a different culture and way of life the pestering was stopped by a firm no thankyou and the staff at the holiday beach club were more than helpful the food and accomodation was basic as one would expect but the weekly bbques and the excursions were excellent topped with the weather we had a fantastic fortnight proving first impressions can be deceptive just go with the flow and have a fantastic time as we did its an experiance we will never forget and the roots river boat tour gave the children food for thought...
Just returned from week at the Holiday Beach Club. The hotel is basic. If you want a room with a tv, aircon etc then you're not going to be happy. The food, as the other reviews say, is pretty awful compared to what you can get outside the hotel. The bathroom is very basic! On the plus side, a decent size pool, nice spacious gardens, relaxed atmosphere, right on the beach (at the quiet end) and I think at the right end of the Strip (the quiet end with the decent restaurants). So if you want a basic hotel but in a good location, right on the beach and you are not the kind of person to have to upgrade to a superior room to get matching curtains or something to enjoy your holiday then this hotel is fine. We're quite fussy and if you just think about how cheap it is (without the upgrades) and dont expect a European standard hotel then you'll be fine. Besides, we checked out the other hotels and apart from the Karriba or the Coconut Residence (which seem worth the money), the others (including the Senagambia) arent much better.
Just returned from this hotel have been to the gambia 4 times, this stay was somewhat what I would say the last hotel on the list, as a previous visiter stated the rooms are very basic to stay in a room with air-con and a decent bathroom we had to upgrade on top of that the air-con was not included so another cost total around another £230 for a week. extra.
The grounds and pool are great the food leaves a lot to be desired and as for the ala carte Rest forget it, this has not put us of the gambia but will certainly not be visiting Holiday Beach Club again.
We have just got back from The Gambia on 25/2/05 after one week at The Holiday Beach. This was our second visit in two years( Please see our review on The Tafbel) . The location and grounds of the hotel are fantastic but the rooms less so (See attached photos) . The owner of the complex is very arrogant and if you have any complaints doesn't want to know. If you want a half decent room book a superior, if you don't you will get a very basic possibly smelly room and it appears the scam here is to charge you around £100 a week/ room to upgrade to a superior room and it appears after talking to other guests they always seem to have these superior rooms available! The staff as always are friendly but thats only because they want something from you- money/ old mobiles etc etc.