Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort

Address: Kofi Annan Street, Cape Point, Bakau, Gambia | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Kofi Annan Street, Cape Point, Bakau, is near IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum), Sandaga, Pink Lake (Retba), and Parc National du Delta du Saloum.
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          • Spa
          • Swimming pool
          • Restaurant
          • Fitness/Health center


          • Minbar in room
          • Breakfast Available
          • Air-Conditioning


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          TravelPod Member ReviewsOcean Bay Hotel & Resort Bakau

          Reviewed by mothman


          Reviewed Feb 29, 2012
          by (47 reviews) Brighton , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          For the price we really can't complain. Although it isn't 5 star!

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

          This hotel had a very good sized room, but had no bath. Toileteries were provided. Beakfast good, but the least tasty Baobab juice we had!

          Had room with sea view, first floor, it was pleasant and a much better balcony than at Laico.

          Exchange rate of 47.5 to the pound in Laico Alantic, 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 stayed B&B, which meant that we tried local restaurants for food. Only had drinks at Calypsos as a bit pricey, but nice ambience and crocs! Taj was excellent, Mr Bass fine for a drink, One for the Road good and cheap. Happy hour limited and prices in hotel by far the highest we experienced on our trip, as a result we didn't eat or drink anything in hotel. Also plenty of cheap eateries near the market which looked ok, but we didn't try.

          Grounds are small compared to other hotels we went too, we would have been bored if here for a week. Pool fine, but bit cold.

          Beach worst of the hotels we went too, but still looks ok, however a pleasant walk along the beach not really possible as turns to rocks at the cape point. We didn't attempt to swim, but a few people were. Senegambia is best here.

          Wifi free, but bit unpredictable, stll good to have though. Safe free, as it was at Lacio Atlantic. Senegambia charged.

          During the day, local sightseeing is easy, but not much to see. We went to croc pool by tuk-tuk (50D) as saved being bumpstered and was a fun thing to do. We walked back, in about 10 mins, with no hassle. We also walked to fish area and market; easy walk, but you get a bit of bumpster trouble, speaking a few Woolof words helped make these bumpster encounters short. However, not too much else to see in locale, so 2 nights was enough for us. For taxi We spent 250D with backbacks to get from Banjul to Bakau, and same again to get to Senegambia - I think it is possible to do cheaper, but with all our stuff we couldn't be bothered to have a too lengthy discussion! Both destinations about 20 mins away by car.

          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, very low key sightseeing. More to do at night here than in Banjul, rooms better than Senegambia, but grounds and pool far inferior. Laico happy medium. Bumsters a bit more annoying than Banjul, and had sob stories and blatant begging.

          Would recommend though.

          I am 6ft 1 and the flights with Thomas Cook should not be legal. Crazy small legroom, luckily the person in front did not recline to much or I would not have survived!! They use same legroom for Greece flights as confirmed by air hostess. Apart from this flight was fine.

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

          TripAdvisor Reviews Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort Bakau

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