Palma Rima Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palma Rima Hotel Kololi
the hotel room was basic but came with free scratchin rats in the false ceiling,hot water was brown but very very hot,hotel staff was freindly only becouse the most of them wanted cash and anything off you when you leave(but mainly cash)breakfast was ok if you liked slimey fried eggs and fried cubed potatoes,real nescaf coffee,we talked to most of the staff but at the end of our stay the only 2 people who never expected cash was the dj(glempse)and a person called john who was a porter/maintainance man.do not eat or drink in the hotel as it is expensive,£7 for a meal and £1 a drink(bottle julbrew)compared to outside the hotel £2 for a far better meal and £1.20 for a pint of julbrew in most places outside the hotel,we used churchills and ali babas in senagambia,and it was worth going to ali babas(live music every night).200 ciggerettes are 350dalasi(£7)in the hotel and £6 in the airport,the pool was big,but if you want a sunbed you have to become a german and put your towel out at about 4am.we whent on the 11th to the 18th march,i took a clock with a temp on it and at about 10am every morning it said 112" in the sun and 95" in the shade.the hotel had security on the gate to keep out the bumsters(do not go with the reps or the so called "official tourist guides,they are expensive)there is a board to the right of the maingate with cost of local taxis or ask for the "taxi controller"he is the best rates.everyone outside the hotel wants your cash,they try and be your best friend but as i said all they want is cash.email me if you want to know more about my stay at palma rima kotu.
We stayed at the Palma Rima hotel in the Gambia at the end of February and had a great time! We stayed in one of the bungalows which although was basic was really big and very clean and really good value for money. The staff at the hotel were all really helpfull and so friendly even down to the gardener bringing us fresh flowers from the beautifull gardens. The swiming pool was huge and also very clean. We had some hassle from the locals outside the hotel but after a few days they left us alone. We found a really great taxi driver called Soloman who made our stay better as he didnt hassle us to take his trips so we went back to him night after night! You can find him outside the hotel just ask the controller for him and say Scottish James sent you!! We took a 4x4 wheel adventure day out which was immense fun and areal eye opener of Gambian life. We booked through The Gambian Experience and cant wait to go back!!! We are total converts!
I'm writing to express my profound disappointment & on-going discomfort following our recent Sunset holiday to Palma Rima Hotel, Gambia.
Went to the Palma Rima in March 2002, when we arrived it was a terrible shock, we were not expecting so much poverty etc. A bit shocked at the state of the hotel as well, but after 24 hrs and seeing everything around you, and the people of the Gambia then we were in luxury, these people have nothing and are happy, so as long as you go to the Gambia, not expecting too much and remember this is a very poor country you cannot be dissappointed.
The rooms in the hotel are functional but forget luxurious : I suspect that this is fairly typical of the Gambia. We were somewhat taken aback at first by how basic the facilities in the rooms were. In the end, they served their purpose well as we spent most of our time outside in the sun or asleep. On the plus side, the beds were stripped and fresh sheets provided daily as were the towels in the bathroom.
We got this as last minute holiday through a holiday shop and to a certain degree you do take pot luck but this hotel was terrible.
Palma Rima as it is...
On our return trip to this hotel we found the condition of the hotel buildings and amenities had deteriorated to an unacceptable level, this was obviously due to lack of monies being spent on maintainence and upkeep. The majority of staff were untrained i.e. bar service was spasmodic. The food at breakfast was bland, unimaginative and repetitive. The housekeeping service left alot to be desired. We still enjoyed our holiday, the weather was good and the time spent by the exceptional pool made up for this hotel's downfalls.
Warm and friendly staff
This was our first time in The Gambia, we will definately be going back. Palma Rima has everything on site and a fantastic swimming pool. The entertainment was brill for the first 2 nights, but nearby Senegambia offers a varied assortment of nightlife. Personally we would not chose to take the holiday reps' excursions again as local tourist taxi's can take you to all the places of attraction for less than half the price of the tours run by the reps!
Not one of the best!
This was my second time to the Gambia, and i wished i`d gone back to the Kombo Beach.The Palma Rima was a bit tatty in comparision.The food was very samey if you know what i mean. The entertainment was the same on the second week, so if you add allready seen it the night was a bit boreing.The entertainment team was not really interested in making your day, unless you were a single white female, then they could not do enough for you. But if you were married or a bloke forget it.The one good thing about the Gambia is the weather, and this made up for the hotels short comings.
A very good hotel friendly staff
Excellent holiday people very friendly food lovely will be going back in 6 months time