Senegambia Beach Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSenegambia Beach Hotel Serekunda
It is pricey compared to hotels of a similar sort of standard - but you're paying for location on the strip and the grounds. We went into Sarge's which is far cheaper in similar location, and for a few days we would prefer to pay the premium for here, but for a longer holiday you could make massive savings by being in Sarge's (we only saw a room and common area, we did not actually stay there).
In 11 days we stayed at Ocean Bay in Bakau, Keur Saloum in Toubacouta, Senegambia Beach Hotel, and Laico Atlantic in Banjul, so can give a bit of a comparison..
This hotel had a reasonably sized room, but smaller than the other hotels. Was clean and had all we needed, bathroom looked like it had recently been modernised, but shower system was one of those that gets the whole room wet! Toileteries were not provided. Beakfast very good, with the most tasty Baobab juice we had. and a good range of local breakfast items compared to other hotels.
Had room with distant 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. Can't rememebr the names of places we went except for Ali Babas which was fine, and the one with a garden was good. Jasmina was fine for a drink, we kept our spending to below 250 dalesi for a meal and ate 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. We don't get to pool until aftter 3pm, which meant we could just abouut get a sunbed, but before that it would have been tricky as busy.
Beach has been hit by erosion and has a mini cliff edge (1 metre!), but although it may not look as nice as those in Banjul and Bakau, the sea here was swimmable (although red flag every day we were there) , we wen in every day. My girlf was a bit scared of waves, but I thought it was ruddy brilliant!
A 30-40 minute walk along beach will take you to Kotu which has a calmer beach with green flags. Plenty of places to stop for juice etc if you feel inclined. We then went up through the small town which began with F (fajala?) and caught a shared taxi for 7 Dalesi (14p!) back to the Senegambia strip.
Wifi free, ane worked. Safe not free, unlike the other hotels we used. Quite bad this considering how expensive this hotel is.
During the day, local sightseeing is easy, but not much to see. We went to monkey park, which was good and an easy walk (we walked back along the beach, but there using the road). There is much less local character within easy reach compared to the other places we stayed. It is obviously far more touristy here. Bumsters will beg, but not follow you so much. We had them trying to scam us in many ways. Not such a likeable bunch as in Banjul! In Bakau there is croc pool, fishing area and market; For taxi We spent 250D with backbacks to get from Banjul to Bakau, and same again to get from Bakau 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.
From Senegambia we booked a green taxi for 700Dalesi to do Akubo and Lamin lodge - total about 4 hours. Was a bit of a waste of money asLamin Lodge not open - wish driver had said as we could have got to Akubo much cheaper! AKubo was ok, but if done Bijilo (monkeys) and Kachicaly (crocs), it is not so great. Guide at park was very knowledgeable though (100 D) and made the trip educational.
In summary this hotel is good for those wanting to spend time in hotel and have a semi-european style holiday. Not much local sightseeing, but plenty of bars and restuarants and beach good. There were far more kids here than the other places we stayed.
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.
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