On arrival at airport we were worried we had made a big mistake! we were hounded for our cases then they demanded money, hold onto your cases an put them on coach yourself. We arrived at Hotel in the dark an were concerned that there was (what seemed to be) a lot of bumsters hangimg around, these are hotel staff! and are all really lovely lads! we did not leave hotel for the first day or so the airport had made us warey! when we ventured out there was no stopping us, we made very good friends with Papis from Tam tams next door, in fact he made our holiday! we went to meet his family on two occasions, they fed us, gave us gifts even making me an african outfit! very humbling when you see the conditions these people ...
live in, Papis\'s brother is a teacher so he took us to visit the school, wow it blew us away! no toys,books pens etc an the playground full of stones. Everyone we met at Badala Park an Kotu could not do enough to help, including the electrician Mohammed what a lovely lad! The A team are brilliant lads who really go out of their way, Babyface even went to the market for us! Say Hello to Baba at LeTaverna just down the road, tell him sue and Pete say Hi! we have stayed in touch with lots of friends an are booking to return in April, I can\'t express the kindness of these people, I have NEVER returned to any holiday destination before, or left a review but this truly is the best Holiday I/we have ever had and we can not wait to go back! All staff at Badala from the cleaner to the plumber(Hi Box) try to ensure you have the best Gambia experience.Read More
Dont be put off by stories of this being a Bad hotel! I have stayed in 3* hotels of the same standard, and this is a 1* please remember you are visiting a third world country, where in most compounds they do not even have a tap but have to fetch it from a standpipe in the street! At the end of the day you get you pay for! if you want the Ritz then pay for it! we found this hotel basic but staff far outwayed any cracks in the paintwork etc! the rooms were cleaned daily, clean towels daily, Bed comfy, breakfast consisted of eggs/fried or boiled alternate days, tomatoes, beans occasionally, bread for toast, cereal, porridge, ham cheese jam, fruit, what more could you want!??
All in all very happy with Badala cheap hotel, with fab staff, go have yourself a fantastic holiday, may see you there!
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