The buffet breakfast and dinner were acceptable but not as good as the Sunset, at the latter you casn have breakfast overlooking the beach, at the Senegambia the novelty of having cats, dogs, monkeys and Cattle Egrets sharing your dining experience soon fades. You daren't leave your table unattended for fear of the food being stolen ! A monkey urinated all over the chair next to my wife. Charming !
The bar area is depressing, the drinks expensive but the hotel is well placed to escape to the Senegambia strip but that too is not to my taste as it's rather tacky IMO.
We had two different rooms for our stay, neither one did we enjoy.One smelt damp and the walls were actually painted breeze block with a straw finish. It was like being in a stable.
I have to say though, the staff were superb.
All in all this short visit did absolutely nothing to want to book an holiday there.
Travel operator: Cosmos
try and go out with the locals to see some sights its great and cheaper than the reps trips we went with ali from the hotel
Travel operator: thomascook
.We dined in the hotel a couple of nights and for the price the food was of an acceptable standard with a good choice from the Buffett. There was always a good choice for Breakfast.
We are looking forward to our return visit in a couple of weeks.
The morning walk to the hotel pool and beach through the large grounds is very pleasant. No problem with sun beds as the staff bring you one as soon as you arrive.
Travel operator: First Choice
Tv signal was not very good.
Woke up next morning to the sound of thunder, well we thought it was thunder, turned out to be monkeys on the roof. We were amazed. They come in the morning around 7.30am and pretty much stay all day which we loved. It might not be everyones cup of tea. They just play and muck around all day which was brilliant to see. We walked into an unused room in the hotel one day and it was like walking into the film `Jumangi`. They were jumping all over the tables and chairs and just ignored us when we sat watching.
The hotel is also surrounded by jultures circling and perching on palm trees. They get fed at 11.30am so they gather early. Once they are fed a water hose is turned on, they bathe then spread their wings to dry.
If this sort of thing does not apeal to you the grounds are so big you can avoid it. There are two pools. The one is where the monkeys hang around, there are plenty of beds. It was a bit cold when you first get in but ok after. I did feel a bit of heat coming in the one day so I think it is heated slightly.
The other pool is near the beach, lovely pool and no monkeys. Most families used that one.
As the hotel was built some years ago there are lots of trees so if you dont want a tan it was very cool in the shade. Even though the temperature was around 32 degrees it did not drain you like some hot countries can.
We found the food in the hotel very nice.
New Years Eve they set up tables and chairs in the gardens. A band played, lovely meal,dance floor, fantastic fireworks and a bonfire on the beach.
Ask one of the groundsmen to show you where the bats sleep in the day.
The entertainment was good. Typical African shows.
Can not wait to go back to Gambia. We would definatly use this hotel again. The kairaba Hotel next door looked lovely too but we were told it was hard to get a sunbed.
Travel operator: FIRST CHOICE
Travel operator: First Choice
although the senegambia beach hotel is great it is well worth going to the kariaba! every morning you have a bufet breakfast at the karaiba consisting of pancakes smoked salmon! and countless othe choices and compillations of meals! there is also afternoon tea and coffee! the childrens games board showing upcoming events is appauling at the senegambia beach hotel because they say for instance "sand castle competition" but it never happens, this is called "gambian maybe time"! whereas the events board at the karaiba is updated daily and is always ontime! i think that you will enjoy your stay, and if you are 14 like me! you will enjoy your stay even more!!
Travel operator: asterius
The rooms were basic but cleaned every day. Beds king size and comfortable too.
Gardens were beautiful, lots of birds, vultures fed every morning at 11.30.
New pool on beach is lovely, other pool very quiet and relaxing.
Breakfast was really good, great selection no problems.
Rooms all had TV and fridges in, great for cold drinks as it was really hot while we were there. Rooms also had fans and air-con.
We will definitely be returning.
Travel operator: thomas cook
The staff were excellent. We went horse riding along the beach which was fantastic. You do get hassled a bit once your out side the hotel but they leave you alone once you say no. We had a guide called Dave(real name Osman) who took us into the real part of Gambia and to a Gambian rasta bar which was an eye opener.
If you go to the end of the senegambia strip and cross
the road to where the welcome to Gambia fountain is there is like an open air market. Get one of the guides
to take you down the road to the real Gambia.
Our guide was with us for four hours and charged us four pounds.
Its a fantastic experience not to be missed.
Travel operator: first choice
We were made to feel extremely welcome from the moment we entered the hotel grounds. We stayed on a half board basis and found the food and service excellent. Our room was basic but more than adequate, with comfortable twin beds and plenty of storage, and was well cleaned daily. We paid for a safety deposit box for which a card could be obtained in the reception area.
The hotel was excellently located within walking distance to bars and restaurants and a small supermarket located just outside of the hotel gates, far better located than other hotels seen on transfers to and from the airport.
The hotel staff were excellent, the most hospitable people I have ever met, it would take to long to list all there outstanding qualities. The pool guys were ace loads of sunbeds, Balla had to be my favourite he even gave me a leaving present.
The hotel entertainment team were new and just finding there feet but still managed to do an excellent job.
The trips that are available are a must do, we visited 2 villages and St James island on one trip, the children are so sweet the people are very poor but very happy. If you have spare room in your suitcases take a few cheap pencils and crayons for the children, they'll love you forever.
You get hassled by the bumpsters(street traders) but don't feel intimidated just smile and say no to them.
We loved the holiday and will definitely go back people say you either love or hate Africa we LOVE IT.
Travel operator: Airtours
The location of the hotel is great, right on the beach and also on a stretch of road with supermarkets and restaurants.
The hotel staff were great. They went out of there way to make your stay as enjoyable possible.
Entertainment was fine mainly consisting of the hotels entertainment team but very good.
We would defenitly visit this hotel again and already looking at going back next year with our families.
Travel operator: Thomson
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