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Bamboo Garden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 13 Kololi B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 January 2017

this hotel was not a hotel for a good night sleep as the local night club behind hotel went on till 6.30 am 3 days a week.
also the rooms are in a courtyard with no privacy and guests do not respect others peace and quiet.
Breakfast was crap the same every day and the queue for eggs was ridiculously slow.

Room Tip: good location but all rooms are poor
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were here 11th jan to 18th.Myself and Marta had a most enjoyable stay here in one of the bungalows with fridge and aircon.we didnt bother with a safe as I've been to the gambia 10 times now and never had a problem with theft from any of the Hotels visited in the past.The staff were excellent and very helpful at breakfast time.We even hunted down a egg scoop for the staff as they use something resembling a knife to fry eggs with.Rooms kept clean and tidy always.A problem with door hinge was sorted immediately unlike other hotels done in Gambian time.Possibly needs more sunbeds as there arent enough around the pool which is always kept clean and sparkly.A lot of Dutch at the hotel which was ok as they speak great English.Will definitely stay here again unlike the Djeliba next door i stayed there last year for 2 weeks and wasnt happy about the hotel at all.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank micky1969
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

A very basic hotel however has everything needed for a great a holiday. Great location, clean rooms, air conditioner in rooms, friendly staff. Will use this hotel from now on when visiting The Gambia.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Surrey_UKSca
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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Just got back from an 11 night stay in this hotel and was glad to do so. I have been to Gambia on several occasions so fully appreciate that the standard of accommodation is different to that in Asia.
There is no fridge, safe deposit box or air con as standard as they had to be paid for on arrival which cost £140 for the period of our stay.
The room itself was very dark and was in need of a facelift.
The breakfast consists of eggs and more eggs.
On the upside the pool was very well looked after but was very small.
The grounds were also a credit to the staff who worked hard on them everyday.
The frequent power cuts were made all the worse on our day of departure because the hotel backup generator broke at 2am and was still not up and running at 11am so We missed our eggs that morning and were unable to shower for the trip home.
This is not a 3* hotel by any standard and I will be contacting my tour operator to express my concerns at how they can sell this hotel to patrons who use their service On a regular basis.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Syeturner001
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Location is wrong on booking.com site
Further from main strip then it looks
14 mins walk
Quick check in
Nice pool
No wifi in most rooms which is very bad
Frequent power cuts with back up genny
Bar ok
Not very sociable
Many Dutch there
Staff ok
Breakfast not good really
They tried to overcharge me on checkout by a higher price on the wall the the booking.com price but they backed down when I challenged them
A scam
Top tip
Do not book ahead as their free cancelation is fourteen days before
Prices drop a lot closer to date
Good exchange outside door 48 Delano to euro
Honest guy
Use yellow taxis not green

Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
1  Thank samboDublin
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Not to crowdy... A lot off dutch and belgia People. Nice staff. Bar food and drinkt are a bit more expensive then on the strip (commen). The internet aftershave the WiFi is not so good. Airco and safe box need to be booked seperatly.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Dennis K
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you do not expect too much, you can be very happy with the hotel. The rooms are very clean, they get cleaned every day very well. The bathroom in our first room was full of mold, we asked if we can get another room and that was no problem. The other rooms, as we heard, do not have that problem.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, if you have a problem or don't like something, just tell them. We wanted a mosquito net and they just drilled a hook into the ceiling and gave it to us!
We booked the junior suite and would not recommend it. You get a small "kitchen" but nothing to sit on and no table. We looked at some standard rooms and they all looked better. So if you`re thinking about booking the suite because it soudns better: don`t do it! The only advantage is that you get a fridge.
We only had a bed and a little closet (1m x 1,5m) in our room, no desk or anything like that, but you do not need that in The Gambia anyway, because you should alway be outside exploring the country. The AC costs about 30€ for one week, the safe about 10€. You should book the AC as it gets very hot in the rooms and insects do not go into the cold.
The breakfast is not great, but you do not have to starve. You can get eggs, baked beans and so on. They also have bread, but not a lot to put on it. There is some "cheese" but it does not taste like anything. Still, we had it 7 days every day and it was okay.
In total, it is a very good hotel for the price. I had worse three star hotels in Europe. so if you do not expect a 5 star European hotel, you won't be disappointed.
Rooms: 3*
Food: 2*
Cleanliness: 5*
Service: 5*

Room Tip: Standard rooms 40-46 looked very good, they seem to be newer!
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Helle B
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Address: | Off Bertil Harding’s Highway Duplex Complex Center, Kololi, Gambia
Region: Gambia > Banjul Division > Kololi
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kololi
Price Range: $42 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bamboo Garden Hotel 3*
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