Back in June 2009 I spent a wonderful week staying at Sunset Beach, Kotu in The Gambia. You can read about my adventures in my post ‘A week of song in The Gambia’ but here’s a short review of this great little hotel.

Although Sunset Beach is a lower grade (and cheaper!) than the others I’ve stayed at in The Gambia, it is definitely one of my favourites. Luxurious it is not but if you are looking for a laid back, friendly atmosphere and excellent customer service (without any hassle) this is the hotel for you.

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There was a good choice at breakfast, which you can leisurely eat on the terrace overlooking the creek, while watching a local fisherman or two.

The location on the beach is great and the rooms are either in bungalows among the pretty gardens or in a two-storey block by the pool.

Lunch can been eaten in the restaurant, on the beach or by the pool although I found the breakfast so good I rarely had lunch! I did have a few evening meals here and they were all superb and the draught lager is excellent value for money.

Most of the time I was out and about so I did not use the pool but when I passed by it never looked over-crowded.

There are many great things about this hotel but it is the staff that make it so special from the moment I first walked into reception to the time I checked-out I felt I was among friends.

 

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