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Bakotu Hotel

Gambia, Kotu Beach

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  • Close to the beach
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • More than one restaurant
  • Pool
  • Reception open all hours
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Bakotu Hotel is a short stroll from sandy Kotu Beach on The Gambia's Atlantic coastline. The hotel is in the resort of Kotu, where the beach and surrounding area are both popular with tourists. The hotel is made up of a collection of low-rise, bungalow-style buildings.
In the hotel's tropical gardens there's an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. Here you can relax with a drink from the pool bar, which serves refreshments and snacks. Bakotu Hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner options which you can enjoy either inside or outside by the pool area. There is also an evening a la carte restaurant. Wi-Fi is available by the bar.
Beyond the hotel is the Kotu Creek, which can be seen from the hotel's own elevated lookout deck. The deck stretches out to the edge of the reserve, so you have the opportunity to spot The Gambia's wildlife, including a variety of bird species. Bakotu Hotel is also a short stroll from the centre of Kotu, which has plenty of places where you can eat and drink.
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Up to three adults and one child
  • Room size (m²): 22
  • Centrally-controlled air conditioning, extra charge (in some rooms, on request)
  • Fan, extra charge (limited number, on request)
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Extra bed type: bunk bed or single bed
  • Fridge, extra charge (limited number)
  • Shower

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10 out of 111091%reviewers recommend this accommodation.
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5 / 5
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Great hotel
PostedMay 4, 2018
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Age:26-35
Gender:Female
Month of travel:April
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Amazing hotel I think the hotel has been up dated my room full wall mirror lush room bed great slept great. Bath room small but that's all you need big enough for shower all ya need. With mirror. Lush hotel nice side pool with nice sunbed with head rest. Breakfast lush saugage and eggs with bread beans . Turtuses at this hotel I held one very big and heavy . That was very good experience. If you cant find them ask staff thats what we did.
Staff lovely very friendly
Rooms cleaned every day with clean towels
Best hotel I've stayed in and to be fare all hotels I've stayed in The Gambia have been all great but this one is really lovely had a great him at this hotel . Beaches are great try a few different ones tho . Try eat local if you make friends with Gambians get them to take you to eat local they do amazing food and it's helping the Gambians and it's very cheap no more than 3 pounds some places are only 1.50 pound if you eat on the strip that can be expensive so look at prices out side b4 you deside . 2 pound for vodka Coke some places are cheaper .
But please go see the real Gambia don't stay in hotel see how people live get about also . There also lots good trips
HighlightsInternet access, Onsite restaurants & bars, Pool/water sports, Welcoming staff
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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Relaxing holiday
PostedJanuary 12, 2014
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fromSuffolk, UK
Age:55-64
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Traveller type:Mature couple
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What a relaxing holiday you'll have if you stay here! Quiet & peaceful around the pool, no loud music at all so rare to find peace and calm around the pool. Not really geared up for children (no kids club) but the 1 or 2 families that stayed their children had impeccable behaviour and they didn't trouble us at all. The rooms are fine as was the shower room with plenty hot water. Staff all very attentive and happy to please. At the height of the season when we visited there were no safety deposit boxes available but this was the only concern we had in our week's stay. Thoroughly recommend this for a very chilled break.
HighlightsWelcoming staff, peace calm and tranquility
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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The perfect solution to British winter blues.
PostedMarch 7, 2013
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fromPowys, UK
Age:65+
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We visited at the end of February when the temperature is perfect.
The BAKOTU HOTEL is almost colonial, not too opulent, but cool and clean with friendly and polite staff , pleasant tree shaded accommodation, colourful tropical birds everywhere and simple but quite adequate rooms.
The magnificent beach is a minutes walk away through the local market and when the tide is in the cold beer can be drunk at one of the few café bars with your toes almost in the surf.
This is real Africa, the locals are not acting for the tourists, but these people are genuinely friendly and helpful whilst obviously trying to eke out a living in what is still a third world country.
HighlightsOnsite restaurants & bars, Welcoming staff, Pool/water sports
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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PostedDecember 5, 2011
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The Bakuto hotel is ideal for couples looking for a quiet relaxing break. It is favoured by Bird Watchers and has lots of wildlife nearby. The food and drink at the hotel are reasonably priced and there is always a sun bed avaialble in the low season. Location was fantastic had the Kombo Beach Hotel opposite when we wanted some entertainment and the beach is great.
The Bumsters were okay and taxis were safe, Trips were expensive though
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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Gambia Bakotu hotel
PostedMay 4, 2011
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Hotel was as advertised, rooms good decor, on suite rather basic but functional. Staff in hotel friendly and willing to help guests. Use Papis taxis - very reliable and safe!
Thomas Cook flight left much to be desired. Outbound pre booked and paid for seats had been issued to someone else - customer support could not help, just suggested we spoke to rep in resort. Flight then redirected via Lisbon to deliver part to disabled aircraft resulting in an early afternoon arrival becoming a 6pm arrival at hotel. Return flight seats had not been sorted, and in fact my seat was broken and had large DO NOT USE sticker. Steward told me to wait untill all seated and would find me a seat. No point in paying to pre book seats. No apology from TC, no refund of money paid, no contact from them at all apart from emails trying to get me to book again!!
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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Fabulous holiday in The Gambia
PostedMarch 30, 2011
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The Bakotu Hotel in Kotu resort is in a superb setting, close to Kotu bridge with excellent birding opportunities. The hotel itself is quiet , well set out in a wonderful setting backing onto the mangroves. The rooms are comfortable and adequately furnished, a good nights sleep makes all the difference.
We were half board and ate at the hotel for the eleven nights, the food was well presented and of a high standard, could well recommend. For a small price extra you could order a different breakfast but to be honest it wasn't really necessary.
The staff throughout the hotel were very helpful and friendly, they helped to make the holiday a success sharing their knowledge and stories of Gambia. The Thomas Cook holiday Rep was very helpful and never too far away if you needed him.
The weather in march was perfect, lovely hot days and a cool wind in the evening, no need for air-conditioning which is a big bonus.
The bird guides around Kotu bridge were very helpful, our guide George Jadama was excellent we managed three trips with him and will be going further afield next time we hope. You certainly need a guide to get the best out of the holiday if you enjoy birdwatching.
A very enjoyable relaxing holiday in paradise.
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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Winter sun paradise
PostedFebruary 24, 2011
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We had a wonderful time staying at the Bakotu. It was peaceful and relaxed, no TV, music or entertainment instead lots of monkeys a giant tortoise, bird spotting and the friendliest staff ever. We will be back
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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what good value
PostedFebruary 20, 2011
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A week in the gambia, staying at Bakotu in Kotu.
The friendliest hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff were lovely people and nothing was a chore to them. The location was marvelous and so quiet, backing onto Kotu creek it was great for birdwatching. Big Monitor Lizards digging in the lush gardens and a large 50 year old Tortoise wandering around the paths.
Simon the rep was always happy and very obliging.
We sampled different food outlets every night and all were ok, The Captains Table in the hotel came out top.
My only critisism was the flight outbound from Manchester. We sat for two hours on the plane before take off. The captain announced there had been a problem with one of the engines the previous day, and with everyone on board he proceeded to test the engine, which failed. Why on earth was this not done prior to embarkation.
That apart the holiday was faultless, bumsters and all.
Yes, I recommend this accommodation.
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