18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
love the hotel
"its our second time at the hotel, the hotel although not luxurious it is very clean, very friendly and the staff are fab.
there are loads of places to eat in the resort of kotu and there is a new indian restaurant called the jewel of india which does a great fixed menu.
do try the fruit from the fruit ladies on the bech,take a carrier bag and they will fill it with cut fruit for Â£3, and while you are waiting you can have a fresh orange juice for less than Â£1,
dont worry too much about the bumsters most arnt agressive and will be ok if you have a laugh with them.
take plenty of extra toiletries the locals are very happy to receive them"
- Travel date: Wed 25th of January 2006
Great Value For Money
"We found the Sunset Beach a great value for money hotel, a typical 3 star-not too many frills, but the rooms were clean & functional, the food & drink was very reasonable, and the staff very friendly & helpful. Yes you get the normal problems with the bumsters, but a firm & polite "no thank you" usually does the trick. In fact we took to walking up & down the beach at night as all the best restaurants backed onto it-the best by far being Sailors, but we had good meals at Jewel of India, Ali Babas,Destinys & Paradise [although I would avoid the Sunday buffet there]
The majority of the Gambian people are genuinely friendly, but we found it quite frustrating that if only the bumsters & market traders would realise that if they weren't so intense they may stand a better chance of people actually stopping to talk or browse with them. But it was true what everybody tells you-you do harden up to them after 2 or 3 days, honestly!
Finally, if you need your heart melting, go on the Gambian Tour Special and see the true life of the Gambian people-we defy anybody not to be moved, especially the school visit."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of December 2005
"This was one of our favourite holidays. The hotel was great, staff very helpful and friendly, nothing too much trouble. Restaurants outside excellent and the locals brilliant. We've come home with lots of good memories and new frinds. Cant wait to go again"
- Travel date: Thu 28th of April 2005
A great place to holiday
"A wonderful tourist class hotel, the staff were very welcoming, the Bar Manager Margaret was very helpful and full of information about the history of the country.
The tourist taxi drivers were very easy to barter prices with and the fact that the drivers will wait for you to return to your resort made the trip hassle free.
The food at the Sunset Beach whether snacks or dinner was very good the Chef is French and is very good.
Harold the entertainment guy is also very friendly and open to tips about what people would like to listen too and see whilst on their holiday.
The entertainment in the evening was good and varied. We will definately be returning."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of March 2005
A Great Hotel
"Sunset Beach is a friendly and well run hotel on a great beach. It was our first time in Gambia and we will definately be returning and will stay at the Sunset again. We stayed on a B/B basis which is all you need as there are plenty of places in Kotu to eat or a short taxi trip to Senegambia gives you even more choice. Sailors restuarant is excellent in Kotu and our favourite in Senegambia was Ali Baba's. We brought fruit salads every day from the fruit sellers on the beach and had freshly squeezed fruit juice daily from a juice bar on the beach. We had no problems with the dreaded Banjul Belly.
We used the yellow bush taxi's to go to Senegambia and also for days out (with a local acting as a guide) as they are cheaper than the green tourist taxi's and easier to haggle the price with. If you go to the villages the children are very grateful for sweets, pens, pencils and also empty water bottles to take their juice to school in.
The Gambian people are very warm and friendly. Don't let the bumsters put you off, they do hassle you especially when you first arrive, just be polite but firm.
Our only gripe would be having to pay for air-conditiong and a safety deposit box which were quite expensive.
The weather is excellent but the evenings can be a little chilly so take a light jacket with you."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of March 2005
a good one.
"A good hotel. VERY clean. Polite and efficent staff.
Difficult to find defects:
1 bar cashier doesn't charge your bill on your room bill: you have to pay every time you drink something.
2 a little presumably dirty river flows in to the ocean just in front of the hotel, on the beach.
3 tourist taxi manager hustles turists just outside the hotel"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of January 2005