Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; this was our first time staying at Palm Beach Hotel having stayed at other hotels in the same area over the past 4 years.
If you are thinking of booking this hotel beware; attention to detail is very poor by comparison to other hotels. Cosmetically, it is also very ‘tired’ and by English standards would need a total refurbishment (but this is Gambia!).
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports; the rooms are of ample size but the mattresses are old, the single sheets are worn with frayed edges and hardly cover the mattresses with the cover sheet well past its sell-by date. The towels are taken away every morning and are not replaced until they have been washed, dried and brought back to your room invariably later on the same day. Dependent on the weather (or so we were told) depends on how quick they dry out!
Raymond Singleton-McGuire states; however, the management said that they are refurbishing the hotel during the course of this summer i.e., re-tiling the showers (personally I think it needs a little more attention than this!). The staff are more than helpful, the management are quick to attend to any issues and perhaps would do more if they had improved facilities.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports that; our one night of entertainment at the hotel, was excellent, consisting of a local band with the lead singer’s repertoire consisting of virtually any R&B, Reggae or Motown song you could think of. Dancing was optional but I think it was so good; everyone was dancing for the whole 2 hours (or was it 3 hours!).
If you are looking for a budget holiday, after all you really only need a room to sleep in as most of the day is spent exploring Gambia, beach walking, beach bars and eating out, then this is the hotel for you.
Raymond Singleton-McGuire reports; disappointingly, the breakfast is ok if you like fried eggs, poached eggs, or egg omelette with the accompaniment of baked beans, onions and tomatoes. Depending on which day it is you will get onions and mushrooms! There is a little else on offer apart from concentrated orange juice and coffee. I forgot about the pancakes, but they are far from what you would expect pancakes to taste like!
Raymond Singleton-McGuire comments that the; Palm Beach Hotel is a frontline beach hotel which is a big selling point; literally a one minute walk from your room to the sea and is surrounded by the numerous attractions, beach bars, restaurants and beautiful beach walks which are a must for any holidaymaker.