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Bamboo hotel (Coastal spot)
The Bamboo Garden Hotel is a 3 star tourist hotel in Gambia which is 100m to Kololi beach and opened its doors in 2013. It is located near the Djeliba and SunSwing Beach Hotel & Resort on Seaview Plaza.
The accommodation has a uniquely designed interior featuring local tribal influences of the Fulani and Mandingo. Both the standard, suites and deluxe rooms have an individually controlled air-conditioning unit, a flat screen satellite TV with a good range of international channels, a mini-bar, direct-dial phone and various bathroom amenities.
The beds are comfortable and come in bamboo, wood and even upholstered while many come with individually painted African artwork featuring people, nature, masks etc., just above the headboard, giving you the feeling of being well away from home. Do be careful of the bamboo beds as you might be prone to scratching yourself.
If you fancy doing your own self-catering then you might want to opt for the round huts located in the garden area. Each has a kitchenette and small fridge as well as the other facilities such as TV, phone, AC and shower room with sink and toilet.
As with many relatively new accommodation in Gambia the Bamboo Garden Hotel does suffer from a few teething problems but on the whole the place is kept quite clean and the staff are fairly attentive and friendly. The management have sometimes been known to be a bit brusque with guests who complain and it has been known to overbook it's available rooms during the winter holiday peak season.
The breakfast is not exceptional so if your idea of an ideal start to your day is a good, hearty breakfast then you might want to consider getting out early and visiting one of the nearby restaurants instead. The dining room is a little too small for the peak season so do arrive early or you might have to wait for a vacant table.
Do note that the air-conditioning is extra and it can get quite hot during some days but there are fans. However, the place is good value for money on the whole.
Nearby the complex are various shops and restaurants and if you make your way down to the beach there is a fantastically lively bar and restaurant at the weekends called Poco Loco which is right on the beach! On Sunday afternoons it is full to capacity.