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★★☆☆☆

“we stayed at badala park for two weeks from the 11th...”

Written on: 06/01/2011

we stayed at badala park for two weeks from the 11th dec till 25th dec 2010
weather was fantastic hotel very basic but everyone very friendly and helpful.... the hotel manager and reception staff were brilliant....breakfast was okay if you got any... beaches were lovely a bit rough if not a confident swimmer... bars, restaurant,and food out and about very good ... no street light so make sure you take tourches with you... please make sure you take the correct malaria tablets only 3 kinds are… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“never stayed in a cesspitt as this place ,filthy no...”

Written on: 17/11/2010

never stayed in a cesspitt as this place ,filthy no water no elec no cold drinks as owner wouldnt fix fridges old man next to me was mugged in his room and young girls and boys walked freely around offering sex,a total shithole ,shame as most staff great and so is gambia,hotel a dump ...JOHNO nov 2010… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“My pal and I stayed here in February and basic is what...”

Written on: 16/03/2010

My pal and I stayed here in February and basic is what the basic means. The staff were brilliant but the gardeners could be a pain(trying to sunbathe and a wheelbarrowor a hose being trundled past you). Food was ok. The chinese restuarant was value - never had a bad meal. Going out of the hotel was like running a gauntlet, some bumpsters didn't take no as an answer, but good eateries close by. The tailor is great guy as is Amie the waitress from upstairs. Entertainment was ok and… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“As with others we read these reviews before we left so...”

Written on: 11/02/2010

As with others we read these reviews before we left so we had an idea of what we had got ourselves into.... although we really had a great time overall there were a few downs but mostly ups.

The hotel is a little ragged around the seems but improvements are being made, whilst we were there our room received new bins and toilet brushes and nice little handsoaps(admittedly small things but improvements nonetheless). Also the entertainment area gained a new TV projector although despite much… Read Full Review

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Written on: 30/12/2010

I found this review very helpful because... It has given me a few tips on staying safe, where to go and a formention of some people who can be trusted. I will say 'Hello'to Ensa when I use his taxi in the next 2 sunny weeks.

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“i have read many reviews that have been placed on...”

Written on: 27/07/2009

i have read many reviews that have been placed on here and see a mixed feeling.

As i have stayed at Badala Park Hotel for 3 weeks at a time over a 6 year period, about 4 months in total i believe i know it well.

firstly you either went to badala park or are considering going there because you are on a budget and we all know you dont get the hilton hotel for a few quid a night, you book budget you get budget.

having said that you can pay much more in the gambia and get no better, i have… Read Full Review

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C Laws's Comment

Written on: 09/10/2009

Fantastic review................very helpful in all sorts of ways. Thank you.

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“On arriving at Banjul airport we read some reviews and...”

Written on: 31/03/2009 by BRINDLEY3246 (1 review written)

On arriving at Banjul airport we read some reviews and we were very worried about the so called bumpsters in the airport ( There are No Bumpsteres - They are the porters ) yes they want to help you with your case to the coach but you just say NO politely and they will leave you alone.
But all I can say we did not know what we were worried about because we had no hasstle at all.
We stopped at the Badala Park Hotel for 14 nights Friday 27th February to Friday 13th March.
This hotel is basic… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I think Badala Park Hotel, Kotu, is a shabby hotel,...”

Written on: 13/02/2009

I think Badala Park Hotel, Kotu, is a shabby hotel, poor sheets for bedding, beds basic (very), seedy, a hotel for budget clients, we checked out after 4 days of a 14 day holiday and went to the superior Senegambia Beach Hotel. Glad we checked out, didn't like the atmosphere here, too budget for us, and no excuses for the awful breakfasts. Only good point was the staff were polite… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Clean and basic - don't come here expecting luxury and...”

Written on: 19/12/2008 by Crystl Meth (1 review written)

Clean and basic - don't come here expecting luxury and you won't be disappointed! Staff mostly friendly and helpful, with a few exceptions. Breakfast basic but nice enough, other food and drinks a bit over-priced but ok… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“If your going to get a taxi they have green ones which...”

Written on: 18/11/2008

If your going to get a taxi they have green ones which are the tourist one which are more expensive and yellow ones that are proper cheap! BUT make sure you agree a price with them before you go anywhere! the market in Banjul is massive, I would suggest that you go with a local, (don't worry after the first couple of hours you would have made loads of mates), I would suggest making a mate with a Gambian that works in the hotel, because they cant afford to lose that job, and will make sure that… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Loved the staff, go down the back and meet with the...”

Written on: 18/11/2008

Loved the staff, go down the back and meet with the ladies who do the washing and cleaning - real Gambian hospitality.
Don't feel frightened to go out and about, go explore. Find a friend - the terminology bumster is not nice. The friend we made is great and we keep in contact with him, even when we get home. He has never asked us for anything. These people have a hard existence and do need help but it is nice if it comes from the heart and not reluctantly. I would recommend a holiday to… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I would recommend Badala Park Hotel to anyone, it's a...”

Written on: 26/08/2008 by moniquesanyang (1 review written)

I would recommend Badala Park Hotel to anyone, it's a lively hotel, very welcoming and has a wonderful atmosphere… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Badala Park is cheap and cheerful. We would definitely...”

Written on: 06/05/2008 by doreen owen (2 reviews written)

Badala Park is cheap and cheerful. We would definitely stay there again. My suggestion to anyone wanting to go to The Gambia is do your homework and read up on it!!! Its brilliant!! Just got back from having read the brochure we new the hotel wasn't 5 star (it couldn't be at these prices!!) BUT even though our room was basic it was clean and we had plenty of hot water. Had we left our key with reception our room would have been cleaned daily - so that was our fault. We found all the staff… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“My friend and I have just got back from Badala Park,...”

Written on: 01/05/2008 by doreen owen (2 reviews written)

My friend and I have just got back from Badala Park, yes it was basic but the brochure said it would be. It was cleaned daily if you left your key at reception ( which we forgot to do ) so much hot water it was even coming out hot from the cold tap. Staff all very friendly and helpful we had no problem from bumsters, infact I think we might have scared them talking so much!! Unfortunately most of the trips we wanted to do were finished for the season - what a good excuse to go back. Couldn't… Read Full Review

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☆☆☆☆☆

“1. The food was awful. Breakfast cheap and nasty. Pool...”

Written on: 30/04/2008 by teacher1234 (2 reviews written)

1. The food was awful. Breakfast cheap and nasty. Pool snacks expensive for what they were. 2. Room - awful, Sheets didn't fit the beds. No mattress covers. 3. Lots of "off duty staff" hanging around hotel, who gathered om pathways in night talking. Would not leave us alone around pool. Bathrooms - basic, and I mean basic. Our first had only cold water in the basin. Shower broken. Our second had plumbing problems.
This hotel is basic, and I mean basic. We did not feel very safe here… Read Full Review

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“I had booked a 2 week stay at the Badala park but...”

Written on: 23/03/2008 by vanderhyden (1 review written)

I had booked a 2 week stay at the Badala park but realised after 2 days what a mistake I had made. The sheets and towels are changed every day. Gambia is very hot but you only get 1 small fan per room, the bumsters are a pain in the neck but can be dealt with just a firm no will do it. I had to cut my stay short and returned home after 1 week being very ill and having to call in a doctor who advised me to return home. The food at the hotel was Ok. As for the entertainment what a joke. I wish… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I stayed for 1 week at the Badala Park hotel with my...”

Written on: 29/11/2007 by toniboyle (1 review written)

I stayed for 1 week at the Badala Park hotel with my Cousin. we had the best time. The hotel was lovely, the rooms are very basic, but they are cleaned everyday, the bedding is changed daily as are the towels. The pool is lovely and there is entertainment every night. The 'A' Team that work at the hotel are amazing guys, they totally made our holiday, they will do anything for you as will the rest of the staff, nothing is too much trouble. So take time out to speak to them, if they ask you to… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“The Badala Park Hotel is a good base for your trips,...”

Written on: 04/07/2007 by helana (1 review written)

The Badala Park Hotel is a good base for your trips, which you can book outside the back gate and are cheaper than with the tour operator. Outside the front gate are enough Gambian locals who will rush to you to sell you things at the first chance so beware, however if you tell them a 'direct no' then you will be left alone but the minute you give them your attention you are stuck with them for the fortnight!… Read Full Review

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“I went on a family holiday including my partner, we...”

Written on: 13/05/2007 by zoemoomin (1 review written)

I went on a family holiday including my partner, we all had an amazing time and would all go back. The hotel was quite poor and the food in the hotel was shocking but the hotel staff were so nice and friendly. They couldn't do enough for you, which in my eyes is what counts as I don't go all that way to sit in my hotel room. There are a lot of bumsters about and you'll find that once you give them attention, they won't leave you alone for the rest of your holiday but if you just tell them from… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“Badala Park is a basic hotel but is OK for people who...”

Written on: 23/03/2007 by jrelancashire (1 review written)

Badala Park is a basic hotel but is OK for people who aren't too picky! Some of the staff, though friendly, only want work or money from you. However, if you stay there one person I recommend you to meet is Jimmy who does security, from Sierra Leone, as he is a genuine and friendly Christian guy who can give you some good advice on Gambia and Gambians. Enjoy your trip!

I found that one of the best ways to see the real and less commercial Gambia, was to rent a green tourist taxi. I was a little… Read Full Review

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“I have just returned from a holiday at the hotel and...”

Written on: 27/12/2006 by nigelprest (1 review written)

I have just returned from a holiday at the hotel and found the service appalling, the waiters we received service from was poor, local people were coming and going all day long in and out of the complex. Two rooms were broken into over the two weeks I spent there. The area is a fantastic place but with the local con men pestering us every time we left the hotel I would not recommend to anyone… Read Full Review

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