October 8, 2004
Our bedroom was well positioned-I had a great view from our balcony of the beach and sea (more of that in a moment), and the trees were populated with a variety of local birds. The bed was large and offered the protection of a mosquito net. Learn from us and ask that your room be "de-bugged" on day one, and then ensure that you always use mosquito burners. We didn’t and I reckon there were more mosquitoes trapped in the net with us, than were outside. What a picture we looked the next day! The second thing to learn is that tourists are low down on the chain when it comes to providing water for them, and often showering was impossible after about 7pm. Apparently, priority was given to Banjul, as our supply was regularly turned off to satisfy the demand. After the initial inconvenience, we could kind of understand the logic and made sure to beat the deadline.
For the first time in our holidaying career, we were booked on a half-board basis, and we were unsure what we would be facing. We faced a choice–and a large choice of food. But first let me talk about breakfast–there was a vast choice of food, including cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, breads, pastries, cereals, jams, and honey. Additionally, a cook was on hand to freshly cook your eggs to order. Some days various omelettes were available with your choice of filling (mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, or all three if you felt up to it). Drinks were in copious supply with fruit juices, teas, and coffee-all ensured you were well set up for the day. You can be assured that I made several trips up to the buffet to re-fill my plates. The staff was very attentive, ensuring that dirty crockery was rapidly moved from your table (never let a dirty plate get in the way of a man and his food!) and that the buffet was well stocked.
The evening meal also offered a large and varied choice. The quantity was staggering, even if the quality was variable. You will never starve at the Palm Grove Hotel, but your taste buds will not always be gratified.
I wouldn’t rave about this hotel, but it was a good value for the money. The staff was extremely attentive and everything was clean and in the right place. Overall, we couldn’t grumble about our stay.
From journal Gambia - an experience!