Best hotels and hostels in The Gambia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Ngala Lodge

    Much loved and fussed over by its owner, the Ngala Lodge has 24 bright, spacious handsomely furnished suites, the best of which have original artwork and sea-facing balconies. They're all set amid beautifully landscaped gardens perched over the ocean. Perfect down to the frosted glasses and thoughtfully chosen book collection, the Ngala also has one of the top restaurants in Gambia. It's not one for families (children aren't allowed), but it's perfect for couples, and the Macondo suite with private dip pool and ocean-facing terrace is ideal for honeymooners.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Luigi's

    This impressive family-run complex has a mix of B&B rooms and self-catering apartments, with attractively designed lodgings set with modern furnishings and all the extras (flat-screen TV, in-room wi-fi, safe, fridge, kettle). There's also a pool, though it could use a touch more greenery. Don't miss the excellent restaurant, which serves up deep-dish pizzas, rich pastas and other Italian fare.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    One World Village

    Run by a Swedish-Gambian couple, One World offers great value for its simple but pleasantly furnished rooms. The grounds in front contain a garden and a swimming pool, and guests can feel right at home with use of the living room, kitchen and dining room. Other bonuses: very friendly staff, reasonable wi-fi and a great location in Cape Point. Note that air-con costs and extra D400 per day.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Roc Heights Lodge

    This three-storey villa sits in a quiet garden that makes the bustle of Bakau suddenly seem very far away. Self-catering apartments, with a decor of polished wood-and-tile simplicity, come with fully equipped kitchens, bathtub, hairdryer, TV, telephone and plenty of space (though 'penthouse' is a slightly ambitious label). Omar, the friendly manager, provides helpful service, and it's an easy walk to the beach.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Leybato

    This lush, oceanside property has a fantastic location, though the aging accommodation is in need of an update. Thatch-roof bungalows vary in quality and size – the best have air-con, kitchenettes and ocean views. After a day on the beach, you can lounge in a hammock beneath palms, or enjoy the view of crashing waves over drinks and good, inexpensive meals on the deck of the on-site restaurant.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Ocean Bay

    This massive, 195-room property in Bakau has bright, handsomely furnished rooms and suites with all the mod cons – air-con, in-room safe, flat-screen TVs. Pricier rooms have balconies with sea views. The huge pool, exercise room, bar, and restaurant (with a great breakfast buffet) add to the value – though the biggest draw is having the beach right at your (back) door.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Smiling Coast

    Although it's not on the coast, this friendly low-key spot has six well-equipped rooms, each painted in different light shades (think powder blue, pink, lavender), and all with balconies. It's a short hop to the beach.

  • Lodging in Wassu Stone Circles

    Kairoh Garden

    Kairoh, which means 'peaceful' in Maninka, lives up to its name, at this riverside spot, with simple rooms and a delightful open-sided restaurant overlooking the water.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    African Village Hotel

    Like a scruffy, slightly bored little sister to the glitzy holiday clubs, this fills a gap somewhere between the bottom of the barrel and lofty palaces. The basic bungalows are a bit crammed together, but the pool is great, and the restaurant terrace overlooking the beach is a fine spot to nurse a cold drink. You can also exchange money here.

  • Lodging in Baobolong Wetland Reserve & Kiang West National Park

    Tendaba Camp

    Located on the south bank of the Gambia River, this place is well past its prime, with battered lodging and run-down facilities. However, it's one of the best places to arrange excursions in the area, with regular boat trips to the Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve and less frequent excursions to Kiang West National Park.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

    With its full-service spa, Moroccan architecture and endless chalk-white structures sprawling across vast tropical gardens, this is five-star pampering at its best. You won't get a feel for The Gambia hidden behind walls of bougainvillea, but for a dose of luxury you can't beat this place.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Sukuta Camping

    Although it's off the beaten track, this well-organised campsite earns rave reviews from travellers. Aside from shaded campsites, it offers simple rooms for those who have tired of zipper doorways. Facilities are great and there's a decent on-site restaurant.

  • Lodging in Banjul

    Princess Diana Hotel

    This is slightly better than most Banjul dosshouses, simply because it has doors that lock plus occasional live music in the bar.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Mama's

    Better known for its restaurant below, Mama's also rents out a handful of clean and tidy fan-cooled rooms. Great value.

  • Lodging in Serekunda & Atlantic Coast Resorts

    Praia Hotel

    This bare-bones guesthouse offers simple rooms and friendly service, making it a good deal for budget travellers.