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Hotels in the Gambia have been moving towards the luxury end of the market in recent years, focusing on five-star resorts and eco-lodges and away from cheap hostels and boarding houses. However, nearly all of these properties are consolidated along the Atlantic coastline.
Let’s be clear – most British travellers consider holidaying in The Gambia very affordable, with most of the three or four-star resorts available from as little as £30 a night. You can sometimes get an even cheaper deal if you book a holiday package. For example, a week-long break (inclusive of a four-star hotel, flights and breakfast) in December is often less than £500 per person.
If you’re a budget traveller, then it’s worth researching a visit to The Gambia in the off-season. From late June to October, the rainy season (known locally as ‘Nawet’) is when you can the best hotel deals, usually up to 50% cheaper. During this period, the climate is still warm, with temperatures hovering around 25C, but you do need to pack a raincoat and take insect repellent and Malaria prevention tablets with you.
From nabbing the best views to sweet talking your way into an upgrade, improve your chances of getting the best hotel room – without paying through the nose – with these expert tips.Read moreabout Ask the experts: How to bag the best hotel rooms
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