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Laico Atlantic Hotel (Gambia, Banjul) 4 star

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The Laico Atlantic Hotel is on the seafront of the capital, where the ocean merges with the river, at the island of Banjul.
 
Hotel Room Facilities & Services:
204 rooms & suites

Standard Room: (Seaview or pool view)

Twin or double beds plus additional sofa bed

Sleeps up to 3 people

Interconnecting rooms available for families

En-suite bathroom/shower, shaver plug, hairdryer

Complimentary toiletries

Air-conditioned

Wardrobe & drawers

Bureau desk & chair

Digital safe

Minibar

Satellite TV

Wifi Zone

Direct dial telephone

Private balcony or porch

Voltage 220/240, UK 3 pin plugs

Smoke detectors

Same-day laundry service

24 hour room service


Note:
All the rooms at the Laico Atlantic Hotel are on a bed & breakfast, half-board or full-board basis.

24 hour room service, daily maid room cleaning, baby cot when booking.

Some facilities and services are not running during the low season (from May to October). The management operates a cash free policy so all payments to be settled at the main foyer desk.
 
General Facilities & Services:
3 restaurants

5 bars

Swimming pool with snack bar

Children's separate pool, playground with activity schedule during the winter season

Internet cafe

Variety of gift shops & boutiques

Baby sitting service

Ice cream parlour

Business Centre

Conference hall / reception service - 450 people

Currency Exchange

Porter

Night Club / Disco

Health clinic: doctor-on-call, nurse 8:00 to 16:00

Gym and massage parlour

Hair salon

African evening entertainment

Sports amenities include a squash court, basket ball court, snooker, fishing, Jet skis, Croquet & tennis courts.

Birdwatching on-site activities

24 hour reception desk
 
Review:
The Laico Atlantic Hotel and Resort was Banjul resort's first in time and class.   It is sited on the beach on an old colonial thoroughfare originally called Regent Place.

The current, very delightful edifice was designed by the Mexican Louis von Waberer, built by Balfour Beatty, opened in 1979 and operated until 1994 by the British promoters, Caledonian Hotel Management. From 1999 it has was managed by the international chain, Corinthia Group (CHI Hotels & Resorts) until August 2009 when it changed ownership to the LAICO Resorts. In the early part 2000 the Maltese based chain made large investments in extensive upgrading. Starting with a colossal arch; repainted facade in pleasant cream and maroon and in the excellent Apollo Fitness Centre.

As you enter the front gate there is a luxuriant, spacious and welcoming front area. To your left is a lush 'Rose Garden' filled with mostly bamboo, young palms and trees. To your right is an illuminated garden (with its unsecured George lll cannon). The drive-through veranda leads onto a curved central courtyard where you will find an extensive reception desk by any standard, the business centre equipped with photocopier, fax and internet terminal.

The reception lounge bends left past the boutique, hairdresser's and the Leisure Centre. To your right is the sophisticated Dunda ('High Life') la carte Restaurant and the Bendula ('Meeting Place') Bar. Arching on round these, the lounge bar and boutiques. This row then opens into the Katcha Dula Bar and Bantaba Restaurant which is adjoined by an entertainment area. Their long, curved, louvered covered walls lead on to the garden, sunchairs and locally produced thatched parasols around the bean shaped swimming pool. A number of dining services encircle the pool.

Towards the ocean is an open-air cafe set under the tamarisks and rhuns, and there is also a beach barbecue.

The 204 rooms and suites make up the 3 wings of the hotel's star shaped storey buildings each serviced by a spiral staircase. Accommodation furnishings are in cool shades with mid-brown, wooden fitted wardrobes, drawers and a dressing table, double, twin or single beds and a balcony protruding from the bedrooms.

Due to the accommodation's Banjul location in the quiet city there is little in the way of night life. However, taxis parked nearby can, in just 25 minutes or so, take you to the much livelier Senegambia hotel area in the Kololi resort.
 
Contact Address & Bookings:
Laico Atlantic Hotel and Resort
Banjul capital, Marina Parade
P.O. Box 296, Banjul
The Gambia, West Africa

Tel no: +220  422 8601
                      422 7831 / 422 8606
                      420 1842
Fax:      +220 422 7861

Email: contact@laicohotels.com

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