Laico Atlantic Hotel
Atlantic Hotel: Situated in the capital, Banjul.
The hotel is excellent, with nice rooms, friendly staff and good service, swimming pool, bars and restaurant. The beach is good, nice soft white sand but the foreshore tends to be a little dark in color and has a certain odor. This could be due to it being situated on the estuary of the River Gambia and not far from the shipping lanes into the port at Banjul.
The Atlantic is Banjul’s only first class hotel. An easy cool-weather walk from the town centre, opposite the Gambia’s Foreign Ministry on the old Marine Parade, which Tomkinson (Gambia book) tells us began as the protectorate’s Regent Place and in 1999 became Muammar al Gadhafi Avenue.
The Atlantic has a spacious, landscaped frontage with a drive in past security to the front doors. To the right are parking spaces and a small taxi park.
The 200 rooms and 4 suites occupy 3 wings looking like a letter Y from the air.
Amenities & Services
Hotel boasts its own clinic, a satellite TV room and 3 pool tables, there are volleyball, croquet, squash and floodlit tennis courts There is a good sized the kidney-shaped pool, with sun loungers round it, a pool bar and thatched umbrellas beneath some tall palms. Snacks are served here and at seats outside and above the beach
Bar and ‘High life’ al a carte restaurant. At the end is the Tropicana Patio and the Katcha Dula Bar and the ‘Bantaba’ restaurant, which has an open-air entertainment area beside
Activities & Facilities
Clive Barlow, the writer of the excellent ‘Birds of the Gambia’ has created the ‘Atlantic Bird Garden’ which has attracted 155 bird species and even rare forest varieties have started breeding here. It is also his base since 1990 and houses the offices of his ‘Gambia Bird-watchers Ltd