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THE ROTI MAN OF GALLE FORT. For years, the Muslim men of Galle fort have come to the famous but tiny roti kitchen to break the fast at EID at the end of Ramadam. We were encouraged to find this little den down a tiny alley way to witness the spectacle and were immediately whisked in to the tiny dining area filled with elderly men. A large plate of …
... held on to them. After ten minutes, they left.
There were locals working the train. They were selling fruit, beverages, cooked food … to everyone on board. It was nice to not be pestered by the sellers. If anyone wanted to buy, you just had to flag them down!!! I wish the touts were like that!!!!!
We were hot and tired when we arrived at Colombo seven hours later!!! We could have taken a tuk-tuk, but I thought ...
... very hard working people in extremely underdeveloped and high risk situations, producing some amazing stuff. The combination of loose sarongs and 100 year old belt driven machinery with absolutely no guards, no shut off buttons etc must on occasion process a worker into a coil of rope...
We then returned to the hand grinding machine place for lunch where we were ushered into the most rudimentary kitchen I have seen since Africa. It was like a ...
... and at less than ú1:50 Sterling, extremely good value.
There was one amusing interlude. The waiter was watching me but pretending
not to and I knew it was to see whether or not I would eat the three chillies that had been offered. With a little trepidation I smiled at him, held it aloft and bit the whole thing off the stalk. Those of you with knowledge of Asian chilli will know this could have been a
potentially catastrophic thing to do but it wasn't ...
... after I walked away, two local people said hello to me. I asked about another cheap guesthouse around there. Then they took me to a nice one. The showed single room was nice and reasonable (cheaper than Hill House), so I took it immediately. The owner and a staff member were nice and friendly. They gave me welcome milk tea as well. The staff member also gave free bread which a friend had given to him. That was a great stay.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsJetwing Beach Negombo
That is about it I'm afraid, very much a tourist hotel in a tourist area. The rooms are very comfortable, spotless and the outlook onto the beach cannot be bettered, but large numbers of large people on serried ranks of sunbeds and a surrounding village of embossed leather handbags did not impress.... and if I ever see another sapphire I will scream!
Not the hotels fault, they have a top class facility and their "suites" are palaces with pools....$500 a throw.... but wow!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Jetwing Beach Negombo
After spending nearly one week at the Beach hotel with my friend and my 11mth
baby - I cannot recommend it highly enough.├'┬ Although we had a suite with
service ... all the rooms are fantastic with excellent views of the sea.├'┬
I would recommend staying on a BB basis as we took the HB and although our set
menus were very tasty and interesting, I sometimes would have prefered a small
meal from their restaurant menu.├'┬ The food was very well presented - not the
usual slop from buffet dinners.├'┬ My only complaint was the staff - although
nice and helpful - were just too few and not very well trained!├'┬ Having said
that they prepared excellent food for the baby and at no extra charge.
But no place is truely excellent and as a parent I have to say that although the
hotel is very beautiful, its not buggy friendly.├'┬ It could do with a few more
ramps and less stairs - maybe some more paving around the grounds and less beds
on the beach and near the pool. Baby and sand do not mix!├'┬ The baby pool
be shaded too.├'┬ There...moaning over!
All in all I loved it and would recommend it to all.
Great Hotel - staff need some training !
We stayed at this hotel following our wedding at the Elephant Corridor. We were in a party of 6, one of who works in the travel business.
The hotel decor & facilities etc may be 5 star but the reception & restaurant staff could only be rated as 3 star (at best), Mediocre and expensive food, inability to split a bill between 3 rooms, forgotten orders ( every meal time) , staff more interested in chatting amongst them selves. After we complained the staff could only be described as fawning.
On checkout the bill took ages to prepare even though we had requested it to be done earlier as we had an early (4.00 am) departure - how many places still do this by hand !! Fire alarm went off twice in the early morning, no one came round to say false alarm.
The rooms are well furnished, had a look at a suite, it was beautiful with excellent facilities but very very expensive.
Could not fault the room staff.
The Beach is the Best
We stayed at The Beach for a week, following our tour of Sri Lanka. A wonderfully designed hotel in a fantastic location. The room was large with a shower room, a big bath and balcony. This was more than adequate but if you want something more special try one of the suites. These are fantastic. The pool and sunbed area are kept spotlessly clean, as is the beach. The meals are waiter service and are excellent. A good choice of international food together with excellent local curries. Our only complaint would be the limited choice of meals on the lunchtime menu and the fact that the restaurent staff seemed to be overstretched when there was a wedding and corporate event taking place at the same time. We would love to stay there again.
Try it - it won't disappoint!
Wow - what a hotel! After staying in The Lighthouse in Galle, we were looking forward to trying the newest 5* from Jetwing. Although it is a different type of hotel, we thought that it is almost on par. The style in which the hotel has been redone is lovely. The clean and minimalist look is very effective. This was the last hotel on our tour of Sri Lanka and we were surprised by the size of the room - huge! The bathrooms are well done with the great separate shower and a large dressing area. The view of the ocean from our balcony was fantastic and the sunsets were fabulous. It's nice that even though the hotel is new that it still offers the level of friendly service that we've found in many other Sri Lankan hotels. The food was really good - breakfast cooked to order as well as a buffet, the evening meals were delicious and beautifully presented. On our first evening there was a "cocktail party" in the reception area. It was a very nice introduction to the hotel, we were offered cocktails and delicious canapÚs. It was also very nice of the general manager to introduce herself to all of the guests and have an informal chat. On our last evening we chose to have dinner in the fine dining restaurant. Very nice dining experience, I had a delicious king prawn curry.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone, it was lovely and we felt that it offered good value for money for the standard that it provided.
Wonderful!! I have just returned from a weeks stay at The Beach Hotel, Negombo. The hotel is straight onto the beach, more than enough sunbeds for all. The food was fantastic, breakfast cooked to order and first class evening meals. The service provided by all staff brillant, nothing was too much trouble, our waiter insisted in packing us a picnic to take to the airport, this was most welcome when we found we had a 4 hour delay. The rooms where minimal but luxorious. I had a third floor room and could lie in the bath and watch the sunset. The room was tended all day, with clean towels all the time and the bed laid with flowers each evening, you even have a morning paper delivered and afternoon snacks, all included in the price. Could go on forever about the plus points of this hotel but don't forget to support the local shops and restaurants, it is still really quiet in Negombo and they rely on the hotel bring in guests - there are also some very nice restaurants outside of the hotel, if you walk towards Negombo Town
Out of this world
We booked a last minute week at The Beach and were totally impressed. Service was fantastic as was the food and the beach. We had a beautiful room opening on to the pool and the beach. Flowers were arranged on our bed and floated in our bath. A wonderful romantic setting and sunsets to die for. Go now!
Took a risk on this hotel, as the reviews of the Royal Oceanic leaved a lot to be desired, however ;
The Beach hotel, is quite simply wonderful ! We stayed there for a week on our return from Southern India and our every need was catered for. Having spent two nights in a standard room with a sea view - which in itself was marvellous, we decided to upgrade into one of the 3 suites. This made our holiday even better as the facilities in the room were excellent and we had a butler who was superb. Our only minor gripe was the airconditioning which was not as cool as it could have been but this was far outwieghed by the excellent service, beautiful decor and wonderful setting. I would not hesitate to take my family back to the Beach, and indeed plan to in the very near future. Having been fortunate to travel extensively, I would place this hotel in a similar category to the Maldives Hilton, but much, much cheaper !
Loved this hotel!
Spent the last night of a tour in Sri Lanka in The Beach and can't wait to go back. Just had to write a review after reading the only other one posted because it's definately different now!
In reception we were given cold towels and drinks by the friendly smiling staff before being taken to our room on the second floor. The room was big with white walls and dark furniture. It had air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, kingsize bed, mini bar, loads of wardrobe space, TV.
The bathroom had a large tub and the seperate shower had an old-style wide shower head with great power from it. The bathroom walls are glass (there are blinds though) and there was lots of toiletries. All rooms have large balconies overlooking the pool and Indian Ocean (ground floor ones have a terrace with steps down to lawn and the pool). The sunset was amazing.
As with the rest of the rest of hotel, the room and bathroom were spotless. It was the only hotel we stayed in Sri Lanka where a torch was provided in the room for powercuts, but it was also the only time we didn't need one!
There was a lifeboy on duty on the beach which was reassuring because the drag on the Indian Ocean was very powerful. We didn't have a problem with hawkers on the beach, a "no thanks" and we were left alone. Also swam in the pool in the evening and found it clean. There didn't seem to be mosquitoes while we were there.
We ate in the restaurant that night, our roomboy having kept us a specific table on the terrace. There was a choice between buffet or al carte menu.
The food, despite being catered to more Western tastes, was excellent, as was the service.
Because our early morning flight meant we would miss breakfast the hotel gave us a breakfast bag of coconut, banana and a sandwich - not the most appetising, but appreciated all the same.
I can't comment on facilities outside the hotel as we only had one night in the hotel,
The first time we experienced electricty shortage during my vacation was at this hotel. We stayed for two nights at the hotel. On the first night, there was no electricty for about an hour (which meant no air conditioning in hot and humid weather). We changed the room the other day but the room was near some sorts of noisy hotel facilities (like a water filtering system) though we managed to sleep well (as the room was specially equipped with double doors to filter the noise). The mosquitos was also a problem. The room was big with a King size bed and interesting local decoration but the toilet and bathroom facilities were unaccpetable. However, during the day, the hotel looked surprisingly lovely with its excellent beachfront location. The various pools were also attractive, though a bit dirty and small. The reception area was quite big and commanded excellent sea view. The food and the service were average. But one cannot expect too much for the cheap price paid.