Travel Blogs from Negombo
Apart from a brief stroll down the main street, we spent today on the beach. We made friends with Mary and Anne, two of the local ladies who walk up and down the beach all day trying to sell sarongs and scarves to the tourists. If nothing else, it was an opportunity to practise our haggling skills. Alarm set for 3am as our flight leaves early tomorrow morning.!
After battling through the traffic around Colombo, we finally made it to Negombo for the last leg of our trip.
... in the guesthouse for good conversations, eat some amazing home cooked food and having a party in a tattoo shop (new experience right there!).
As soon as the flights were booked I was straight out of there to the Hill Country - Negombo was pleasant, laid back & cheap but very touristy and the beach was a far cry from your postcard beach Sri Lanka is famed for.
... short while outside, enjoying the beach and pool. The small hotel complex sits on the sand. The boundary is marked by a concrete paving line. This line was dotted with around 7-10 locals at a time selling their wares - sarongs, wooden carvings and jewellery. All whilst glaring at the tourists and shouting at them from their border line. It did get rather uncomfortable. I went for a walk along the beach. Scattered with fishing boats and tuk tuks. Several weddings ...
... fed local home made food daily for a total of £40 spend to live. Kirinda is on the South East coast of Sri Lanka and far, far away from any tourists or anything close to the 'normality' of the west. The perfect place to stay. So we spent the next week teaching the locals how to build with natural resources, took a trip to Tangalle prison to visit one of the locals' friends, took another trip to Ella to do some promotional work and built a mud bar. The nicest thing about the ...
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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!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jetwing Beach Negombo
After spending nearly one week at the Beach hotel with my friend and my 11mth
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 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.
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 canapés. 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.
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 ;
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!
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.