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Arrive negombo shortly after midnight after being met by stanley our jetwing driver.
Jetwing sea hotel extremely comfortable. Sleep and get up approx 7 for delicious breakfast : curries, fruit bar, curd, pastries etc.
Walk to negombo along beach approx 3 km. very hot. Lots of traditional fishing boats - wooden outriggers. Fish being landed …
... letting people on until there was not an inch of space left. Then it headed off. You would think that the people standing up would be getting off the bus fairly early on the trip and that it would empty out a bit. But no such luck, most of the people stayed in for at least 3 hours. They certainly know how to endure long trips.
Well Negombo wasn't as bad as I'd imagined. Its a pretty place with a string ...
... room was helpfully cooled by a ceiling fan which had 2 speeds: off and flat out like a spitfire taking off. The noise of the moving option was also similar to a plane at full throttle and so once again the trusty ear plugs were inserted but not before I'd locked the door and stacked my bags behind it for good measure; it was going to be a long night. As I was up at 4am to get to the airport I lay down, trying not to think of what else had ...
... went to see the Negombo Fish Market. Now, that's what I call a fish market. A word of advice though, stay away if you have a problem with the smell of fish. Lunch was quite something. A real delight and so much food for so little. Very spicy and full of ...
... 20metres) and it came right next to our boat! YES!!! After about half an hour we headed back to shore. After an emotional, vomit filled experience, I have to say I was glad to get off the boat! But it was definitely worth it, and Zoe was fine in the end :) happy days! We ended up back in Negombo at about 5pm and checked in to 'golden star beach hotel' Just chilling, we watched the sunset while laughing at many a crab ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Jetwing Sea Negombo
Friendly & Enjoyable!
I read the two previous reviews just prior to going and I was very concerned. However; apart from no A/C in the room (the rooms do need it), my wife and I found most other aspects of the hotel quite satisfactory. It's a good medium class hotel, staff very friendly and obliging. Rooms are basic but clean. It was great to just walk straight onto the beach from our ground floor room. The hotel is closing for 2 months June - July for further refurbishment to most of the communal areas including the restuarant.
Go, you'll enjoy it!
Stayed here for 12 nights, couldn't wait to get away.
The room, although refurbished was dark and uncomfortable. Peeling lampshades, bare unpainted plaster walls in bathroom - they must have ran out of tiles!
The towels were like sandpaper, water not often hot, stained sheets and staff with their hands out for tips all the time. There must be an epidemic in Negombo as most staff have close family members in urgent need of operations, and they are the only one working.
We booked this holiday at short notice, and unfortunately our worst fears were realised.The pictures of the rooms on the website are the renovated rooms, the rooms at the other end of the hotel are the original ones. Dark and dingy holes with flyscreens kept in place with newspaper. At night you had a choice of being eaten alive by mossies or living in a sauna, and that was before we went to dinner. The staff were apart from a few exceptions a surly bunch until the day we were leaving when tips were expected. One day after a tour we came back to our room to find the towels had not been replaced. i went to housekeeping and was given 2 lovely white fluffy towels as opposed to the floorcloths which were normally issued. When we came back from lunch the nice towels had been replaced by the normal hard,dirty cloths. When we asked why this had happened, we were told that our rooms did not qualify for the new towels. The room reminded me of my accommodation at an RAF station in Sharjah, but that was in 1966. That is probably being unkind to the RAF. The original wing of the Seashells hotel is a dirty, dingy dump.
Just returned from a 12 day visit and found the hotel's staff extremly friendly and nothing too much trouble. Upgraded to A/C room which was basic but clean and more than adequate for the area.The hotel is in a superb location right on the beach with all rooms having a sea view.The food was good with a good variety to suit most people.The entertainment at night was limited but sitting listening to the waves with the background music was pleasant.Lots of people leave early morning for flights home or trips but always found housekeeping/cleaners started work around 8-9am. In the foyer is a board called Eco Enviroment the 3 trips were included in our holiday price. One of the trips is a journey down the old Dutch canal and was a wildlife paradise.I understand that this can be booked at reception if not included. The guy who drives the boat whose name is Sarath will also arrange to take you independantly to the "Lagoon" this is completly different to the canal trip. Set in mangrove/jungle you will see wildlife galore. He arranges to stop at a remote village where they will climb a tree to get you a coconut drink whilst they make you a lily flower necklace.This trip was superb and well worth the money. Sarath owns the boat moored on the beach in front of the hotel and is there mornings/afternoons when not out on trips.He has a book that someone in the UK has made for him so ask to see it. Sarath is very knowledgable, speaks good english and 100% trustworthy so have no fears.
We stayed here for 6 nights in October. Very small friendly resort. The food was very good - a mix of western dishes and also Sri Lankan with theme nights the norm. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The room was clean and although it did not have a/c it did have a ceiling fan. It also had a mosquito net which proved entertaining getting into at night and out again in the morning.
We went on an all-inclusive tour, staying at Seashells for the second week. We had been told to expect a 'mid range' hotel but found it hard to see how this was jusified. The hotel, although being modernised in some rooms was shabby and dated and many of the staff seemed surly and disinterested; requests for things we wanted, all noted in their welcome pack either didn't come or only arrived after 2 or 3 reminders.
I have stayed at the Seashells hotel twice. Once in 2002 and the other in 2003. The hotel itself is quite small and informal and to be honest quite basic. This is why I loved it so much! I have travelled aroud the world and I have never met friendlier people!! They actually go out of their way to make you feel welcome, not because it's their job, but because they want to. The hotels has a great location - right on the beach. I saw the most amazing sunsets from my room and the pool area, it's gorgeous!
Nice and Friendly
Right on the beach, friendly and well presented staff, food ok could have had more choice for veggies. Not much in evening entertainment.
If we go again we would go into an air condition room, ceiling fan ok but it still was very hot.
We were 1999 from Germany for two weeks in Seashells bei "all inclusive", which we naturally not always used, because of many excursions and trips around Sri Lanka. The price was such a great value, that is why it did not matter. We found the food of Seashells very fine and the service was excellent.