Hotel Royal Beach
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Royal Beach Hikkaduwa
We arrived at this guesthouse as recommended by a dependable local, hoping to get a reasonably priced room during the off season in Hikkaduwa. We managed to bargain the price down for a fairly modern looking room that sits on the ground floor - however no air con, just a fan. The first night was pretty uncomfortable as although it's close to the sea, our room gets none of the cooling air. The fan is placed right over the bed, meaning that the displacement of the fanned air doesn't get to you if you are directly below it!
So we ask for the air con remote for the next night, first they try to charge us double for what we paid, we refuse, find a better priced room with air con for a lot less a few doors down, it's also cleaner, larger and has a sea front balcony.
we return to this hotel to pick up our stuff and move to the other accommodation, the owner/manager asks us why, we tell her what we've found so she matches the price for a road facing room - no chance!
The room we got was OK, it has a very clean and modern bathroom, but the bed takes up most of the space in the room and there are very little fixtures and/or fittings in which to keep your stuff. Without aircon the room gets extremely humid and as you get no breeze, and very little privacy, there's no point opening the windows. It's almost double the price for the same room with air con, which is a rip off.
Location wise it's good if you want to be in a quieter part of the beach where the waves are calmer and the beach has less coarseness and debris.
I would have given this place 3/5 initially but for the unfriendly, money grabbing owner(s) - Prefer the owners at Neela's Guesthouse, much more friendly and reasonable when it comes to negotiating price
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