Hotel Royal Beach
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Our newly anointed guide for all things Hikkaduwa, Siri arrived this morning, full of smiles and idle banter - what did he really want!?
As we sat down for breakfast, he seized his opportunity, and from a position of elevated authority began to reel off ideas of what we could do during our stay in Hikkaduwa; Whale watching (via Galle), …
... now which I refuse to accept as a compliment...!
I have become quite the master of 'Kahrem' the national board game, where you flick circular disks into small holes (like in pool but a very very small version). It's good fun and the patients are pretty impressed when a 'suda' (whitey) can play!
We had an England vs Sri Lanka tournament and I lead throughout, but lost in the end - dammit!
Tuesday was a really busy day for Ellen and I (the other ...
... here I would be offered alcoholic drinks as well whilst that was not an option in the less touristy areas. It doesn't really matter to me whether I drink alcohol or not but as someone who feels strongly for equality amongst the sexes it felt a little bit strange to not be taken into account as would be the case in Panadura. One man was very surprised that I was not a house wife but actually kept a real job. He was however ...
... Tissa is famous for, saw Kataragama pilgrims bathing in the lake and left Tissa behind us. We passed by Hambantota and Priya told us about the devastation that the tsunami had caused. In fact it was clearly so bad that even after 8 yrs, the coastal road remained destroyed and we had to take a slightly inland road. We saw the construction of the new highway, which will effectively cut down the journey from Colombo to 3 hrs - which is ...
... to arrive so I got a seat but I had to sit for 30 minutes in that sweaty metal box waiting to depart. A gang of young girls found me particularly fascinating and spent a good 10 minutes waving and smiling at me. At one point one of them picked up their 2 year old brother and lifted him to the bus window so he could get a good look at me. The kid appeared horrified and despite my best nonthreatening smiles and waves he stared with a furrowed ...
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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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.