Hotel Royal Beach
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This morning began really early at 3:00. Seven of us volunteers were picked up by taxi and brought to the train station. We traveled for 5 hours, and it was pertty uncomfortable, but the sunrise and views of fog covered mountains was amazing. Then we had to change trains in Colombo, the capital city, and then spend two hours heading east down the coast, so close to the ...
... the fare and paid what the driver demanded of 300SL.
The USP of White Pearl Beach resort was that it was bang on the sea located in Putuwatha ,4 kms off Hikkaduwa. A 8-bedroom Sri Lankan bungalow converted into a cushy resort,Anand, the owner-chef-caretaker splits his year between Italy and Sri Lanka . During the summer months he works in a resort in Italy and in winter he is running his resort here. We were lucky to get him as he was ...
... to the whole crew (most people had headed the rumour of a delay so it was not too much of a shock) he explained how there was a cyclone between us and Malaysia right in our path, he had been studying it and had decided that the best thing to do was to go around it south to the equator! And there was another one brewing in the Southern Hemisphere but they don't like the equator and we could sail between them - that's the plan, but giving it a days head ...
... she removes a select few items and puts them out: toiletries in the bathroom, a few clothes hung on rails, etc. Whereas I don't bother.
We both have a series of habits. Georgina glued to her kindle, whilst I'll be glued to this blog. Georgina guzzles water, slaps on sun cream obsessively, is honest in a brutal way, and buys too many souvenirs. On the other ...
... much more relaxed as everybody has a seat and we soon get chatting to some of the people. We learn that we have second class tickets and this is a third class carriage! It would have been more comfortable in second class they inform us although I don’t remember making a conscious choice about the carriage the crowd jostled me onto. We also learn that we can get off at Weligama, a little station before Mirissa, instead of going all the way to Matara and backtracking. It ...
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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.