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LSR Hotel, Bentota

LSR are a tour company operating in Sri Lanka. They specialize in activity tours; sporting (I did a very good hiking based tour with them – their guides are excellent), bird/animal watching and cultural. The hotel they’ve got in Bentota is worth a mention here, as you probably won’t find out about it anywhere else, and I think you’d enjoy staying there. It’s a little way out of the main town centre of Bentota, about a fifteen minute walk from the bus and train stations I guess, and then you…

Sandy Lane Hotel, Unawatuna

I wanted a few days on the beach after a hard week of marathon training in Galle, so I caught a local bus for about 5 miles down the coast to the backpacker hangout of Unawatuna. It’s not too well signposted and the bus driver overshot the turning, so I had a bit of walk back down the main road before I could turn the palm gardens and the Unawatuna area. The guidebook map was very basic and I soon lost track of where I was so couldn’t find the…

Mr Koddikara’s Hotel & Mrs Khalid’s restaurant, Galle

The Tuk Tuk driver who picked me up from Galle train station warned me not to go to Mr Koddikara’s. ‘It’s dirty,’ he said, ‘and expensive.’ I figured he was just after taking me to a place where he could get a commission, so insisted on Koddikara’s place. I’m glad I did. This is the view you get of the hotel from the road, just before you go into the front garden. It was late morning when I arrived and it took a few minutes to find anybody. Mr Koddikara…

The Hotel Deephani, Negombo

Location - On the beach in Negombo, just a 20 minute tuk tuk taxi ride to or from the airport. The hotel is well signed from Lewis Place, the main road leading along the Negombo beach area. The hotel can arrange a tuk tuk to the airport, or a pick up for a cheap price, about £3 each way for a tuk tuk or double that for a car. Or, to pay an even cheaper price, just walk onto Lewis place and engage any of the tuk tuk drivers you’ll find…

The Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo

Location - On the beach in Negombo, just a 20 minute tuk tuk ride to or from the airport. The hotel is easily found on Lewis Place, the main road leading along the Negombo beach area. Check In/Reception - Quick and easy, no problems. The friendly staff offer a glass of fresh mango juice to cool you down as you sign in. The Room - The room was fine, very comfortable, with air con and a fan, a decent view over pool and beach, and a TV with a huge array of satellite…

The Club Hotel Dolphin, Waikkal

Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accomodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival. Location - The Club Hotel Dolphin is on the beach-front in the village of Waikkal, which is about 12kms north of Negombo, and less than an hour by bus or car if you are coming from the international airport. There’s not much else near the hotel,…

The Hotel Serendib, Bentota Beach

Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accomodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival. Location - The hotel is on the beach and less than 5 minutes walk from Bentota train station, which has regular connections to both Galle and Colombo. The bus terminal is less than a km away (2 minutes by tuk tuk taxi). The international airport is…

The Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo

Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accommodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival. Location - The Taj Samudra is located facing Galle Face Green, a few minutes walk from the seafront, a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Fort Railway Station or any of the central bus stands and an hour’s taxi ride from the international airport. If you want…

The Taj Airport Garden Gateway Hotel, Seeduwa

Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accommodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival.   Location - The Taj Airport Garden Gateway Hotel is located about 3.5km from the International Airport, about 30km from Colombo city centre (1 hour by taxi) and 10km from Negombo Beach area. From the main road turn off the private driveway runs through about 350…

The Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo

The Jetwing Beach Hotel in Negombo is very near the Colombo marathon’s finish line (about 10 minutes walk along the beach). Before we go into details, here’s a short film that I made on arriving at the hotel. It’s not meant to be a glossy film showing the accomodation at it’s best, just an honest first impression on what the average visitor might encounter on arrival. Location - The Jetwing Beach is located between the main Negombo Beach and a road that runs the length of the hotel strip. It’s about…