Everywhere in Sri Lanka where you get out from a bus or train you will meet a lot of people proposing you a big variety of hotels and guesthouses. Not in Jaffna. Here the turistic infrastructure is still very limited. Big hotels are now being used by army, a lot of others are not yet reconstructed... The fact that knowledge of english is emong the local people rather limited is not helping at all. So it took me a while before I found a place where to stay. It was a "no-name" hotel - just few rooms in the back of a radio-TV shop.
So don't came in the late afternoon to Jaffna, otherwise you can have some problems to find an accomodation...
My hotel was correct, without bathroom in the room but with AC, which is quite important - Jaffna is more humid then the rest of the island. And have in mind that a limited choice has an impact on prices - they are higher then elsewere in Sri Lanka.
The original Yarl Beach Inn had 20 rooms in it but after the war the place was reduced to nothing more than a pile of concrete. The present Inn has 4 rooms with 2 of them being air conditioned. It's a very quiet place (there were no other guests when I was there) with very friendly owners.
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