Ethukala, (formerly Royal Oceanic Hotel), Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Brown's Beach Hotel..Negombo
this hotel is used in some of the cheaper holidays as the area around the hotel is nothing special..tut tut's everywhere...try and walk down the street without one stopping every two minutes....just a little wave with the hand and they will get the message.....If you have not been to Asia before the town of Negombo will come as a culture shock..ramshackle, but full of life, you will get used to it and enjoy because most people are friendly, they just seemed very interested in my very very white legs!!! Pretty basic hotel..but best food in the area all rooms have a seaview......rooms are basic, no t.v. no fridge..but clean ( no bugs in room ) with air conditioning and a ceiling fan and bathroom with shower.....
Hotel has a swimming pool with sun terrace..sunbeds with free towels, free towels on beach aswell ..(waiter service at both)..Not much to do at night...except have your meal and have some drinks and chat by the beach ..there was a magic show one night and some dancers another...on other nights they did Bingo.(the same large Dutch lady won every time !!)..Oh and a rather good local band serenade you during every evening meal.. don't forget to bring a good book..because you won't see any newspapers...
Five Star with Extra Trimmings
Wow! Amazing, Stunning - Just wish it was longer than 13 Hours!! First port of call after 12 hour flight, then had to leave at 6:30am to go to Kandy!!
Will def' come back here for longer - even if just to get use out of the most amazing bathrooms I have ever seen!
Top Drawer Designers have been in the Hotel and gone for minimal chic with a homely tone. Infinity pool, wet room, bathrooms to die for, views over the ocean, fantastic food, and all served up by the friendliest and smiliest people you will ever meet!
Really nice hotel, situated on Negombo beach. Friendly staff, clean, reasonable, big rooms, air con.
At time of writing US$35 a night.
Short walk from internet places, postoffice next door, and restaurants in abundance. Great pool - check out the pic!
Sri Lanka has some of the finest beaches, that I have seen. As I do not like to hang around at the beach whole days, the beaches in Sri Lanka are ideal for me: during daytime I can go and do some sightseeing and in the afternoon I can swim and be at the beach for an hour.
Visit Negombo Beach
Its worth a visit to Negombo beach if you want to get to a beach near to Colombo.
Im sure there are nicer beaches, but we didnt have time to visit them.
Negombo did the trick though!
Loved this hotel!
We, (my husband, 8 year old son and I) have just returned from an Easter Week's Break at The Beach, Negombo and can not rate the hotel enough. The staff are superb. Run by a superb lady GM, nothing is too much trouble for her and her team.
Despite a long flight we arrived in the early hours of Easter Sunday to be greeted by smiling front desk staff who remained attentive, helpful throughout our stay.
The restaurant staff are fun and charming. Look out for George - wonderful!
The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated and have all the amenities you would expect form a hotel in this category.
It is difficult to find fault with the hotel apart from the fact that there is only one bar, which is adjacent to the main restaurant so is not quiet and is not particularly comfortable. That is our only critisism.
We booked on a bed and breakfast basis, with full intentions of eating out at different restaurants. Quite frankly, the food at the hotel outstrips any of the restaurants we were recommended and the quality and quantity is outstanding. It is not expensive! So we chose to eat in most evenings.
The hotel is ideal for families. We can not recommend it highly enough. It is great value for money. Anyone wanting to start or finish a tour of Sri Lanka should consider this hotel. Alternatively day excursions are completely feasible. It is excellent. Please try it.
A great place for a wedding!
Just returned after spending eight fantastic days in April 2007 at 'The Beach' hotel, Negombo, Sri-Lanka.
The hotel itself is a well presented and decorated to a high but minimalist design. On arrival you walk up a small flight of steps into a large reception lobby area. The main area has low sofa's which are set out in two large square area's with wooden tables in the centre of these. You could seat 10 to 15 persons in each area. Directly in-front of you is open planned with no windows which looks straight at palm tree's and the beach, so you can sit around and watch the world go by.
There is one main large reception desk which where to the far right as you enter this area which is manned twenty four hours a day. Here you can arrange anything and even change you money with the cashier into Sri-Lankian Rupee's. ( Approximately 201 rupee's to the pound ) Although you will get approx 207-208 rupees to the pound most main banks.
We stayed in room 319 which is on the first floor. As you enter the room you are presented with a beautiful bathroom which is enclosed by wooden and glass walls, dividing the area from the main . There is a large bath, basin area with lighting, mirror and hair dryer. A toilet and a very large shower area. There are blinds on all the glass areas you can pull down for privacy.
The whole room is decorated again in natural wood. There is a large built-in wardrobes and shelving area hidden behind natural wooden doors. Also hidden here is the digital safe which can be used free of charge and are simple to use.
There is a large bed against the wall again made of natural wood which you could sleep three if not four persons in it. There is matching bedside cabinets either side of the bed with telephone, draws with various stationary and information about the hotel and negombo, including as very large book on Sri-Lanka. Next to the bed by the glass window and patio door's is a single chair with small table. There is a large balcony which looks straight out at the beach and sea with the odd palm tree.
Also in the room is a TV unit which has several channels on it including movie channels and BBC News 24 and sky news.
Under the TV is a small cupboard which houses the mini fridge which has various drinks and chocolate bars. ( all chargable ).
The room is air-conditioned and was set at 16 degree's. (god send because it was hot and humid. 30 degrees on the average day with the odd lighting storm and drop of rain, evening's only?)
The room was cleaned and the towels and bedding being changed every day. There was even a fold back service at night. Most evenings they left chocolates on a plate with a small flower with the bed sheet folded in various design and patterns.
There is two restraunts at the hotel, the main one is located on the ground floor which is open to the beach. Well set out and has the hotel main bar attached to the side of this. All of this is open planned. The food was good and something different every day and you could also choose from a menu as well if you didnt want buffet style food. The restraunt manager is call 'George'. He will sort out anything you want and doe's this always with a smile.
There is also an a la carte restraunt call 'Black Coral'. This is decorated in black and natural wood and the fantastic food and service is 101%. ( held wedding reception here!)
There is two swimming pools, one of these semi inside although this is only under cover not enclosed.
There are plenty of sunbeds with towels which are situated inbetween palm trees. The beach has beautiful sand. The sea itself was quite rough and no good for snorkling as the waves were large and there was a strong undertow current.
I recommend travelling around in a tuk tuk. A small three wheeled cab. You get to see the local area although they do like to overtake each other. A return trip from the beach hotel to the town centre was 400 rupee's and they waited for us whilst we went shopping. Never pay up front only on return and agree a price before never after.
Myself and my new wife 'Joanne' were married here at the hotel on Friday 13th April 07 at 3 pm arranged by 'Hayes and Jarvis'. The wedding co-ordinator at the hotel was good. Anything we wanted we were given. We took out a wedding party of 15 guest which the hotel was not used to. With a little help and organisation the whole day went really well. They seemed to be only used to couples getting married with no guest's. The elephant ride was good but at an aditional cost of 150 dollars ( 75 pounds ). The hotel even presented us with a wedding gift.
Something I was not prepared for was other holiday guest's coming over and watching the wedding ceremony which add's the all the excitement and nerves.
Overall the whole time was great, weather ok and we would certainly be looking at returning to the beach hotel.
Convenient for the Airport
We arrived in Sri Lanka at 2am and it was a good idea to use this Hotel as it was less than 30 minutes from the airport.
Nice beach by day, sure there are Hawkers on the beach but they do not come into the Hotel at all so you can sit a few metres from the boundary of the hotel and have great sea views in front of you and have a decent pool behind.
Food was OK but you really must get out into the local Restaurants to savour the best of Sri Lanka, also it is better for all to spread your spending around for the good of the local economy.
I enjoyed sunset when the beach came alive with all the local people coming out to enjoy sunset.
I would have marked the hotel higher except that check out took one and a half hours as they kept overcharging my account . No extra items appeared on my bill, they just kept charging me a higher room rate. I never felt they were being dishonest, just paranoid of undercharging.
Doesnt deserve its 5*s
I stayed at The Beach hotel for 1 week after a week touring the island. Whilst overall the hotel was very pleasent I do not think that it measured up to its 5* rating.
The room was large and well appointed, large bathroom with a very generous sized shower and seperate bath - unfortunately there was frequently no hot water in the afternoon/ evenings and at all times the hot water was an unpleasent brown colour making the bath redundant. The bed was redressed twice a day with the sheet being combined with flowers to make a very nice display but on two occasions the flowers placed on the bed were infested with small insects so the bedding had to be changed. The room did have a slight damp smell but the A/C removed most of this and certainly other hotels on my holiday had it a lot worse.
The bar and resturant were reasonable in terms of quality but for Sri Lanka exceptionally expensive - many things being 2-3x what we had been paying in other 4 & 5* hotels on the trip. The service from the staff was always very polite and almost overly attentive however actually receiving things you ordered was very slow.
Given the stupidly inflated prices we ate outside of the hotel (at a bar called Lords about 3 minutes down the road by foot) where the food was easily compariable in quality but the prices for it and drinks were much more reasonable - plus there was a tut-tut that had been converted to a mobile cigerette shop that stopped outside a few times a night.
Whilst we were there there was always free loungers, bar seats and the pool was never crowded. We were however told that the hotel was exceptionally empty due to many people canceling their holidays to Sri Lanka and so I would be concerned about the communial areas capacity if there were significantly more guests staying
Lovely Hotel in a beautiful Setting
We stayed at the Beach on the first and last night of our tour of Sri Lanka. I was delighted with the hotel and loved its dark., contmporary feel.
The rooms are absolutely massive and have the most beautiful bathrooms with lovely products for you to use. I did notice that the water was a slightly yellow colour in the bath but I think this may have been due to the staining of the bath crystals that are used as opposed to the cleanliness of the water.
The pool is fantastic and there were lots of loungers available both around it and on the beach although we had to go and ask the pool attendant for towels as he was chatting to his mates.
There is a fantastic little cafe right next to the hotel on the beach which serves lovely fresh food at reasonable prices and I would definately recommend this for a lunchtime snack.
During the day there are masses of chipmunks running around the outside areas and the beach which I know some people found quite annoying as they are very friendly and will practically eat off your plate. If you shoo them away they do eventually go away. I personally found them quite cute!
I can't fault the staff, they were all polite and friendly. My only criticism would be that the quality of the food during the evening was not fantastic and is very expensive. In fact it was probably the least enjoyable food we had in Sri Lanka so I would definately recommend venturing outside of the hotel in the evening.
I would definately recommend this hotel and was delighted to return to it on the last night of our tour after spending one night in an absolute dive!!
Family on Negombo's beach
Camalot or sunset beach negombo?
Has anyone any info on Camalot or Sunset Beach hotels in Negombo please?
These have been suggested to us as a stop off for the 1st & last night of our holiday, so it would only be a brief stay, are they convenient for the airport?
I can only seem to find out limited info on them, has anyone been recently?
Any other suggestions of hotels in this price range would be appreciated if these hotels are not very good!
RE: Camalot or sunset beach negombo?
I can recommend both Hotels.
Sunset is bit closer to airport than Camlot. Its about half a mile and its not big different.
I think Sunset is bit cheaper than Camlot and its big bigger too
You can go to Airport from there within 15 Mins time and its better to arrange taxi or 3 wheeler before you go. You can ask from reception about there rate and meet some 3 wheeler guys in Taxi Stops and they will give better price.
If you need any further asissts, dont hesitate to contact me. I will try my best to advice you
Take care and Have Fun
RE: RE: Camalot or sunset beach negombo?
Thanks for the helpful info Oscar!
1. If I had time for just one beach, which one should it be - Negombo or Bentota or anyone else.
2. Is the road from Horton plains to Colombo thro' Kitulgala open throughout the year or is it closed during some seasons?
3. Where can I shop for authentic gems in Colombo?
4. Is it easy to find a tuk tuk to take us around for shopping mostly and a bit of sight-seeing? Any recommendations?
RE: Trip advice
Can advise you only on topic #1 :
1. Bentota/Beruwela is surely nicer beach than Negombo. Negombo is at the same time fishing village.
RE: Trip advice
If you have time for just one beach, (Negombo or Bentota) it should be Bentota, it is as good as any on this side of the island.
Yes, the road from Horton plains to Colombo thro' Kitulgala (the A7) is open throughout the year and its not a bad road these days either, I came along it last month.
Sorry but I know nothing about buying gems (other than you really need to know what you are doing)
It is difficult to avoid tuk tuks (AKA three wheelers) in Sri Lanka they are everywhere and in the tourist areas one will find you as soon as you step outside, the only recommendation is to agree a price first.
Fishing trips from Negombo Beach???
Hoping to spend 12 days in Sri Lanka, on Negombo beach. I enjoy fishing when I am on holiday, just for fun, and not serious big game fishing!!!. I am bringing my telescopic rod with me from the Uk. Any idea, how can organise few hours a day of fishing??, what kind of fish I can expect in may, june time, what is the best bait, cost...etc... I appreciate any informations please....
RE: Fishing trips from Negombo Beach???
Its nice to hear about your visit. Welcome !!!
As you know Negombo is one of famous fishing area in Sri Lanka. You can go fishing in the Sea or Lagoon or you can stand on some bridges in Negombo Lagoon too.
If you wanna go for fishing in the sea, talk some fishermans and talk with them. They will tell you everything and they will give a quote and ask for details.
There are lots of 18 Feet little boat and 34 Feet trawlers too. You can see lots of trawlers near Negombo Rest House and The Courts area. Small boats in Sea Street Beach, Negombo Esplanade Beach or Kuttiduwa area.
If you stay in Hotel in Sea Street area and walk in a beach and chat with some middle age guys and make your request.
For baits, usually little shrimps or fish
You dont need to worry about anything and they will guide you and talk about the time, charge before you go in detail. Be friendly with them atleast few days before and make appointment and bargain if you think price is high.
If you need any further info, dont hesiate to contact me
RE: Fishing trips from Negombo Beach???
Oscar, Thank you so much for your helpful tips and a very useful informations.
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