It was easy to get all the information I needed and to book this guesthouse via email with Mark a few days in advance. He offers airport pickup for $20 USD which we booked and we were very pleased with the service and driver. As our flight arrived before 5am we booked the room for the night before (so we could check-in and sleep straight away) as well as two additional nights. We were greeted very nicely by the early morning staff and they assisted us with our luggage.
We booked a $35 USD room on the top floor, with private balcony, view and AC and were quite pleased with it. The provided wifi and AC work well, the balcony is quite large and while there is no ocean view (despite the name...) it is nice to sit out and watch the comings and goings on the street, the palm trees and the sun-set. The bathroom is quite modern and large. We had no trouble accessing both cold and hot water as needed. The room also has a ceiling fan, windows, mini-fridge, small wardrobe, hanging rack and large bed with comfortable mattress and nice netting.
The $4 USD breakfasts are a bit light and typical but convenient to start the day. We arranged with Mark a Colombo day tour which went quite well. For $60 USD we were picked up at 9am and brought back at 4pm and with a minor bit of coaxing were able to see what we wanted.
The guesthouse and area were pretty quiet overnight so no disturbances. There is some construction across the street with hammering starting at 07:30 so not too bad. We enjoyed our stay here and would recommend for a few days although NO house keeping...
P.S. While the waves were too rough for swimming I actually thought the beach across from here didn't look too bad. Further towards town is not so nice but more interesting with all the fisher-people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ocean View Tourist Guest House Negombo is the most convenient place for your stay in Negombo.You can reach us from airport in 20 minutes any time of the day. We have got different rooms for different prices according to your budget. We are specialized in organizing inbound tours as well.Our experience is since 1978. If you want to know the country well, come with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ocean View Tourist Guest House Hotel Negombo