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Reviewed 2 April 2017

You get what you pay for. This hotel is right on the beach with a lovely pool and very convenient for restaurants and bars. We stayed in one of the balcony rooms which has a stunning view of the beach, pool and sunset in the evenings. The staff are very friendly and there is a great buffet breakfast included in the price. The room and communal areas were cleaned every day however the whole place needs updating and re-decorating. The bed was extremely comfortable however the 4 poster frame was held together by string. Although the bathroom was cleaned there was ground in dirt that just wouldn't come off and the grouting was black with old dirt. The main issue however was the electrics. There was no earth and many wires were exposed. Part way through our stay the switches and sockets in our bathroom stopped working, as well as the switch for the fridge (which we only realised was on the same circuit when we found a huge puddle on the floor). After re-setting the fuse box several times (and getting a couple of electric shocks in the process) we complained that this was dangerous and an electrician came out within 30 minutes to fix the problem. However if the place was upgraded I'm sure it would no longer be a budget hotel.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms at the front give views over the ocean and pool.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank RS60girl
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

The hotel in situated on the main road but the rooms are well away from the traffic. I stayed there for 2 weeks and enjoyed the experience. The room was cleaned every day with plenty of towels. I styed in a first floor room with a balcony 210 and the view was stunning but sea noisy a night but worth the ear plugs. Rooms are basic but comfortable, clean and comparable with others in Sri Lanka. The inside rooms are a bit dark but if you want to stay inside all day why go on holiday? The pool is clean and safe contrary to another review. Breakfast has enough choice and plenty of it for anyone. The staff were friendly and always willing to help. People react to the way you treat them. I think some people are only happy when they are moaning. 25 metres to the left is The Den and 30 metres to the right is the Blue Note hotel and both have good food and drink. If you want loud music, cheap drink and also food try Chill Space about 25 metres further on from the Blue Note. The ear plugs come in handy if you want to sleep they have a party on Saturday night that lasts till dawn - great fun. I will try and go back 2018. PS the dog is Duke and is adorable, if he barks just give him a fuss.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor I was in room 210 at the front but surf is noisy take ear plus
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Davefire49
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We stayed in this place for 8 nights. First we got the room upstairs but it was very small, with a view to the wall of the building next to, with one window that could't be open, very dark and it smelled on damp. We asked to change the room for the one downstairs and they did it without any extra charge. The rooms downstairs are bigger, with more natural light and they look newer. They cleaned our room every day and changed the bed sheets and towels. The staff is great, very friendly and polite. Breakfast was good, the same every day, but I liked it, although we ate at the hotel maybe 2 or 3 times, because we wanted to try different food outside. The pool wasn't clean, but anyway we were all day on the beach so actually we didn't need a pool at all, but it was nice sitting there in the evening, watching ocean waves. Also, you must take into account that their culture and standards are different from our "Western", so you can not expect the same service. We also had the opportunity to be in the 5* resort where hygiene also was not at a satisfactory level how we used to, the pool was also not cleaned regularly, and the night in a standard double room costed about 200eur. All in all, it was ok for a budget hotel, since we spent most of the time outside and we've used the room just for sleepover.

Room Tip: Rooms downstairs are better. Ask to first see the room and check if everything is working (water heater, fridge, air-conditioner, fan...)
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank sonjamamic
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

We stayed this place for 2 nights. Dirty room and bathroom . Over prised, the pool is dirty with no water testing. So you need to find a doctor to treat skin rash if you had a dip. If you have problem with your legs avid this place lot of uneven and climbing stairs is hazardous, dangerous, a dirty dog living in this property, very dangerous for family with kids because if this dog bites you you need injections for rabies. No windows and missteps of room furniture is crumlpling. No relevance for the name Nippon, if a Japanese stays here he will do hara KICI for the shame. Staff was arrogant n rude,

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gaminide2017
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Great location and beautiful view from the hotel.Staff was very friendly and polite.Breakfast was ok but the same eveyday.They need to improve choice of food a little bit.The tables were we have breakfast was often dirty and you need to ask the staff to clean it everytime.
The room was a bit smelly,very dark and moist. You felt it was kind of dirty.They change the bed sheets almost everyday but the sheets were stained every time.The curtains in the room was dirty and stinky. The bathroom was not very clean also, esspecially the shower. The water in the shower smells very bad.
The walls were paper thin and you you could hear everything from guests returning late at night..
Pool is the grossest thing that i have ever seen in my life.Oil stains was in the surface all the time.You can smell chlorine so hard.They dont know how to clean it properly so they put some chemicals without a mesure.Water in the pool wasn't clear at all.Not safe for swiming! Pool area is outdated so they can improve that a little bit because they have a really nice view from the hotel.Beach in front of the hotel is not for swiming because of the coral reef but Narigama beach is in walking distance.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Milica B
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