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The Ayubowan Guesthouse

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47/55 School Lane | Ettukalla, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 115 Negombo B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
Christel11487 Vancouver, Canada
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed in this beautiful guesthouse for just one night, but felt like coming to long-time friends . The house, garden and room are impeccably clean and very tastefully decorated. The quiet and very safe location is in walking distance to the beach, excellent restaurants( thanks Brenda for your recommendations), shops and tourist facilities. The delicious breakfast, served on the... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write such a positive review, we were pleased to read it and to know you both had such a nice time here. We too looked upon you both more as friends rather than guests and we certainly look forward to the time when we meet again . More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first place we stayed in Sri Lanka as it is very conveniently located near the airport. I really enjoyed our 2nights here, it has a beautiful garden and pool and the staff are very friendly. It is also very clean and very well maintainfed. Now that I have moved around Sri Lanka and stayed a few places... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review for Ayubowan, we happy to know you both enjoyed your stay with us and compared us to other guest houses within your budget and that we came out on top, it just proves that we the owners and staff have succeeded in making Ayubowan what it is to-day, thank you once again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

Stayed in this excellent guest house on first night in SL. Owners organised car & driver to pick me up from airport and took the hassle out of finding way round a new environment. Room clean and comfortable, breakfast good and hosts offered lots of useful advice including places to eat, tuk tuk drivers etc. I would recommend this to... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time out of your work load to write your review about Ayubowan, we are pleased that we were able to help you with all your questions and to make the start of your journey easy. More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Very nice place, owned by British - beautiful garden and breakfast area, big room and comfortable bed and very clean room and bathroom. We stayed on the second floor and the bathroom was a bit outside of the room. But yet nobody used this floor except us. Tasty and big Sri Lankan breakfast. Small disadvantage for me is that they... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for writing your review and thank you for waiting to leave before telling of the 2 negative points, you had the sole use of the bathroom as it is an attached bathroom to your room, the dinner option, if you mention to the staff about dinner in we will bend over backwards to please you as others... More 

Oranjezicht
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Stayed here for 5 night before flying home. It's one of these places that you can tell the hosts [Brenda and Ron] have thought about everything to make their place perfect. The location is handy for the beach and also for nearby restaurants [I particularly liked Tuskers]. There is a very nice garden a a decent sized swimming pool. And... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for being honest in your review, your right when saying to stay longer than one night you will appreciate Ayubowan and the surrounding area more and leave knowing you have had a true taste of sri lanka at the begining and a Bon Vouage at the end, once again thank you for your review and we hope to... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We stayed at this guest house at the end of our holiday in Sri Lanka with the intention to relax before travelling home. The pool and garden are lovely and very well maintained and it was indeed a really nice place to relax. However, there were a number of instructions issued by Ron explaining what guests can and cannot do... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

thank you for your review,'British ' no English yes, furniture in the house mostly came from Colombo thats in sri lanka not England. 8kms from Negombo i dont know what route you took but it\s only 2kms, instructions given by me about the poolside, may be you could send an e-mail to clarify this, as far as i'm aware none... More 

Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Ron and Breda have made this guest house a real home from home for guests. A lovely garden and pool to enjoy; excellent food and superb service. Its within walking distance of the beaches, restaurants and shops and they can arrange transport for sightseeing trips to any other part of Sri Lanka. Nice rooms and free wi-fi.. but the garden... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

goodness me thank you ever so much for the glowing review if ever you would like a job promoting Ayubowan you've got it, once again thank you for the time you have spent telling what it's like here and the time you spent relaxing at AYUBOWAN. More 

canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We loved our four nights with Ron and Brenda. It was a wonderful beginning to our stay in Sri Lanka. Even though our flight was almost three hours late, our requested airport arrival transfer was waiting with our name. A most welcome sight after 30 hours of travel. They also arranged tuk tuk for our onward tour meeting point. We... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Sorry it's taken some time to reply to your review,i'm here now, glad you enjoyed your stay with us, as our guests arrive all hours of the day & night we aim to be at the airport waiting for them, some prefer to get an airport taxi which takes longer and can cost more but thats their choice. We just... More 

Brisbane
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140 reviews 140 reviews
124 hotel reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We arrived at 2 am, Ron greeted us cheerily and got us to bed as quickly as possible, just what we needed. Next morning we were able to appreciate our peaceful and pretty surroundings. We sat by the pool as Ron cooked and served a super breakfast. All too soon it was time to move on. Our room was squeaky... More 

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IPSWICH suffolk
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

From the moment you arrive to your departure, Ron and Brenda will make sure you have everything you need. I came alone for a few until the arrival of my family and Brenda and I had long chats and I felt I had a friend. The rooms are beautifully kept with shower gel, shampoo and soft towels. They all have... More 

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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review

Bonjour, thank you for your great review on behalf of yourself and your family we were so happy to see we are doing something rite but you know we still get negative reviews from people who don appreciate the finer things and the hard work done by the management and staff to make their stay enjoyable. We really enjoyed your... More 

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