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“OK, but way to expensive” 3 of 5 stars
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Lewis Place 95 | Kudapaduwa, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #28 of 99 Negombo B&B and Inns
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“OK, but way to expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

To start our trip around Sri Lanka, we chose a place not to far from the airport and on the beach. The Icebear was an ok place to start, but is was way too expensive for what we got: decent room in an ok garden next too the beach. Sounds fine but not for this price. Especially since the staff was ok but not super friendly like most of the other Sri Lanka people we met afterwards. Pity!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Negombo was my last stop after a roundtrip in Sri Lanka, so I dropped at the Icebear! Surely, the garden is beautiful, the Stuff is nice and they have some bikes for free to discover Negombo. But the rooms are much to expensive and they are very small, I had much bigger rooms for less money during my journey in Sri Lanka! And the prices for the meals are also to high, so I ate at other restaurants during my stay in Negombo!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

A different atmosphere, made up by the swiss owner, right on the beach.

A mix of european style and SriLankan lifestyle.

For people searching something different in this very touristic area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brescia, Italy
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18 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

I stayed there just one night, to be closer to the airport to catch an early flight next morning.
The place is very nice, the room was fine, the service good, as well as the restaurant.
I stayed too short to enjoy everything the hotel and the location have to offer. Hope to come back again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

This beautiful quiet spot on the beach, has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Only 35 min. by tuktuk from the airport. The rooms are clean but not all of them have a private bathroom. The is service friendly and a it has a stunning garden. The food is a little bit expensive but very nice. The same goes for the rooms. We had a lovely stay at this little paradise :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Great place to start and end your Sri lankan holiday. Big clean rooms, tastefully decorated, always helpful and smiling staff. One even paid for my tuk tuk when I didn't have change.
Amazing breakfast, try the muesli.
It's right on the beach too.

Overall, the best place we stayed in SL.
Hope to be back on our next visit.

Room Tip: If you are a family or a group of 4 to 6 ask for the villa next door!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keystone, Colorado
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

This is a very friendly and pretty hotel not far from the airport in Negombo. Set on the beach, you can sit in a beautiful garden and listen to the waves. Negombo is a quiet place and a good one to decompress after a long plane ride. All but one room has a/c. The owner is Swiss and has spent a lot of time here in Sri Lanka. Airport pick up is available as well.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are close to the beach.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lewis Place 95 | Kudapaduwa, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 99 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sri Lanka with Swissness, Rooms-In-Home for over twenty years ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Icebear Hotel Negombo

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