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“Great staff, food and atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
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Arugam Bay | near Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka   |  
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“Great staff, food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Great place for single travellers to meet other people, super sociable as dinner is served at the same time each night (great cheap local food) and people sit around chatting. Great staff and really cheap. The rooms are a little rough and ready but that's not what you come for. Book way in advance because it gets very busy!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We booked in intending to stay for a week but left after a few nights. I can see the appeal, the price! The cafe area is really great and friendly. Our room was dirty, no light in the loo (no windows either so totally dark) no sheets on bed even when we asked? It is also at the far end of Abay so a walk to the busier strip. We had stayed in places at a similar price and got something a bit nicer. Not a bad place, just not for us, (A couple)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Haven't stayed there but defiantly became our preferred place to eat. Nice fast and accommodating service with good prices as well, what else can you ask for?
Laundry service was also priced well and fast.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Celje, Slovenia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

A place where our hollidays stoped, and where we stayed longer than we planned. "Fault" for this to happened goes to nice ambiente, hidden in the shadows of the trees, kind Kuna and other friendly staff. The bannana lime pancakes are to die for, peanut bannana sandwich is a perfect way to start your surfing experiance and don't forget about lime juice. In the evening time the restaurant area gets packed, because everyone knows where you can get good valued dinner.
For our budget, 1500 rupees/night we got excellent deal in the whole Arugam Bay.
P.S: Warning, at the high season time is better to make a reservation.
Thank you for making us stay longer than planned.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Rangas is a great place to come if you want to meet people, the restaurant area is ideal for this. The food is excellent and the specials and BBQ good value for money.  The menu however has no prices so ask before you buy else you could get a nasty surprise when you come to pay the bill.

There is a midnight quiet curfew which even with lots of party people was kept.

The cabana we had was a bit dark, dingy and not that clean. The balcony area was good and gave some privacy, the bedroom was large but dark and had a cupboard (key missing), double bed and dressing table.  The bathroom was ok but had a sink so small it was difficult to use. The Bathroom lock was temperamental which resulted in us getting locked out of the bathroom, but the employees are very good here and sorted it out as soon as we told them.

As mentioned in other reviews be prepared for wildlife. Our cabana walls didn't meet the ceiling. A chipmunk fell from our ceiling, another girl had a mouse in her room and others had bats (which the employees said they would remove).

It's a good place if you want to be near the sea, surf, eat good food, meet people and not spend too much money (rooms from 500 rupees when we were there). 

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We only stayed here for a night. We were able to stay in the biggest room up on stilts overlooking the ocean, which was a beautiful sight. I would recommend it but there were a few critters up in the trees (including a mouse that scurried across the floor) so if you’re squeamish about that maybe get another room. It isn’t the cleanest spot, but it’s cheap. There are a lot of people staying there so you don’t really get that personalized experience you might get at a smaller guesthouse. It’s a very social place, and I would definitely recommend it to single travelers looking to meet people. If you’re looking for something that’s a little less of a party scene, I would recommend looking elsewhere. We went in April and on a Sri Lankan holiday so the vibe was pretty chill, but I imagine it would get crazy in the busier months of June/July/August.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Ranga's beach huts in Arugam Bay is the best place in Sri Lanka I've been! Sri Lanka is a country for holidays, but Arugam Bay is a travelers place. If you are traveling alone, this is the place to go. The restaurant has big tables, so if you want to meet people, it's really easy. The place is really nice decorated and the boys that work here are much fun! It is cheap and you get good value for what you pay. Even the food is not too expensive for a tourist place and the service is really quick. The place is busy, so if you come in high season, book ahead. In low season it's easier but still the place in Arugam Bay where the most people are staying.
I came here, spent 5 days, traveled on and came back. I'm here for 7 days already and don't know when I'm gonna leave...
Thank you for giving me an awesome time here guys, I'll never forget it and I'll be back one day!

Room Tip: The place has two grounds, the restaurant side and the beach side. What you prefer.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Arugam Bay | near Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Arugam Bay
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Ranga`s Beach Hut Hotel Sri Lanka
Ranga's Beach Hut Sri Lanka/Arugam Bay

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