This belongs to the Tangerine Group, and has been around since the 1970's, and is the oldest property in the Trincomalee area. It was destroyed by the devastating Asian Tsunami on 26 December 2004, but was rebuilt. Note that the road to Trincomalee is very bad from the Kanthalai tank. The hotel at Nilaveli is about 20 minutes from Trincomalee town (slightly further than the new Chaaya Blu Hotel),and this road is paved and good by Sri Lankan standards. The rooms at the hotel are basic, but functional and comfortable. Conventional large keys (rather than keycards) are used, which have to be returned to the reception when leaving the hotel for excursions. Other hotels in the area rent their excellent Pigeon Island boat. The cost per person charged by the other properties (such as Chaaya Blu) is on par with what Nilaveli charges for the entire boat. There is a small a la carte outlet, which is also relatively cheaper than the other hotels near by. The service is also friendly and less matter-of-fact than at Chaaya Blu. The buffets are Sri Lankan oriented, but also offer grills and seafood in action stations on weekends. The breakfast is generous complete with warm bread,eggs,toast and an array of Sri Lankan curries and hoppers. Some of the danish and french bread was a little stale, and there are a few flies buzzing around (it is on the beach, after all). There is wi-fi in the public areas only, and is charged. There is a DVD player and small TV in the room, and DVD's are available for rent (free of charge) at the reception should you feel bored. The old Hindu temple and the Lover's Leap is worth a visit, and the beach is quite wide and is one of the best. For the price, the property offers probably the best value in the area, but don't expect luxury.
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- Also Known As:
- Nilaveli Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Eastern Province