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Nilaveli Beach Hotel
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Nilaveli
Reviewed August 15, 2011

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.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Ravi R, Manager at Nilaveli Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2011

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

- Road from "Kantale" is expected to be completed before the end on this year.

- Regret the french bread and Danish were thought to be stale, and corrective measures will be taken. As a practice, we do not store bakery items that are served to our guests, and they are freshly made on a daily basis.

While thanking you, once again for writing, just a simple correction, the picture titled " the hut at the hotel" does not belong to "Nilaveli Beach Hotel"

Thanking you.

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Reviewed August 5, 2011

great food and a fine room right near the beach - pool was excellent too, only problem was the constant asking for tips by room guys and security guys, even knocking on the glass verandah doors while I was changing to ask for money. At a hotel of this size and price that is not good. Also lots of questions from staff as to why I was not with my husband, enough questions that it became rather judgmental and condemnatory - so not very pleased with that, although it wasn't quite enough to ruin our stay and the nice guys in the restaurant made up for the others. Hotel does need to keep its staff in order though.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Ravi R, Manager at Nilaveli Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2011

Thank you for writing to express your feeling of experience with us at the Nilaveli Beach Hotel.

Your comments are well received and all possible measures taken, so that another dear guest of our lovely hotel does not have the same ( bad) experience.

Please be assured that this will be a much better place for your next visit.

Kind Regards

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Reviewed July 12, 2011

as it was told to be the best hotel in nilaveli we went directly from sigiryia to this hotel.
they asked for 150 us dols/night for a bungalow dark and old far away from beach front.
The beach is great but has less charm than upuvelli.
Pool is big and clean, perfect for kids, but the sea in this region is very safe also.
The extra bed was very bad and noisy.
This place used to be an army camp and still have a strange spirit.
I think that they ask too much for the quality of that hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Ravi R, Manager at Nilaveli Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2011

This hotel, with its vast 12 1/2 acres of land has its rooms spread on different locations. This hotel was designed and built without cutting down a single tree, and as you may have experienced mother nature has blessed us with more than 100 trees between the sea and the hotel rooms, thus 90% of our rooms are drawn back, giving our dear visitors the opportunity to enjoy both the sea and the greenery, which makes this hotel unique and different to most other resort hotels in the country.

I am pleased to inform that this hotel, since its beginning in 1974 has never been an " Army Camp" and there is no such thing as "strange spirits"around.

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Reviewed June 25, 2011

When we booked we were told the hotel was full but on arrival we discovered it was nearly empty but still we had to pay top dollar for the room. Overpriced. Never the less, we had a beachfront room that had good views of the sea and quite comfortable. The beach was very clean and calm. The hotel would barely rate 4 stars but considering the location it was fines for a relaxing fell days on the beach.
We found the beach side cafe as the best place to eat and we had a memorable crab curry, one night for dinner. The best they could do for coffee was nescafe which I thought very poor considering most other place can deliver good local coffee.
A large 600 bed hotel is going up next door so this place will have competion.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

the property is little away from the town of Trincomalee which gets compensated on the lovely stretch of beach on which it is located. nice and comfortable rooms with decent food and facilities.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

We went for the new years. The drive is quite long from Colombo. But once you reach you will understand long journey's worth. On the east coast of Sri Lanka. The beach is out of the world. Yes a VIRGIN BEACH. Just laze around and have a blast with friends. We were seven couples. We partied our heart out. The sea is fantastic. If it is not rough then can go to aan island that can be seen from the resort. The sea is blue like that of Mauritius or Bali. Food is excellent and exotic. Sea food will drive you mad. Last but not the least the pool. If in a group
get in and go ahead with a water polo match and that will complete your days workout.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

Recently we went there for complete relaxation (to NBH); 3 days and 2 nights.

Our trip to Trinco was awesome and NBH was better than what we expected or heard from others. Although standard rooms are relatively basic, the rooms and toilet were clean and had a good view of the beach with its scrub / medium sized tree cover (a haven for squirrels, some birds and for the mischievous monkeys; langurs).
Lot of tree cover in the beach / backyard of the hotel and in the garden too such that one cannot immediately get the impression that this is a beach hotel.
Staff : very friendly, courteous and very efficient
Food and beverages : excellent (love the starters)
Pool ; clean and beautiful
Our trip to Pigeon Island organized by NBH was awesome too and is a MUST, if you want to stay at NBH. Saw some corals and fish (some of them bit me), though I cannot do snorkeling.
My brother-in-law organized a trip to the SL NAVY Camp, which included a visit to the Naval Museum (really worth it to see, despite that it is a small museum), unspoilt Elephant Point Beach and Boat trip around the harbor area.

Really nice all in all. We will not hesitate to return to NBH.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Nilaveli
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Nilaveli
Price Range: $44 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nilaveli Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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