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Golden Star Beach Hotel
Ranked #35 of 42 Hotels in Negombo
Cebu Island, Philippines
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“Good Location, good beach”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

There's no wi-fi in the rooms, only in public areas. The rooms were nice and clean, with balconies. The beach lounge chairs were great for sun tanning. However, there are quite a few peddlers and touts hanging around waiting to sell you something. Hotel is directly on the beach, which is nice. There's also a good pool area for lounging.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We were really pleased with our stay at the hotel. It has a newly refurbished, lovely looking front and while our corridor clearly hadn't been refurbished yet, our room was nice, spacious and had a pleasant terrace with pool view. You can get wifi pretty much everywhere around the hotel (through different networks, but still) and the pool is large enough to have a good few rounds' swim in it. The location is great, halfway between the town and the tourist spots, and the sea right in front. The staff were very forthcoming, helping with arranging taxis or late check-out when required. The breakfast was very nice, with a good combination of western and Sri Lankan dishes. Overall, for that price, very happy.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

Staying for 3 nights before heading home. Hotel is central to shops, bars and restaurants. Rooms are clean and spacious. Good mix if Sri Lankan and western breakfast in a buffet style. Staff are friendly, the hotel has good wifi and fridges are provided in the rooms.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night before an early morning flight. The hotel reception is inviting and they have free wi fi. We checked in and were asked if we wanted to eat dinner that night. We said we wee unsure but they badgered us saying it was a set menu for $10 so we booked it. We checked into room which was ok, was glad we were only staying one nite. Bathroom was larde but had an opening in wall for all sorts of creepy crawlies to get in. A/c was v noisy. Pool bar boy was annoying and kept asking if we wanted cocktails even after I ordered a coke. Went for dinner in evening and instead of set menu got an a la carte menu. When we said we thought it was a set menu they looked at us as they didn't underhand. Food was just ok. We paid up about 4000 for dinner and went to bed. Checked out the nex morning and arranged a hotel fiver to take us to te airport. While on our way his mobile rang and he handed it to my husband. The girl at reception was accusing him down the phone of not paying for dinner the previous night and that we had to pay the driver of the car.y husband explained twice that we did of course pay and she still had the cheek to insist we didn't. It was very unnerving. She then insisted we produced a receipt to the driver who hasn't a word of English but we just ignored her and headed off to our flight. It left a v bad taste in our mouths. The waiters are obviously on the fiddle with the gulable looking tourists as we got no receipt, same in pool bar. I also had a very dodgey stomach a few hours after the food.

The only good thing about the hotel is the location to the airport but would not reccommend.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

It was lovely place to stay when you want to relax. Room was clean with beautiful marble flooring in bathroom, I was lucky enough to see out the pool from my room. However I did have some reservations about Sri Lankan kids coming in pool, it looked like they was being taught how to swim as a class. I thought it was a bit off putting to see that as its a holiday resort.....they perhaps should go elsewhere as I couldn't get in pool as too many of them but on other hand next day it was very quiet. So on fence about this. Breakfast was good. Beware, I arrived and asked how much will it cost for a room and they quoted me ridiculous price!! As I previously checked on booking.com and its much cheaper so I showed them evidence and they agreed to match the price advised. So....overall I would say it good value of money and exceeds the three star expectations. So go there if you are a bit tight with money but still want a bit of luxury. :-)

  • Stayed September 2013
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We noted on their website that there was some upgrading carried out since our last visit. However this only related to a few rooms. We had rather shabby rooms on the first night but were transferred to better accommodation for the next two nights. We had heard that the food was not up to scratch. Furthermore there are plenty of restaurants in the neighbourhood. The breakfast however was quite tasty and the service good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were in the hotel residential during 24th August to 2nd September.
Great executive staff and very helpful and supportive
Good food, specially the cakes and pastries
Excellent WI-FI everywhere in the hotel
Absolutely wonderful surrounding and view of the sea from the pool bar
Very courteous and friendly staff
Very unique conference hall with all facilities.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Golden Star Beach Hotel
Address: 163 Lewis Place, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #35 of 42 Hotels in Negombo
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Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Star Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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