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Serendib Guest House
Ranked #7 of 251 Negombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed here 1 night in the beginning and one night at the end of our vacation.
Of all the guesthouses we had during our holiday, this was the best by far!
Very very clean rooms and bathroom, spacious rooms, nothing of the furniture is old or worn-out like we experienced in many other places.
The house itself is light and spacious, very quite to sleep, absolutely no noise.
The breakfast is excellent: toast and jam, fresh fruits, fresh fruit juice, egss baked like you wish with onions, potaties, herbs etc.
And Hilary and Budikha are very friendly and hospitable.
Thanks again!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

We appreciate you positive review here on Trip Advisor, thank you, we are happy we helped you chill out with before and at the end of your holiday.

Serendib as you know is situated off the main road in a quiet lane away from the noise of the street which helps us relax too.

You are very welcome here at any time.

Kind regards,
Hilary & Buddika

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We loved to stay at Serendib guesthouse! It's in Negombo not far away from the airport. The hosts Hilary and Budhika made our stay perfect with their hospitality. The guesthouse has its own little pool to cool down after a trip to the fisherman and the fishmarket in Negombo. You can eat amazing sea foot in Negombo to reasonable prices!
You can rent a car with your own driver at Budhika to explore the island, what we did.
The only little negativ point was that we felt paying a little to much for the "guesthouse" the driver brought us on our trip to Sigiriya.

But all in all we had a perfect start to Sri Lanka. Thank you for that!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank muckshot
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

Thank you for the review here on Trip Advisor.

I am sorry you felt you were charged too much but that as you will know by now is very good value.

Large comfortable room, Large breakfast, free, water, tea, coffee, Wifi. AC room, ceiling fan, ensuite bathroom for £20. You cannot find that value anywhere either in Europe or Sri Lanka.

It was a shame you did not mention this while you were taking breakfast, I wish you a good holiday in Sri Lanka I am sure it will be memorable.
Hilary

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Very good place to stay in negambo,super fast service and good facilities,Dinner very delicious and fully srilankan stranded meals.i love sri lankan rice and curry,room was very clan and nine,staff was excellent .

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2012

Hello!

So good to hear from you, Buddika and I are happy you enjoyed your short stay with us it makes our efforts worthwhile.

Do please do come back to us in the future we all welcome you.

Regards,
Hilary & Buddika

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was our first port of call in Sri Lanka, and Hilary and Buddika were very welcoming. The guest house if clean, tidy and comfortable. It's a short walk from the main street and beach, and very convenient for the Airport.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank elpabl0
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you so much for the positive review here on TA, we are pleased you enjoyed you stay and welcome you back any time.

Regards,
Hilary

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We are grateful to Trip Advisor for steering us in the direction of this guest house, which lives up to all the lovely things people have said about it. We were made welcome from first to last and we felt that if we had been staying with family we could not have been more kindly received! The instructions sent using the e-mail address buddika_nelly@yahoo.com were very helpful in helping us find the place. We enjoyed the location, as it enabled us to feel part of a neighbourhood, with little glimpses into other people's homes, and it offered some respite from the constant pestering one suffers on the beach front at Negombo. We opted for a Sri-Lankan breakfast, which Buddika went to some considerable trouble to arrange for us each day, and which we can truly say was far and away the best of its kind we ever had in Sri Lanka. Thank you, Hilary and Buddika, for making our final days in Sri Lanka such a great experience!

Room Tip: We felt it worth the extra cost to have a room with A/C.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank merab
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We spended our holiday in this guesthouse from July 21st until August 11th. Last year we were here for the first time. Last year we liked the service, the accommodation, the pool and the familiar atmosphere of this guesthouse. But the best of all were the owner Hilary and Buddika and so we decided to stay there for a second time.
In this year we although couldn`t find anything wrong in this place.
You cannot find a better accommodation, a better service and better hosts and householders.
If you have a question or a problem you can ask Hilary and Buddika and they will help you.
But Hilary and Buddika are not only hosts for my wife and me, I think they are already FRIENDS!!!!
We will come again as soon as possible!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank robaran2
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Thank you so much for the positive review here on TA, we are pleased you enjoyed you stay and welcome you back any time.

Regards,
Hilary

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This guest house is really worth staying at. It's set back from the main road in a nice quiet little area only 5/10 mins walk to the beach and the main strip with bars, restaurants and shops.

The house is really beautiful and has a comfortable welcoming atmosphere. It is very clean and well maintained. The rooms are spacious,clean and nicely decorated. Real effort has been put into the details of Serendib. You can have either fan or A/C rooms both very reasonable prices.

The breakfast is fantastic, a very good way to start the day and everyone that works there is friendly and keen to help.

Buddika and Hilary are lovely people with good knowledge of the area.

Perfect end to the holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: No 83/1 St Joseph Street, Negombo 11540, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 251 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range: $28 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Serendib Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ENJOY OUR PEACEFUL AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE Situated only 7 kilometres from the airport and a 5 minutes walk from the beach, Serendib Guest House has the perfect location for your holiday in Negombo. Enjoy the comfort of five individually decorated rooms with separate bathrooms, - and equipped with good beds, AC / fan, and mosquito nets. In the morning, we serve you the included generous breakfast with fresh fruits, eggs, bacon/sausages, and vegetables, plus toast with butter and jam and of course coffee/tea. Our peaceful garden invites you to relax under palms and mango trees and cool off in the pools. You are welcomed to use a spacious living room with TV and prepare your snacks and drinks in our guest kitchen, where you can store food/beverages in the refrigerator. You also have free access to our WiFi. Our reception will tend to your needs, if necessary all day around, to make sure your stay will be as satisfactory and pleasant as possible. EXTRAS: To make your holiday in Sri Lanka memorable, we are happy to offer the following extra services: Pick up and drop off the airport. Sightseeing in Negombo by bike or "Lucky tuk tuk" Planning and organizing your Sri Lankan day or round trip with our car and experienced English speaking driver cum guide. Ayurvedic massage by a professional masseur, according to your need, in our massage room. Special honeymoon arrangements ... more   less 
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