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“Reasonble price for a good place in Negombo” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Serendib Guest House
Ranked #6 of 201 Negombo B&B and Inns
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35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Reasonble price for a good place in Negombo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We used this guest house between flights we had. I believe it is a very good place to start or finish the srilankan experience. Their site is very friendly and I found them to be very responsible in handling our reservation.
The house is big, clean and very comfortable (with a very nice pool) and the staff are very very very nice, flexible and helping.
The downside is that its a bit complicated to reach (the tuktuk drivers call them and they explain). Our room was quite big and clean but had no window in it and hence felt a bit dump, we wouldn't want to stay in it unless so tired as we were (but it didnt effect our sleep). From what ive noticed they have other rooms that just as big and comfortable and with a/c. Prices are very reasonable.

  • Stayed October 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Have to agree with everyone else--this place is a winner. Removed from the noise of the street, friendly and accommodating. Rooms and the property in general are very comfortable and clean. Nice atmosphere to unwind in. Although for these same reasons it may not be appropriate for a busy group--it's a solo or couples sort of place. The breakfast is to die for--full on English excess. Recommend fully.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Surrey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at Serendib Guesthouse for one night at the beginning and again at the end of our holiday. The guesthouse is ideally situated, 20-30 mins from the airport, around 5 mins walk to the beach and 5-10 mins walk to some good, inexpensive restaurants. There's a pool in the garden to cool down in. The rooms are good (we found the AC to be worth having), the breakfasts are delicious. However where this guesthouse really scores is in the amazing Hilary and Buddika. They provided us with good advice when we arrived concerning Sri Lanka as well as the locality of Negombo, the best places to eat and what the cost of things should be. They were extremely caring and very generous hosts. Everything that a Guesthouse should be.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
A big THANK YOU for the wonderful review here on TA, we appreciate it very much.

It was a pleasure having you as guests in our home, you are very welcome to return at any time.

Our aim is to ensure guests are comfortable in their new surroundings and I'm pleased you felt 'at home'.

We look forward to meeting you again.
Our very best wishes,
Hilary & Buddika
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Aarschot, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bouldr
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, 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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Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 review, 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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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank elpabl0
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, 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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Property: Serendib Guest House
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 201 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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