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Serendib Guest House
Ranked #6 of 234 Negombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Like staying with friends”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

We chose to stay at Serendib after reading the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. We spent two days and nights there before joining our group to travel around Sri Lanka. All the high expectations raised by the excellent reviews were completely fulfilled. We were picked up early in the morning at the airport and greeted warmly when we arrived and immediately offered refreshments.The accommodation was spacious and spotlessly clean. The pretty garden and pool were put our disposal during the day where often we would be offered and brought snacks and drinks. Breakfasts served in the garden were delicious, flavoured with the fresh herbs picked from the garden by Budikka. Hilary was so friendly and very well informed about anything we wanted to know. The Guest House uses its own associated tuk-tuk drivers whom they will phone when you want to go to any of the nearby restaurants or into the main part of the town. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble for Hilary and Budikka from the time of our booking to the time of our departure. Situated as it is in Negombo, Serendib provides an eminently more suitable base to start a tour of the country than Colombo which is actually further from Colombo airport. Not everybody tours; one couple we met were staying there for a month! We stayed in a number of hotels and guest houses on our subsequent tour of Sri Lanka and thought that Serendib was the best. It really was just like staying with good friends.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Can only confirm what others have said about this beautiful guesthouse. Great hospitality, spotlessly clean, comfortable room with air-con, nice swimming pool and the best breakfast we had in Sri Lanka. Five to ten minute walk to nice beach and shops / restaurants. Ideal stop at beginning or end of visit for easy access to airport. Our driver found it easily with Buddika's directions but I would definitely recommend having the guesthouse arrange your pickup from the airport. Only slight problems were that on arrival we were told that the late checkout we were expecting was not available due to being fully booked. The email confirmation of our booking stated that 'as your flight is after checkout time of 11:00 you will be charged for a late checkout', which we assumed meant that it was booked, so best to check. We were though allowed to leave our bags in the room and were able to take a shower. Only other problem is if you are not comfortable with having two large dogs around, although they are very friendly and gentle. Having said that I don't think you could find a better place to stay in Negombo - especially at this price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Hostess very welcoming and a wealth of information on travel around Sri Lanka. This guesthouse is like a large family home, with swimming pool, large rooms, and very filling and tasty breakfasts on the porch. The location may be a bit tricky. We took a risk with a tuk tuk from the airport, quoting us 800rps, but he got extremely lost, and after eventually getting us there, tried to ask for 2000, we settled on 1500, so the airport pick up offered by Serendib may be worthwhile.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Hello,

Kind of you to take time to write a review here. So pleased we made you comfortable on our house, we do try very hard to ensure guest have a relaxing stay, ourhouse is located off the main street away from noise and the road.

The Tuk tuk driver who asked 800rps from the airport is correct in his pricing, however it was your choice to use a tuk tuk rather than our collection service. Since he could not find the house telephoning may have been easier, sorry you were lost.
Pricing of a public tuk tuk is not the responsibility of Serendib.
Kind regards,
Hilary & Buddika.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This guesthouse is located in a quiet lane in Negombo Beach (about 10 mins walk from the beach itself). It is run by an English woman and her Sri Lankan partner. It offers immaculately clean and comfortable rooms at a good price. The ambiance is closer to an English bed & breakfast than a traditional Sri Lankan guesthouse. Negombo is a good place to stay immediately before or after an international flight, as it is closer to the airport than Colombo and suffers from none of the appalling traffic that afflicts the capital. But I doubt whether Negombo merits a longer stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Having read the varied reviews on the joining hotel we were booked into for the start of our Intrepid trip, we opted to find a better option for the 1st night through Trip Advisor - so happy to have done this and chosen the Serendib Guesthouse!

We were picked up promptly at the airport late at night and brought to the guesthouse where greeted by Buddika. Our room was at the back of the house -- impeccably clean and very comfortable. The fact that this room had no windows worked to our tremendous advantage and allowed us to sleep in as late as possible after our long 40 hour journey from Canada.

The breakfast in the morning was fresh, plentiful and amazing! Buddika and Hilary were wonderful hosts! Our only regret is that we stayed one night only.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Hello,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review here on T.A. Our driver is always on time to meet incoming flights and assist guests to make the short journey comfortable.

It is a shame you stayed only one night you are welcome to return at any time.

Best wishes,
Hilary & Buddika
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed at this excellent guest house for a week. We were wonderfully cared for by Buddika in spite of his partner Hiliary being indisposed following an accident.
Buddika and his staff couldn't do enough for their guests. The breakfast there is legendary, all freshly prepared.
Travel arrangements were efficient and good value for money.
Thank you from F and C

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Hello F & C!

We thank you for taking time to review our guest house here on T.A.

Yes, we are just 20mins to the airport and as you know offer a collection/drop off service too.

We really enjoyed your company and are happy to see you at Serendib any time.

Best wishes,
Hilary & Buddika
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Essex
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

Hilary and Buddika's warmth and hospitality is second to none. Serendib is spotlessly clean and feels like home from home. We can only endorse what others have said about the amount and quality of Buddika's famous breakfasts and as we stayed for 28 nights had the pleasure of sampling them many times.We have stayed in Negombo 12 times and travelled around Sri Lanka and Serendib without doubt is definitely the best B&B we have known.
Thank you Hilary and Buddika ( also Fergus and Cleo ) for making our holiday so enjoyable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Hello P & J,

Thank you very much for the great review here on T.A. it is much appreciated by the whole team here at Serendib.

We do our best to make guests comfortable as well as helping out with travel plans, we look forward to meeting you again next year and hopefully I will be a little more mobile!

Do come 'home' to Serendib you are most welcome.
Hilary & Buddika
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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 234 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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