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Serendib Guest House
Ranked #6 of 228 Negombo B&B and Inns
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Perfect start and end to our trip at serendib - thanks”
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Arriving at 4am they arranged an efficient pickup at a good price. It's only twenty minutes from the airport so much better than an airport hotel.

The guesthouse is very homely and the rooms are large, clean and nicely decorated. The outside area is great for relaxing and it's only 5 mins walk to restaurants and the beach. There is a bonus of a small pool.

Breakfast is hearty and buddika also makes a great afternoon tea. The owner is happy to provide advice on places to visit and will introduce you to local drivers if you need them. We decided to stay again at the end of our trip for some sleep before the flight - it was as good the second time.

Thanks for having us!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Our driver had booked us into Serendib for our first night in Sri Lanka. Having never stayed in a guesthouse before we did not really know what to expect. The owner is extremely welcoming and friendly with great staff in support.
Our room was good, maybe needing a few minor repairs, but had everything you needed. It did have the noisiest fan I have ever heard.
The breakfast was amazing, if not the best we have had in Sri Lanka. The curried potatoes...yum!
I would stay again and recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We flew into Colombo with two of our party suffering from food poisoning from bad food at a big brand coffee outlet in Delhi airport. The Guest house owner and her staff were extremely helpful, assisting us in getting medical attention and ensuring we had everything we needed and attending to our comfort. They were also able to accommodate us for another day while we recovered enough to be able to travel on. Rooms are spacious, clean and very comfortable, and the area outside is very comfortable providing both shade and a pool. A very relaxing and comfortable 'family home' atmosphere that has the bonus of being close to the airport (great for people like us who flew in late at night) and close (easy walking distance) to the beach and the shopping strip with restaurants. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Putten NL
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed both the first and last 2 nights of our trip, the transfers were arranged perfectly and at a fair price.
Serendib rightfully won a tripadvisor award last year and does not need our endorsement but still I want to show our appreciation for the nice room, the great breakfast and attentive hospitality of Buddika - beyond our expectations for a B&B.
Location just a few minutes walk from the Negombo hotel/restaurant beach road, on a quiet street, just fine.
The not so large but delicious pool is a definite plus as are the mineral water, coffee and tea that are included in the very reasonable roomrate.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stopped here overnight before an early flight home after two weeks of heavy travelling around Sri Lanka and when we arrived in the evening we were bushed. We wanted to explore the surrounding area but it was dark, we were tired and we had to get up early the next morning so I cannot speak at length about the location. We were met at the airport and the drive was longer than expected. It is about thirty minutes from the airport. Due to the fact that we had to wake up so early, Buddika offered to get up early to make us breakfast which was very kind but we were hungry when we arrived and he offered to make us dinner instead, which was much appreciated. The room was perfectly nice and clean for its price and the hospitality was great. There is a small pool at the front and two very friendly dogs. The only other thing to note was that they did not accept card and we had no cash on us but Buddika was happy for us to let us make a withdrawal on the way to the airport and give the money to the driver, so that was a level of trust that was appreciated.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here three nights at the beginning of our holiday getting off to a good start with Serendib driver waiting for us at 2a.m., on arrival at the house Buddika was waiting to welcome us with either tea, coffee or a cold drink.

The houses located within walking distance of the Main Street & beach, Buddika took us to the street to ensure we knew where directions. Breakfast is served on the terrace overlooking the pool and small garden, a two course breakfast will set you up for the day without needing lunch, a mixture of spicy & English it was a rare treat the best breakfast by far.

Hilary was helpful for country info and where to visit, it was a pleasure to sit with them both in the evenings for a chat by the pool.

Buddika gave us info about our onward travel options which was very helpful as it was or first time in the country. Serendib is spotlessly clean, nicely furnished a mixture of modern and traditional that works.

We are already considering our next holiday in Sri Lanka but this time staying for more than a few days, Serendib is a 'must visit'.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Hello M,

It is good to hear from you, we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us and tours with our driver.

We would like to see you visit again and welcome you back to Serendib at any time.

Regards,
Hilary & Buddika.
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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in Sri Lanka at midnight and a car was waiting to take us to Serendib. The Guest House is lovely, our room was very comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. Hilary and Buddika are very friendly and helpful. We walked to the beach which is lovely. The Guest House is close but far enough from the beach to be very quiet. We booked to stay there again at the end of our trip and are looking forward to returning.

Stayed March 2013
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Hilsmedic, Owner at Serendib Guest House, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Hello G,

So pleased you enjoyed you short stay with us & enjoying this beautiful country, we look forward to hearing your travel stories when you return to us.

Regards,
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
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Ranked #6 of 228 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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