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“Lovely place - will be even better when finished!”
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Jetwing Sea
Ranked #7 of 43 Hotels in Negombo
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Watford, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place - will be even better when finished!”
Reviewed April 9, 2011

LOCATION - ideally situated just 20 mins from airport so no horrid long transfer, which believe me you dont want after an 11 hour flight. roads are bad and slow and a bit hairy with the way they drive.
BEACH - sea can get a bit choppy but even with red flag we were able to safely wade out to our chests and bob about. Sand is pretty clean and staff rake the beach every morning. there are plenty of sun loungers and parasols for use and pool attendants very quick to set you up with cushions and towels. Its not by any means one of the best beaches on the island but we stayed for 10 nights here and found it to be lovely (having experienced caribbean and thailand and gambia previously, it rated pretty high up there)
HOTEL GENERALLY - Wifi internet great - my Blackberry automatically picked it up without having to do anything.
We were a bit miffed at the building work which is still going on as the hotel is obviously stiff unfinished (waiters told us the owners rushed to have it reopened but wouldnt change date even when builders said it wouldnt be ready. Laying by pool listening to drilling, sawing and banging as they fitted wood stair sills was someone annoying. Our air con broke twice and we had to change rooms twice but when we moaned we were offered a free lunch to say sorry which was nice.
HOTEL RESTAURANTS - the fresh fish bar for lunch on the beach is wonderful and very cheap - I practically lived on HUMUNGOUS prawns.
ROOMS - modern, bright and contemporary. try and get the Deluxe rooms in the new block - much nicer if you can afford that little bit extra. Avoid rooms near the air con water tank - flipping noisy. make sure you ask for mozzy plug (supplied free) and get them to spray in your room each evening.
STAFF - utterly lovely, especially all the restaurant and bar waiters - genuine lovely people who are not on the scrounge for tips.
MONEY - we took USD travellers cheques and GBP notes. both changed ok in reception although exchange rate not brill - try to go to a bank to get better rate.
AIPORT - if you can manage your cases dont be bullied to take help from porters who will charge you to push a trolley about 50 yards out of the terminal to bus transfer !!!
NEGOMBO RESTAURANTS - REAL traditional Sri Lankan food is not that easy to come by as most restaurants cater for German, Swiss, English tourists but if you want to taste good spicy authentic sri lankan food then you MUST eat at King Coconut and Serendib (both about a mile down the road - 150 rupees by tuktuk)
CLIMATE IN MARCH - very hot (probably about 34 degrees) but with a nice sea breeze. Monsoon rains not due to start til end of April but we saw a change in the weather on our last two days - bit of rain and getting cloudier. Locals believe Monsoon season is getting earlier each year so AVOID 10TH APRIL ONWARDS til July
RETURN JOURNEY - you cant buy duty free with Rupees so change back to USD before you get there - some smaller shops and cafes take Rupees in the airport but everywhere takes USD. Make sure EACH suitcase weighs no more than 30kg - we thought one case between us could be 60kg - WRONG.
AIRLINE SEATS - if going economy - try and get seats 50A and 50C or 50H and 50K - these are sets of two by the window with a huge amount of leg room as next to emergency exit. Otherwise upgrade to premium economy is good value with 4" extra seat pitch (£50pp per flight). You can check in online 48 hours before (with Sri Lankan) return but make sure you get the flight booking ref from your travel agent - not the holiday booking ref.

Room Tip: March is a gr8 time to go as getting quieter
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

Januari 2011 we were in Sri Lanka for 3 weeks. We stayed in Negombo in Jetwing sea. We stayed several times before is this hotel but in 2010 the hotel became a brnad new wing and the rest of the hotel was fully refurbished. We had a super stay. Everything was perfect. Superb breakfast an very friendly and helpfull staff. We certainly return to the hotel one of the coming years. Negombo is situated only 20 minutes drive from the national airport and there are many good restaurants and bars.

For people who intend to visit Sri Lanka it is recommendable to make a tour through the country. We did also and we travelled with Kalum Niriella. A very experienced driver and guide who knows everything about Sri Lanka. He can book any hotel you want and he brings you where ever you want. Mr. Niriella charges a very reasonable tariff. For bookings you can contact Kalum Niriella by e-mail : greenlankavacations@yahoo.com. Also by mobile phone: +94776855443 or internet: www.greenlankavacations.com

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

Jetwing have recently bought the hotel SeaShells and have named it Jetwing Sea. My wife and I spent three days here as a short break and we were quite impressed. The hotel itself is still being renovated so there was some noise but nothing when the room door was closed. The Rooms are FANTASTIC. Spacious, comfy bed and a big bathtub. The one drawback with Jetwing Sea, is that if you go for the Full Board option, the lunch and Dinners are from a set menu, which is a step away from the more common buffet dinners. If you would rather have a choice of food though, there are a number of restaurants close by on the main road which are relatively cheap (I paid Rs425 for Sweet and Sour Chicken and Rice). The pools are also nothing special but this is a very peaceful place for anyone looking to relax. On the roof, there is a lovely spa and gym (the gym is free) and there is also a library and free internet.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

Just refurbished and renamed. Smart, elegant, friendly, good food, excellent staff, lovely room, great beach location, all seems great. Untill you hear the almost non-stop traffic noise from the road that runs alongside the hotel. If you are a light sleeper, if you are seeking peace and quiet, then go elsewhere. But if noise doesn't disturb you then this is an outstanding hotel, and very convenient for the airport for the early return flight.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Budapest
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

Compared to other hotels in Sri Lanka this hotel is very good. To European standards the hotel is average at most! Rooms are spacious but the interior should have been already renewed. The food is good, the service is also okay, but the speed is intolerably slow.

Anyhow, there is a great potential in this hotel!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

We arrived at the Jetwing Sea for a family reunion. There were about 40 of us so we were spread throughout the hotel. We got a room on the newly renovated wing. It was great. Modern, comfortable, spacious, and overlooking the pool and ocean. Because we were with a large group, we had full board (all meals) at the hotel. The breakfast buffet was great. The staff unfortunately are not yet fully trained so getting a cup of coffee or tea sometimes took upwards of 15-20 minutes. Even though they took so long though, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The buffets were run quite well. The set menu was extremely slow, but this might have been because there was such a large group of us. Some of our family members were in the old unrenovated area of the hotel. Their rooms were older and smaller, not nearly as nice or comfortable, and they paid the same price so I think they got a bit ripped off. The gym and spa weren't operating due to the renovations so I'm not sure what they were like, but there was free wifi in the common areas. Overall I would recommend this hotel. Hopefully they'll get their coffee/tea service all worked out. It was hard some mornings to get going! :)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

We booked this hotel for our last night in Sri Lanka because it is only 15 minutes away from the airport. Booking was made through Agoda which gave us a big discount on their published price!

The room was brilliant with a balcony overlooking the sea, a huge bathroom with very large bath and lots of hot water, very large and comfortable bed with pristine sheets.

The meet and greet lady was very helpful on arrival and explained everything very well.
The food consisted of a very extensive bbq and many other dishes seved buffet style and was very tasty providing good value.

We enjoyed our brief stay here and would recommend the hotel and its facilities.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jetwing Sea
Address: Palangathurai | Ethukale, Negombo 11540, Sri Lanka (Formerly Sea Shells Hotel)
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
#3 Family Hotel in Negombo
#3 Romantic Hotel in Negombo
#4 Spa Hotel in Negombo
#4 Business Hotel in Negombo
#5 Luxury Hotel in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Jetwing Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With the beach at your doorstep, Jetwing Sea offers an idyllic coastal retreat along the soft golden sands of Negombo and makes for an enchanting holiday home where one can work, play and fall in love. Enjoy exotic seafood, plan a sunset wedding or unwind at the rooftop spa, serenaded by the sounds of the Indian Ocean. ... more   less 
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Jetwing Sea Hotel Negombo
Sea Shells Negombo
Negombo Sea Shells Hotel

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