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Morning Star Guest House
Ranked #2 of 269 Negombo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

We enjoyed the room, amenities and staff at Morning Star so much that we booked it at the end of our trip too! Francis is the real deal. He is genuine, friendly, and committed to excellent service. The rooms (two different ones as we stayed two different times) were extremely clean, very spacious, had a fridge, air con and fan. The small pool was refreshing. Francis offered to take our laundry to and from the excellent "Crystal Cleaning" next door at no cost (but there are also clothes lines, etc at the guesthouse). We felt like family (the good kind!). At the modest price for a night, you can't do better. Negombo is closer to the airport than Colombo, so it was the natural choice to return to Morning Star for our last night before leaving the country.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ramblindon
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our relaxing 2 day stay at the Morning Star Guest House. Francis & staff were all extremely helpful & the service levels were to a very high level. Rooms were very comfortable & clean, clean air conditioning, hot water throughout. From the moment we got 'pass the gates!' , Francis was there to greet us & he was extremely helpful & fair with regards to kids meal prices & extended check-out times - Many thanks Sir. Our family of 3 ate on-site every evening, 2 - courses, fresh, clean, hot, filling - Highly recommended, Kitchen was spotless (I have worked in catering/food hygiene. The surrounding garden was very well tended & contained several mature mango trees. The swimming pool looked brand-new & was very safe/clean. We felt safe & secure, we hope to return, God Bless our dear friends & thanks for a great stay

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent, let Francis know if you are going out untill late & he will make su...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Dan P
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

have you meet Francis? is there somewhere in sri lanka where you can find a real friend? definitely yes!
When we arrived for an honeymoon bagpacking on december, Francis welcomed us and explained us all we need to know to had a nice trip in sri lanka!
Then we had a great time thanks to francis advices
Thank you so much !
Hope you won't forget us
Albane & Axel

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Axel d
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed at morning star on the first and last night of our holiday in Sri Lanka. We arrive at the airport late at night and Francis the owner arranged pick-up for us from the airport. This place is truly a gem in Negombo and by far the best accommodation in Sri Lanka for us. We stayed in the family room for 4 adults, it was spacious, very clean and nicely decorated. The breakfast was a hearty one with fruits, a wide variety of bread, yoghurt, egg etc. Francis and his daughter was extremely thoughtful, genuine and gave a very personal touch to this place and made our stay very memorable. We felt that the first night was not enough and we decided to go back again on the last night instead of staying in Colombo. We were also pleasantly surprised when Francis offered us to check out in the evening so that we can have the room to shower and wash up before departing for our flight. Francis also arranged our driver/guide for the trip (Sunny) who was a very experienced and witty man and he brought so much joy and laughter to us throughout the trip. We hope to stay there again in the future!

Room Tip: Best way is to contact Francis and book directly via his website as not all room choices (e.g. famil...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank jas_ng
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is an excellent B and B some150 yards off the main road through Negombo and after a tlong flight from the UK it's only a 20 minute trip from the airport. It's essentially an immaculate walled garden with a large central lawn,swaying palm trees and a swimming pool. There's a bar and and a covered dining area with adjacent kitchen producing good food. The rooms overlook the gardens and are spotlessly clean. The staff are lovely and can't do enough to help, we'll lead by the amiable owner, Francis. The beach is just a short walk away. Easy to see why this is TA Number One in Negombo. I have no hesitation in recommending this oasis of calm

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jon G
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We stayed at morning star on the first and last nights of our holiday, rather than stay in Colombo.
I feel very luck we did.
It's a lovely place, the rooms are some of the best we found, and excellent value.
Francis, the owner, made us feel incredibly welcome. A generous and genuine host.
Plus he recommended a fantastic driver for us, which turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. If you can afford to hire a driver for a few days I'd really recommend it, we saw so much stuff with Anton that I know we wouldn't have if we'd made our own way around Sri Lanka. Plus when we did finally stumble around on our own we felt like we knew what we were doing, a bit more.
Ask for D.S. Tours, we had Anton as our guide, and he was funny and open to talking about anything, pretty much. It's a small family business, his brother Sanee (?) also drives, and he also seemed great when we met him.
We can't recommend Morning Star and D S Tours enough.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Oliver R
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

I stayed at Morning Star for one night, as I had a flight out the next morning. Email communication with the owner was very quick and clear, and the price reasonable for the area. The place itself is an oasis of calm. It is at the end of a short lane off one end of the main drag of hotels, restaurants and shops. Once you enter the gate, the rooms are all bungalows arranged around a central grassy area, with the pool tucked at one end and the restaurant near the front. The whole place is peaceful and tastefully done. The room was large, very clean and well decorated. It had a fridge and even armchairs! I couldn't get the hot water in the shower to work, but i imagine this would have been sorted if i'd asked. Breakfast was good - tea/filter coffee, different breads, fruit salad and eggs. Being at the end of the strip it's a short tuk tuk ride away to get to restaurants. There is dinner available in the hotel, but not a la carte. Morning Star is on the 'land side' of the road, but guests can use the private beach of a hotel about 100m up the road.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank Raffie6
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FrancisAppuhamy, Inhaber at Morning Star Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2014

I Thank you very much with my deep hearted appreciation for your valuable time and comment for morning star.

we wish to see you again

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Additional Information about Morning Star Guest House

Address: No 55/1 Palagathuraya, Negombo 11540, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 269 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range: $28 - $62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Morning Star Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a modern construction consists of apartment type accommodation and with separate chalets set around a well landscaped garden. It is suitable for families, couples, and singles who like to be in a homely environment with all the modern amenities. ... more   less 
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