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“Homely and excellent place to stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Marina

Villa Marina
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Villa Marina
Ranked #111 of 201 Negombo B&B and Inns
London
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37 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Homely and excellent place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed for one week in January 2013(10 -17). We booked a deluxe room through Agoda.com, inclusive of breakfast. The Room was comfortable with a good bed, sitting area, mini fridge, sat TV, free wifi etc. The bathroom was of a good size and hot shower. H/W supplied from solar heating.
The breakfast was good with fruit juice, freshfruits and toast with omelette and jams. Tea or coffee was complimentary throughout the day.
This place was a home from home and my wife even cooked us meals in the guesthouse kitchen with fresh fish and meat bought from local market.
The owner was very friendly with us as well as we noticed his helpful attitude towards other guests while we stayed there. All the staff we found was polite and helpful.
We went to several excursions, daytrips organised by Sanath, who we found through the guesthouse owner. We booked previously with another expensive operator but cancelled once we arranged with Sanath. He charged 8000 rupees for daytrip to Kandy in A/C microbus.
The guest house is very close to several good places to eat. We chose Water Cress and the owner even cooked to order, fish bought by us from local fresh fish market.
Overall this guesthouse is always booked well in advance,we met and made a lot of friends while we stayed there the week.
Hope to be back here when we next visit Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are very comfortable
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We booked Villa Marina 2 rooms for 2 nights on 25-27 Feb 2013. I arrived Villa Marina and showed the booking confirmation by booking.com. The staff told me that he did not get the confirmation and the rooms were fully booked. He would sent us to another accommodation and guaranteed that we would not pay more than what we booked, he also told me that the new accommodation was very good with a nice and big garden.

The new accommodation was a house with 5 rooms and the big garden was only a lawn. We were disappointed and thought that we got a special price from Booking.com and he could sell Villa Marina rooms to other guests with higher price. We did not believe that Booking.com system would error.

Try it, if you want similar experience like me.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London
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23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed here for two nights prior to our departure from Sri Lanka. The room was big,spotless and well appointed with our own private courtyard and an "outdoors/indoors" bathroom. Villa Marina had the most comfortable bed we slept in our Sri Lankan trip with glorious linen. Owned by Dr Habib of Dubai, it's a friendly place, located at the quiet end of town. Breakfast is basic but good and there are some tastey restaurants near by including: Watercress, Petit Restaurant and the excellent Beach Lodge further down the beach road.

Unlike many rooms in Sri Lanka, Villa Marina's has big wardrobes. The aircon and fan were top notch and worked quietly.

Although not on the beach, Villa Marina is very close by and is on a very peaceful lane.

This is a great place to stay on your arrival/departure from Sri Lanka and excellent value for money. THey do not have a safety deposit box service but Dr Habib may be able to lend you a lockable cupboard.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Josephine66
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in Villa Marina the night before we flew out of Colombo. The staff were so friendly and helpful and looked after our bags for the day after we checked out as our flight wasn't until the evening!
Brilliant value for money, lovely breakfast included in our stay. The room was comfortable, had warm water, a good tv and even a DVD player!
Would stay there again :)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laura E
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Negombo
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

I must say that Javed Tahir (owner) welcomed us verry nicely,we had a small leak first nigt in the ac i told at breakfast, he directly said u change room vile vi fixe this we came back after a nice day at beach and voila! Fixed it was.
The crew are very nicely i mean i am tricky when it comes to coffe in the morning I told them once how i like it and there it was.
So here I defenetely come back to.
Thank you Mr Tahir and crew.

Room Tip: Nice and big nr 22 the whole place is quiet
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ivo62
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Negombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

this is new hotel that is clean with Wifi that works well and AC.
management is very helpful and let us use their microwave. There are 5 large rooms and one small one, so get a larger one. They also have cable tv and a great breakfast including tea, juice, toast, eggs and papaya fruit. Since it is a new hotel it is hard to find, but a 2 minute walk to the beach off beach road, just past the tourist police station. Stayed in Negombo twice and both times we stayed here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Njuszczak
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

please stay, nice and clean hotel and very close to the beach. staff are very friendly. Hotel is 5 minute walk to all bars and restaurants in town. Highly recommended. it was just what I needed to relax and wind down my visit to Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Issa_Chami
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Additional Information about Villa Marina

Property: Villa Marina
Address: Beach Road, 100/14, Weela Street, Palangathure, Kockikade | Kochchikade, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #111 of 201 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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