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“First Class In Every Way” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Ayubowan Guesthouse
Ranked #17 of 201 Negombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“First Class In Every Way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

It's not very often you find a gem when you are travelling but this is one, spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated, immaculate gardens and most important of all owners who genuinely care about there guests.
The breakfasts are fantastic with enough choice to satisfy the most picky guest.
For a short or long stay look no further.
We booked through a local agent but in future would book direct on brenda_cornelius@hotmail.com for a better price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
thank you so much for an honest review from an honest couple .we are so pleased that you had a great time with us, we will certainly be pleased to see you on your return, oh by the way the e-mail address is brenda_cornelius0@hotmail.com and the phone number is 0094312238673. kind regards.
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Napier, New Zealand
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106 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

I spent 2 nights with Ron and Brenda at Ayubowan Guesthouse recently. They have a lovely home with beautiful outdoor gardens and a pool. Very relaxing environment, well appointed rooms with everything you need to enjoy your stay.
Very, very clean!
Location is down a quiet lane so you are away from the main strip which can be quite noisy and busy.
Ron and Brenda are always on hand to help out with what ever you need and are a wealth of knowledge about where to go and what to see while in Negombo / Sri Lanka.
They put on a great breakfast as well :)
I can highly recommend Ayubowan and will return if i find myself in Negombo again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank toosdh
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Perth, Australia
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163 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is our third stay at the Ayubowan, this time my wife and I stayed for 9 days. The owners are an inspiration in the way they run an efficient business with a very human touch. They seem to be focused on improving the service and quality of their product on each visit over a two year period. Ayubowan boutique guesthouse would be a more appropriate title for this location . They provide many added little benefits to make your stay more enjoyable, like when you are the only guests on a particular day enabling you to have your breakfast in their garden setting. They also provide an opportunity to have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast. Each day you are asked what you would like to have for breakfast the next day. In house lunch is available and it is worth spending the evening in at least once and letting them provide the meal, the lighting innthe garden provides a delightful backfrop.Their staff are also very courteous and helpful. Your rooms are cleaned and made up each day. This "guesthouse" is a welcome break from much of the chaos and anything will do approach that is endemic to much of Sri Lanka. We look forward to our next visit. Can't understand why they don't have the the number one ranking in their category.

Room Tip: If available ask for the poolside room and let Ron organise your pickup and delivery to the airport...
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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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Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

As this was our first time to Sri Lanka, we had a personal recommendation to stay with Ron & Brenda @ Ayubowan, and we will definitely be back in the near future.

The guest house is extremely clean, with a lovely pool, our bedroom was spacious (on the first floor) with a balcony outside which we used every day. We had a separate bathroom which was again extremely clean.

Ron & Brenda made our stay very comfortable with a lovely breakfast each morning, a choice of cooked breakfast or Sri Lankan breakfast (which was phenomenal in taste and huge portions!!). They gave great advice on tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and helped us to arrange trips to Kandy and Galle.

We spent both Christmas Day and New Years Day with Ron & Brenda and enjoyed a lovely meals with live music, which made the stay extra special.

I would definitely recommend Ayubowan to friends and family who are looking to visit Sri Lanka and hopefully will be back there to enjoy another Sri Lankan breakfast soon!!

Thanks once again!!

  • Stayed December 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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1 Thank SarahLH31
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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
thank you for taking the time to write a review we know life can be hectic,what a great time we all had at christmas we shall keep the festivities to ourselves so other guests this year will also have a great time. as stated before as you can see all our reviews are honest and not made up,once again thank you and look forward to seeing you both in the future. kind regards
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Antwerp, Belgium
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217 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed at the Ayubowan guesthouse in December 2012.

Although we arrived very early in the morning, Brenda and Ron were waiting for us with a smile. We used their airport pickup service and the driver was perfectly on time.
Our spacious and pretty room and bathroom were spotless with clean sheets and soft towels. Breakfast was excellent and with a wide choice of foods to choose from.
The guesthouse is in a quiet street and only a short walk from the beach and restaurants.

We do not get the negative comments about supposed 'rules'. Every question or request from our side was answered with 'sure' and 'no problem'. We did not feel at all like walking on eggshells, on the contrary, we felt very welcome!

We had a wonderful stay here!
Ellen and Pedro, Belgium

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ellen_and_Pedro
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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, we hope by reading it it will put things right about past negative reviews. We were so happy to have you both stay at ayubowan and that you had such a nice time with us. Can we take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year from the management & staff at ayubowan.
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Canada
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235 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

What can I say about Ayubowan that hasn't already been said? It is an absolutely lovely, wonderful place that beats anything you have been daydreaming about.

The location is ideal: it's quiet and private, safe, and within a close walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. Ron and Brenda can recommend great restaurants in the area and places to enjoy a drink in the evening if you wish.

The breakfast was amazing. Coffee or tea on the terrace in the morning, then a full delicious breakfast. We had the full English, which was some of the best food we had in Sri Lanka. Ron was happy to accommodate our requests (no papaya and no eggs) with a smile. There is also a fridge where you can purchase some snacks and drinks during the day - lots of selection and very reasonably priced (local prices, not tourist prices).

The rooms are well appointed and EXTREMELY clean. The beds were comfortable, air conditioning and fans worked well. The bathroom was spotless!

There are plenty of chairs, sunbeds and shade on the terrace and poolside. The pool is a wonderful added feature that we made use of. It was lovely to take a dip and we spent lots of time reading and lounging there.

They are more than happy to arrange a driver for tours, airport pick ups and drop offs, and really anything else you could need.

We stayed here twice - once upon my immediate arrival in Sri Lanka (my friend had already been there for a few days), and again for several days at the end of our trip when we needed to be "rescued" from a terrible hotel in the South. Ron and Brenda went out of their way to make last-minute arrangements for a driver to pick us up in the South, and bring us back to Ayubowan to relax for our final few days in the country.

Ayubowan provided excellent value for our money. We paid quite a bit more for a lot less at other places in Sri Lanka. The rooms were inexpensive enough that we each took our own room; which was also great to get some space from each other and privacy after travelling.

I can honestly say that we wanted for nothing. Ron and Brenda treated us so well - like family! If I return to Sri Lanka, I will stay at Ayobowan without a second thought. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. I have nothing but positive words to say and lots of wonderful memories. Thank you Ron and Brenda for making our two stays comfortable and unforgettable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PrincessGolden
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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Hi, it was wonderful to read your review and well worth waiting for, to have you both stay with us at ayubowan was a pleasure and joy. we would certainly love to have you back again. May we wish you both a very happy new year
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Cammeray, NSW, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

We had a brief but pleasant start to our recent holiday in Sri Lanka staying with Ron & Brenda in their delightful home. We arrived much later than planned thanks to Sri Lankan Airlines and had to leave the next morning for the Cultural Triangle. But in the few hours in between we were able to enjoy a comfortable room, a delicious breakfast, and the company of Ron & Brenda. We cannot fault our experience of this accommodation – the only fault was with us for not arranging to stay in Negombo longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Thank cammerayguy
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happySriLanka, Owner at The Ayubowan Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on T.A.we do enjoy reading them, the good and the bad,we are pleased that you enjoyd being at ayubowan and we would love to see you again in the near future.
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Property: The Ayubowan Guesthouse
Address: 47/55 School Lane | Ettukalla, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 201 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Guest House is situated in Negombo on the west coast of Sri Lanka.2 Double ensuite rooms on the ground floor.2 Double rooms on the 1st floor with shared bathroom, private eating area and balcony All rooms have A/C, ceiling fan, hairdryer, bathrobe. This guesthouse is suitable only for adults, Weddings can be arranged at the house. We also provide airport transfer,free wifi is available. Lunch and dinner is available in the dining room and in the garden. Tourist board approved grade A now 4**** ... more   less 
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