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The Icebear Guesthouse
Ranked #26 of 266 Negombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We started with the Icebear hotel and ended with the Icebear hotel and were very happy with our accommation, we had the family room overlooking the garden. The room was lovely and very clean. We found the staff very helpful, we loved the fact it was right on the beach and the garden too was lovely. The food overall was good. The muesli however was delicious! There was only one negative and that was that the curtains in room nr 5 were too flimsy, but otherwise the Icebear hotel gets the big thumbs up from us.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

The Icebear really looks nice and friendly and probably is, it really does, but it is very unpleasant if you book days ahead, arrive after tiring traffic and find out that you get a room in a scruffy apartment building next door (without any notice beforehand), a "room without a view". I think this is not correct and really makes me think twice before I would book again. So you better check what kind of rooms you get.

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Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

To start our trip around Sri Lanka, we chose a place not to far from the airport and on the beach. The Icebear was an ok place to start, but is was way too expensive for what we got: decent room in an ok garden next too the beach. Sounds fine but not for this price. Especially since the staff was ok but not super friendly like most of the other Sri Lanka people we met afterwards. Pity!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank BartJoyEfe
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

Negombo was my last stop after a roundtrip in Sri Lanka, so I dropped at the Icebear! Surely, the garden is beautiful, the Stuff is nice and they have some bikes for free to discover Negombo. But the rooms are much to expensive and they are very small, I had much bigger rooms for less money during my journey in Sri Lanka! And the prices for the meals are also to high, so I ate at other restaurants during my stay in Negombo!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Martin J
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

A different atmosphere, made up by the swiss owner, right on the beach.

A mix of european style and SriLankan lifestyle.

For people searching something different in this very touristic area.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank JoanBertrand
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

I stayed there just one night, to be closer to the airport to catch an early flight next morning.
The place is very nice, the room was fine, the service good, as well as the restaurant.
I stayed too short to enjoy everything the hotel and the location have to offer. Hope to come back again.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank lungoilcammino
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This beautiful quiet spot on the beach, has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Only 35 min. by tuktuk from the airport. The rooms are clean but not all of them have a private bathroom. The is service friendly and a it has a stunning garden. The food is a little bit expensive but very nice. The same goes for the rooms. We had a lovely stay at this little paradise :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Icebear Guesthouse

Address: 95 Lewis Place, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 266 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range: $25 - $73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sri Lanka with Swissness, Rooms-In-Home for over twenty years ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Icebear Hotel Negombo

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