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“Basic for simple needs”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Silver Sands

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Hotel Silver Sands
Ranked #22 of 41 Hotels in Negombo
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“Basic for simple needs”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

Like most, we stayed here for our first night in Sri Lanka straight from the airport. We were looking for somewhere to lie our heads, decent value and on the beach. For what we paid, although 'ocean view' was a bit of a stretch (not direct view from the room), we found Silversands to be good enough value for a simple first night - mosquito net and fan but quite dimly lit. It had more of a guest house feel and friendly, helpful staff. Overall, I'd recommend this for a quick, budget-friendly easy one/two night stay with the airport in mind.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a really good place to stay for one or two days when you arrive at Sri Lanka or just before you leave. You are quite close to the airport and don't have to make all your way through the Sri Lankan traffic.
The hotel has a very nice atmosphere, and so do the rooms. They are clean, and you sleep well in the beds. Depending on the room you get you have a beautiful sight on the beach or in the garden, but there are also rooms where your balcony just shows to the patio. There is also a nice restaurant where you can eat luscious food. The nice garden has some great palm trees and some sun-loungers which are quite old but ok. The value for money is in sum really good.

The beaches are not the best, the sand is partially black (I don't know if that is oil) and there is quite a lot of trash in some parts of the beach, so I cannot recommend to spend several days or weeks there as I have seen much better beaches in Sri Lanka. But if you want to relax the first days after your arrival or the last days of your holiday, this place is a really good choice.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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in a backpack
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had pre booked a room as we were flying into sri lanka that day. We had requested the cheapest room but the booking kept taking us to the second cheapest room. On our arrival there was a cheaper room but the didn't give it to us, instead giving it to another couple. The room was small for the price, with broken flyscreens/ and no fly screens on the windows. no hot water, no wifi in the room and a view of a water tank off our tiny balcony with one broken chair. When we asked if we could change rooms or get a discount they did not try to accommodate us. How ever it did have nice access to the beach and a nice are for sunbathing and a nice restaurant.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

We’ve stayed at Silver Sands 6 times (3 visits to SL), each time on arrival and departure. Always basic, it now seems tired and could do with a few coats of paint in the rooms. Some of the staff – not all - seemed quite surly at the beginning although they loosened up after a while. Having had that whinge, they did a good job of arranging transport and accommodation for multiple arrivals and departures at different times for a group of 12 people. Would stay there again as it was pleasant in the end but hope the management will talk to their staff about keeping a smile on their face.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Schweiz
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

The silversands was our first stay in Sri Lanka. We had a clean room with A/C. The mosquito net was also very good without any holes in it.
The food in the restaurant was very delicous, actually the curry was one of the best for us in Sri Lanka.
Compared to other cities we travelled the room had a quite high price (4600) but I think for Negombo it's average / a little below average.

The one thing which annoyed us, was the following: We reserved the room via e-mail and told him that we didn't need airport-transfer, he still wanted to know with which flight we will come in, so we told him that (also via email) and wrote again that we DONT NEED transfer.
When we arrived at the hotel (with our "own" taxi), he blamed us that he had a driver at the airport and we weren't there...we tried to explain him that we told him we didn't need one - he acceped it grudgingly and then he was not happy with us for the rest of our stay...but apart from that the other staff was friendly and okay to us.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

Staff were very friendly and kind. Airport transfers were very efficient and well organised. A great place to stay and a short walk into the town as well. The rooms were clean and we had a lovely balcony area.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Island of Gozo, Malta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

There isn't a 3 1/2 button which would be my choice here ....... Great position with access to the beach from the back of the hotel, and correspondence with Francis before arrival was great, and prices budget friendly. The room was basic and a little cramped but ok with a good mosquito net, but the bathroom was in very bad repair and by far the worst we found on our low budget 3 week trip. We slept badly here as although we had a fan room ourselves, we were kept awake by the air conditioning units outside neighboring rooms and also at times from lights and noises from the echoy corridors.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Silver Sands
Address: 229 Lewis Place, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
Number of rooms: 317
Also Known As:
Silver Sands Hotel

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