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“Good location, very average staff attitude” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ritas Hotel
Ranked #74 of 142 Hikkaduwa B&B and Inns
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good location, very average staff attitude”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

Rita's was our first stop in Sri Lanka and was more expensive than a number of guest houses that we subsequently went to. The rooms are fairly basic but have towels, fan etc. The big downside (particularly for our room - room 26) is that the main road is just outside and it's very noisy with lots of vehicles and hooting. It's definitely worth making sure that you get a room as far from the road as possible.

The location is good and the restaurant is good value for money.

The staff were pretty unimpressive - service is slow, they didn't have our booking and we had to wait a couple of hours. If the attitude of the staff improved, it would go a long way to making this a great place to visit.

Room Tip: Avoid room 26 - very noisy
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

Arrived at Ritas after a long busride from Colombo. The place is pretty ordinary, nothing special. Rooms are spacious and clean with hot water and no mosquitoes. Power didn't work but staff was friendly and did their best to fix it.

At 10pm the bar next to Ritas starts playing extremely loud music, and it just doesn't stop. Even using some of the best earplugs in the world, it's like sleeping in the middle of a nightclub. Which is fine if you're 20 something and you came to party. But there IS no party. It's just an empty bar playing incredibly loud music and shooting off loud fireworks once in a while to attract customers. The whole day after was ruined as I only had 3 hours of sleep during the night.

Ritas hotel itself is fine, nothing special but a decent place. But part of staying in a guesthouse is sleeping and when you get absolutely NO sleep during the night, I simply would never recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

Everything in this hotel is awful, staff don't like customers at all, if you ordered some food, they will bring you only cold ashes. Room cleaning is not exist. No trash cans in the room and really smelly towels. If you want to live as a Spartans, it's your choise.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2012

We stayed at Rita's for two nights at the beginning of our tour of Sri Lanka, the staff was attentive and helped us get acquainted with the island, even arranged airport transfer for our VERY early arrival flights at a very reasonable rate (about 50 USD). Rita's was far more than we expected when we arrived, set on the widest part of the beach with plenty of cabanas for beach time and a beachfront restaurant with the cheapest lion beer we found in Hikkaduwa. The staff knew our names upon arrival and helped us throughout our stay with arranging tours, suggesting where to spend our time, and helping us plan the remainder of our time on the island.

Our room was spotlessly clean, many budget hotels in Sri Lanka (that we experienced) do not have sheets on the bed, but a bed covering and sometimes a top sheet or a blanket, this is the case at Rita's; although, considering the heat and humidity, no blankets were necessary at all. The same goes for lack of hot water. Our room was a non a/c, non hot water room, but I actually said after my first shower there that it was the best shower of my life! We slept with the windows open and the fan on and we were perfectly comfortable at night. Our room was equipped with a mosquito net, which was definitely needed! It's a good idea to put the mosquito net down early in the evening so you don't have any stragglers inside.

Rita's is an excellent place to stay, and a great value (our rate was 2500LKR, or about $21 USD). If I return to Hikkaduwa in the future you can bet you'll find me at Rita's!

Room Tip: I wouldn't spend the extra money on hot water or a/c, the cool shower was very pleasant after a...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ludwigshafen, Germany
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

I had booked an airconditioned room with a sea view, but when we arrive, the hotel had given the room away and all they had to offer was a non-AC room in the 3rd floor. It was hot, the fan was noisy and I feared it would fall down from the roof because it was shaking while spinning. First I though there weren't any sheets at all, but I discovered the sheets were just dark and had patterns to cover the stains. They were dirty, and especially the pillows and mismatching torn towels were stained and smelly. There was no window pane to the top half of the window and no way to close the window, so all noises from the main street came unhindered to the room. The toilet was dirty and the shower (that surprisingly worked) had a nozzle like a water hose, so it wasn't really a shower. All the water stood on the floor instead of going down the drain, so it was completely unsanitary. Lots of mosquitos.
All in all, horrible!!! We didn't sleep a bit during the one unlucky night we stayed there.
To top it all off, the hotel didn't accept a credit card payment, even though I had made the booking with a credit card.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights... it was a very average hotel. Nothing was spectacular and nothing was unpleasant. I did like the location, I'd say that was the best thing about it... right on the beach.

If I'm looking for a cost effective place to stay, I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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ISTANBUL
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60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

It is the best place to accomodate around Hikkaduwa. We stayed 4 days in this hotel. We wish we could have spent more time but we should have turned back to India.The rooms are very clean and tidy. The meals are very delicous in the beach front restaurant. You may swim together with the carettas in a clean sea, watch the marvolous sunset from your balcony listening the sound of waves. The staff is very friendly, the young and very active manager Tharindu settles all your problems, organizes any tour you wish and he picks you up from the airport if you want. If you are a photographer like my husband, you will catch so many wievs from very early morning to late evening.

Room Tip: Sea face rooms are recommended
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Ritas Hotel
Address: Narigama, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Hikkaduwa
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Ranked #74 of 142 B&Bs / Inns in Hikkaduwa
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Number of rooms: 28
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