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Neela's Guesthouse & Beach Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 143 Hikkaduwa B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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“Charming and just what we wanted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

Review 16th March 2014

We we were expecting Hikkaduwa to be a bit of a party place but in fact it was all asleep by 11pm... which was fine by us. Neela's is fantastically situated, on the quiet and widest part of the beach. There is a mini warm water lagoon just in front of the hotel which makes a great alternative to some pretty large waves. Neela's have their own palm roof sun beds (free to guests/restaurant users) and a pretty restaurant with good prices and charming service. The accommodation is excellent value for a beach front property, we had room 14 on the second floor with a sea view across roof tops. The room was large and spotless with a balcony and planters chairs. There is efficient and quiet air con in room 14 with ceiling fan if you prefer and bonus mini fridge (we found that not all medium price rooms in Srilanka have a fridge - you need cold water on hot nights!!!!). The room has all the stuff you need ie. very comfortable bed, extra pillows - proper reading lights, good mirror - waist height table for you case - only one slight negative was the bathroom which was a bit eighties but to be honest this is an aesthetic comment only as it was extremely clean and functional with good pressure shower.
The owners of Neela's are a Srilankan family - very friendly and helpful - Chamara the Owners son was always ready to chat and help with anything at all - they definitely have a commitment to cleanliness and customer service. All the common areas are very clean and there were fresh flowers and joss sticks every morning when we came down for our delicious breakfast (fruit,toast and eggs done any way you want)
Of all the places we ate on the beach ( Hikkaduwa food can be hit and miss) We found Neela's food to be the best. If I went back to Hikkaduwa I would definitely stay here but pay a bit more for one of the 3rd floor rooms as they have the best views.

Neela's is not a boutique hotel nor does it pretend to be as it has a range of rooms for all budgets and concentrates on substance over style - If you want to be right on the beach with super friendly local owners and very reasonable room rates for ultra clean/functional accomodation with the bonus of delicious Srilankan sea food choose this place.

Thanks for great customer service to Chamara and all the staff - We had a great time.

Lynda Bailey and Peter Readman.

PS Just a couple of bits of advice about Hikkaduwa in general - There are some good places to drink on the beach but hardly any of them have good food. Nice bar to Drink is the "Why not" but food is awful. The Hotel moon Beam restaurant recommended in Lonely planet is over rated and a rip off. The best food we had was at Neela's.
Also be very aware of the very busy road that goes through Hikkaduwa - what ever room you book make sure it is way from that road.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

Neela's is a lovely place. Right at the beatiful beach, good food and nice rooms. First and foremost though, I'm saluting them for their friendly touch and excellent service. Thanks guys, I hope to be back one day :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

Friends of ours had stayed at Neela's over 10 years ago and had highlty recommended it. At our request Neela's son Chamara arranged for us to be picked up at Colombo airport and this all went very smoothly. Our room was spotlessly clean, the food was very good in the restaurant and the location is ideal being right on the beach. Neela, Chamara, their family and staff could not have been more welcoming, friendly and helpful. We would love to stay there again and would definitely recommend it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

great position 2nd and 3rd floor ocean view rooms are the pick, family and staff are great you could not meet a nicer bunch of people. rooms are spacious clean tidy, we had ocean view air con and hot water and fridge.easy walk to surf approx 200 metres
Meals are good value and very tasty. Chamara and Neela are genuine beautiful people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

We spent several days in February with Neela, her wonderful son Chamara, his delightful wife and all their great staff. We had a big, air-conditioned room with balcony on the third floor. The room also had a little refrigerator, much appreciated after a warm afternoon on the beach. Looking past the roof tops from our balcony we could see the beach and sea, and early each morning a young woman arrived to do yoga on the rooftop in front of us. She was a real inspiration -- I had been thinking about yoga for some time, and after leaving Neela's for the east coast I found a great instructor. I will never be as awesome as the young woman who inspired me, but I am really enjoying my yoga! The restaurant at Neela's was great, as was the beach and the swimming. Our whole experience was absolutely positive, made all the more so by wonderful Chamara and crew.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

I don't usually write reviews but felt I had too for Neela's as we had such an amazing stay there. Amazing family who run the guest house, extremely friendly and helpful staff, spotless accommodation and perfect location in Hikkaduwa - can't fault the place and can't recommend it enough. We'd stay back there in a heartbeat and happily recommend to any of our family and friends. Love Sri Lanka as a country and staying at Neela's only made our visit even more amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

me and wife stayed for 9 nights,chamara and staff excellent as allways!! the place to stay in hikkaduwa,been twice to neelas we will be back!! lovely quest house and restaurant! neela and family make you feel so at home!! cu again soon!!

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Property: Neela's Guesthouse & Beach Restaurant
Address: No. 634, Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 143 B&Bs / Inns in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Neela's Neela's Guesthouse offers a warm welcome, delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. Our beachfront location means you can walk out of your room onto the sands. Hikkaduwa is a paradise for the swimmers, sun worshippers, surfers and snorkellers. Popular surf breaks are minutes away or just relax on a sunbed and watch the turquoise waves roll in. Our restaurant is only a few short steps from the sea. Begin the day with a leisurely breakfast or join us for a lazy lunch. At the end of the day enjoy an amazing sunset followed by dinner under the stars. Our family have been welcoming tourists to Hikkaduwa for more than 30 years. Our experience ensures great service and attention to detail; whether you're a first time visitor or one of our old friends. ... more   less 
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