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Hotel Royal Beach
Ranked #82 of 155 Hikkaduwa B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We have just come back from 2 weeks in Hikkaduwa. As per usual I read the comments placed by other users before we booked. Some of them are good and well balanced some are from people who booked Sri Lanka expecting San Trope.

Ignore these and travel with an open mind and a few expectations and you will find a absolute gem.

The hotel is clean. The rooms are serviced very well every two days and the staff are fantastic. Please don't forget to tip. This hotel is on the beach. I don't mean across the road from the beach or the beach is at the bottom of the garden, I mean ON the beach. The location is 5*.

The hotel owner Kumara and his team are great and very helpful. We met other guests from Australia who have been staying with Kumara for the past 30 years. You don't get a reputation like that without doing something right.

The food was great. The breakfast was simple with fruit and eggs every way. I didn't mind that we had the same every day but there is plenty of cafes and restaurants within strolling distance.

The restaurant food at the hotel was excellent. There is a menu that is good and tries to cater for the westerner but if you ask the chef, he will knock you up some fantastic local curry dishes. The fish and seafood is fresh and delicious.

The season in Sri Lanka is relatively short so the hotels and traders only have a small window of opportunity to win your tourist dollars. Consequently sometimes you do pay more than you think is reasonable but if you haggle a little with a smile you can get a bargain and the traders make a living. Everyone's happy.

Room Tip: A room by close to the sea is best
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

The only positive thing I have to say about this place is the location and adjustable shower head. If you are staying at this hotel, be sure not to pay for all your days in advance, as you will NOT receive a refund if you decide to leave earlier than planned. When asked why I couldn't get a refund the reply was;

-when it was handwritten in "check in" book, no refunds could be made.
- He had to give a commission to the Tuk Tuk driver that brought me there.
- He had to discuss it with his brother..
- I could eat for free at the hotel restaurant instead.

When asked him where it was stated that unused days were non refundable, his reply was the same. When I pointed out that I did not sign anything, nor was I informed of this policy, he didn't seem to care. There were 3 people staying at the hotel at the time, so it wasn't like I had made him lose money by occupying the room.

He will also tell you on the first day how honest of a guy he is, and that you should book your tours through him, and that everyone else will rip you off, but not him! Give me a break.. Do yourself a favor, and book another hotel..

Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
2  Thank Berthina K
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Property is right in front of the beach.First we where offered a room away from the beach, we changed it to sea facing room, which has a balcony facing the beach. The room was clean. Breakfast was was basic. Dinner they served some excellent sea food. Six of us stayed for 2 nights no complaints. The staff and the owner where very courteous. Looking forward for my next stay.

Room Tip: Ask for room no 18, don't take the room on the side of the road.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at this hotel. It looks modern, clean, also posh and all this for a decent price. The hotel is well equipped, room and bathroom were grand, the bed was big and comfortable. The AC was working well, hot water, and fan was fine. For a lower price u can ask for no AC in the room. There is Wifi as well, although it works best outside the room.
There is an upstairs area of the hotel with sofas, couches and TV which is quite relaxing in the evening if you can bear the heat and the mosquitoes :P
The beach is right outside from the hotel, there are some sun beds belonging to the hotel. There is even a beach volleyball net around. Plus, for the surfers there is a surf school right next door.
I loved the hotel since it was very relaxing, clean, and the beach right there. This is rather common actually, since most of the hotels have the beach right next to them.
I suppose the prices are ok, although this is really subjective. We paid 5000 for an AC room, in low season, although u can negotiate. We're still improving the negotiating skills....!

Room Tip: Rooms on the right side of the hotel are close to a bar next door which puts loud music in the weeke...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

The Hotel has a great location right on the beach. We paid 2,500LKR for one night without AC. The back of the hotel opens up right onto the sand.

The room was very damp with a lot of mosquitos. We didn't eat there (it seemed that no one else did either), so I can't say anything for the food, except that the restaurant was empty the whole time.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed a week in hotel royal beach. I feel like i'm in a temple. Its that much peaceful . And also the rooms are wonderful and so clean. Sea view also fascinating. Hospitality was impressed . For meditaton it is a such a specific place. I love to go there again in my next vacation.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Despite a smelly room this place was exactly what we needed for our first night in Sri Lanka. Super efficient airport transfer arranged by hotel, ocean view room and at the right price. Breakfast ok, but you may want to eat elsewhere lunchtime and evenings and there is plenty of choice within minutes along the beach. Perfect for main surf point, a good base for hikkaduwa which we really liked the laid back feel of.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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2  Thank SteveLaveno
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Kumara P, Owner at Hotel Royal Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2013

Dear Maria and dear Steve,
Thank you both for writing a review of our hotel. You both mention a “smell” in this room, please allow us a short explanation: On Halloween Night in November 2012 Hikkaduwa experienced a bad storm with gale force winds – a mini cyclone – which lifted the whole roof from the beach front building and smashed it in the court causing extensive damage also to other buildings. A new roof had to be constructed fast for the upcoming season but this front room was left one night open to the storm with heavy rain. Of course, it got new furniture and a new paint wash but obviously the damage is sitting somewhat deeper. This will be refurbished again after proper drying up.
Our goal is to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible and you should have informed us immediately. We surely would have found you another, not affected room. In general, if there is anything disturbing you, do not hesitate to complain, we will be happy to help you in any way and improve the hotel and our service.
This also applies to our kitchen; we are constantly working on our menu.
We are looking forward to welcome you again at Royal Beach Hotel.
Kumara + Family

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Address: 582 Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #82 of 155 B&Bs / Inns in Hikkaduwa
Price Range: $87 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Royal Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our newly built Hotel "Royal Beach" is situated at the famous Hikkaduwa Beach, where we, Kumara and family, were running our "Royal Beach Restaurant" since 1979 to gain our rich experience in the hospitality trade. It is in the best "happening" area with all facilities for water sports, shopping, and many more activities. We, together with our trained staff, will make your holidays a success. ... more   less 
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