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“Excellent staff and service”
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Tandem Guest House
Ranked #10 of 149 Hikkaduwa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Moscow, Russia
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54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent staff and service”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had an excellent experience with this hotel, though didn't have a chance to stay in it. We have booked in advance 2 double-rooms through booking.com, but after that our plans have changed: there were more people with us, so 2 double rooms were not enough for us, besides, we wanted to travel around the island, instead of staying all the time on the beach. That's why we decided to cancel our reservation, but according to the booking.com rules it was too late. Canceling could cost us the whole price of booking, almost $1000. We decided to contact directly the hotel, and Sunil, with whom we had a correspondence, was very nice and supportive and agreed to cancel our reservation without any charges. We are so happy with it and there is only one thing to regretL that now we won't stay at Tandem Guesthouse.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Vanadzor, Armenia
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Tandem Guesthouse is a phenomenal deal! It's literally a two-minute walk to the beach and all the shenanigans there. The grounds itself are far enough from the road that we didn't hear any traffic noise at all, even when we were outside of our rooms. The rooms themselves were very clean, and the bathrooms quite large and spotless. Beds are super comfy. And of course, the hospitality was fantastic. After a long night at the beach, my friends and I woke up at around noon. We walked into the cafe part of the hotel (which you walk through anyway) and sheepishly asked if we might have some coffee, thinking it was too late for the included breakfast. The owner smiled and said of course, and would we like our breakfast as well? "Sure if it's no problem that it's so late" we said, and he replied with a huge smile "It's your vacation!! Of course it's not a problem"! That made my day :) So yea, stay there!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Mr Sunil, owner of the guest house left no stones unturned to ensure that we do not face any sort of problems. The room was beautiful, clean and the best part of this guest house was that it was right across the beach - a 2 min walk. He advised us on places to visit, and parts of beaches where we should not swim. This hotel is absolutely recommended.

Room Tip: All the rooms are similar, hence no particular room recommended.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cluj
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We liked the place, very well kept very clean. The building somehow shares a green lush yard with other buildings. Breakfast was good and plenty. I never remember names of the staff but this time because we exchanged a few emails I do - Sunil he is very nice and helpful. We were initially booked for 4 night but our flight was canceled so we missed 3 nights. He gave us 2 night (the place was fully booked afterwards) with no extra charge for the kids which was very kind of him.
The only downside of Hikkaduwa is the crazy traffic on the highway. I would not spend more than 2-3 days here. They should use speed breakers, or divert the traffic. There is no sidewalk so for us with small kids was very stresfull. The beach was nice with plenty of cheap restaurants.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2012

OK room first. Quiet, clean (apart from a few creepy crawlies), great bathroom, decent breakfast. Go outside and oh dear. The highway is noisy and intrusive and packed with speeding trucks and buses roaring up and down at 60mph. Not what you want to be confronted with on holiday. Hikkaduwa is just like a ghost town. Soulless, nothing to do, nobody around, no-one on the beaches, rough seas, dull and desolate. Maybe it was just out of season but I couldn't wait to leave.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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York, UK
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This was our second stay in two months at the Tandem Guesthouse. The staff are super friendly and breakfast is superb. The helpful owner, Sunil, is a gem. The small patio/seating area with deck chairs right outside your room is a very relaxing place to chill. I would highly recommend and will return again on my next English and Yoga teaching trip to Sri Lanka. You will not be disappointed at the Tandem.

Room Tip: Room Number Four is my favourite. I feel like I have arrived at my second home. Just do not ask fo...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Just returned from 13 night stay at Tandem and can highly recommend it.
Reviews of the Galle road outside had made me wary but the road was easily crossed and we soon got used to the buses honking. The rooms are kept really clean and linen and towels changed every other day. Really modern bathroom with continuous hot showers. Complimentary a/c was not needed as the ceiling fan was adequate. Good daily breakfast was an added bonus and the overnight stay to Yala safari park was arranged for us at a very good price and the whole trip was excellent. I highly recommend this place as excellent value for money in the centre of Hikkaduwa, close to beaches and all amenities.

Room Tip: rooms towards the back are much quieter but you have to book early.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Tandem Guest House
Address: Galle Road | Wewala, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
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Ranked #10 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Hikkaduwa
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Number of rooms: 9
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