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Coral Sands Hotel
Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Reviewed January 22, 2013

On arrival at the hotel in the rain, we were initially very disappointed as we felt it didnt justify the high room rate we were paying ($185 inc taxes for half board). Given that we still feel it was vastly overpriced we did enjoy our time here. It is set right on the beach with a gate to keep the beach sellers away although they do still call through the fence and try to attract your attention! The pool staff were very helpful and attentive and there seemed to be plenty of loungers available - most comfortable ones are around the pool! The room was of adequate size and had a nice terrace. There was a safe in the room and a fan but no mosquito net. The bathroom was fine but could have done with some renovation.

We are keen snorkellers and were pleasantly surprised by the quantity and size of fish in the swimming area just to the right of the hotel. We were persuaded to go on a "catamaran" out to the rocks to the left of the hotel but there really wasn't anything extra to see there and wasnt worth it. Our highlight was swimming with 2 huge leatherback turtles just off the beach!

Breakfast and evening meals were both buffets and very pleasant with lots of choice. The waiting staff and reception staff were also very attentive and helpful.

There are some tourist shops along the road outside the hotel (mainly to the right) but it is worth bearing in mind that it is a main road with no pavement so you do need to take care. There are always tuk tuk drivers out the front as well who can take you whereever you want. We were fortunate to meet one called Aloha who was an enterprising young man with his own scrap book to show us what was availlable in the local area. His English was really good and would thoroughly recommend him - you can't miss him, his tuk tuk has Aloha on the front and back and he is a lovely young man. He took us to the turtle sanctuary about 25 mins away but was happy to stop and let us take photos and tell us about the Tsunami memorial etc. As we had been away for over a month and our laundry was building up he also took us to the local laundry to get it done as we were having trouble finding one and hotel laundry was very expensive!

One of our complaints about the hotel was that they did not seem to make any effort to control the mosquitos. Having come from Bali where hotels spray regularly to try to keep the mosquitos down we were surprised by the number of mosquitos everywhere. As wifi was only really available in the reception area, everytime we sat there we were bitten quite badly despite wearing repellent. We did ask for our room to be sprayed each night which was done and seemed to help a little. I know mosquitos are a fact of life in tropical climates but when you are a mosquito magnet as I am it is really annoying.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your detailed review. All good comments certainly make us happy but constructive criticism will always be welcome as it would alert us of any shortcomings which would in turn result in remedial action.

Our peak tourist season extends from the 21st of December – 20th of January. You would appreciate the fact that the rate is understandably higher during this time.

Mosquito nets are provided on request. Hooks are installed on the ceiling of all the rooms for this purpose.

Wi-Fi is FREE & is available in the lobby, restaurant, bar & the pool deck.

Mosquito eradicating work is done on a regular basis. Spraying is done sparingly as we have to be mindful of the guests who are not in favour of this. We will definitely be alert to the unlikely presence of these offensive mosquitos in the lobby & action will be taken if found.! We thank you for the alert while apologizing for any discomfort you may have experienced.

Looking forward to your next visit to Coral Sands,

Kind regards,
Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The party place of Sri Lanka was sadly asleep during our 2 day stay. We chose to stay in Hikkaduwa for a couple of nights to see what the happening place on the south coast was like. It was out of season and I much preferred Unawatuna. The hotel itself was of high standards in the public areas but the rooms were a bit dated and the air con was so weak.
Food was commom fayre for a buffet style meal and the staff tried their best to ensure you were well served.
Beachside saw lots of small hotel and eateries trying to reclaim land the dozers had recently flattened - just what are the local politicians thinking of, it would appear the dozer had just destroyed everything with no attempt to clean up or make the area safe from hazards ?

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

Your stay has has been at the tail-end of the lean season & this may have been a reason for the area to look asleep. With the onset of the tourist season in November the businesses get activated again with it’s well patronized night clubs, the restaurants scattered along the coastline & becomes a vibrant place again.

Your comments regarding our jrooms have been noted. Refurbishing is done throughout the year with every effort being taken to ensure guest satisfaction.

We are saddened by the fact that you were unable to experience Hikkaduwa at it’s best but hope you will visit us again & give us the opportunity to change your mind!

Kind regards,
Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We went to Srilanka to spend some quiet time for our wedding anniversary. The journey from Colombo airport to the hotel was long and tiring but it was well worth it. We loved the location and got a great sea view from our balcony. We could touch the sea shore within 50 yards from from room. The rooms were good and beach was superb. The sea water was the cleanest that we have ever seen. The service was great too and staff took extra efforts to make us comfortable. I would like to single out Malessa at front desk who was the real star and helped us with every single request.

The only issue is that food was little bland may be to suit European tastes and there were hardly any options for the vegetarians like us.

Overall I recommend the place and would go there again in hope that we get better food options next time

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

My team & I were delighted with your comments.

Thank you for your positive comments on our location & service. Maleesha is a valued member of our staff & is overjoyed with your comment! The genuine wanting to please our guests, which is an inherent quality in all of us, makes our service stand out.

Our first expressway from Colombo to Galle is being extended to the airport. Your travel time from the airport to Hikkdaduwa is estimated to be approximately 1 ½ hrs once the second phase of the expressway is completed as projected, by the end of August - according to the information available at present

Your comment regarding the variety of food has been noted. Vegetarian options are always available. Our chef will happy to oblige you with a vegetarian dish in the rare even that vegetarian options are not available.

Looking forward to your next visit to Coral Sands.

Kind regards,
Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Great location and grt food marked our Tay. It's on the beach and had grt view. Also on the main road so everything was closeby. The staff were very nice but stay away from some sri lankan visiters who want to have drinks at your expense. Definitely worth staying though most rooms do not have tv or wifi.

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review & all your good comments.

We are concerned about the remark regarding visitors who had made unwarranted requests from you. Action would have been taken had we been alerted. We are saddened that a few unscrupulous SriLankans would ruin the image of our country.

We look forward to welcome you again to Coral Sands.

Kind regards,

Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We went to Sri Lanka and stayed with friends near Kandy then for the last 4 days stayed at the Coral Sands Hotel. The mistake we made was staying too long with our friends over the New Year period and not long enough here! The service was excellent and friendly the food was good and the rooms more than adequate with great views out to sea.

The local area is good with some very great value restaurants close to the hotel that will cook dishes to order. I would dfinitely stay here again

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are delighted with your all your comments.

We would like you to return for a longer holiday as intended, since your last stay was short.

Looking forward to welcome you again to Coral Sands,

Kind regards,

Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Nice resort by the beach. Rooms had a sea view and there was a large patio opening up from our rooms with sunbathing chairs to relax. We didn’t use the pools but they looked inviting. Breakfast spread was good and evening entertainment was also nice. Service was good. Good place for a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2013

Greetings from CORAL SANDS

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review with all it's positive comments.

My team & I are glad that you & your family enjoyed your stay with us. Ours has always been the ideal place to relax & unwind after a hectic work schedule.

We look forward to welcome you again to Coral Sands,

Kind regards,

Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

29.12.2012
Me and my family have toured Sri Lanka the last 15
days, and this place should be the last before we go back to Copenhagen. We have stayed at many hotels during our stay, and none come close to the really low standard of what we have been presented for today. I totally agree about others writing about the really poor standard of the 'standard' rooms. This is so disappointing! What a down! I would have preferred to break off my holiday here and go home with all the good memories we have from our tour. The 2 rooms which we have both have 3 single beds. It looks like a room in a hostel. Our kids room have a TV, our room doesn't.
Christianne Nielsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Siri_G_12, Managing Director at Coral Sands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2012

Dear Guest,

Your review has been read with much concern.

Our property consists of 3 categories of rooms – Super deluxe & deluxe rooms which are of 4 star facilities and standard rooms which are basic without the additional facilities available in the deluxe rooms. The standard rooms, though basic, are much sought after due to the unparalleled view they offer of the Indian Ocean. Most other reviews below are a testament to the wonderful holiday experience of other guests

Your booking which came through a travel agent was for 2 standard rooms. The travel agents, as we understand, offer the available categories at different prices. The standard room rate is much lower as it comes sans TV & other amenities. You are also aware that an upgrade was not possible as we were running a full house.

We are mindful of guest satisfaction & have been upgrading the standard category to deluxe over the last few years. A steady demand for standard rooms from our guests as well as Travel agents has compelled us to maintain a few of the standard category. While maintaining as standard we hope to refurbish the remaining few in the near future.

We are saddened that your holiday experience was not up to your expectations & we apologise for that. We hope you would visit us again.

Kind regards,

Siri E. Goonewardene,
Managing Director,
CORAL SANDS HOTEL LTD.
Hikkaduwa,
Sri Lanka.

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Address: No.326, Galle Rd, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range: $66 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Sands Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 335
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