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Hotel Ocean View Cottage
Ranked #17 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Clean and basic”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Clean and basic rooms in a great location by the beach within a few minutes walking distance to beach bars and restaurants. Small pool and garden and free wifi in the lobby area. We only booked one night as we then moved a few hotels up the road as Ocean View seemed a bit quiet, but we wished we'd stayed as it offers a quieter location which isn't in the midst of all the parties and late night bars. If you're looking for something clean, basic and somewhere to get a good night's sleep then I'd recommend this. They also organized a pick up from the railway station when we arrived.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Herk-de-Stad, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2012

This hotel is located right on the beach, 7 minutes walking from Hikkaduwa's best surf spot, and only 5 minutes walking to some other beach restaurants and bars. The hotel has a great backyard with a nice pool and some palm trees providing shade. We stayed in the hotel for 5 days in a room with sea view, and we really enjoyed it. The room is simple, but has everything needed. The service is great, and the staff was really friendly and helpfull! The food offered in the restaurant was really nice, and if you want you can enjoy western food like pancakes and french fries. The freshly mixed juice provided in the morning was delicious! We would definetily go back!

Room Tip: Rooms with seaview have a fan and A/C, we found that the A/C was not really necessary in December.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Ocean view Cottage is a basic but wonderful Hotel. The reason we stayed there is its proximity to beach. You can feel the sound of waves in your room at night & can watch the sea sipping your morning tea in balcony. There is a long common balcony for all the rooms, which was advantage for us as we traveled in a group of four couples. Although you can't expect too many amenities here but its value for money having basic furniture, clean rooms & AC. Swimming pool is cleaned regularly. There is no big restaurant in the hotel but they provide good breakfast. Overall we loved our stay at Ocean view Cottage & would like to stay here again during next visit to Hikkaduwa.

Room Tip: Choose the higher floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Manisha05
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

I really loved the location of the Ocean View Cottages. The hotel is right on the beach but with a nice pool and some great green space. It is close to some good restaurants and away from the more congested parts of Hikkaduwa.
The problem really is with the cleanliness. Maybe it was the off-season, but the attention to detail was not there. The tablecloths in the restaurant were dirty as were the sheets in the bed. There was a strange stain on the wall and when it rained the ceiling in the bathroom leaked.
Overall it was above average, but I can't go all the way up to Very Good.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Clean, peaceful, lovely helpful staff. Ask for an ocean view and hear the ocean from your bed. If you want to party this is not the place for you but if you want to be on the beach and in walking distance to the livelier parts of Hikka this is the place for you. They arranged a great ac van for airport transport and the swimming pool is spotless.

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean View up stairs - you get a balcony too
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We arranged our stay with Mr Mindu via the email in New Zealand. At Colombo airport was the arranged transport to Oceanview Cottage. What a great start. We arrived at Oceanview Cottage around 0300 and were shown straight to our two ocean view rooms. The hotel is on the beach and has a great pool. The pool was a welcome relief with the humid hot days and was spotless and tidy.The sea was a bit rough for swimming in.
We regularly had breakfast their. The breakfast menu was straight forward and the food quality was more than acceptable. For dinner Mr Mindu recommended local restaurants with Sri Lankan cuisine. They were superb and great value. The Oceanview Cottage staff regularly brought to our rooms tea and coffee upon our request.
The rooms were are very large with balconies overlooking the ocean. They were cleaned daily with fresh sheets and towels. The bathroom and toilet were cleaned daily and were adequate.
The Oceanview Cottage had 24 hour security and we had no issues whatsoever .the staff were friendly and attentive. We used the laundry services and the staff did a good job with that.
The hotel was full at various stages with overseas and local guest despite been offseason.. The wifi was great and gave us access to my work emails via the restaurant area without additional charges.
Across the road was a tuk tuk driver that was invaluable as well. Often took us 3 into Galle to watch the T20 women's matches and to the local restaurants.
Mr Mindu is a superb hotelier. He took us personallyfor a half day local tour to local sights and introduced us to a turtle hatchery, a boat ride on the estuary,a visit to a Buddist temple and a moonstone mine. All very good. He spoke about to us about the Sri Lankan culture and life .He also arranged a day trip for us to Yala National Park. At Yala National Park we saw all the wildlife including elephants and leopards. An unbelievable experience . Mr Mindu arrangements of the driver and guide were outstanding. To see a leopard is quite difficult. Transport to Colombo airport was arranged as well. Nothing was too difficult for them to arrange and everything went very smoothly.
Oceanview Cottage was extraordinarily good value and is an ideal location for the Galle region. We cannot recommend it highly enough. It meet all our requirements and surpassed our expectations. Thank you Mr Mindu and your team.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Ocean View Cottage. Upon arrival, our room was not ready - but the staff allowed us to use their spare room until we could eventually check in. Whilst waiting for our room, we sat down to a lovely Sri Lankan pot of tea, with the hugest portion of toast and the most amazing jam I have ever tasted! Once we eventually got in to our room - we could not fault it. It was so clean and spacious and much more than we were expecting. Our towels and bed linen were cleaned every few days, and our water in the fridge was filled up every day. The water in the fridge was a god send - and only about 10 rupees more than what it would cost in the local shop.

Ocean View is a gem - for £20 a night you are literally right on a secluded beach, as well as having a lovely pool. The pool was more than we expected - it was kept clean with plenty of sunbeds and was the perfect temperature!

As for the night life - it's a little quiet in Hikkaduwa. We went in March time though, so it might be busier in December/January. I would advise walking along the beach on your way out of a night to see the wonderful sunset, but to ensure you get a tuk tuk on your way home. The beach gets rather dark, and as two girls we didn't feel too comfortable walking back on our own. Every night Ocean View has a security guard at their front gate, which made us feel very safe.

Neela's guesthouse is a 2 minute walk up the beach, and has a lovely atmosphere for evening drinks and breakfast, we spent a lot of time there. We also spent the entire trip trying to avoid pizza and pasta (which is advertised everywhere) but we eventually caved in to Spaghetti House - which I must admint was one of the best pizza's I have ever had! Ocean View's food is fine if you'd like something basic and can't be bothered to walk out for lunch during the day - but you will find lots of nicer restaurants along the road. Try to eat in the restaurants on the road rather than the beach - much better quality and lots cheaper! The Red Lobster does a really good Sri Lankan curry special - which is enough for two and very yummy!

All in all, you can't go wrong with Ocean View. Yes, it's slightly shabby round the ages, but for £20 a night you really can't complain. The only negative comment I have, was the fact we were woken to the sound of traffic rather early each morning - but this isn't exactly the hotel's fault! The owner Mihindu is extremely accommodating, as was the rest of the staff. We very much enjoyed our incredibely relaxing stay!

Room Tip: Maybe opt for an Ocean View room so you don't get the sound of traffic. Also, request a room wi...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel Ocean View Cottage
Address: Galle road | Thiranagama, Hikkaduwa GL80244, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ocean View Cottage 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the tourist paradise of Hikkaduwa, in south cost of Sri Lanka we offer 20 Deluxe rooms for accommodation. 10 of them comes with a balcony view of inland Sri Lanka, facing the sun raise every morning, while the other 10 rooms offering a balcony view of the great blue Indian Ocean and the signature sunset in the evening. All rooms are Air Conditioned, includes a mini-refrigerator, En-suite bathroom with hot and cold water supply. Spacious garden with swimming pool to relax under the sun, with direct access to the beach. ... more   less 
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