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Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
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Jersey
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“Good, friendly hotel in great location”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Would definitely recommend this hotel. Owner Lalith very friendly and very quick to respond to emails, arranged for car to meet us at airport - cost US$80, very friendly staff in restaurant / bar, located on best part of Hikkaduwa beach, good food at reasonable prices, nice pool, comfortable room, Bar / restaurant closes at 22.00 which was a bit early for us and our three night tour arranged by Lalith could have been better.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

It really doesn't worth for the money. Poor service. The room is not comfortable at all. food is not really worth for the money. The person who is there in the reception is a culprit. the close the restaurant around 9 in the night. It is very untidy place to sit and eat. I really don't recommend any tourist or locals to go for their vacation in hikkaduwa.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Drifters accross the road (non-beach side) for three nights, wanting so soak up some sun on my last few days of travelling around the country. Lalith - the owner and proprietor of the establishment - was quick to reply my e-mails and arrange a room for me to my liking. In general a very helpful and committed manager.

The room I stayed in lived up to everything I expected, and since the building was only erected a few months prior to my stay (building was opened in November 2012), the rooms, bathrooms and reception area was sparkling new, and the staff did what they could to maintain it that way.

Only down side was the food... I ordered a sandwich for lunch on the first day I arrived, and received probably the most sorry excuse for a sandwich ever! - and I have had my share of boring sandwiches in my life, and I
also know when to appreciate a good one. Needless to say, it put me off eating anything else at Drifters again.
For accomodation: totally recommendable. For food: find somewhere else to eat... (at least if you are craving for sandwiches).
The lousy sandwich experience forces me to rate Drifters with only three - instead of four - out of five.

Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We took our train from Bangalore to Chennai ,and took great value for money economial hotel stayed over night and took the cheapest airticket to Colombo for 9am flight .We had read the reviews that there is no direct train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa (our first destination ) so we had booked a taxi we read on the net, it costed us 75 $ .and the journey was around 3 hours ,it was very boring journey.Any ways we reached the hotel and were welcomed by a drink and we met Mr.lalith @ Drifters we were glad we did our booking here as it is right a very nice location ,the beach is only 100mts away only.what a view..we were happy with our room,very neat and clean.but no TV.so if you want any entertainment pls carry laptop cds,dvds,games,Mp3 etc. The beach is so very clean and the water always welcomming.We went to a place called Top secret just 4 properties away can be walked from beach or by road.The Pizza was amazing,and the Grilled fish is a must..we also tried a place called Rotty where we get Veg and fruits stuffed in hot rotty or bread...but if you wud like to try the local food i wud suggest for black tea and srilanlan breakfast just directly opposite Drifters ..its a bakrey run by an old aunty but she makes amazing breakfast 2curry boiled egga and rice noodles with coconut chutney mix all well and eat ..we ate our 2 days breakfast with black tea at 7am..Ok the main thing i wanted to convey Please do not get fooled by any one writing about chainging trains to come and go from Hikkaduwa to Colombo Fort..There are direct Trains but it wud be better if you take the 7.40 express train as it is cleaner and the journey is awesum only 2 hrs..from Hikkaduwa to Colombo we paid only 300 Srilankan rupees for 2nd class (only 2nd and 3rd class--u are sure to get seats if you take 2nd class tickets)from Hikkaduwa station (auto took 150 Srilankan rupees from Narigam road Drifter hotel ).other transport are Buses every 20 mins even A/C buses which take 2 to 2 half hr the bus stops if you show your hand any where you see them on road or jus outside your hotel.but the train journey is not to be missed it was wonderfull..in case of any medicine requirement the central market has 2 medical stores and has good supermarket for all your requirements.Hire of scootor we bargained for 650 srilankan for 24 hrs petrol around 150srilankan 1 ltr.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Stayed for a few nights in Feb 2013. Lalith, the hotel owner or manager is a cool guy that is always around to answer any questions you may have. The food is good. The rooms are clean, comfortable and well presented. The location is probably the best on the beach front. It's got a nice vibe at this hotel, a few of the other hotels are full of backpackers that love to get trashed and listen to loud music til 4am. This has a more family/peaceful vibe. Worth a stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed at Drifters landside part for 2 weeks in january.

The landside part is brand new and are placed about 100m from seaside, just across from the tourist police. The rooms are basic, but light, clean and with plenty of hot water. Outside the rooms there is a beautiful court yard with and fountain. There is allso a area, were you can sit and relax or using the free wifi.

The seaside part have and nice pool, place down to and amazing beach. There are some days with high waves, so if you like surfing this is the place.

The staff is amazing and will do the best they can for you, which is not that in all off Sri Lanka.

The only two small things that could be better is the food in the restaurant and the mattress in some of the landside rooms.

All in all and amazing place, were you get much more than you pay for.

If you read this and deside to stay at drifters, try the italian restaurant just beside the landside part.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Family stayed in a standard fan room which was basic and clean with hot water. The room was hot despite the efforts of the fan but the pool was a nice relief.
It is located on the best stretch of the clean beach and within easy walk to other restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Address: 602 Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifters is a medium-sized, owner-operated hotel in the heart of the best beach and surfing spot in Hikkaduwa. Drifters offers comfortable, clean rooms built around a garden and swimming pool, with a restaurant opening onto the beach. Service is Drifters' mantra and owner Lalith is always on hand to give personal attention to all guests. ... more   less 
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