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“Cheap digs and good food”
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Ranga's Beach Hut
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Cheap digs and good food”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

Arrived off the bus, in the rain and had the best coffee in sri lanka here (ask for the real expresso) and warming banana porridge.

We had "normal room 2", a wooden hut on two floors with the sleeping area upstairs. Lovely views of the greenery surrounding the rooms and good air circulation inside. Can feel a bit public though, with one window that has no curtain and with all the many windows open you're visible from the paths. Cheap enough at Rs1200 but the beds were not the cleanest we had and my partner thought she may have got bedbugs from here (although I think it was more like tiny ants - those quick-moving b*****ds that can hide in your luggage).

Food was top-notch, possibly the best we'd had in SL and there was a really nice atmosphere at night with improvised lanterns/burners made from old teapots and local families lining up to wash hands at the sink. People came here from other guest houses for food. I met some interesting people at tables here and found the staff friendly.

Room Tip: the rooms are in two places 1. 100 metres away from reception, by the beach in amongst casuarina tre...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Grenoble, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2011

i was in off season,
so the price are very cheaper around 1000roupies a room,
it's paradise, you have your own hut jsut in front of the beach, big trees, 2 part, one close from the maindesk/resto/bar and other front of the beach. i think part in front of the beach is the best.
you have some table and chair, to read book or eat under the trees when the sun is too warm on the beach, just 10sec walk !

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2011

I fell in love immediately with the little tree house I stayed in. Everything is very simple, but clean and very charming. I was in Arugam Bay during off season, so half the village was closed and you got the impression Beach Hut was THE place where everybody went. They have a huge wooden table where everybody met up. Every evening there was another dinner cooked for us, and the whole atmosphere was just really good. Best time on Sri Lanka I had there!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2011

This is a great place for drinks and good food. The owner ranga is really a friendly and flexible person. The rice portions are big so beware when you order for all people. the food is bit expensive compared to Colombo prices (All restaurants have high prices in arugambay)but this places is OK compared to the prices of other places. Beach Hut, great value for money.

Great place to Eat !!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2011

Leave your stress on the bus and be taken care of at the Beach Hut - you'll end up here, so you might as well start out here!
Everything you need, plus more you might want, plus more you hadn't thought of... warm and sociable atmosphere, beautiful people, great food, romantic cabana, and lots to see within a tuktuk ride. Elephants, temples, crazy rocks, and beaches after beaches. A fortnight is good. Oh and there's surf too... not for the pernickety, but fantastic for the rest of us!

Room Tip: Beachfront to catch the breeze and hammock
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Colombo
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

Ranga's Beach huts are beautifully located right by the sea (which sometimes can be loud) with some on the sand and some others on the tree tops. The staff is very helpful and go out of their way to assist with anything. Ranga himself is extremely flexible with anything from room to food to time. The prawns, mud crabs & other sea food probably second only to Batticollo and may be Singapore.
Any visit to this area is not complete without a visit to the Kumana Bird Park + wild life, Lahugala Sanctuary for the Elephants & East Yala for the Elephants, Leopards, Bears, Buffaloes & Crocs. Some nice temples and historic sites as well.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Ranga's Beach Hut
Address: Beach Hut Road | Pottuvil, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Arugam Bay
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Beach Hut Arugam Bay! Arugam Bay, located on Sri Lanka's east coast, is one of the highlighted places to visit in Sri Lanka. Famous for its beaches which have proven to be a haven for surfers, it is close to several other areas of interest, including National Parks, sites of cultural heritage and many other picturesque locations. Beach Hut's relaxed environment, homely cabanas and friendly staff never fail to leave our guests with fond memories of their stay in Arugam Bay. In fact, Beach Hut was recognized by The Guardian, UK, as one of the best places for budget travel in Sri Lanka. Situated just in front of the beach and close to many of Arugam Bay's main tourist attractions, Beach Hut is your best choice of accommodation in Arugam Bay, whether you're a backpacker yearning to see the sights, or a surfer looking to ride the tide. ... more   less 
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Ranga's Beach Hut Sri Lanka/Arugam Bay

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