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French Garden Beach Hotel
Ranked #58 of 90 Trincomalee B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Basic but enjoyable”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great place to stay if you're on a budget. Room was cleaned to a reasonable standard. In all honesty, I spent hardly any time in the room. You're on one of the nicest beaches in Sri Lanka so why would you. It was very basic though. The only annoying thing about this place is that there is quite a nice area to chill out in hammocks and tables to have breakfast, but the crows are unbearable. Genuinely unbearable while eating breakfast. Beach area was nice in front, the same as any of the other places further down I guess - shame that they put the barbed wire up in front of the hotel grounds. While I was there it was another couple's anniversary and the staff decorated a boat on the beach and set a table on the beached boat for them to have a candlelit dinner on the beach which was nice of them. Think I paid 3,000 for the room but when I left realised everyone else was paying 2,500. It is what it is.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

So close to nature as possible.
Small rooms with slate roof good for staying there at night.
After sunrise You have to spend whole day outside (cause it's to warm inside). And that's perfect!
There are shady palm trees with hammocks and white sandy beach behind. Clear water with small fishes jumping in waves.
Sometimes, swimming after sanset, you can see fluorescent plancton. That's beautiful.
Owner and whole personal very helpful, nice and humorous)
There are lot of animals and insects you can meet, so be ready)
For us it was cows, dogs, crows, ants, spiders, chameleons, crabs, mosquitoes, little frog, little mouse, lizard and Weeping Beetle living close (most of them including crab were visiting our room )))
There are very nice dive center from where you can visit Pigeon Islands, Navy Islands and some more places for snorkling and diving there.
You can also take a motorbike (1500 sl/day per rent) and visit Trinkomalee, Hot Wales and Tample Ruins and some any interesting places around.
We spent amazing week there! It was our Honey Moon. Personal of dive center made romantic dinner for me and my hubby. It was a table in the boat full of delisious sea food, fireworks and some special gifts for us. Thanks a lot!!!
And about food: rice with curry is very cheap and tasty there. And fruit coctail also.
By the way the best food for me was fresh fish and sea-food-mix (you can choose fresh fish, prawns, colmars, crabs ets. and it'll be cooked for you immediatelly).
This place was recommended by two nice guys from GB. thanks them also.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I enjoyed my stay on uppavili beach, the rooms are seriously basic and the fan didn't work very well, which was difficult in the heat! I was also disappointed by the outside space where my view of the sea view was ruined with barbed wire which didn't keep the cows out. There wasn't anywhere nice to sit, and they didn't clean up the cow poo! I spent most of my time just next door, which had a much better atmosphere and places to relax.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Location is lovely, but like what other reviews have stated, the rooms arent too clean, the bathroom has so many mosquitos, you can't take a shower without being bitten. There is a mosquito net, but noone stays in the rooms until they sleep as the situation is so bad. The toilet was broken, so we had to fill a bucket and manually flush. We discovered that the mosquitos were breeding in the stagnant water of the top cystern part of the toilet.
If you are taking anti malarials, then this place would be ok if your on a budget and don't mind roughing it for a few nights.
The bar opposite is not run by the same people. There is a wall with the sign 'kitchen' painted on it.When we left the owner asked how our stay was, we told her about the mosquitos and she agreed but asked why we never ate at the kitchen. We didnt even realise it existed. They should point this out on arrival or put the menu on the wall outside if they want more customers.
They need mosquito coils on each terrace and to drain and kill all the mosquitos breeding in the bathrooms. We travelled all over india and sri lanka, and this was by far the worst place for mosquitos, despite being near salt water ocean! Its a shame that 1 detail can ruin a short stay.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colombo
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

My experience here went from bad to worse. There doesnt seem to be a fixed price, people I spoke to were paying anywhere from 1300-2500 per room for the same standard. Our bathroom was not clean, you had to reach into the toilet cistern to flush, and the bathroom was a mosquito breeding ground. The dive staff are pushy, unprofessional and have old and poorly maintained gear. We were paying 2500rupees for 2 people for the room and we were asked to leave 2 days early as we had not been eating at the restaurant and they would make more money by giving the room to someone who did. Nice view but would struggle to recommend it even as a budget option.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

There are three French Gardens which are all owned by one owner but run by different managers. All are within 100 meters of each other and the one I stayed at was building on the beach. It is a bit confusing because they somewhat operate congruently but don't at other times. The rooms are filthy with hundreds of mosquitoes since the windows are open but the mosquito net works so it's fine. I had an enjoyable stay even though the actual facilities are not nice. The place attracts the right crowd and this is where all the backpackers go. At night, they have a dj and there are people drinking or playing cards around the wooden tables. The manager is a bit kooky and I was a bit confused when she asked me to buy wifi dialog cards for the guesthouse.....perhaps we were lost in translation? Nothing beats a guesthouse on the beach. This place has the best location with little wooden huts out front that you can lay your beach chair underneath. Don't eat at the French Garden Regis though, eat at the French Garden across from it (the one with the dive shop), there food is much better but you must order dinner a couple hours before so they can go buy the ingredients.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Celje, Slovenia
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Basic, peaceful, no wi-fi. Good porch view, hindered by barbwire fence. The rooms were really basic, clean, bathroom was in bad shape. We spent most of our time at the next guest house restaurant/bar, where they offer diving day trips.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: French Garden Beach Hotel
Address: Alles Garden, Nilaveli Road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Trincomalee
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Ranked #58 of 90 B&Bs / Inns in Trincomalee

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