This is a great choice for a stay in Arugam Bay. It is one of the defining hotels in Arugam and has been there for quite a while now. It has been hit very hard by the 2004 tsunami, but they did a great job rebuilding the place (although the brand new villa's that they had finished a week before the tsunami hit have not been rebuild yet). There are definitely cheaper options (next door), and there are nicer and more beautiful and expensive guesthouses (across the street), but Siam View Hotel just hits the sweet-spot :) Good value-for-money, perfect location, great (Thai) kitchen, excellent beers, very relaxed atmosphere. The bar and restaurant attracts a lively and fun crowd, but the rooms are still quite and relaxed. We cannot give the full five starts mainly because of the humidity in the rooms. It might be something unavoidable in the Arugam Bay climate, but it made our beds and pillows quite damp and soggy :) Also, there were no chairs in our room and because the beds are continuously wrapped in mosquito nets there basically was not place to sit or hang our clothes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SVH is located in the very centre of Arugam Bay. Directly on the sandy beachfront. Draft beer bar, authentic Thai cuisine, full moon parties. Close to famous surf point, Thai management, multimedia centre, large car park, camping site, child friendly. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- SVH - Siam View Hotel Sri Lanka/Pottuvil