We are going to Sri lanks next Feb and are on a limited budget, but some of the reviews have totally confussed us. One review will say Brill followed by another one that says Yuk, normally I can read betwen the lines but the difference here is so vast. We have booked a 3 day tour but want 6 days at the begining and end of it. We are looking at the Mermaid or Club Palm gardens followed by Browns Beach or Club Dolphin. We are in our late 40's, and as long as its clean and the food good it will not be a problem, im not expecting to pay for 3 star to get 5. Also not bothered about reading about touts etc on the beach as thats about country not a review of the hotel. Can anyone give us some honest advise. Have also put this on the negombo Forum.