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Koggala Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Great beach! Not all that great hotel...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

On the positive side:
* The beach is great! It really is, nothing to complain about there at all!
* The rooms are well located, close to the beach
* The rooms are big and well planned
* The staff was nice to you
* The rooms where clean, with the big exception of the floors that were dirty

On the negative side:
* Nearly nothing was well maintained (pool was not fresh, deck chairs fell apart, knobs and stuff in the room was loose...)
* The floors in the rooms were quite dirty. After a shower the feet got dirty again very fast after a few steps in the room. The daily cleaing in the room did not fix that problem. I gues the the just moved the dirt between the rooms.
* The restaurant was unpersonal. More or less like a school cantine. Our first night they had underdimensioned the buffet which meant that they ran out of the meat dishes. So we had to keep to the vegetarian dishes. The actual food was not very exciting.
* Things like having your laundery picked up and later on delivered meant that you need to talk to the staff about six times. You cannot count on that what you agree later on happens. If you do, you'll get dissapointed.
* Things like having one matress changed to achieve equal height beds took two days and four different attempts to talk to the staff.
* There are a few big hotels along Koggal beach, behind the hotels there is nothing. No shops, no restaurants, no nothing. If you want to shop you need to use the hotel shop (not great) or walk one kilometer or so to the local small singalese shops. To eat someplace else you need a car or a tuk-tuk.

Room Tip: We had rooms 5 and 6. Perhaps there are others that are better.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

My cousins and I stayed at the 2 nights recently. I'm hard pressed to find any real fault with the hotel. We greeted by the bellboys with an amazing welcome drink. Since there were 4 guys we received an upgrade to the suites on the huge room where we all can stay together and were certainly not disappointed. The hotel has stunning views and is nicely designed. The rooms have sea views. They have clean and tidy pools. We had fun in their sport complex as well. The buffet is great and offers a lot of variety and the seafood selection is good. They also offer good service. The newly started idea of Club 52 in Koggala Beach Hotel is very excellent. Ultimately we all had great and memorable time over there.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

Excellent location next to sea with very clean beach. Sea here is Blue...!! Hotel has nice clean swimming pool. Rooms are big enough with pvt balconies with sea view. Cleanliness in bathroom needs to be improved. Food is basic and is repetitive if u go for buffet and stay over 2 to 3 days..! Overall its good hotel. Nice and cooperative staff.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2013

Stating the Night Club in the Koggala is very Good idea. Because People who want to enjoy have to go to the Unawatuna in the Night. But Now Club 52 in Koggala Beach Hotel Makes everybody Happy.
I specially Thank Mr. Upeksha Food & Beverage Manager for his Idea and His Talent.
I wish All the Best to CLUB 52 and Mr. Upeksha to Full Success in feature.

Thanks..

Jeab

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2013

Stating the Night Club in the Koggala is very Good idea. Because People who want to enjoy have to go to the Unawatuna in the Night. But Now Club 52 in Koggala Beach Hotel Makes everybody Happy.
I specially Thank Mr. Upeksha Food & Beverage Manager for his Idea and His Talent.
I wish All the Best to CLUB 52 and Mr. Upeksha to Full Success in feature.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2013

We spent three weeks here from 24th November to 15th December and had a relaxing time. The rooms are quite large with fridge/tea/coffee/kettle etc. and cleaned everyday with clean towels & sheets. The restaurant was well laid out and kept very clean. The food was varied and they even managed my gluten free diet - a credit to all the chefs. The bar area was great for pre dinner drinks and to talk to other guests about trips etc. Our favorite was Uda Walawe National Park where we saw elephant with their babies. We loved the warm swimming pool, and you could use the pools at the Village and Long Beach Hotel as well. As the beach is about 5 miles (8 Kl.) long it was never crowded and it was lovely to walk. We shall be back as the all the staff made us feel very welcome and couldn't do enough for us. This was our 5 visit to Sri Lanka, the first being in 1972 !!!

Room Tip: We like a room with a balcony overlooking the sea - to have a cup of tea and watch the sunset.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2013

It was fortunate that we managed to get a room by just walking in (no thanks to our tour agents United Holidays for screwing up our stay plans!). We were initially told that there were no more rooms because the last 2 rooms were secured for online booking. But we negotiated and they accommodated to us, which was really nice of them. They even agreed to charge us the online price, which was cheaper than the walk-in price.
The room is big, comfortable and clean. The weird thing about many of the hotels I've stayed in Sri Lanka is that they do not have blankets! And this hotel as well only had a measly piece of thin sheet provided. But what I really liked about the room is that it has a little porch area with a table and 2 chairs. Nice to just chill and enjoy the beach and the sound of the waves. But do go prepared with mosquito repellent!
The food at the hotel isn't all that great and the breakfast buffet actually ends at 9.00am! That's pretty early.
However, the lazing area and the beach is just amazing! It is so relaxing to just lie on the lazy chairs provided by the hotel, just watching and listening to the waves. The beach is really clean and the water is amazing! Not quite for swimming as the wave and the current can be pretty strong.

Would definitely go back to the Koggala beach!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Koggala Beach Hotel
Address: Matara Road, Koggala 82104, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Koggala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Koggala
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Hotel Class:3 star — Koggala Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 78
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