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The Ocean Front
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All reviewstop floorsmall hotelsri lankatuk tukno elevatorlate at nightclose to the city centernice bathroomstayed here for nightsrooms are modernvisiting colombowould highly recommend this hotelrooftop terraceceiling fanwelcome drinkgalle face greenyogurt
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

We enjoyed our time at The Ocean Front Hotel as our jumping off point in Sri Lanka. The hotel was about 45-60 minutes from the international airport, and I believe we paid around $25.00. We went to a fixed price counter and did not spend time trying to negotiate a price because we were just ready to be off the airplane and to our first destination. We stayed in room 202 with three adults. We paid for an extra bed, which was probably the worst part of our stay at this hotel. The rollaway bed was awfully uncomfortable, and you could feel the bars under you as you slept. However, this is not atypical of rollaway beds and after a day of exploring Colombo we were tired enough to sleep on it. When we checked in to the hotel it was about 15 minutes before check in time. They gave us a welcome drink and a cool towel, and we enjoyed the views from the sofa area.

The room had a lot of power outlets, and they even had a power strip which was great for travellers with lots of things to charge up (phones, iPads, cameras). The room had a safe which we did not feel the need to use, and towels/shampoo/conditioner were provided. The view from room 202 did not look directly out on the ocean. Rather, you had a direct view of a building that is either crumbling or being constructed next door. There was no noise, and the water was visible at the right angle. This was not a major issue for us, but if it is important to you then you might ask to not be in room 202. We did, however, not notice any noise from passing trains. The room had a TV that we didn't use and a minifridge. The minifridge was great to keep our drinks cold. The hotel provides a water bottle each day for each person staying in the room. The room was cleaned on the second day of our visit. The water pressure was great and hot water was never a problem. My travel companions like very hot showers and we never ran out. There were quite a few ants on the counter in our room, but we were not bothered by this at all. The AC worked great.

The rooftop had a beautiful view and a table with a few chairs. There was a jacuzzi that we did not use, but looked fairly clean. The breakfast area was nice, but not air conditioned. It was sometimes stuffy, but not uncomfortable. Breakfast is about $10 USD and is quite good. You can get juice, coffee, tea, fruit, yogurt, cereal, bacon, eggs. The staff was always very pleasant. They were helpful and kind, always smiling. They were definitely one of the best elements of this hotel. They had nice suggestions for restaurants and were helpful in setting up transport as requested.

The location is good, and we took a tuk tuk to the Dutch Hospital for 200Rs. We did negotiate this price, though we weren't very firm so it might be cheaper if you push. However, we thought that at just over $1.25 USD it was a fair price.

I would stay at this hotel again. The staff were very kind and helpful, and the hotel felt safe and clean. We enjoyed our time at this hotel.

Room Tip: Room 202 has a view of a building next door
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MeliQ
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We paid 120 euros per night while we consider that they should not charge more than 50. Very noisy with no sound proof whatsoever. Window blinds were not sufficient so we were waking up very early. Personnel was very nice and polite.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Argyris76
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We had a stop over in Colombo for 2 nights and booked at the ocean front. The hotel was clean, the staff friendly and the chefs gave me my first experience of the dilicious Sri Lankan food- brought to our room as we were so tired... I was very interested in making a certain dish- called "string-hoppers" so invested in a machine that makes them and was offered a bit of a lesson in the hotel kitchen on how to make the dish! The management was really friendly, the staff always willing to help and the rooms very, very comfortable! Thank you for making my first impressions of Sri Lanka and its people an excellent one!

Room Tip: All rooms are wonderful!
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank 321ClaireP
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Pros:
Some rooms have ocean views
Located down a quiet street, away from the hustle and bustle but close to the city center
Friendly and helpful staff
Clean, quiet and comfortable
Refreshing welcome drink upon arrival
Great overall value

Cons:
Train tracks next to the hotel can be noisy at times

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean-facing room to watch the sunset.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ZReff
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Boutique hotel@Modern@ Comfortable @Spot Clean@Good food,@very courteous staff
I stayed at Ocean Front for one night before heading back home. Had the best sleep in my trip and an amazing relaxed shower!! The rain shower was definitely a delight!
The location is great alongside the ocean.
Its a bit difficult to find so when hiring a TukTuk or a Taxi refer to Renuka hotel, the Ocean Front is right behind Renuka.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank ShwetaSingh3012
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