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Golden Star Beach Hotel
Ranked #35 of 42 Hotels in Negombo
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Good hotel but expensive for what it is. Great location and pool but the rooms air conditioner did not work and the bathroom was terribly basic with no hot water.
Close to the airport and good for a starting point or last port of call when leaving - tuk-tuk to the airport R1200

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Golden Star is right on the beach in Negombo, with a lovely pool, pleasant restaurant and bar. The service provided by all the staff is good, WiFi was effective throughout the hotel and rooms. Safe deposit box is at reception and used a two key approach. The location is good - situated near plenty of restaurants, tour businesses and cycle hire shops. Negombo was just 20 mins or so from the international airport.

The downside is the quality of the rooms. My room was above the reception lunge and I suspect was not one of the better ones - some of which overlook the pool etc. Room size is good, with a internal balcony. Bathroom was below average for Sri Lanka, and water leaked over the floor. Electrfics were poor - the light switch was repaired while I was in the room - and while the power was still on. A/C was effective but very loud.

Overall the hotel was a good starting point for my first three nights in Sri Lanka. If you are inclined to spend more time in your room than sleeping etc., you may want a hotel with better rooms. However for me the location on the beach, pool and good location were more important.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Good hotel with great location right on the beach. The bar is a bit expensive though. Breakfast is buffet style and loads to choose from. Nice pool and very friendly staff. Note that you cant swim at the beach in monsoon season. A place popular with tour groups.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is an average hotel, with average food and a nice view of the beach! The room we stayed in was spacious, with a new bathroom! The staff are helpful and friendly. The breakfast is functional, as is the room. Nothing fancy, but nothing to complain about. Could do with a facelift.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The hotel is really nice, rooms are comfortable, I was in a single room but there were 3 beds in the room which made it a bit cramped, but obviously it wasn't a problem.
Bathroom and shower were nice.
Hotel complex is very nice, nice reception with wifi, and wifi by the pool too. Had pizza lunch at the restaurant when I arrived which was nice and homemade base, but was also horrifically expensive. For dinner we went out to a nearby restaurant which was good.
Pool is nice, with a bar next to it. Went onto the beach but it was more of a working beach and the sea was rough and not clear at all, so just swam in the pool. Buffet breakfast was nice.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Pretty much at the end of its useful life, the Golden Star is well showing its age. Old, odd layout, shabby rooms in need of maintenance, poor plumbing, and so on. The staff does well considering and the restaurant tries.

Best thing that could happen would be to sell to monied interests, pull it down, and rebuild a much better and modern resort.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

We spent 3 nights here after landing in Colombo at Easter time. It was the perfect hotel to acclimatize to Sri Lanka.
We had room 17, near the pool and restaurant courtyard. It was quiet, clean, new quality bathroom, and much better than you should expect for the reasonable price paid.
We really felt at home, no posh grand air-conditioned lobby expensive feel, just simple relaxed ambience, like staying with family and friends.
The food was excellent, and varied.
Pro-tip: order 2 glasses and 1 bottle of Lion beer as they are large and get warm quickly in this climate.
We felt at home here, easy walk on to the beach. Insane sunsets are a must, take the time to be there for an hour.
Don't miss taking a ride on the old oruwa (outrigger sailing boat) to really reset your mood to "holiday".
Speak to Steve to arrange your forward travel plans and a driver, the only way to explore Sri Lanka.
And we loved it so much, we returned here for our last 2 nights before flying home, with late checkout and a driver arranged for the airport.
We are returning in January! Thanks Golden Star

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Golden Star Beach Hotel
Address: 163 Lewis Place, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Negombo
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Star Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 62
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