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Serendib Guest House
Ranked #6 of 216 Negombo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great little guesthouse”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

We stayed here on our first night in Sri Lanka and we very pleased with our experience. The room was clean, staff helpful and the breakfast just kept coming! They don't serve dinner but it was an easy walk to some restaurants and we were shown the way to go.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

This place is a gem. Great,comfortable rooms,small,but nice pool, and most important Belinda makes you feel at home. Who else would bring you a free beer while watching a cricket match , and then ice cream next afternoon. Best breakfast in Sri Lanka. Deserves #1 rating.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights.......
Pros:
Clean rooms
Lovely host
Great Breakfast
Good location
Great dinner
Wonderful staff
Use of kitchen
Free water,coffee and tea
Cons:
Moldy shower
Small pool area
Rooster awakening

Would definitely stay here again....


Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

As many others, we have started (and ended) our journey here. We had a warm welcome and enjoyed the relaxed athmosphere of Serendib Guesthouse. Buddhika and Hillary are very open to help you arranging things, such as a driver or airport pick-up/drop off. This place had the best beds we have had during our stay in Sri Lanka (good for tall people :-)). The pool is good for a dip in the afternoon, but was not able to beat the outstanding breakfast!
After leaving the guesthouse after two nights we decided to book the last two nights of our Sri Lanka trip in Serendib as well. Don't hesitate and just book Serendib if you want a laidback and well organized start/end of your trip.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Antarctica
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

My wife and I stayed for a total of three nights at the start and end of our Sri Lankan tour. We stayed in a double room with a/c.

Pros:

- very hearty and tasty breakfast

- adorable dogs make the place homey

- very welcoming and helpful hosts (arranged transportation at a fair price, stored luggage, welcome drink and other drinks during the day)

- quiet location but close enough to the beach and restaurants on the main strip (walking distance)

- nice clean and well-maintained property with comfortable rooms and bathrooms

- great value for what you pay

Cons:

- really can't think of one

Overall, this place is extremely friendly and just oozes relaxation. It also seems to attract very friendly fellow guests. It must be the vibe!

Room Tip: preferred the upstairs room as it was brighter and more private
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Essex
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We have just spent our second 4 week stay at Serendib and can only endorse everything that has been said before. Arriving at Serendib is just like going home from home. Hilary and Buddika are great hosts and special thanks to Buddika for all the extra help he gave us when we needed it. You arrive as guests and leave as friends. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2014

This is my second time back at the Serendib Guest House. What a wonderful welcome...even the dogs remembered me affectionately. They even remembered what I like to eat for breakfast and like to do/explore. One can pay over $400 per night for this experience for which they charge SLR 4,800 per night with a/c. That makes US$36 or £22 per night with amazing breakfast. I have stayed in many places and cannot find 5 star service in Sri Lanka in any hotel or guest house for this price. I am made to feel SO welcome but unintrusively so...

The sad fact is that so many repeat guests also know this...so I'm going to book now (just back) for next year as this place is becoming so popular. Buddika...co-owner knows all the best advice/places to go/get drivers for you...this is a little bit of 'heaven'. Very trustworthy owners...which is hard to find, IMHO.

I can't say/rate more highly for this price.

I am SO looking forward to coming back next year.

Prof. Iain Crawford.

Room Tip: Long-stay guests ask for room at the back.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Serendib Guest House
Address: No 83/1 St Joseph Street, Negombo 11540, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 216 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Serendib Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ENJOY OUR PEACEFUL AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE Situated only 7 kilometres from the airport and a 5 minutes walk from the beach, Serendib Guest House has the perfect location for your holiday in Negombo. Enjoy the comfort of five individually decorated rooms with separate bathrooms, - and equipped with good beds, AC / fan, and mosquito nets. In the morning, we serve you the included generous breakfast with fresh fruits, eggs, bacon/sausages, and vegetables, plus toast with butter and jam and of course coffee/tea. Our peaceful garden invites you to relax under palms and mango trees and cool off in the pools. You are welcomed to use a spacious living room with TV and prepare your snacks and drinks in our guest kitchen, where you can store food/beverages in the refrigerator. You also have free access to our WiFi. Our reception will tend to your needs, if necessary all day around, to make sure your stay will be as satisfactory and pleasant as possible. EXTRAS: To make your holiday in Sri Lanka memorable, we are happy to offer the following extra services: Pick up and drop off the airport. Sightseeing in Negombo by bike or "Lucky tuk tuk" Planning and organizing your Sri Lankan day or round trip with our car and experienced English speaking driver cum guide. Ayurvedic massage by a professional masseur, according to your need, in our massage room. Special honeymoon arrangements ... more   less 
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