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Topaz Beach Hotel
Ranked #31 of 44 Hotels in Negombo
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Title says it all. Lots of rooms but very few pool lounges and people hogged not one but two for themselves. Pool was filthy with bits of algae floating in it. Very cloudy water requiring a decent dose of chlorine. We booked this for the pool as we had a couple of nights to kill before flying out late at night. We paid for 2 nites with a deluxe room for a 27 hour stay. They couldn't give us a deluxe room on our first night but after arguing with 3 different staff members they gave us $15 USD but tried to dumb this down to $10. The standard and deluxe rooms were ordinary and overpriced compared with other places we stayed at in Sri Lanka. The beach itself was okay and there are some good restaurants nearby. I would not eat the breakfast here as the flies were landing all over the buffet. I would not go back to this property even if it was free. I think the pictures I took are enough to suggest that this property is pretty awful.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank annechop
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Very good price for value, the location is very convenient, food is tasty and not really expensive, staff very nice.
The pool is not too big but enough to have a dip and the chaise longue are enjoyable under the sun :)
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Room Tip: Well, all have a view on the ocean so maybe if you don't want to climb to many staircase choose...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Thank CamilleDru
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Great location - on the beach! Also has a nice swimming pool. I had a 1:00 AM flight and was able to get a room for the day. Front desk staff were very nice - they even arranged a "tuktuk" (3 wheel taxi) to take me to the airport at a fair price! Restaurant food is good - you can eat by the pool. Beer is cold - I recommend Lion Lager. A great value.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Linda M
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Our trip to Sri Lanka was a budget one as I was travelling with six others. So my sis actually booked the hotel and when I saw the pics online I was skeptical. But when we landed there, to my utter suprise the hotel was just the same as the pics. Beachfront property with a pool as well. The rooms were adequately furnished and with clean loos. We stayed on the 3rd floor, the top most floor and all rooms had a balcony facing the ocean. The ocean is not that clean.

The breakfast was bearable but the food in general was ok. The service was prompt. The ACs worked. For like 50 USD a night for 2 people, it was worth it. I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a clean, safe, decent hotel under 50 USD for two for a night.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank sangeetaamaldev
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

We stayed 2 nights on arrival in Sri Lanka just to aclimatise. Be warned that if you get in late at night you'll need the right change to pay your taxi driver as the hotel won't have any unless it's daytime.

The rooms are very basic, we had air-con and a tv and I only booked it for the pool and becuase of our late arrival.

There's one old man who works here who is a true gem.. zen master, and pleasure to deal with. Didn't eat here but would recommend the hotel for your first night arrival in Negombo before walking around the following day to look at other options.

Room Tip: close to the beach, upstairs and aircon.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MattRichards
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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for our finally couple of days in Sri Lanka. Room 11 was a deluxe room with TV, air con, fridge, big bed, sea views and a balcony. Room was clean but fridge was dirty.

Wifi worked well poolside but not in the room. Staff were friendly and always willing to assist.

No lift so people with walking difficulties would struggle.

All in all, satisfied with our stay

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

we stayed here on our last night after being tricked by our cab driver because the hotel we had booked earlier would not give him a commission, so he lied it was fully booked and brought us to this hotel. our initial impression was good because we liked how close it was to the beach. were taken to the room and we were also impressed by the size of the bed so we decided to pay for it......shock on us. at night we noticed they were actually 2 beds close together with two bed sheets. if they did not have a big bed, why not use big beddings then to make them appear one??? in the end my husband and I had separate beds.
breakfast was not nice at all and not on time either.
for the price you pay here am sure there are better places and better services.

forgot to mention, u have to carry the towel provided in the room to the pool, and carry it back. wish they could provide pool towels and lay down pool mattresses as well. we had to find them and lay our own pool beds.

Room Tip: stay elsewhere. no good sleep quality as any noise from outside will wake u up.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Topaz Beach Hotel

Address: 21 Poratota Road, Ettukala, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
Price Range: £34 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Topaz Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Topaz Beach Hotel in Sri Lanka......along the beautiful stretch of sandy beach in the Indian Ocean. If you like your holiday to be next to the Beach and Ocean, where you want to Rest under the Sun or Play in the Sand or Watch the beautiful Sunset or Sail in the Sea then you have come to the right place. Take a look at our PHOTOS and decide on the room you like. Find out our affordable prices which caters all budgets and book your dream holiday. All our comfortable rooms come with private balcony which offers supreme views of the ocean and this is the ideal place on the Negombo beach for those seeking serene and absolute peace. With fully trained staff working around the clock we make sure you receive the best service to fulfill your needs. Overall this is an excellent tropical place for both holidaymakers and honeymooners. ... more   less 
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