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“A very Special Experience - Two weeks in a warm friendly setting.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Goldi Sands

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Hotel Goldi Sands
Ranked #9 of 41 Hotels in Negombo
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Tenerife, Spain
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“A very Special Experience - Two weeks in a warm friendly setting.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

GOLDI SANDS .------ on first impression I was a bit aprehensive, but after a couple of days the character of this special "family run" hotel switches in!.
Negombo, the small town is littered with little shops and business ventures and contains a few more upmarket chain hotels, which didn't impress when explored and experienced drinks and entertainment.
It is very apparent that the rebuilding and regeneration programme is very slow, after the tsunami and the war, however the locals are resilient and friendly and improvements are slowly happening. Folks still do their washing in the streets, pavements are a rarity and at times there were unusal smells, this is to be expected when one strays from the tourist traps. It was good to have a local massage and manicure rather than a hotel spa one, buy some locally made tops and at the end of the stay, invest in some lovely gold necklaces.
Back to the hotel, the food was superb, the variety, the amount of local food, the presentation was out of this world. What a wonderful selection of interesting and delicate flavours. One of the many chefs invited us into his home for some local food. They are a warm and loving race and desperate for their children to have a better life.
The accomodation was adequate, but one hardly goes to that wonderful climate to sit around in the bedroom. It was well cleaned and the chambermaid/boys did wonderful sculptures with the towels and the room was awash with lovely flower heads.
The entertainment was excellent and the highlight of our stay was the invitation to an amazing traditional Hindu/Tamal wedding, how gracious and accomodating the Bride, Groom and wedding guests were and what an amazing fairy lit event it was.
The Owner of the hotel was very "hands on", he networked and saw everyone was content and happy.
The tours on offer were wonderful, the advised way to travel was with a private taxi and the driver acted as a guide, this was the sensible way to travel when visiting the capital. The longer tours with overnight stays were excellent and we stayed in some amazing 5 star hotels in the jungle. Another half day local tour was a trip down the historic Dutch built canal with a guide pointing out the wildlife and flora, this was lovely and arranged by some of the locals we had made friends with
Lots of Visitors are aware of the hardship post tsunami and it is so rewarding, when seeing the childrens' reaction when given some very basic things. Many folks take pencils, crayons and other school and creative materials for children and I was fortunate enough to be able to take the majority of my baggage allowance in English childrens' books which were gratefully received by the Nuns in the local Catholic School where English was a priority in the curriculum. That visit was most humbling, we travelled in a tiny local tutut, a motor bike with a covered mini truck which we bumped around in. Every class in the tiny very frugally equipped school,( without glass in the windows), put on a tiny performance of local dance, song and music for us, apart from the upper class who wanted to debate issues in the U.K..
We left in tears. What lovely, proud and resilient people.

Do go and visit and see for yourself whilst it is still natural, who knows in a few years time it could be wall to wall hotels and resorts!

Room Tip: As you spend such a small amount of time, check out the sun beds by the pool instead. ****
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

We stayed at goldi sands for two nights. The Hotel is nice, spacious room. Room have balcony and seavieuw. Close to the beach. Pool is clean.
Food was good. I have nth bad to say about the hotel. everything was fine.
What you should do is visiting the fishmarked early morning (before 6am)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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goldiNegombo, Secretary at Hotel Goldi Sands, responded to this review, 31 May 2013
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We were delighted to read your comments and are sincerely thankful for expressing your reviews for the benefit of visitors who visit Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

Having just spent 2 weeks here from 4-19 May I feel compelled to write down our experiences as some of the reviews we feel have been very unfair. Firstly the hotel is in a great location, great as a base, and great as a place to relax by the sea. The hotel is spotlessly clean, a contempory style hotel with a little colonnial thrown in. The rooms are just perfect, i went with a friend and we had 2 rooms, both to what I would call a high standard, very spacious, all rooms that I could tell have a sea view, although I have read of one room with no windows but I haven't a clue where that was !!....The food?, well, all I can say, and I am someone who loves my food, this was fantastic, plenty of choice for each meal, breakfast had Sri Lankan (as with all meals) but plenty of other things like fruit ,cheese, eggs, scrambled ,fried, beans, sausage, cereal, cake etc, how anyone is left wanting more in terms of choice I have no idea!!!, evening meals were fabulous with Mongolian, Italian, bbq plus Sri Lankan. The pool is lovely, sunbeds around the pool and onto the beach, the sellers keep at distance by the rope but can be a bit annoying if they catch your eye. The crows existed all over Sri Lanka, theres no getting away from them but the hotel has discreet netting to combat this. Its a bit like London and pigeons !!! certainly not a negative for the Goldi Sands, Staff so friendly, very helpful, all in all a wonderful place to stay with absolutely no problems. The noise reported in other reviews is quite loud, however, it switches off at midnight and a decent pair of earplugs should sort that out, but it really didnt spoil anything for us, the hotel has to make money. Tuks tuks have 2 controls, accelerator and horn, that is an experience, do not travel too far in them, its really not the safest form of transport but good for an experience on a shortish journey. We went through the tour operator for trips to Kandy etc, and please go on the Boat River Trip in Negombo, that is a wonderful experience!! all in all a fablous holiday, hello to Ken and Sara....previous review. We will be back next year for sure. Kathy and Jim

Room Tip: 218 and 219 2nd floor rooms great views as have all 1st and 2nd floor rooms and those by the pool ca...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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goldiNegombo, Secretary at Hotel Goldi Sands, responded to this review, 31 May 2013
We would like to thank you for your stay at Goldi Sands Hotel and for sharing your holiday experience.

We were delighted to read your comments and are sincerely thankful for expressing your reviews for the benefit of visitors who visit Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

just returned on a two week stay at the goldi sands hotel what a wonderful 2 weeks at this hotel
food was great and the service was second to none the staff were always helpfull and the general manager lal was great he was more like a friend and the hotel taxi was great he took us to where we wanted to go and he waited for us icould not find any falt with the goldi sands hotel it was a real home from home WE WILL HAVE NO HESITATION TO STAY THERE AGAIN IF YOU WANT A RELAXING HOLIDAY THATS THE PLACE TO GO

Room Tip: FANTASTIC HOTEL WITH CHARM with a great pool and one for the kids
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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goldiNegombo, Secretary at Hotel Goldi Sands, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
We would like to thank you for your stay at Goldi Sands Hotel and for sharing your holiday experience.

We were delighted to read your comments and are sincerely thankful for expressing your reviews for the benefit of visitors who visit Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

The rooms are big and spacious. Rooms are kept reasonably clean. Ideal for honeymoon couples. Buffet breakfast and lunch are excellent with good choices. The hotel staff are very courteous. The hotel is on the beach, so you can have good fun. Location of the hotel is far from Colombo Town and this depends on your priority, whether you want to do shopping or just relax and enjoy.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the beach would be excellent
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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goldiNegombo, Secretary at Hotel Goldi Sands, responded to this review, 22 May 2013
We would like to thank you for your stay at Goldi Sands Hotel and for sharing your holiday experience.

We were delighted to read your comments and are sincerely thankful for expressing your reviews for the benefit of visitors who visit Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013 via mobile

we stayed for new year i have to agree with the coment about the bar service not good and we didn't get any fact sheet when we arrived about what was on the all inclusive drinks menu hardly any choice at all when the barman finally found the list and the fruit juice was watered down

  • Stayed December 2012
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013

A beautiful place.. Very spacy and huge. Food choices are great and just what we want. Service is excellent.. They are very friendly and kind. It's The best place to relax and have fun..Pool can be used at any time before 7pm. beautiful scenery. Handy place for tourists. Rooms are super comfy!.. A WONDERFUL PLACE!!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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goldiNegombo, Secretary at Hotel Goldi Sands, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
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We were delighted to read your comments and are sincerely thankful for expressing your reviews for the benefit of visitors who visit Trip Advisor.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo, Sri Lanka.
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Property: Hotel Goldi Sands
Address: | Ethukala, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
#6 Spa Hotel in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Goldi Sands 3.5*
Number of rooms: 71
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