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Hotel J
Ranked #27 of 208 Negombo B&B and Inns
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“"Worth every penny"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Hotel J is a new budget hotel by the Jetwing group and the prices are fair and is well worth what you pay for it. Rooms are very comfortable and clean. Though its a budget hotel they are almost as comfortable as rooms of much more expensive hotels that you can hardly even tell a difference. It has all the basics you will need such as free Wifi, TV and Air conditioning etc. The hotel is small and so is the pool but though the hotel was booked to capacity it never felt crowded. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

As its a new hotel the meal options were quite limited but prices of food and beverages were good. Since the hotel is located on the hotel road itself there are many options for restaurants including those of other hotels like Jetwing Blue or Jetwing Beach which are a short walk away.

Hotel J is perfect if your on a budget and is in need of a getaway. It is probably by far the best budget hotel in the country. Well done Jetwing!

Room Tip: Sea View Rooms are nice. They have a large Balcony area.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

With the brandnew Hotel J in Negombo the town gets a excellent 3* Hotel which was definately missing much to long. The rooms are in a modern style and have everything what is needed. The Hotel is located directly on the beach and close to the restaurants and shops on the hotel road of negombo. Staff is extremely nice and absolutely friendly. Will defintely come back . thanks for giving me such a good time.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Opening its door on 1 May 2013, Hotel J is Jetwing’s first foray into Sri Lanka’s budget accommodation market and it’s already the talk of the town. Judging from its website listing “five reasons why you should choose Hotel J” (convenient location, comfy bed, power shower, free WiFi and 24-hour security), it seems like an upgraded version of the successful Southeast Asian chain Tune Hotels. But unlike Tune, it doesn’t operate on a limited service business model so guests don’t need to pay extra for towels, soap, shampoo, TV or AC. Rooms are surprisingly spacious and priced accordingly. To be honest, you can find many guesthouses away from the beach that charge less than 50 dollars per night but in terms of value for money, Hotel J is a real deal with the Indian Ocean just fingertips away. If you pay 20 bucks more, you get a deluxe room plus 180-degree sea (and swimming pool) view.

However, the hotel as of 24 May 2013 is not fully operational. The rooftop bar remains empty and the lift is being installed so guests have to climb the narrow stairs to reach their room, awfully noisy during the day if it happens to be adjacent to the lift. I stayed in a semi-ocean view room and the floor was so dusty that it was useless to wash my feet. Although a laundry bag is provided, slippers aren’t. But overall the room with minimalist design is comfortable. What I like most are the little desk corner where I can plug my laptop and check my mail despite inconsistent wireless signal, and the balcony overlooking nearby properties though photographers shouldn't expect scenic views because Negombo isn’t as pristine as beaches further south.

Yet another positive aspect of the hotel, the friendly staff take pride in working for Jetwing and thus treat and offer guests a helping hand as in a luxurious resort. After I waited more than 30 minutes for my mutton sandwich, the waiter not only apologised twice but also brought me a special present. The food itself is pretty decent and alcohol available except on religious holidays though regrettably there are only two unexciting desserts on the menu: ice cream and curd with treacle.

If I have to transit in Colombo in the future, I will consider staying here again even just to see how it improves. What I won’t is arranging the ridiculously expensive airport transfer with the hotel. Upon arrival it's best to use an official taxi but most don't know the hotel's exact location so mark an X 50 metres south of Camelot Beach on Lewis Place and show him. For the return journey, opt for a local company located across the street from Hotel J, charging 1500 rupees only.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel J
Address: 331/1 Lewis Place | Negombo Beach, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 208 B&Bs / Inns in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel J 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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