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Catamaran Beach Hotel
Ranked #34 of 42 Hotels in Negombo
Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice buffet breakfast but...”
Reviewed 21 January 2013

Arrived Sri Lanka on late night flight with my son and was booked into Catamaran for one night by tour agent. Room spacious enough but pretty basic ( ditto for bathroom) and had a musty smell. Plenty of mosquitoes about so make sure you have your repellents handy. Plus points are : the hotel fronts the beach area and the buffet breakfast has a good spread of spicy local food as well as the usual western offerings. Would not stay here again if I had a choice.

Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

Stayed for a night with my family. Rooms were spacious, comfortable and clean. Service was good, and we indeed got some good attention being that a holiday stay customer and not transit :). But the bad and negative part is the transit passengers suddenly arriving at mid night, with lots of noice and disturbances during sleep. If this is not, otherwise the hotel is good with a nice beach view bar, swimming pool and good sit out.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2012

Catamaran Beach hotel

Stayed here 1 night during transit at Colombo. It’s located about 10 km away from Colombo at Negombo, which looks very similar to Kerala but is not that humid.. I booked it through Srilankan airlines.


The good:
- Comfortable and clean rooms
- Good view of beach and very close to it
- Friendly staff
- Tasty food. Don’t miss their triple bonanza burgers
- Free wifi
- Rates are reasonable , about 40 USD for a double room



The bad:
- Food is very costly….Perhaps only the burgers are good and worth it. But there are restaurants around
- AC was not working in our room the nigt we checked in. they had to come and repair it the next day

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

I got this hotel for a night stay from Sri lankan airline, and they bring most of their passengers on transit here only. The hotel is quite nice and the staff was friendly as well, we went at night and the buffet was close, but staff was friendly and they got us dinner from the kitchen.

The rooms are huge but bit dated, washroom is big, overall the room was quite clean, and the washroom as also clean, the TV is very small placed on top of wall. There is no fridge in the room. The beach is close to the hotel and there is a swimming pool also inside the hotel.

The food is nice but I was more concerned on hygiene, because the buffet was kept open, and there were few bees around and no one cared to move them and there was no insect killer there in restaurant.

The airline offered us a Colombo city tour for 35 usd per person and it was good as well. The hotel is far from Colombo.

The hotel is good for a night stay only.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

I, my wife and three year old son reached here around midnight from a long flight . The night manager had to be searched for. 40 minutes later we were shown an impeccably lovely room. And looking for a refreshing shower, I put my foot in the bathroom, FULL of overflowing sewage!!!!!!!!! The gutter-trap was blocked and they washed the toilet and left it like that? ??? We waited till it somehowseeped away.
Called the reception for towels THRICE and none arrived till the next day noon when we checked out from this rathouse. Should have taken my cue from the ppl complaining for towels before we were shown our rooms.
Food was nice though and the view superb.
Please please please never stay here ...

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HAMID AND FAMILY ... room 5 ... 25.11.2012

  • Stayed November 2012
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rugeley
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights. It was an off the cuff descision. We had to move hotel due to over booking. We were not disappointed. It is a transit hotel but despite that, we
were satisfied with most aspects of our stay there.The management and staff were excellent. They were more than happy to help with any problems we had. The restaurant food especially the vegetarian dishes were really excellent although a little pricey as was the beer.The A/C restaurant itself had no atmosphere at all with huge back walls on two sides - we sat outside ! As a transit hotel the pool side was very quiet which suited us well. The room was large and cleaned every day.and the cleaning staff were efficient.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

no words can discribe this most filthy appaling discusting hotel .stayed 1 night here whilst in transit could not even sit on bed let alone sleep in it the sheets were stained there was atoe nail on the bed the pillows smelled alful when having a shower the sewege came up through the plug hole i have never written a review before but felt i had to i could go on and on but i wouldnt know when to stop thanks sri lanka airlines for putting us up in this hotel arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Catamaran Beach Hotel
Address: Lewis Place, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Negombo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Negombo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Catamaran Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Catamaran Beach Hotel is a beautiful hotel facing the famed Negombo beach just 20 minutes away from the Bandaranaike International Airport. The palm fringed garden opens to a white sandy beach which acts as an ornament to the hotel. There are plenty of exciting things to see in Negombo renowned for its cultural heritage dating back to the Dutch period and beyond. ... more   less 
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