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Catamaran Beach Hotel
Ranked #33 of 41 Hotels in Negombo
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good quick trip”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Overall it was a good quick trip, when i visited the hotel is near completion after a refurbishments, lcd with sat, goood wash rooms, and speciallt excellent food with variety, in the bad side the service is poor since we have to call twice to take additional water bottles

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Colombo
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205 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

Visited the hotel on a Saturday to spend the day about 3 weeks ago with a bunch of my colleagues. Small hotel with friendly staff who go out of their way to help you be comfortable a the hotel. The rooms are spacious, Air-conditioning was good. Reception area is small and the lobby is adjoined by the restaurant. The beach is just in front and the hotel also has amoderate swimming pool. The only drawback was that the moisture from the sea ruins the public areas towards the end of the building and virtually could not sit even in the chairs provided close to he pool. There is a bar on the first floor the scenario of the wetness was the same it was so wet and slippery. Guess I was the windy conditions caused this situation. Ee to the wetness even he rooms tend to get dirty quickly because everytime you step ou and come back in a lot of dirt follows you because of the mousture condition, We had a sumptuous lunch and ame back happy, hope this helps someone...

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

This hotel is filled with transit travellers. Hence, the service is not that great as expected in a regular hotel. The beach is seconds away from the lobby. The swimming pool is nice. The location of the bar is also good. The food options are limited. The rooms are clean but should be properly maintained.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bugibba, Malta
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 July 2013

I stayed this hotel for a day, at the time of my check in, receptionist said ,that your room does not telephone facility,that was great let dow.And another, when i took breakfast i asked the manager what was the menu,he rudely replied as,you can see on the buffet counter...not recomended for a class tourist or business traveller...

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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kochi
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109 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

stayed here overnight courtesy srilankan on way back from KL to trivandrum . so it was not a choice but as an option definitely better than spending time at colombo airport

Good
Fantastic location : right on the beach not even 50mts to the beach
A bar/short eats location looking right at the beach on first floor
a large dinner buffet
well thats about it

Can definitely improve :
all Rooms have 2 doors one main door & another that leads to a dingy corridor , what makes it absolutely unsafe is that while doors have keys there is no bolt mechanism from inside on both doorsmaking it very unsafe for single women travellers .
service personnel : less said the better sleazy checkin staff was the worst
The bathroom has a large window accesible from this corridor again a safety issue.
bedding etc is all stained & very poor quality but then i guess for zero cost one cant complain
might be a great idea to stay here on a all stag booze party trip :)

on its own i would rate 2 but as transit at no cost rating it 3

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank vinoopm
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Australia
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87 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

We had return flights booked with Sri Lankan Air Bangkok-London via Colombo. Due to numerous flight changes by the airline they ended up putting us up in this hotel for two nights, on the inbound and outbound legs, which is around a thirty minute drive from the airport. The hotel is well situated backing onto Negombo beach and the front of the hotel and inside the reception area/foyer look fine. However the rooms (15 & 16 on the ground level) that we were allocated on our two stays were of a very poor standard and reflect badly on the airline. In a nutshell they were dark, dingy and dirty (bathroom particularly bad with drainage problems and odour) and I would never choose to stay here voluntarily. On the upside the swimming pool was good; buffets (breakfast and dinner) were tasty with a wide selection of foods and the staff friendly and accommodating. We managed to see a little of Negombo town and the beach area, including the fish market, which was quite interesting. On the main road outside the hotel there are a number of small restaurants and shops catering for tourists. We picked up a beautiful leather shoulder bag for around $US30. Would definitely be interested in returning to Sri Lanka in the future for a longer stay but never again at this hotel which appears predominately to cater for transit passengers. As a side note we were charged $US20 for two transit visas at Colombo immigration on our first entry. I found out on our second visit that these visas are issued FREE, so be aware.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013

would not recomend this hotel as 3* first the bedroom was big but bedsheet was not clean , bathroom was really filthy water everywhere and towels where very old and smelly horrible. we did'nt like at all .the srilanka airline provide this hotel for transit but i did't expect from big airline company to say is 4* hotel .service was not very good .

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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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:
#17 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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