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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Serene and peaceful, yet just by the ocean - the best you can get in Negombo.
The rooms are huge and clean, with a small balcony. you can see the ocean from there
The rooms are perfectly decorated and maintained, property is spic and span, the pool area is great.
The food is just out of the world, both the Sri Lankan meals and the continentals.
Request for catch of the day ahead of time and you will be surprised with wonderful food.
The owner is a fantastic person, and will help with all he can, regarding transport arrangements, logistics everything

Room tip: Select first floor ocean view rooms
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank SomnathB
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We loved this family run hotel so much we started and finished our holiday here.
Clean, comfortable rooms with fridge, kettle and cups, air con and ceiling fan. This is a hotel that actually lives up to its good reviews.

Set back from the long coast road a few kilometres from Colombo airport and the town of Negombo, with a garden in front, this hotel can be difficult to spot, but once you find it you won't be disappointed. The rear garden is so pretty and visited often by beautiful birds and chipmunks (squirrels to the locals), and the pool is so welcome on a hot day. Access to the beach, where we saw beautiful sunsets every evening, and listened to the pounding sea, is through a gate at the top of the garden.

The garden is well laid out with plenty of sun loungers, trees and plants and, of course, the pool which is clean and well-maintained.

Our rooms were large and airy with a good sized balcony, perfect for sitting out in the evening sun, watching the sun go down. The clear star-filled skies are an added bonus.

The food is wonderful, made by Hector and Thomas and served by Thissa, all of whom never failed to smile. Breakfast – splendid, and so much of it from the Sri Lankan omelette to the sweet bread. Dinner – try Hector's amazing Sri Lanka curry. I'm not a fan of highly spiced food, but this is the best curry I've ever eaten – so much variety, delicately flavoured and very generous amounts.

We went to Negombo during our first stay but I can't honestly say there was much of interest, so we didn't go back. A couple of days just chilling by the pool or walking along the beach was perfect for us. Hans told us the beach was virtually destroyed during the tsunami of 2004, what remains is hard sand and black rock, but we found it interesting as there are dozens of rock pools. He also told us the government is remving vast quantities of sand from many of Sri Lanka's southern beaches in order to build out from Colombo's coast.

But the best thing about Zieglers is the staff:

Thank you to Hugo for collecting us from the airport.
Thank you to Hans for your local knowledge and always being there to help.
Thank you to Hector for your wonderful food – a Sri Lanka curry to beat all others.
Thank you to Thissa for serving all our meals
Thank you to Thomas for being there to help Hector.
Thank you to the ladies who ventured into our rooms each day and tolerated our untidiness.

Your warm smiles and friendliness will stay with us for a long, long time. Nothing was ever too much trouble for these guys, and if we ever come back to Sri Lanka, this is where we will stay.

Room tip: Rooms at back offer views of pool and sunset
Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Stayed at Ziegler Cottage for my first night in Sri Lanka. They organised airport transfer and also arranged for a tuk tuk for an afternoon looking at Colombo which was a reasonable price although there isn't that much to see.

Room was clean and had a balcony with side sea view. Bathroom was good with hot water and good pressure. Had evening meal and breakfast on the terrace near the pool. Both were excellent and service was great.

Hans arranged a taxi to Colombo station the next day at a good price. The only downside for some is that the hotel is in a very quiet area away from the centre of Negombo. There is a gate at the bottom of the immaculate garden which leads to a beach which is a bit dirty and you certainly couldn't swim from it. However, you could go for a walk without any problems.

Certainly for a day or two Ziegler Cottage would be a very good choice.

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank MK16003
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Although we had a midnight flight we decided to book an inexpensive room close to airport instead of aimless long hours walking on Colombo's streets. What a good decision. Wonderfull staff, you get such a personal attitude, nice lobby, clean room and a perfect pool area. Unfortunatelly, the beach is durty and rocky, but sound of waves and a sunset here are so relaxing. Good food served until 10PM. No regret to stay even a few days.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank 201el_nas
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

The staff were very friendly and helpful and the room was clean and airy with a comfortable bed and the sound of the sea. The shower room was a very strange and cumbersome design but it produced hot water. The garden was well kept and peaceful with shade if needed and a nice pool. The food and service was very good.
The beach wasn't suitable for swimming but nice to walk along although there was a lot of rubbish in places.

Date of stay: January 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Jenny H
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