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Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
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“Great spot to chill on the beach!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We only stayed here for one night on the recommendation of a fellow traveler and it was absolutely perfect. It has all the basic facilities you need, the location is BEAUTIFUL, the staff are wonderful, so helpful and friendly, and really went out of their way to organize our room (as we booked last minute) and arrange for transfer to the airport. It's a great place to relax on the beach

  • Stayed July 2014
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Belgorod, Russia
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

It was unbelievable trip.We went to Hikkaduwa to make a wedding day our relatives and friends.There were 13 people.It was very difficult to find a place.But we did it. When we came to Colombo a driver was waiting us, he took us to driffters hotel and villa.Lalith and all people,who work with him are very friendly,and they always ready to help you. And our wedding.It was gorgeous.Thank you for everything.If we will go there more, we will go to driffters.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I spent 3 weeks at Drifters Hotel. the room was very nice and clean, the staff were very nice and warm and Lalith the menneger is a very nice and decent guy.
Even though this is more of a family and coupels hotel, it can be very nice for singel which are looking for a clean nice place, close to" were it's all heppand" but more calm when you whant some quite.
there is also a very nice swiming pool to realex in after surffing.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I booked the hotel looking at the tripadvisor review. The positive of the hotel is the location bang on the beach. Sea view rooms are limited and we I was not fortunate to get a sea view room. Hotel staff and Lalith himself is very warm and helpful and ensures that you enjoy a good vacation. Negative is rooms are average and found it a bit dated. Overall my stay was nice and enjoyed the walk to the beach.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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DriftersHotel, Owner at Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Thank you for your feedback, it is appreciated and I am happy you enjoyed your overall stay at Drifters. I am sorry our rooms did not meet your expectations. When you were with us a year ago it was the off-season so, although we keep the rooms very clean, they can be tired and wearing the scars of a busy season. Before each season starts we do carry out refurbishment, repainting and repairs to make sure the rooms are up to scratch for the season. I hope you visit us again and see an improvement. Best Regards,
Lalith Priyankara,
(Drifters owner)
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Singapore
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

My husband and I spent 5days at the Drifters in March and we had the best time at this hotel. I am not trying to advertise or promote this hotel but we truly had the best time that its a must to mention it.

Anyway, the hotel is situated right on the beach so you can jump into the beautiful sea within a 1min! Lalith (owner of the hotel) was so nice and really took care all of our needs and tour plus very honest with the tour pricing as well. Lalith also arranged both ways of our airport transfers which was convenient and comfortable plus driver spoke good English so he shared a lot about Sri Lanka .The restaurant manager as well as the housekeeping staff were also nice and friendly and same thing, took care all of our needs. Talk about their restaurant, Drifters served the best food so we ended up having bfast/lunch/dinner daily! and the head chef was friendly too!

We were in room 32 on the 2nd floor which was nice overlooking the sea with a dining table where you can have a drink or dinner and the enjoy the view. Room was very clean, comfortable mattress, A/C and fresh towels. TV is not provided but who needs a TV when you're in Hikkaduwa!

Overall, we would recommend this hotel in a heart beat and best regards to Lalith and team!

Ezan and Nazrul
Singapore

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We spent 10 days in Drifters. We booked a room in advance on a recommendation of our friends who enjoyed staying there a year ago.

Since we booked early, Lalith (who runs Drifters) offered us a very nice room #16 (2nd floor with a separate balcony). It was clean, with a wide comfortable bed, A/C, small fridge and a shower – everything we needed. We could see, hear and smell ocean sitting on the balcony having dinner or drinks.

Drifters’ is situated directly on the beach. It is a small, rather closed complex, built around inner yard with a swimming pool – no strangers wondering by. Outside the road entrance to the complex you will always find a tuktuk, ready to drive you wherever you need. Drifters’ dining area faces the beach.
The staff is very cheerful and helpful. There was never a time our requests were ignored or even postponed. The yard and rooms are cleaned very well. The water in the swimming pool was always clean. On the beach, just outside the dining area, there are a number of sun loungers for Drifters guests.

Lalith, who runs Drifters, is a very helpful and kind person. He provided us with a good driver (not your average high-speed low-safety one you usually expect) for our 10 day trip over the island, before we came to Drifters, and later he took care of every request we had. You can ask him for any advice or assistance. He also arranged our trip to whale watching and airport transfer. Last day before our departure my boyfriend forgot his iPhone in the tuktuk on our way back from Galle port. Thanks to Lalith, his connections and “find my iPhone” application we found it! That was kind of a miracle, never expected it to happen.

We really enjoyed our stay there and weren’t eager to leave at the end. I can definitely recommend Drifters to my friends. This is a place you would want to come back again!

Thanks, Drifters! You are awesome!

Room Tip: If sea-view rooms are not available, ask to book room No. 16 :)
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here in February 2014 and apart from 7 nights we stayed here the whole time we loved it so much. For us Hikkaduwa was perfect for what we wanted and we really enjoyed drifters so we decided to stay here the entire time. We stayed both in the guest house (which is just over the road, short 2 minute walk) and the hotel (beach side) and really liked both. The hotel has great facilities including a nice restaurant and swimming pool, complimentary sun loungers on the beach/pool area and excellent wifi. Both rooms were fantastically clean and the bathroom facilities were good. We stayed in a fan room as we found that this was sufficient enough to keep us comfortable at night.

The restaurant serves great food and it has a great choice of dishes to suit all tastes with a good selection of western food if you are after something more basic. We loved the Sri Lankan food and ate at the restaurant pretty often, it is more expensive than some other places in Hikkaduwa but it is a hotel and personally I found the quality of food great compared to some other cheap places in the town, it doesn't always pay off to go cheap! They also serve the best buffet breakfast which we took advantage of most mornings with generous portions, however if you don't enjoy Sri Lankan food then this buffet isn't for you. Instead you can order of the a la carte breakfast menu.

The staff at Drifters are very accommodating and friendly and you enjoy being around the hotel as nothing is ever to much trouble. The owner Lalith really looked after us during our stay and made sure we had everything we needed. We were actually on a budget as we have been travelling for 6 months but drifters prices were more than affordable.

We also booked our tour with Drifters and Lalith arranged everything for us. I have done a Tour before in Sri Lanka but this was 100% better. We had a great driver Arivinda who made the tour really enjoyable and tried to give us as much information as he could.

So on a whole we really loved this hotel and would recommend it for both singles, couples and families if you are looking for somewhere nice and secure to stay in hikkaduwa.

I did read some reviews before booking this hotel about power cuts and ants being in the room but if you don't want this then don't come to a tropical country like Sri Lanka. Yes you donget the odd few ants in your bathroom and yes the power does go out occasionally but you will get this ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka. This is not the hotels fault, if it could be helped then the power would never go out!

We look forward to visiting you again, :-) Stacey and Chris

P.S we miss your Sri Lankan breakfast!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant
Address: 602 Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Hikkaduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Drifters is a medium-sized, owner-operated hotel in the heart of the best beach and surfing spot in Hikkaduwa. Drifters offers comfortable, clean rooms built around a garden and swimming pool, with a restaurant opening onto the beach. Service is Drifters' mantra and owner Lalith is always on hand to give personal attention to all guests. ... more   less 
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