Finding a great guest house or hotel isn’t always easy. Sometimes you spend hours to check a lot of places and finally you still end up in a hotel that just looks good on the pictures but when you get there you are disappointed.
We would like to give you some recommodations where to stay when you travelling in Sri Lanka.
Negombo ist probably the first city you will visit in Sri Lanka, because the airport is located next to it. Right, the airport is not in Colombo. The capital of the country is about 20km away. So if you arrive late it’s better to sleep the first night in Negombo. The taxis are cheaper and you are not wasting time in the middle of the night. Negombo is just a few minutes away from the airport and if you want to see the sea at your first day you have several options to book a hotel directly at the beach. If you have to get up early in the morning to catch your flight you should choose a hotel next to airport.
The Hangover Hostel is just a few minutes away from Colombo Airport and perfect if you want to sleep very near to it. It’s a cool and very special hostel because you sleep in modern and cool looking containers. These are very clean and have an A/C. There is also a common area where you can meet other travelers and talk about your upcoming or recent stay in Sri Lanka. The room prices start form about 10 USD for a shared dorm room to about 20/30 USD for a double room. More informations (Booking.com)
If you want to enjoy your first or last breakfast in a small guesthouse with sea view the Petit Guest House at Negombo Beach is a good choice. It’s next to the beach and also has a small pool on the rooftop. The rooms are spacious and clean and have an A/C. The very friendly owner also has a small restaurant where you can get good traditional meals. The price for a double room is about 30-40 USD More informations (Booking.com)
Kandy is a very popular city for Sri Lanka tours. You can visit the tooth temple, Kandy Lake or the botanical garden. But it is also a perfect starting point to Ella and other cities in the mountains.
Recommended Hotel near Kandy railway station:
The Kandy City Rooms & Hostel is near to the bus station and the railway station. The rooms are very clean and you have the possibilty to use the communal kitchen, which ist very well equiped and offers a great view to the Kandy streets.The prices are from about 5 USD for the very spacious dorm room to 20 -30 USD for a double room. More informations (Booking.com)
Tip: If you get out of the hotel, turn right, after a few meters the is a small alley which is a shortcut the bus/train station. You will recognise the alley because a lot of locals walk in.
Ella is a small town in the mountains and a recommendable place on your way through Sri Lanka. It is very popular because the train ride from Kandy to Ella is the on of the top “must-do” things. Ella offers a lot of small guest houses and at the main road you can find a lot of restautrants. For those who want to stay a little bit away from the busy city center in a quiet place in the middle of the mountains we have the following hotel recommendation:
Wild Resort Ella is a very small guest house in the middle of the beautiful nature and perfect for relaxing after an exhausting day in the moutains. It’s a little bit away from the center but you can get there easiely with a tuk tuk. But because it offers just a few rooms you need to be fast and book in advance. More informations (Booking.com)
More hotel recommendations will follow.