In Sri Lanka it is quite easy to turn up to many places and find hotels, hostel and guesthouses, but in some situations that is the last thing you want to do! Especially if you are arriving at your destination when you are sick, tired, or it’s pitch black and raining! This post is a quick list of places that either I recommend or backpacker friends of mine recommend while travelling in Sri Lanka.
I’d also like to point out, and as you probably know, that many of these hotels sometimes have cheaper promotional deals, so if they are expensive when you click on them, it’s likely that’s not the price I paid :p. In Sri Lanka, I split accommodation costs with my boyfriend, and we always looked for accommodation for around 1000-1500 Sri Lankan rupees per night for a double room.
Ancient Mural Villa – This hotel/guesthouse was perfect for a couple days stay on the outskirts of Weligama. The main Weligama beach is about 2km walk, or a quick taxi, but nevermind about that beach! Jungle Beach is a 200m walk from this hotel, and is my favourite swimming beach in Sri Lanka. It is really low-key, tiny, picturesque. The beach is super safe to swim in with pretty much zero waves, and has two small bays. The beach also has really good surf, much bigger than Weligama beach itself. The owner and staff is super nice and will go out of his way for you to make sure you are enjoying your stay.
Homestay Beach House – this guest house is awesome! I stayed here for 3 days with the owner, Shan. The house is like 200 years old built by his great grandfather. It is right across the road from the beach. He is a passionate cook also, and has many people from around the world coming to stay with him for days to weeks to months to learn from him. He uses all natural and organic ingredients and makes and sells his own spice mixes.
Sanorich Villa – This homestay is very basic, but rooms are clean and it’s close to the beach. The biggest reason I chose this place was their communal kitchen. Guests can cook their own meals and there is a fridge for beers. This is always important to me when travelling on an extreme budget. After travelling around India and Sri Lanka for some time, you can get sick of rice and curry!
Victoria Resort – The hotel is quite small but new, with clean and cool rooms. There is a delicious pool here, which I utilized regularly! It is less than 1 km to the Hikkaduwa Beach/ Reef swimming beach and close to the bus terminal and train station also. My room cost 1500 Rupees for an economy double room. There are other options available but this was the cheapest as it did not include a private bathroom (I didn’t care as I had a pool to swim in!). They also have a shared kitchen and fridge for everyone to use.
Happy Tuna – Happy Tuna was a great option, super close to the Hikkaduwa Beach (5 min walk) and a 200m walk to the bus station and train station. The rooms were clean, beds comfy, and there was a really good hot shower in our room! There were three of us and we had a triple room with fan for 2250 rupees. This place also had a great shared kitchen and dining area, as well as a smaller outside kitchen and BBQ.
Hilton Residence – This one is a bit out of the norm for me, but I stayed here with a group of friends for a wedding and it was superb!! Bit of a luxury but Sri Lanka may be one of the cheapest places to get to have this experience. We even got upgraded to the penthouse!!!
Colombo City Jumbo Hostel – This is a pretty cheap hostel in terms of hostels in Sri Lanka. I loved it here! The ladies running the place were amazing and so nice! The free breakfast consisted of eggs, three pieces of toast, banana and papaya with tea and coffee. They have great airconditioning in all of the rooms too. Starting from about 1000 rupees for a dorm room.
Bunkyard Hostel – I didn’t stay here but I spent a lot of time in their communal areas and this place is very swish! It is decorated so nicely that it was being used as a set in a movie. Their facilities are amazing and very top notch quality, but you do pay top dollar! Twice the price of Colombo City Jumbo, but still an amazing choice. My friends who stayed here loved it!