Browns Beach Hotel, Negombo
Reviews - Browns Beach Hotel
- Age Group: 26 - 30
- From: Sri Lanka
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: Sri Lanka
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
Historical Traveller Reviews of Browns Beach Hotel
A great holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
On the down side, the locals are out to make money from you. Don't pay more than 150 for a tuk-tuk to Negombo - locals are being neglected by drivers because tourists will pay more than locals can afford. I didn't like the way you were hassled to buy things every time you stepped past the row of palm trees on the beach - don't buy on the first day thinking they'll leave you alone because the ladies will hassle you every day anyway (nice as they are).
A lovely relaxing time and the friendliest place we've ever visited despite it's faults..
New to Browns Beachfrom jimandcyn
On arrival (04.30 am) staff were very helpful - however when looking at room we were given in daylight it was awful, and this definatly affected our feeling about the hotel. The wife pointed out to the hotel staff that the room was of a totally unacceptable standard and they kindly moved us into another room higher in the hotel - the difference was staggering
After that our holiday was really very very good,
The vast majority of the staff were as good and even better than at any other hotel we have stayed in throughout the world. The food - breakfast, lunch, soups and sweets at dinner were absolutly first class - the main meals at dinner and all the curries varied in quality but were acceptable. We took the advise of a previous reviewer and went to visit "Lucky" an independant tour guide. He arranged and took us both on a tour of our choosing (Kandy with specified visits) and Lucky is without doubt the very best of guides we have ever had. Just us, 2 people 2 days including overnight stay in Kandy £150 - he even arrange for us to go bareback elephant riding, he said he had managed to save money at the hotel and wished to spend it on something different for us 2!!!! - He is an avid birdwatcher and looks to take birdwatchers on tours in particular. Although we have been on independent tours on 3 other occassions when visiting Ceylon I would have absolutely NO hesitation in either recommending him to others or should we return arranging another trip with him. Should you take this advise and wish to contact him, turn right outside Browns, cross the road and walk for 5 minutes towards Negombo - you will find a resturant called "Lucky's Resturant" his wife and sister in law run this establishment and will get him for you.
The trip on the motor boat down the dutch canels was good and I would do it again. However the man running the sailing boats can be very intrusive and his prices seemed to vary.
Towards the end of our stay I met the general manager of Browns - he was the general manager for another hotel we stayed in 5 years ago (farther south). He only took up this position in October 2005, he is very good at his job and you can easily see the difference he has made. On our previous visits (between 12 and 5 years ago) to Sri Lanka we had heard on numerous occassions that Browns Beach was amongst the very best on the island - however it would seem that it is now beginning to reclaim its high reputation - should we decide to return to the island again then Browns Beach would, at this time, be a preferred hotel
Return visit to Brownsfrom JILLSTEVE
A Trip Advisor Huddersfield England.
Once again we have returned to Browns Beach Hotel the third time in 5 years.
Maybe it is looking in need of a lick of paint here and there but what it lacks in glamour it more than makes up for with its wonderful staff.
Walking into the lobby was like returning home to family, so welcoming and warm.
We have travelled to Borneo, Hong Kong, China, Macau India and to Indonesia over the last few years and met great staff in amazing hotels but always we are happy to return to Sri Lanka and to Browns.
Presanna the customer relations officer, always happy to meet and greet always smiling nothing too much trouble....
Roy and his brother who run the fantastic boat trip across the sea and up the river to the Dutch canals to look for Monitor Lizard and Kingfishers , Beeeaters and Storks and other amazing flora and fauna, always happy to have you on board and full of laughter on the journey.
Maria and the ladies selling the sarongs on the beach, so if you dont buy one they are still happy to chat away with you.
Mohammed and his wooden catamaran, laze away a few hours whilst looking for dolphins.
Kumudu the driver, if you fancy seeing somewhere new he is your man, he will arrange for your trip and book great hotels along the way , he is a wealth of information and honest and trustworthy.
Over the years we have visited Sigiriya, Dambulla, tea plantations, National parks, ancient temple cities and modern cities also and always arranged by Kumudu with professionalism.
A wonderful time once again and we will be back year after next.
Hotel Browns Beachfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The resort of Negombo is a bit rundown and the town of Negombo huge, busy and dirty. Negombo is best suited to the older generation. If you are young and want a night life, you are best off opting for one of the resorts below Columbo.
Travelling anywhere in Sri Lanka takes a long time so depending on what you want to do and see, decide your resort carefully. Negombo and Browns Beach are OK for the elephant orphanage, Kandy and surrounding areas but not so good if you want to visit the main wildlife reserves.
Fantasticfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The food at the hotel is lovely - always find something even the fussiest eaters. Good quiet relaxed atomosphere. Great Beach aswell.
Can't wait to go back again.
Great hotel, people, islandfrom dannyboychopper
Good hotel, poor roomsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A rich experince, full of contrastfrom Bobcat2968
The hotel is quite old but has a pleasant and slightly colonial feel about, the excellent air-conditioned rooms had en-suite toilet/shower rooms with a sea view and balcony from whiich the beautiful sunsets could be watched, the rooms were always cleaned and beds made daily. Staff were friendly and helpful at all time, there was no trying to catch a waiters eye whilst they were studiously avoiding yours as so often happens in Europe, in fact at time when things were quiet they were in danger of being a little bit over attentive.
The buffet food was excellent and varied catering for most taste, the only little critical observation I have is the limited renge of breakfast cereals (I don't eat curry for breakfast), however there are plenty of other choices to be had, also the coffee was not up to much.
However having said that, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Browns Beach and I am still missing that sense of being in paradise when sitting in the beach bar enjoying a cold lion beer.
We ate outside the hotel in two restaurants close by the hotel; The Coconut Primitive and Pri-Kin Restaurant, in bot food was excellent and staff was friendly, the latter being a bit more up market consequently more expensive.
Negombo itself seemed a bit tatty, especially if you are new to this part of the world as we were, once outside of the hotel we were frequently accosted (always very politely) by someone selling something or other, be it trinkets, clothes or offering their services as a guide. Our way around this was to adopt a tuk tuk or taxi driver as our regular guide (as did many others), this worked really well as we were fortunate enough to happen on a delightful young man (Mohammed) who drove us around in his tuk tuk for all of our stay and looked after us really well, he would negoiate for us if we required take us to right places, we found him to be completely honest and trustworthy, (to the point of always letting us know if he recieved a commission for introducing us to a restaurant or shop)if anybody wants to use his services his mobile phone no is (--).
Finally the one lasting experience we have from our holiday was our visit to the Joseph Vas Children's Home, Negombo Road, Nainamadama. This orphanage currently cares for 73 young girls up to the age of 18, their aim is to give them a comprhensive education up to A level and equip them with the appropriate prblem solving skills to manage their future lives. We were impressed and deeply moved by the work being done by Sister Benette and her staff. Have a good time Bob Fisher.
lazy daysfrom linwil
excellent stafffrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Negombo
Trips If you're a confident driver, rent a car, buy a map and do it yourself. Great fun.
Eat anywere Never mind how small or dingy a restaurant looks I am confident the food will be good. Everywere cooks fresh so expect to wait 20 minutes and it is always woth waiting for. We wer never dissapointed eating out.
mosqitos Make sure you ask for a mosquito net on arrival. They will arrange for a net to be hung above your bed. Wear plenty of insect repellent, we used the one with 99% deet. We didn't get bit once.
Other names for Browns Beach Hotel
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- Address: 175 Lewis Pl - Negombo - Sri Lanka
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