Browns Beach Hotel

, Negombo, Sri Lanka
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Browns Beach Hotel

, Negombo
175 Lewis Pl - Negombo - Sri Lanka Hotel Website | 31-222-2031
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Reviews - Browns Beach Hotel

8/10
Good Service
Submitted by: suranga0071 in 17/08/08
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Sri Lanka
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This is the hotel they put us all up in at no cost. I didn't see too much of the area as we arrived at night and left in the morning, but as far as the hotel is concerned: First room we (and other layovered travelers from our flight) were shown was really 1 star-- terribly old, not particularly clean looking; in fact, another couple saw a roach and a lizard in the first room they were shown. After we spoke to the management about an upgrade, we were moved to a very passable room (pictures enclosed). Other than that, the hotel seemed bustling, had a large (and spicy!) tasty dinner buffet as well as breakfast buffet; once our room was changed, we had no complaints.

9/10
Will return
Submitted by: Terry in 21/11/06
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Sri Lanka
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Staff here are the very best, nothing is too much for them, food very good with plenty of selection, room clean. The hotel needs a bit of tender care. But for a chilled out holiday one of the best. Oh and by the way we are going back next year 92007)
 

Historical Traveller Reviews of Browns Beach Hotel

A great holiday

from A TripAdvisor Member
We weren't expecting brilliant accommodation (we'd read the reviews) so we weren't disappointed. The bathrooms in particular are showing their age but clean. The view from the room makes up for the tired decoration. The locals come to the beach at night to watch the sunset, we enjoyed it with a nice cool drink at the beach bar. The staff are brilliant; we went on a trip to Kandy and while we were away it was my birthday - a cake was waiting for me in the room when I returned. You soon get to know all the people mentioned in other reviews; Kumar, Prasanna, Roy, etc. The trip to Kandy is a must but do a 2 night stay and visit Sigyria, we only did 1 night and didn't get chance to go to Sigyria which I regret. The laundry service is great so don't take too many clothes, and make sure what you take will accommodate the weight you will gain with all the lovely food. Yes there are (hot) curries for breakfast, dinner and tea but there are also lots of other things to eat too.

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 Beach

from jimandcyn
This was the 4th visit to Sri Lanka and the 1st to Browns. The wife chose this holiday, and we both were curious as to why the reviews were either very good or appalling.
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 Browns

from JILLSTEVE
Browns Beach Hotel Jan/Feb 2006
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 Beach

from A TripAdvisor Member
On arrival, thought the hotel was a little grubby but within days the slight rundown feeling of the place was forgotten because everyone at the hotel was so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and staff were there at all times of the day or night. A special thanks to our room boy and the sun bed attendant. The boat trips were well worth the money but make sure you haggle a final price.

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.

Fantastic

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a fantastic time at the hotel, staff are so friendly and can't do enough for you. A special mention of Kumar who is the porter at the hotel, lovely guy and so helpful. Don't book tours through the travel rep book with Kumudu who has his minibus outside the hotel - cheap and fabulous trips and you always feel safe with him.

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, island

from dannyboychopper
I would rarely return to a holiday location however, Browns Beach is one which I would have no second thoughts about visiting again. The staff are pleasant, friendly and accomodating. The food is good and has more of a traditional home cooked feel, certainly doesnt have the ubiquitous blandness of the international slop that is usually served when afforded an inclusive or full board basis. Rooms are basic, but spacious enough. For ambience and a Sri Lankan experience, well recommended. If you desire 4/5* accomodation I'm not sure Browns Beach will meet your needs. (location superb)

Good hotel, poor rooms

from A TripAdvisor Member
Good beachside location. Good hotel, but bedrooms in need of an update. Negombo is not the best resort in SL by a long way! but is convenient got the airport if you want somewhere for a few days.

A rich experince, full of contrast

from Bobcat2968
Our ten day stay at Browns Beach in Oct/Nov 05 was our first experience of Sri Lanka and was a rich and momorable holiday for many reasons, I have just tried to list a few in the following text.

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 days

from linwil
myself, husband and grandson stayed in the browns beach and had a fantastic time. this was our fourth visit, and have booked again for next year. eating out, coconut primitive, best food in negombo.

excellent staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
have just arrived home from this holiday, first time on a long flight. the staff made the holiday, the girls who work on the terrace could not have been more helpful. Drink the lion beer, or the vodka and lime soda. the local drinks are fine and did not smell any diffrent or taste strange. we were all inclusive but when we went away from the hotel to see Sri Lankas sights we eat at restruants recommended by the guide and paid no more than 350 rupees a meal with drinks.

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.

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  • Address: 175 Lewis Pl - Negombo - Sri Lanka
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