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Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is an ok hotel. Nice, clean rooms, good pool, good location on the beach and the manager was really friendly and helpful if we needed anything. The downside is that it's expensive and you don't really get anything for the money. The breakfast was okej but small, the toilet didn't flush every time, a LOT of ants. Super overpriced!...

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Australia
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Drifters Guest House is a well below standard. We originally booked the beach front hotel on booking.com but after the booking we were emailed and told that there were only rooms available in the guesthouse. We had no option but to take the room as all the other hotels seemed to be booked out online over the New Year period....

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3Thank Carmo79
Nice, France
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The staff is super friendly and the service is great, what ever you need they will help you to get it. The hotel has an excellent situation on the beach near everything. The rooms are not so big but very clean. We stayed in room number 16 in a family room on the backside of the hotel the good thing...

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

The Drifters manager was amazing, fluent english and on top of his service game. They made us feel very at home, they even made special breakfast to accomodate our diet. Rooms were great, wifi and aircon great, can't fault them. We stayed at the non-beachfront rooms? And honestly a 1 minute walk to their beach resort and breakfast spot. Well...

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Thank Harrison D
Westerlo, Belgium
Reviewed 2 January 2017

we had made a booking via booking.com. when we arrived at the property it turned out we weren't staying at the beach side + pool hotel. but at one of their other properties across the road (no beach, no pool). we even talked to the owner and he kept blaming booking.com. the room was advertised in a completely misleading way....

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DriftersHotel, Owner at Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant, responded to this review

I regret the confusion over the rooms. We have just started working with booking.com and it has created problem for us. Unfortunately, booking.com creates its own description of the property and its own room categories and I can only choose among the categories provided. I have previously asked them to include the information about the two buildings in the hotel...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

There are comparable and better places to stay than Drifters (beachside). It was vastly overpriced so we cancelled our room and moved. The place we moved to was half the price and double the quality. We thought the beach further south (10-15 mins walk/ 5 mins tuk-tuk) offered wider sand and more picturesque scenery. I didn't enjoy them making me...

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DriftersHotel, Owner at Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant, responded to this review

I was not at the hotel on the day in question (I usually handle customer relations and complaints personally), so I do not know exactly what happened. But from what my staff tell me, I believe they handled your case fairly. You checked in and used the room for a number of hours before checking out without any room payment....

Bratislava, Slovakia
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

The beach is very clean, close to surfing schools. There is a small shop 100 meters from the hotel and big supermarket about 500 meters. The staff is very friendly and always helpful. We spent here 7 unforgetable days. Hikkaduwa is a top resort. Highly recommend this place. Clean swimming pool is a cherry on the top of the cake....

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1Thank majushka246
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

The Drfters hotel is On the beach, The sercice was excellent and the personal was ver helpfull. Hotell rooms was clean with wonderfull view The fish in the restaurang was really good.. ... Hikkaduwa beach is very long filled with restaurangs. There is a lot of waves for surfers

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1Thank Danis C
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 October 2016

A basic but lovely place to stay. Staff very friendly and great food. Perfect beach front location with amazing views. Rooms are basic but clean.I recommend a visit to the local Rotty shop that's just next door.

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1Thank Londonsurf
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We stayed here and had a wonderful time! Lalith the owner was amazing he really looked after us! His wife is a fabulous cook also. Great location the kids loved the swimming pool ! Would defo come back and recommend this place.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
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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 

Additional Information about Drifters Hotel and Beach Restaurant

Address: 602 Galle Road | Narigama, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Hikkaduwa
Price Range: ₹ 2,441 - ₹ 4,305 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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#4 Romantic Hotel in Hikkaduwa
#8 Family Hotel in Hikkaduwa
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“sea front room, pool view”
timrodrigo, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Sea Front Deluxe room”
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“We got the seaview family room which was great !”
751EmilyF, 24 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are pool facing apart from the 2 ocean fronting rooms.”
309grantr, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Families/groups might feel more comfortable in one of his villas although it would depend on your family/group size.”
hermansonjennifer, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
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