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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Hi there spent a week there in the front room only two of them with balcony very basic for the price I'm sure you could fond better but my stay was great good breakfast staff ok pick up from airport at 1 am all good

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We reserved the family room only to find out it is located just beside a very busy street. The manager told us the traffic would calm down at midnight! We had to move the next day. Luckely we did not agree to pay before we had stayed one night in the room - otherwise the hotel demands payment for all...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked for my boyfriend and I to stay in an ocean front room in this hotel for the last few nights of what had been a wonderful trip in Sri Lanka. When we arrived after a long drive from Yala National Park, we were asked to pay for the room upfront (£316). This was unusual as no where had...

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

The reason we charge for rooms at checkin (and many smaller hotels do this in Sri Lanka) is because we do not take credit card information (as big hotels do) or any other form of security from guests. Unfortunately not all guests are honest and we have had times when guests disappeared without paying their room and bar bills. Some...

Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed one night with my wife in a seafront room, as we traveled Sri Lanka on our honeymoon. The location and view from the hotel is great, litterally on the beach, but the room was old and did not live up to the standard. Woke up in the middle of the night because the A/C broke down and started pouring...

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

Dear Guest, thank you for your feedback. I can only apologise again here, as I did in person, for the issues with your room, which were remedied (with new refrigerator purchased and AC repaired) the following day. The AC machines are regularly serviced and replaced but the 24/7 usage during the peak season and salty sea air does cause occasional...

Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 18 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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Nice, France
Reviewed 5 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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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 7 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....

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
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 > Hikkaduwa
Price Range: $51 - $112 (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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“We got the seaview family room which was great !”
 of 5 bubbles 751EmilyF, 24 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are pool facing apart from the 2 ocean fronting rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles hermansonjennifer, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Room 18 was great, close to pool, bar, restaurant and beach (all within 10m), and there are two excellent sea view rooms with balconies.”
 of 5 bubbles andywM9369QK, 30 Mar 2016 | Read review
“I liked the upstairs air-con rooms overlooking the pool. Deluxe rooms on the beachfront which are also nice but a little bit more exy.”
 of 5 bubbles 63PeterD, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
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