This affordable and chic hotel with a shore view is a modern stay just 30 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, making it ideal for visitors looking for a peaceful retreat from the bustling Colombo.
Frequently considered a transit point between Bandaranaike International Airport and Colombo, Negombo holds its own charm as a little seaside town. Heritance Negombo sits by the shore of the sweeping Browns Beach, a popular spot for both local merrymakers and tourists.
The property runs along main road Lewis Place, on a quieter stretch just around the corner to the busier Porutota Road, known as the backpackers’ belt for its hostels and bars.
Heritance Negombo offers a total of 139 rooms, including four Junior Suites and one Presidential Suite. All rooms come with a private balcony overlooking the sweeping shore of the Laccadive Sea. The interiors are stylishly decorated with modern wooden furnishings and bright colours, reminiscing the hues of a tropical dawn.
Rooms also come with an open-air sink area, and separate toilet and shower areas, which allows for greater privacy and convenience for sharing guests.
I stayed in the Superior Deluxe room, which measures a comfortable 39m². A perk for all guests is one complimentary round from the mini-bar, which stocks two cans of local Lion Lager, a bottle of refreshing ginger ale, chocolate bars and crisps.
For guests who like waking up to a view, the Premium Room comes with a king bed facing the balcony and a view of the magnificent shore.
A total of six F&B outlets can be found in Heritance Negombo. I had breakfast and dinner buffet style at all-day dining restaurant Blue Tart, which offers a wide range of Sri Lankan cuisine, particularly curried dishes and delightful desserts.
A trio of restaurants – including a brunch spot and a bar – are situated right across the street in an open plaza, offering guests the option of a romantic alfresco meal under the stars.
Guests seeking a space to knock back a cold bottle while soaking in sunset views can head to the See Lounge on level two of the main hotel building. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows offer fantastic vistas of the shore and its roaring waves. The bar-style lounge serves canapés and a selection of à la carte dishes, and is the perfect place for a post-exploration wind down.
The hotel stretches one kilometre from end to end, with its main guest facilities, including the lobby and a gym, situated near the middle. Facing the sea is a sprawling swimming pool, dotted with lounging spots across the width of the hotel.
We were warmly greeted by attentive staff who also aided us at every turn, true to fabled Sri Lankan hospitality. Unfortunately, technical assistance fell short when my service request to fix a room leak was not attended to.
Heritance Negombo is ideal for visitors who wish to relax in Negombo before exploring the rest of Sri Lanka. Its comfortable and modern design brings a subtle resort vibe that sets it apart from other beachfront properties in the country.
Number of rooms 139
Rates From US$94.50
Tel: +94 112 308 408