Heritance Negombo, Sri Lanka

This affordable and chic hotel with a shore view is a modern stay just 30 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, ideal for visitors looking to rest before moving on to bustling Colombo.

Rooms
Heritance Negombo runs 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 – a great feature that provides more privacy and convenience for sharing guests.

I stayed in the Superior Deluxe. 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 category comes with a king bed facing the balcony and a view of the magnificent shore.

MICE facilities
The property offers a range of both conventional ballrooms and unique spaces for corporate gatherings. The main banquet hall can accommodate up to 250 pax in cluster seating and is divisible into two, while the two smaller halls can seat 70 and 60 pax each, and can be combined.

Planners should note that the halls are not fitted with built-in AV systems. However, the hotel is able to provide a mobile projector of 3,000 lumens, or bring in an external supplier for a fee. The base rate for a half-day event with snacks is US$35 per pax and US$40 for a full day.

Groups seeking a venue to relax and enjoy a cold bottle against the sunset can book out the See Lounge on level two of the main hotel building. Glass windows frame the room from floor to ceiling, offering a fantastic vista of the shore and its roaring waves. The bar-style lounge can accommodate up to 40 pax and is the perfect location to wind down after a day of meetings.

Other facilities
A total of six F&B outlets can be found in Heritance Negombo. I had breakfast and dinner buffet at the all-day dining restaurant Blue Tart, which offers a wide range of Sri Lankan cuisine, particularly curried dishes and delightful desserts.

Service
We were warmly greeted by attentive staff who aided us at every turn, true to fabled Sri Lankan hospitality. Unfortunately, technical assistance fell short. My room experienced a leak and I requested for service, which did not arrive.

Verdict
Heritance Negombo is ideal for visitors who wish to relax in Negombo before heading out to the rest of Sri Lanka. Its comfortable and modern design brings a subtle resort vibe that is suitable for even serious group meetings.

Number of rooms 139
Contact
Email: hn.ebiz.lk@aitkenspence.lk

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