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General Group Booking Terms

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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Explore Hostels Negombo

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

We are the best choice for clean, comfortable, budget accommodation with a chilled out island vibe. The only Ocean front hostel 15 minutes from the airport. Each room is air-conditioned includes only 2 bunk beds with attached bathroom. Free Wifi, Tea, TV, direct beach access and a friendly atmosphere with a chilled out island vibe.

Negombo is located 40 mins away from Colombo city and just 15 mins from the airport by taxi. The hostel is located amidst an authentic fishing village in Negombo. Directly overlooking the fishing boats as they unload the days fresh catch. Explore the Dutch canals, Wildlife and the mangroves,Catamaran rides for a unique local experience. The tourist beach is 10 mins by bicycle, giving you access to bars, restaurants, live music as well as kite surfing, wind surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling.

The hostel consists of mixed dorms, female dorms and a private room. Each air-conditioned dorm includes 2 bunk beds, bed linen, towels, soap, personal fans, reading lamp, electrical outlets and personal lockers. Each room has attached bathroom with hot water and hairdryers. We offer a choice of breakfast (Sri Lankan/ Continental) at the rate of $5. Free wi-fi, Ceylon tea, tv, dvds, books, games are available, also laundry service at a charge. Plenty of indoor/outdoor lounges to relax in. We are a friendly place where like-minded adventurers can meet. Happy to help with your travel needs for the rest of your stay on the island.

Explore Hostels Negombo Policies 7& Conditions:

Check in from 14:00.
Check out before 12:00.

Cancellation policy: 72 h before arrival.
Payment upon arrival by cash.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included - 5 USD per person per day.

No curfew.
We do not accept customers younger than 18 years of age.

Breakfast outdoor/indoor. Local / Continental $5 - TV lounge with international channels - Board Games - Free Tea & Cookies - Bikes for hire (Rs. 500 / day) - Laundry service (Rs. 500) - Kitchen service (Rs. 500 per day) - Special seafood meal service - Airport Drops (Rs. 2,500) - Tour & Excursions (custom arrangements) - Scuba diving custom packages (PADI certification) View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 6.9

  • Security 8.3

  • Location 5.1

  • Staff 8.0

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 7.7

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Jul 2018
    Manager is a legend, great hostel right on the beach. Would definitely stay again!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    27 Apr 2018
    Had a wonderful stay at explore hostel - the owner is a lovely man and very helpful and knowledgable! Close to the airport and next to the beach - would definitely recommend!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    26 Apr 2018
    Lovely hostel with a beautiful view of the see and fishing boats...and the most wonderful of hosts.
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    09 Oct 2018
    Though Explore hostels location is a bit far from the city, it is the most relaxed, clean and well managed place to be in Negombo. Highly recomended for Young travellers.
    Israel, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    19 Jun 2018
    Explore Hostels Negombo is right on the edge of the ocean in an amazing location which was much quieter and more local than we expected. The hostel was really quiet when we stayed in mid-June because it is low season, but the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The Sri Lankan dinner and breakfast were delicious! We'd love to go back again. Thank you!!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    16 Jun 2018
    Great start to our trip, staff were very helpful and made themselves avaliable straight away.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.6


    25 Jul 2018
    I went here when there was nobody at the hostel. Despite this, Sampath made me feel welcome and we had some fantastic conversations over coffee. The rooms were nice and clean, and so were the washrooms. A pleasant stay, overall. :)
    India, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3


    24 Jun 2018
    Stayed here at start of trip around Sri Lanka. Had a really nice experience. Nice outside area and staff are lovely. Really enjoyed the stay. It is a bit of a walk into ‘town’ but it was peaceful
    Australia, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.0


    17 Apr 2018
    Lovely host, very helpful and welcoming! Good for a 1 night airport stopover as we did (30 mins from airport). If you stay here you MUST wake up at dawn - it's so beautiful to watch the sea. But unfortunately the bathroom was a little dirty and there was no door lock. Wasn't anybody else in the common areas when we were there so no real atmosphere.
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 5.1


    08 Jul 2018
    The room and bathroom were really dirty when I was there, as in a visible layer of dirt on everything. They provide all the facilities you could want, but due to the lack of cleanliness and disrepair, I was hesitant to use anything. It is directly opposite the beach and the windows are always open so be ready for mosquitoes. It’s about a 2km walk to any restaurants. It is close to the airport.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's