Top 5 Budget-Friendly yet best hotels in Sri Lanka 2020

Top 5 Budget-Friendly yet best hotels in Sri Lanka 2020

Sri Lanka is currently boasting an enormous amount of growth in the travel sector. With that being said, many people are interested to set their foot on to the travel side of Sri Lanka, therefore, I see a spike in the increasing number of Travel Agents. Also, to meet the standards, hotels are being built everywhere throughout the island from luxury to budget. Don’t believe us? has listed 11,814 properties right now for Sri Lanka and this number is consistently increasing furthermore.

Travelers from all over the world, want the cheapest solution but without compromising on the comfortability factor. Come on, you know that, even though your budget is high, getting the same facilities with a considerably lower rate will gaze your mind.

Therefore, I will be listing out the Top 5 Budget-Friendly but best hotels in Sri Lanka. You can find the 5 hotels that surprised us on behalf of rates as well as in comfortability factor wise. Make sure to follow us, so that you won’t miss out on anything. These hotels are from the top tourist spots in Sri Lanka, providing the best accommodation.

Gregory’s Bungalow – Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is one the crowdest tourist spot and hotels been keeping up their price tag high. It is almost hard to find a cheap hotel in Nuwara Eliya, even if you found one that will be lacking the basic facilities. You would have to compromise on everything.

Gregory Bungalow is a revolutionary hotel that provides you all the facilities which you will find in high-end hotels with just mid-end affordable rates. Gregory brags 3/5 star Trip Advisor review ratings (based on 49 reviews). I have personally been to this hotel and if you are going to book this hotel, that’s a big yes from our side.

Cinnamon Bey- Bentota

Bentota is famous for its water sports and dazzling beach. I recommend Bentota to all of our clients and I haven’t received a single one comment “Oh wow, Bentota is boring”. Bentota has some slick hotels with sea view, and you know this means the price tag of these hotels are more than what you would expect.

What if I tell you, that you can get a 5-star hotel in Bentota just for the rate of a 3-star hotel. Astonished? I am not kidding! Cinnamon Bey breaks other hotel’s booking and reputation with 8.1 ratings on and 4/5 star rating from Trip Advisor. These numbers will tell you everything about this big picture. also listed Cinnamon Bey as the “One of our top picks in Bentota”. Just walk one minute and you will be right away at the beach. You will find spacious rooms, bright light, and a gigantic swimming pool. I would recommend to anyone who is planning to visit Bentota, Sri Lanka.

Ella Mount Heaven – Ella

Hotel accommodation in Ella

Ella has an elevation of 1,041 meters above sea level. This makes it the cool spot for travelers right after Nuwara Eliya. Little Adam’s Peak and Ravana Falls of Ella speaks history for their tourist attraction. Heard of the “Ella Train Journey”? If not, you should be googling this about right after you finish this article.

You really can’t find good cheap hotels in Ella. Even if you did, you will be missing out on the connectivity sector – like free WiFi. After calling 15+ hotels and stay one night in every hotel I have decided the best cheapest budget-friendly hotel at Ella. I have picked Ella Mount Heaven as the cheapest and most comfortable hotel at this rate.

Ella Mount Heaven has 3/5 reviews rating on Trip Advisor and I must say this is the best cheapest option. The raging mountains shooting at you scares you a bit but this looks adventurous and will be there in your mind forever.

I would like to mention that, the only con that I noticed is the food is a little bit cold when it is served. But the hotel was kind enough to provide me with an alternative.

Suriya Resort – Negombo

Negombo is famous for fishing and fishermen. Well, you got one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka – that’s true! Negombo has some budget-friendly hotels, this is one of the most competitive locations to find the best one of the queue of budget-friendly hotels.

For this, I have taken comfort and service that they provide alongside the rates to find the best budget hotel in Negombo. Suriya Resort – a five-star resort from Negombo emerged as the champion. You can expect this hotel to provide you with the top-notch service and customer satisfaction is their motto, we can guarantee this. Currently. Suriya Resort has a price tag that is similar to a 3+ star hotel and you can’t complain about what they offer.

Suriya Resort boasts a 7.4-star rating from (best for that location) and excellent 4 out of 5 stars from Trip Advisor (based on 523 reviews). You should try Suriya Resort if Negombo is on your itinerary.

Cinnamon Citadel – Kandy

Kandy, Sri Lanka is on top when it comes to Cultural Tour itinerary or even a casual one. Cause you should not miss Kandy. Pinnawala Orphanage is always crowded, Temple of the tooth relic is still respected and has travelers coming from all over the world. The fresh air, that blooms your mind can be found at Kandy!

Kandy has high competition and hotels fighting to achieve the best out of the travelers come to Sri Lanka. While hotels like Kandy City Hotel do provide you with the cheapest rate possible, but I found out something that will completely blow your mind.

Cinnamon Citadel from Cinnamon Group of Hotels, is again another hotel from Cinnamon that crushing the market when it comes to comfortability and price segment. I will also recommend Kandy City Hotel, but amenities wise Cinnamon Citadel is the clear winner here.

Cinnamon Citadel has very good reviews on both Trip Advisor as well, 8.1 and 4/5 respectively. also lists out Citadel as “One of our top picks in Kandy”. But make sure to book a lake view room.

Therefore, those were my Top 5 picks for the budget-friendly, but the smartest and the most comfortable hotel that you can find in the price range. And the surprise here is, these hotels won’t exceed $100 per night. Shocking? Well, it is.

Sadurshan Saravana

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

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