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Green Grass Hotel & Restaurant
Green Grass Hotel & Restaurant is located in Jaffna, a 15-minute drive from Jaffna City. It offers an outdoor pool with a pool-side bar. Besides pool tables, it also has 24-hour room service and free parking...
Offering a restaurant, treatooojaffna is located in Jaffna. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a hot tub. There is also a microwave...
Taprospa Palm Leaves
Featuring an outdoor pool and a garden, Taprospa Palm Leaves offers simple accommodation in the centre of Jaffna. The property is a 15-minute walk from the Jaffna Fort and the Jaffna Public Library...
Shell Coast Resort
Welcoming guests with an outdoor swimming pool and stylish guestrooms, Shell Coast Resort is situated in Mannar. This private resort also features an on-site restaurant. Rooms are elegant and fitted with rustic Sri Lankan-style furnishings...
Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Pj Hotels is located in Jaffna. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a minibar. There is a full kitchen with an electric kettle and a dining table...
Jaffna has some stunning architecture, but much of it was destroyed in the war and replaced with modern structures. Sherine Xavier started Manattrii to showcase and preserve traditional Jaffna architecture...
Theresa Inn is a simple place that puts its energies in all the right places: rooms are super-clean and fresh, bathrooms have hot water and window screens, and the family running the place is welcoming and can help you set up anything from meals and t...
Baobab Guest House
Mannar Island & Around
An exceedingly clean and organised place, Baobab has a comfy living room, kitchen and dining room that guests can use (a grocery store is across the street), and traditional red-oxide floors and window screens – screens! – throughout.
The owners will nudge you over to the (more expensive) New Bastian, but the basic, presentably clean fan rooms here have some quiet personality, and the restaurant serves some seriously good food. The bar , on the other hand, looks a bit sketchy.
The Blue Haven’s rooms are not the best-maintained or -managed in the world, but they’re big and newish and have air-con and hot water. The hotel’s also worth considering for the pool and free wi-fi.
The hotel has functional, albeit musty rooms.
Among the most well decorated in town, the seven rooms in this pretty, rambling, yellow-and-white colonial house are done in dark woods and yellow ochres, with gleaming bathrooms (with hot water), air-con and, in some rooms, balconies...
This stunning 19th-century colonial manor house in landscaped gardens has beautifully presented accommodation, most with open-air bathrooms. Perhaps a little overpriced, it's nonetheless worth a splurge; the restaurant has great local and Western food...
Rooms here have some personality, eg lime-green walls, but they’re worn for the price. Still, they’re in a pretty building surrounding a pool and gardens, and the hotel has an excellent bar-restaurant, free wi-fi and a Colombo bus service...
The neat twin rooms here share big, bright bathrooms, set between pairs of rooms. There’s a pleasant lounge, a library of books in German and an eye-opening map of the Jaffna district’s many minefields.
This four-room getaway is in a quiet garden of chirruping caged birds. The basic rooms share bathrooms and are cheap but well looked after. High ceilings in the two air-con rooms make the extra expense seem wasted. Food is available by advance order.
Hotel Nelly Star
Snazzy architecture and pastel paint make Nelly Star seem a step above Vavuniya’s other options, but it has severe attitude problems. Standard rooms don’t live up to expectations but are the best in town...
The Swarkka has somewhat ordinary rooms with no hot water and a noisy temple across the street (visit at 5pm for puja ). But the family running the place is so friendly that you’ll feel right at home, and rooms are clean and have nets...
Lux Etoiles wins the award for the most tightly tucked-in sheets in Jaffna. And maybe the cleanest rooms also...
Mannar Red Rest
Mannar Island & Around
Run by the Red Cross to subsidise its humanitarian work and provide local jobs, Red Rest is an excellent deal, with cute, simple rooms that have nets...
Mc Guest House
Families might consider renting this fairly lovable house with two twin bedrooms (one with air-con, both with bathrooms), basic kitchen and big, if somewhat sparse, sitting room. Keys are available from the nearby Music Centre.
With wood-beam ceilings, fresh white walls, antique four-posters with mosquito nets, little windowsills with seashells on them, stylish mirrors and a guest list that includes Angelina Jolie, this four-room place has far more character than Jaffna’s ot...
New Bastian Hotel
Entered from beneath a pretty vine trellis, the New Bastian is a favourite of NGO types – and was a favourite throughout the war too: the owners describe it as a Hotel Rwanda–style safe space during the worst fighting...