TV Times

BBH:Grand ole lady of Negombo
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo is this week’s feature in the TV Times - Aitken Spence Travel Quiz. This Travel competition now stepped in to the sixth week, exclusively in the TV Times. Triton, Neptune, Earl’s Regency, Kandalama and Tea Factory Hotels were featured during the past weeks.

TV Times & Entertainment in collaboration with Aitken Spence Hotels bring this exciting weekly Travel Competition specially for the readers of TV Times. All you have to do is to answer the simple question on the coupon given below. Each week TV Times will feature an Aitken Spence Hotel and the question will be based on the particular hotel feature.

The duly answered coupon should be pasted on a post card and should be sent to TV Times - Aitken Spence Travel Quiz No.6, C/o TV Times, No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road , Colombo 2. The entries for the fifth Travel Quiz will be closed September 27. The post cards should reach us on or before this date.

The lucky winner will get a gift voucher from the Aitken Spence Hotels. This voucher enables the winner to dine at any of the Aitken Spence Hotels at any time with a partner of his or her choice. After eight weeks run on the first round, the grand winner will get an weekend package for two to be spent on any of the Aitken Spence Hotels.

The lucky winner of the fourth Travel Quiz (Kandalama) is Kuraishini Herath of Ceytea Factory, Agrapathana. Congrats Kuraishini Herath . Aitken Spence head office will get in touch with you soon.

Not only overseas visitors, but Sri Lankans too, always link Negombo with its grand lady ‘Browns Beach Hotel’. When it comes to Negombo, the Browns is the flagship hotel.

Browns Beach Hotel started three decades ago to cater to the beach loving tourist flow in the seventies. Though the concept in Sri Lankan Tourism has changed after 30 years to the Culture, Nature and Wilderness, the demand for Sun, Sand Sea, has not changed.

Originally owned by Brown & Co., the hotel has now come under the umbrella of Aitken Spence Hotel chain. The hotel has 140 air-conditioned rooms with direct sea view frontage, which include four suites, ten villas and 25 beach rooms. The hotel has one Penthouse. All rooms have attached bath or shower, hot/cold water, telephone, radio with balcony or terrace.

“The Beach has become very small due to the sea erosion in late eighties, but the authorities had done a good job by creating this artificial beach. There is no beach boys menace and the visitors can enjoy their holiday to the maximum”, said Felix Rodrigo, the Director General Manager of the Hotel.

The most significant place in the hotel is Sun Set Night Club which is one of the oldest night clubs in Sri Lanka. The hotel has two restaurants ‘Orchid’ and ‘Carnation’ offering guests a set menu, buffet, and a-la carte menus. The menus of the hotel is always filled with the mouthwatering seafood delights straight from the famous Negombo lagoon.

According to the Executive Chef Thuresh Weeraratne, the man behind the cuisine carnival at the hotel, there are theme nights spread throughout the week. Lobster Night, Prawn Night, Bon Fire Night, Sri Lankan Night, BBQ Night and Around the World are some of the theme nights come alive at the hotel.

“Sri Lankan Night is very popular amongst locals as well as foreigners and our Sunday Buffet is one of the best and most popular in the region”, said Chef Shirley, who is in charge of the pastry section.

Sports and Leisure activities include Outdoor Swimming at the Mini Olympic Style Pool, Floodlit Tennis Court, Indoor Games, Boating, two Squash Courts, Table Tennis, number of Water Sports and Beach Volley ball. There is a special section for kiddies at the swimming pool area.

Poolside Bar and Beach Bar, Karaoke Bar, Night Club, 24-Hour Laundry and Room Service, Beauty Salon, Conference and Banquet Facilities, Shopping Arcade, Kiddies Corner, Health Club with Sauna and Massage are some of the other attractions at the hotel.

The large Jasmine Conference hall and the Orchid Banquet hall caters to the large scale conferences and meetings, which Sri Lanka is now gaining popularity as a MICE destination.


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