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19 Of The Very Best Hostels & Hotels In Hiriketiya, Sri Lanka

Hiriketiya, a charming coastal village nestled on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is gaining popularity among travellers and digital nomads seeking an ideal mix of tranquillity and excitement.

From its unspoiled beaches to the lively local culture, Hiriketiya provides a unique experience that is good for the soul.

If you’re considering a trip to this coastal gem, then selecting the right accommodation is vital for getting the most out of your experience.

Whether you’re searching for a luxurious retreat or more budget-friendly options, the variety of hotels in Hiriketiya caters to all preferences and wallet sizes. 

In this guide, we’ll explore the top hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya, designed to suit various budgets, tastes and group sizes, ensuring your stay is truly memorable.

So what are the best hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya? Read on below to find out.

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Dots Bay House

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $30+

Dots Bay House has to be the most popular place in Hiriketiya. 

Not only is it one of the best hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya. It also has a co-working space, one of the top cafes in town and also is THE party spot in Hiriketiya every Tuesday and Friday night. 

When it comes to rooms on offer, you can find spacious private rooms that accommodate up to 3 people. 

The best thing about Dots has to be their unique dorm room accommodation. You won’t find any bunk beds here. 

The dorm accommodates up to 9 people, and each person gets their own “mini” room, which offers some privacy that you might just not be used to as a backpacker staying in dorms.  

The property also offers yoga sessions and has a large pool which is a great place to meet other travellers and also some of the local wildlife. 

This is one of the best places to stay in Hiriketiya, so be quick to book otherwise you’ll miss out!

Clics Co-living

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $15+

Clics Co-living and Co-working is an intimate space set in a tranquil garden behind the backwaters of Hiriketiya Beach. 

The property has only two 4-bed dorm rooms and one double private room which boasts a calming and private atmosphere. 

At Clics you will also find a co-working space with some of the fastest Wi-Fi in Hiriketya as well as a communal kitchen and a small cafe for those all-important iced-coffes. 

They also host community events to support the networking of digital nomads. 

If you’re looking for some super chilled accommodation in Hiriketiya that still has a community feel then Clics Co-living is the place to book.

Verse Collective

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $20+

Verse Collective can be found in the neighbouring Dickwella Beach which is just a 5-10 minute walk from Hiriketiya. 

Verse isn’t just one of the best hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya. It also has an awesome cafe, co-working facilities and even its own shop, tattoo studio and mini skate park. 

When it comes to rooms you can pick from fully serviceable 1-bedroom apartments for those looking for a longer stay, double private rooms and also a dorm option. 

Much like Dots Bay house, you won’t find bunkbeds here but a mini studio-style room with a single bed.

La Playa

⭐Star Rating: 4
💰Average Price per Night: $200+

La Playa has to be one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Hiriketya. 

For that, you will have to pay a slightly more expensive price tag, but if you can afford it, it’s oh-so worth it. 

The property has just 3 spacious beautifully designed rooms all with large double beds. So the ideal place for couples, or best friends who don’t mind sharing. 

Each room looks out over Hiriketiya Bay so you can wake up to the sounds of the ocean every morning. 

Below the balconies, you will last find La Playa Beach Bar, one of the coolest bars in town, complete with sun-loungers, an infinity pool and a pizza menu that will leave your mouth watering.

Barefoot Backpackers

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $18+

When it comes to location Barefoot Backpackers wins the top spot.

Located directly on the beach (with some rooms even boasting ocean views). Barefoot is a small hostel that promotes a social atmosphere.

Throughout the high season, they even organise group activities such as social dinners and beach volleyball tournaments.

If you’re after the vibe, but would prefer a private room, Barefoot has you covered.

Salty Pelican 

⭐Star Rating: 4
💰Average Price per Night: $150+

Salty Pelican certainly isn’t one of the cheapest hotels in Hiriketiya but if you are after a yoga and surf holiday then it’s one of the most convenient options in town. 

The property offers either double rooms or bunk beds in 8-bed dorm rooms. 

Onsite you can find a luxurious pool, a bar, a hot tub, a restaurant and a yoga shala space. 

You can also find a spa here which is perfect for unwinding after a hard day of surfing and yoga. 

Plus, it’s perfectly placed in between both Hiriketiya and Dickwella beaches. 

Jasper House

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $110+

Situated in a field full of lush green palm trees Jasper House will leave you feeling like you are miles away from the hustle of bustle, when in fact you’re just a short walk from Hiritkeya Beach and all its amazing bars and restaurants. 

Jasper House offers private rooms that accommodate up to 3 people with both ocean and palm tree views. 

You can also find an onsite restaurant, a large swimming pool and a communal kitchen and lounge area. 

Top that off each booking comes with a free breakfast and a free bicycle. 

Sam and Lola’s

⭐Star Rating: 4
💰Average Price per Night: $200+

Travelling to Hiritketiya for your honeymoon or plan on proposing? 

Then Sam and Lola’s is one of the best places to stay in Hiriketiya.

Sam and Lola offer just two 1-bedroom villas perfect for a romantic getaway. 

Set amid a private tropical garden, each villa is beautifully designed including features that have been handcrafted by local carpenters. 

Both villas come equipped with an exclusive outdoor plunge pool, a king-sized bed air-conditioning an outdoor shower and an en-suite bathroom, along with a mini kitchenette.

Sam and Lola’s is also conveniently located between both Hiriketiya and Dickwella beaches, so you are never too far from the ocean, although you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the private plunge pool.

House on the Bend

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $60+

House on the Bend is a great value hotel in Hiriketiya. 

For that reason, a house on the bend is more of a no-thrills but a comfortable option with a delicious traditional breakfast included in the price. 

Rooms are spacious and can accommodate up to 3 people. 

Each room comes equipped with a kitchenette which includes a mini-fridge, oven, and a kettle. 

It’s just 500m from Hiriketiya Beach, and if you don’t fancy the walk you can rent bikes from the hotel.

Golden Ocean House

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $20+

Golden Ocean House has some of the best reviews in Hiriketiya. 

Not only is the property beautiful, with ample facilities but you’ll also find some of the cheapest private rooms in Hiriketiya here (even cheaper than some of the hostel dorm rooms in town). 

Each unit comes with a cosy seating area, a private bathroom and a garden view. 

Golden Ocean House is a family-run business whose owners take pride in providing top-notch service to all guests, ensuring that you feel right at home! 

It’s also just a short 3-minute walk to the beach.

Salt House

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $100+

Salt House isn’t just one of the best hotels in Hiriketiya, it’s also one of the most popular yoga spots in town. 

Salt House boats an intimate setting, home to just 1 apartment, 6 private rooms and 1 4-bed dorm room. 

You can also find a relaxing pool, a bar a restaurant a library as well as a rooftop yoga studio which is free for guests to use! 

Salt House is the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations and holistic offerings, making it a top spot for some RnR in Hiriketiya.

Mond

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $125+

Mond is a Swiss-inspired boutique hotel, situated at the top of a hill, which means you’ll be treated to some of the most awesome ocean views. 

Each room comes with a queen-size bed, a private terrace with a view of the Indian Ocean, and an open bathroom with rainshower and natural homemade bath products. 

In addition to all of this, Mond also just so happens to be one of the best cafes in town, so you’ll have delicious coffee and even better food right on your doorstep.

I’d say that the only catch to Mond is that there is a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights.

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Taboo

⭐Star Rating: 3
💰Average Price per Night: $100+

If you’re looking for a boutique room with a view (with less of a price tag) then Taboo is one of the best places to stay in Hirikietiya.

The rooms at Taboo are spacious and meticulously designed with minimalist bohemian interiors. 

In addition to its stunning interiors, they also have an epic roof terrace which doubles up as the ultimate ocean and sunset viewing platform. 

You can also find an onsite restaurant and bar.

The Lost Hostels

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $15+

Solo backpacking? Then The Lost Hostels is for you. 

The Lost Hostels provide a laid-back, homey ambience, promising facilities that are in top-notch condition and a secure and safe stay. 

Here you can book either 8-bed or 4-bed dorm options and you can find an open kitchen complimentary Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, inviting communal areas, plus lots more.

If you’re looking for the opportunity to connect with new people, share stories and immerse yourself in different cultures, then The Lost Hostels is one of the best places to stay in Hiriketiya.  

Surf Home Stay

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $25+

Surf Home Stay is one of the most affordable private accommodations in Hiriketiya. 

Rooms can accommodate up to 3 people and offer either stunning ocean or mountain views (whichever you pick, you’re in for a treat). 

Each room comes equipped with a desk and private bathrooms, and some even feature their patio. 

The best bit about Surf Home Stay? It comes complete with its private bit of beach and a sun terrace.

Voulez-Vous

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $20+

Voulez-Vous is a co-living and co-working accommodation located on Dickwella Beach which offers both private and cosy dormitory accommodation. 

The property is located just seconds from the best sunset beach in Hiriketiya and its onsite restaurant and bar boast some scrumptious options. 

If you’re looking for a chilled and laid-back place to work then Voulez-Vous just might be the option for you!

Chill Vibes Hostel

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $15+

Chill Vibes Hostel is the newest addition to the hostel scene in Hiriketiya set just 500 metres from Hiriketiya Beach.

At Chill Vibes you can find both spacious and clean private and dorm room options. 

Dorms sleep up to 10 people and they even offer a female-only option for those who prefer. 

The property is set amid a peaceful garden so really is a great place to stay if you’re looking for some “chill” time.

Belika Beach House

⭐Star Rating: 4
💰Average Price per Night: $135+

Belika Beach House looks more like a Barbie dream house than it does a hotel. 

This pretty pink hotel has only 3 rooms to ensure a calm and intimate experience for its guests. 

Aside from the basics, each room comes equipped with its own sea-view terrace and lounge area. 

The hotel also boasts a large pool, a small private beach and an onsite restaurant serving up delicious French cuisine. 

If you’re looking for a unique place to stay in Hiriketiya then Belika Beach House might just be the one.

Wilson’s Place

⭐Star Rating: 2
💰Average Price per Night: $35+

Another great budget option can be found in the form of Wilson’s Place

Rooms are beautifully decorated with a traditional Sri Lankan, boutique style and without the hefty price tag that comes with a lot of the boutique hotels in Hiriketiya. 

Wilsons Place is also set in a vibrant garden surrounded by palm trees, perfect for those who want to be in nature and get an up-close view of some of the mischievous monkeys in the area. 

Rooms come equipped with fans and mini-fridges and some a private terrace.

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To sum up, Hiriketiya offers a wide variety of accommodations to meet the preferences and budgets of every traveller. 

Whether you’re looking for the luxury of a high-end resort, the charm of a boutique hotel, or the friendly atmosphere of an affordable hostel, Hiriketiya has something to suit everyone.

I hope this post has helped you narrow down your choice of hostels and hotels in Hiriketiya. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Christina,

    I loved your review of Hiriketiya and I wanted to reach out to you for some advice given that this is quite a recent article you published. We’re looking to go to Sri Lanka in April and I’ve been researching a number of places to stay in Hiri and I wanted to get your thoughts on two places in particular that you’ve reviewed. I’ve made a temporary booking at both Mond and at Jasper House. We’re going to be going with our two girls aged 13 and 10 and my parents who are in their 70s! I was edging towards going ahead with Mond but I see that you’ve given Jasper House a higher rating. Do you think that may just be better? I think Mond is on a hill and my dad may struggle a little unless we take tuk-tuks… so I’d be grateful for any advice you have when you compare the two. Jasper House didn’t seem to be rated that highly on Booking but perhaps it’s not an accurate review and you may know more.

    Thank you so much for any insights you may have.
    All the best,
    Ravini

    1. Hi Ravini,

      I hope you are well, thanks for reaching out.

      I think Mond is a stunning spot and I would 100% choose that over Jasper, however, you are correct regarding the hill. Also, their cafe and restaurant is up a set of steep-ish stairs. However, if you are happy to get tuk-tuks and your father would be ok climbing up a small set of stairs then it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

      Also, the Jasper house rating is meant to be a 3 (that is a typo from me so thank you for flagging) These are also ratings that I have found online, and not my personal ones.

      Hope this helps!

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