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Panama Road, Arugam Bay 32500 Sri Lanka
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#58 of 153 Speciality lodging in Arugam Bay
The old fashioned YMCA has always been different: we were known as the Young Mixed Community of Arugam Bay (Y.M.C.A). However. Since local Muslim leaders took our building over, we now have NO MORE CONNECTION or control over the original YMCA. Instead, we now have a new, small, but fully air-conditioned budget hostel. Right on the famous beach front of Arugam's Surf Point. We now can sleep 20 travelers in a variety of 4 separate a/c rooms. All with attached bath / shower rooms and toilets. In addition there are very low budget cabanas, tipi tents and hammocks. The strong point has shown to be a unique blend of International travelers, meeting up in the tropical garden of our "ARUGAM HOSTEL." To chat, sing, dance and prepare common meals in our free open air kitchen. DO NOT CONFUSE THE NEW "ARUGAM HOSTEL" with the other one next the "Subbay"!
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Panama Road, Arugam Bay 32500 Sri Lanka
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mikegriffin16 wrote a review Sep 2017
Cusco, Peru24 contributions10 helpful votes
I ended up staying at the hostel for 2 weeks bc the hostel was great for the price and the staff/owners were extremely friendly and helpful. One of the owners let us rent his own tuk tuk to drive ourselves to the various beaches with our rented surfboards. The hostel itself is in a perfect location on the main strip within a short walk to all restaurants/shops and 2 good places to surf. It's also conveniently located directly across the street from the bottle shop to get cheap beers at and the hostel has a nice outside area for all the guests to have drinks and hang out in before all heading to whatever party is on that night. I ended up getting a pretty nasty infection in my leg and one of the other owners offered to let me stay at his place with him in Colombo for free and helped make sure I had food and arranged for me to see a better doctor and took care of me til I was ok. Def going far beyond their call of duty to take great care of their guests. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Arugam, General Manager at Arugam Hostel
Responded 7 Sep 2017
Wow! Now if that is not a glowingly nice review - we don't know what could be! Thanks for the flowers. One thing you missed or maybe did not notice: There is a bottle shop opposite, true. But the Hostel is also part of a 100% legal and fully licensed Beer & wine outlet / bar. As such, we offer to all Hostel 'inmates' the same, if not better rates for beers as across the road. Benefit: All day, All night. And the cheapest import beer on the island (Rs./ 60 cheaper than any shop = San Miquel) and Lion Lager is the same: Rs./ 400, etc. Hope your leg got better? Our mini son (2 years) had both his feet infected. Could not walk....but 100% OK now.
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Liam C wrote a review Apr 2017
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Wow, what an amazing experience. I stayed here for a week and the staff were so friendly and courteous. They went above and beyond to make sure that you were having a fantastic time. It's a great location, super close to the beach and many bars and restaurants. I would recommend that everyone stay here when coming to Arugam Bay; you will not be disappointed. The rooms have a terrific A/C and are clean and comfortable. The surfing here is unmatched to anything else in Sri Lanka, 10/10 thanks again Arugam Bay Hostel!
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Arugam, General Manager at Arugam Hostel
Responded 7 Sep 2017
We are speechless! What a nice review. Thanks a Million & do come again!
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FredNeMiller wrote a review Sep 2016
19 contributions11 helpful votes
Awesome location. Great bunch of travelers. Pub upstairs. Super market opposite. Air con and clean rooms. Low rates. Direct on the beach. Perfect! Best place in AbaY for sure. If not on the entire island.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Arugam, General Manager at Arugam Hostel
Responded 7 Sep 2017
Great! Thanks for your nice review. We are Happy - when we see that you were.
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Dani A wrote a review Sep 2016
16 contributions6 helpful votes
Great stay and vibe! The duty manager Mel was awesome and always went above and beyond. I stayed in the dorm for 3 nights at 1000 rupees and the bonus was that it's close to the beach.. The air-con in the dorms was always pumping and a lovely relief from the humid weather. The wifi wasn't that great as kept dropping out probably because of the number of people and there was not enough powerpoints to charge stuff. There's a bar across the road that you can buy take away beers which was a winner.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Arugam, General Manager at Arugam Hostel
Responded 7 Sep 2017
New WiFi ! Now we have the very first Fibre Optic cable in the entire area - direct into the hotel & Hostel. Super speeds and reliable, too. Plus: A cheap in house bottle shop. Fully LEGAL and licensed, too. Same or even better prices than across the road! Plus longer opening hours.....
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susanne r wrote a review Sep 2016
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I stayed in the hostel almost 3 weeks and I had such an amzing time. The people and the staff is just lovely. The Hostel is close to the beach and the surf spots. Thank you guys for that amazing time. I will come back for sure :)
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Arugam, General Manager at Arugam Hostel
Responded 17 Sep 2016
It's YOU - and other great travelers like YOU, Suzanne ! Who create such "Great Vibes" in our New Arugam Hostel. We only provide the basics. Rooms & a nice location. So those Thanks go to YOU !
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arugam Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Arugam Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Arugam Bay (0.1 km), Rice & Carry Bags Shop (0.04 km), and Isthuthi Craft & Gift (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arugam Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Arugam Hostel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Arugam Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Arugam Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arugam Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arugambays Hello Burger Place, Better Taste, and Maleena Arugambay Italian Restaurant.
Does Arugam Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Arugam Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Arugam Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Is Arugam Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.