"Response to previous warnings about Mambos" Hikkaduwa Warnings Or Dangers Tip by seekthesun
Hikkaduwa Warnings and Dangers: 7 reviews and 1 photos
In my experience most Sri Lankans tell fair prices for their services/goods and are just trying to earn enough money to take home to their family. Of course someone will try to take $10 from you instead of $1 if they have the chance. It will feed their children for a few days. If you are worried about people stealing cigarettes, buy a cheap pack of local ones and to give around freely. You'll lose $5 but make a bunch of new friends! If you are foolish and don't look around a bit before you go shopping, then it's your own fault if you get ripped off. Be a smarter tourist if you are worried about your money.
Mambos is awesome for a party. I went there earlier this year and have been there before. It's not a place to sleep, but who cares when you can party on the beach with new friends 24/7?! Good food at a good price, ok rooms, expensive drinks but good vibe.
Lets not get too romantic though...Contrary to what bluepool has described, the Mambos boys are not a bunch of fun-loving dudes. They can be very scary, aggressive and teritorial about girls, waves and the success of other hotels on the beach. Most have wives and silly girlfriends abroad, but still go after new girls for fun (and perhaps the potential for foreign currency to be sent their way in the off season). The incident reported by bigfunbigtime is not the only incident I have heard of that has occurred. Girls, be wary, the boys there are NOT single. Boys, be wary you don't try to pick up one of 'their' girls.
Go to Mambos for an awesome party, great chill out in the afternoons and decent food. BUT keep a friendly distance from the staff, if not, you will be fooled.