Time Magazine, no less, suggested that Ice Bear was "a hotel where time stands still" and called it "a Merchant Ivory confection of tea and linen." Well, "hotel" might be stretching the point, because stock hotel facilities are irrelevant when considering the success of this charming guest house, where relaxation comes easily. The imaginative budget traveller will love Ice Bear’s simple sense of difference, its little antique flourishes, and its legendary breakfasts on the patio – influenced by Gerry, its Swiss owner – which should guard against any outbreak of lunchtime peckishness. A recent addition to Ice Bear is the Century Café, housed in a refurbished colonial bungalow in the heart of Negombo town. The two bedroom apartment on the upper floor of the café offers an added accommodation option for guests at Ice Bear.