Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

16 Mar 2016

Wonderful seafood platter tonight crab tiger prawn tuna squid beautifully cooked 2nd visit this week definitely recommend. Good price too. Alcohol well priced too Sri Lankan gin ok try rockland. Too full for dessert so can't comment on them.

16 Mar 2016

Stayed here for two nights. Our room was across the road from the main hotel (with the restaurant and pool).

This was the most expensive place ($70 per night) we stayed on a 2 week trip and the only one we were disappointed with. In particular:

- Whilst the room was big, it was quite dark and not very clean.
-Although the website promises good views/balconies, the view from our room was rather uninspiring (see photo)
-The bathroom was quite scruffy ("rustic") and the shower didn't drain properly
-The fan was hanging precariously from the ceiling
-There was only one plug in the room

The rest was reasonably ok but on the whole found the experience poor value for money. Not sure what the rooms in the main part of the hotel are like though, but just be warned!

16 Mar 2016

The atmosphere was pleasing. We were in the separate bungalow with friends. The foods was not tasty all three meals we had. 05 rooms had only two washrooms to share and it was a bit awkward. The Rooms were full of mosquitoes, even though the hotel gave mosquito repellents and vaporizers.

Room Tip: Best to avoid the old bungalow.
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16 Mar 2016

I have thought a lot about whether this deserves 4 or 5 stars - in the end 5 stars.
We requested cinnamon suite and were given Dumas - as we arrived in 38degree heat we were grateful as the Dumas has aircon! Our friends stayed in the deluxe araliya which was also lovely - although request no one to have breakfast outside your door if you want a lie-In!
Food was excellent. Breakfast 1200 rupees for the full monty. Dinner - set with 2 or 3 choices and 3 courses was excellent for 3500 rupees. ( plus taxes of course!).
Lovely lit location over the garden and pool.
The pool and garden are beautiful and you are able to use the larger pool of the Dutch house opposite.
Tuktuk in to Galle 200 rupees. Or a 15 minute walk - downhill going in, uphill coming home.
Bar was excellent - cocktails about 1000 and beer 350 rupees.
I mention all these as you can't find that information anywhere else.
Free good wifi,
All in all a great first 2 night stop for our trip.

Room Tip: Dumas and araliya both very good.
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17 Mar 2016

Initially very impressed with the first impressions of Thambapanni- private, jungle gardens with lovely pool. However, after discussions with the reception desk regarding our room, we felt the service was not as helpful as it could've been. The room was lovely, very comfy bed with mosquito nets and nice balcony but as the reviewer below said, view wasn't particularly interesting, just the top of trees. Bathroom was nice but is on the edge of becoming a bit scruffy, toiletries also disappointing for such a 'luxury' establishment - bottles didn't match and was only shampoo and body lotion- small thing but I find its these little touches which make a big difference and can be easily changed. Our stay overall was great, pool was lovely and we could always get a sunbed, we also did the yoga which was great. Upon leaving we found the front reception to be again quite rude, defiant and not thankful for our custom. We felt annoyed that we'd paid a lot of money to stay there but the interaction with front desk woman wasn't particularly warm.

17 Mar 2016

Nice hotel with a great pool. Very crowded as it is close to the National Park. You can sit outside your bungalow for a drink but watch up for the mosquitos. Nice big rooms. Friendly personal. Serving buffe dinner and breakfast. Wi if in the reception

17 Mar 2016

Мы отдыхали в Unawatuna Apartments 5 дней в январе 2016 года. Нас - трое, двое взрослых и шестилетний ребенок. Впечатления от дней, проведенных в Unawatuna Apartments, исключительно положительные. Аргументы:
1. Шри-Ланка - остров, который населяют добрые, милые люди, любящие свою страну, сохраняющие свои традиции и очень уважительно относящиеся к туристам и к их пожеланиям. Здесь много солнца, ароматов, фруктов. Поэтому при всем многообразии выбора сюда хочется возвращаться еще и еще раз.
2. Унаватуна - душевный курортный городок. Великолепная бухта, в которой комфортно купаться неумехам и детям, теплая вода, милый песочек делают это место привлекательным для пляжного отдыха. Гуляя по Унаватуне и ее окрестностям, мы встречали диких обезьян, варанов, павлинов, красивых птиц, названия которых нам неизвестны, проч. живность. С балкона второго этажа наблюдали за бурундуками и птичками. Из Унаватуны можно съездить в национальный парк Яла, на черепаховую ферму или посетить другие интересные места. То есть, отдых можно сделать очень насыщенным и интересным.
3. Собственно сам дом Unawatuna Apartments. Видимо, этому фактору надо было присваивать по приоритетности первое место. Но уж, следуя логике, начала излагать "от общего - к частному", так в том же ключе и продолжу. Так вот дом - это сказка. В нем каким-то неведомым образом сочетаются и комфортабельность, соответствующая требованиям современного человека к быту, и "шри-ланкийская" аутентичность. Мы жили на втором этаже в Garden View Apartment. Бронировали через сайт Апартаменты даже лучше, чем выглядят на фото и видео, размещенных на указанном сайте: комнаты, балконы, кухня по факту оказались более просторными, чем мы ожидали. Особым образом следует отметить великолепное расположение дома. Дом находится очень близко к пляжу, к самой спокойной и мелкой части бухты. Дом располагается в тропическом саду с пальмами, цветами и прочей буйной растительностью. Дом стоит поодаль от дороги, по которой ездит транспорт. Благодаря саду и удаленности от дороги, проживающие в доме избавлены от нежелательного шума. Удаленность от дороги не осложняет логистику: автомобили, тук-туки при необходимости могут подъехать к дому.
4. Хозяева - интеллигентные люди, которые обеспечили очень деликатное общение и организовали удобное проживание в Unawatuna Apartments. Спасибо вам огромное, уважаемые хозяева. Кстати, с помощью хозяев дома мы заказывали такси из Унаватуны в Негомбо. Трансфер обошелся нам на 25-30% дешевле, чем альтернативные предложения по тому же маршруту.
5. Цена. Не могу сказать, что очень тщательно отмониторила рынок. Но из тех вариантов, которые соответствовали нашим требованиям, у Unawatuna Apartments было самое хорошее соотношение цена/качество.

17 Mar 2016

Beautiful garden and pool, very friendly staff, immaculate and stylish rooms and lovely breakfast!
Dinner was slightly odd (a bit like a Chinese takeaway). There are insects around, bring repellents!
Overall had a lovely stay and wanted to stay longer!

17 Mar 2016

We stayed here with our two young children in February and it was such a beautiful setting and perfect end to a magical two weeks in Sri Lanka. The staff are so welcoming and generous. The pool is divine, perfect for cooling off, doing laps or just simply watching the sun go down. The beds and rooms are complete luxury and the beach is beautiful, we had lovely romantic walks and adventures in the dark watching a turtle lay eggs. The food is probably the most delicious food I ate in Sri Lanka, beautiful, traditional cuisine and also western food available for the children. Highly recommend for couples, friends, families, looking for some serious rest & relaxation.

Room Tip: Explain what you need and the hosts will be able to recommend the best room.
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17 Mar 2016

Our daughter came here last year and suggested it to us. We arrived plus our friends. We had a deluxe room, Hibiscus which was delightful although the bathroom left something to be desired. Although it says in the website the bathrooms are new it is in fact some 15 years since they were updated and they need it now if this is to continue to be a deluxe boutique hotel. The bathroom being outside wasn't great as there were quite a lot of mosquitos. Good a/c and a spacious and quiet room. Our friends had the smallest standard room which they were a bit disappointed with.

The whole place is quirky and colonial and delightful but as others have said it is a little tired and although the main rooms are fine, the bedrooms/bathrooms need some attention.

The food was excellent and some of the best we had had in Sri Lanka and the staff were utterly charming, delightful and efficient, nothing was too much trouble, again, some of the best service we had in Sri Lanka. Cocktails at Dick's bar - Arak sour, passionfruit cocktail, all superbly done.

The pool is small, but we were able to use the one at the Dutch house which is larger.
It is very convenient for Galle and a 15 min walk gets you to the Fort or a Tuktuk is always available.

We enjoyed our stay enormously but if it is to continue, it does need some TLC and upgrading.

18 Mar 2016

Elysium is one of the most beautiful villas on the Galle coastline and combined with the most helpful, attentive and discreet staff it makes for a perfect stay. The rooms are large and well decorated, the pool is vast and the food is some of the best I have had in Sri Lanka (which is saying something). The facilities are fantastic but it is the staff which made it unforgettable - we thoroughly recommend and will be back!

18 Mar 2016

We had 3 peaceful nights at Ceilao Villas, which is set down a little lane off Jawatta Road in a quiet area of otherwise hectic Colombo. Our room was large, very clean and the bed firm & with quality linen.

We decided at checkin to have breakfast at the hotel. It was a good decision - the food was delicious and when had a look around after checkin there was not a lot of other choices nearby. Daily choice of Sri Lankan or Western breakfast, with each starting with fresh fruit & ending with "curd and treacle". Whilst curry may not be everyones idea of starting the day, we did it most days during our 3 week stay in SL. We also ordered a couple of room service meals/snacks & the food was very tasty each time.

We loved our stay here, and despite the lack of food options nearby, we liked the location. Being set back of the road a bit we found it very peaceful staying here. After a day out, the cabanas near the pool area are nice to relax in, and there is also a sitting area and a 'book corner' on the first floor if it is raining.

Came across Kaema Sutra Restaurant in the Arcade Independence Square, about 10 mins walk each way from Ceilao. Highly recommend it, we made return visit and wished we had been staying longer to go again - try the fish curry with pepper, yum! There are some restaurants in the other direction (also about 10-15 mins walk each way) but we didn't try them. If you don't want to walk, the tuk tuk's are cheap and plentiful, or the hotel's food is pretty good.

All the staff we dealt with at Ceilao Villas were extremely helpful and friendly, including arranging for a tuk tuk driver to buy 'at cost' some items not available on the hotel menu.

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