Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

04 Mar 2016

Fine guesthouse with an old and a new section. The new building had large rooms with large balcony or terrace. The bathroom is superb. I told them to polish the new taps as otherwise the sanitary will deteriorate soon.
I asked for the Sri Lankan breakfast which was great!
The roomdoor has glass, therefore there is light in the room all night.
The family is very friendly and eager to please. If you want something, just ask them.
All in all value for money for the new rooms.

05 Mar 2016

I spent one week in this wonderful hotel with my family and we all were excited not only about the location, beautiful beach, very nice and clean rooms and delicious food but especially about the friendly atmosphere that all staff members create. We got wonderful service from all of them, from guys at reception, our waiter Prasana and others who made our holidays in Thaproban unforgettable :) I would definitely recommend this place!

05 Mar 2016

We spent 2 wonderful weeks here. It is a little familiar hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. Every our special wish was immediately fulfilled and every problem solved with a smile on a face. The hotel offers very relaxed and calm atmosphere, everything is clean and you get fresh flowers in your room. Breakfast is offered at the reception (it was my favorite part of a day!). You can choose a fruit plate or fresh juice, varieties of eggs and porridge or yoghurt or cornflakes. Also bread with butter and jam and coffee and tea is included. There is also a beach restaurant where is lunch and dinner served. Every meal was delicious but if you want to try local cuisine be careful - it is very spicy. The atmosphere of the beach restaurant is unforgettable especially when you're having dinner here - perfect music, delicious food and romantic lights, you want to be here, trust me! Waitress (Prasana) and chefs are professionals. There are also available 4 sunbeds and 6 "fat boys" (chairs) and 2 umbrellas on the beach. The experience with this hotel was just amazing, I would highly recommend!

05 Mar 2016

We stayed here for 8 nights and had booked a deluxe room (not a cabana). The room was excellent and had a really comfortable bed, tea and coffee facilities, fridge, air con and a lovely Jacuzzi bath/ shower in the bathroom.
Although there is only free wi-fi in public areas, we found that as our room was above one of the dining areas we were able to access it in our room on most occasions (room 33).
There is a really pretty pool area, lovely restaurant and in our opinion what makes this hotel really special is the staff. They are all so friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble for them. They work such long hours but always had a smile for us.
The hotel is just off the beach access road and took us about 5-10 mins to walk to the main beach at Unawatuna. The hotel is close to many other shops, bars and restaurants within the village, all within walking distance.

Room Tip: Wi-Fi in public areas only but we could access in our room (33) as it was above one of the dining ar...
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05 Mar 2016

Kahanda Kanda is the type of spot that calls me to revisit Sri Lanka again and again and
D this property is truly unique.
Nine separate suites set in a virtual jungle location right at the edge of a tea plantation.we had the Peacock Suite and could not fault it. Large and spacious it even had two open to air bathrooms and a simply fabulous view over the gardens.
The staff are first class and very attentive at all times - nothing is too much trouble.
The restaurant is most attractive with expansive views over the valley and Koggala lake. Breakfasts are excellent and we ate "in" on four out of 5 nights and enjoyed every one.
The swimming pool is very good and well located and at 20 metre length is more than enough for most people.
So what is the small "negative"? Perhaps it was because the owner was away, but the bar and restaurant were exceptionally quiet in the evenings - too quiet for some as on two occasions there were just one other couple dining. OK if just spending one or two nights, but not so good for those staying longer.
One can eat out in Unawatuna or Galle, but they are at least 20 minutes away.
Good news is that the owner is opening up another property in nearby Koggala, so one will be able to ring the changes.
Galle is always worth a visit and the KK boutique in the old town is the best destination of all.
We will probably return soon, but if any readers have connections within BA, please lean on them to introduce "direct" flights from London and I do not mean the half-baked attempt that included a stop in Male on both legs of the journey.

Room Tip: Splurge on the pool suite
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05 Mar 2016

My wife and I stayed here, for a few days, during the first week of Jan 16. I say stay; more indulge! The brochures and fellow guests reviews say it all. This is a beautiful place to bide a while, in luxury, set within a working tea plantation, on a hillside, with the sounds of the jungle and the most amazing views of lush vegetation and Koggala Lagoon, (where our sea plane had landed). The staff were attentive, yet discreet, with nothing too much trouble. There are now a baker’s dozen of secluded bungalows, of various ages and we stayed in the newest (Hibiscus). It is modern and spacious, with AC and private (outdoor) infinity pool, which we occasionally shared with a resident 3ft long lizard (I think he allowed us to share it with him!). The sounds of the wildlife are amazing and numerous birds, colourful. The perfect place to relax and unwind. Whilst you may prefer to remain within the luxurious grounds, a short tuk tuk ride to the old fort, with lovely shops and eateries, is well worth it. On the way, you will pass through the old Sri Lankan town, which is a far cry from the luxury in which you have been staying, buzzing with a sense of survival and every other vehicle a tuk tuk!

The charismatic George Cooper is the owner and perfect, attentive host, who chatted to each guest and personally ensured that their stay was nothing but perfect. He and his team deserve the 5 star ratings they receive, with ease. Sadly, we are unlikely to return, as there are so many more places to discover, but Kahanda Kanda is the one to beat. Disappointment is not an option! Thank you George and the team, for a wonderful stay. My batteries (both mine and the camera) are re-charged!

Room Tip: All the bungalows are secluded, but not all have a private pool. Ask. There is an infinity pool for...
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06 Mar 2016

Five to ten minutes walk from the beach us a narrow road, the rooms are good size and clean. Ours opened us on to a balcony which we shared with two neighbouring rooms and which overlooked the pool. Although shared the balcony was setup so that each room enjoyed discrete sitting area.

Friendly staff and well run restaurant, although we only ate breakfast there.

Felt that the pool could've been cleaner.

06 Mar 2016

Room had mold inside and arrogant owners. First when we got there to check availability woman who received us was very kind and friendly but what happened last night was that neighbour beach club had a party and very loud fireworks. Impossible to get some sleep. So when we went to check out and told what happened and that we could not sleep at all asking for discount, people who were there turned very arrogant and demanded full price. When talking to owner they all lauhged over us. It felt really taunting and my wife had tears in her eyes.
The walls of our room had partial black mold covering it, A/C was old, leaking, and really loud. We are used to that the rooms right at the beach are not that good but this is the first time we have experienced behaviour that arrogant. Owners of this hotel were willing to flush themselves over lousy 20$. If possible then avoid this guest house. But if all goes well for you then you may have to experience poor quality rooms, but in case of complaints then things may go nasty...

06 Mar 2016

Staying here at Summer Breeze was a bit unpleasant. We chose the guest house mainly because of the view. Right in front of our door was the ocean. Service here was actually great, nice courtyard with direct access to the ocean. Hostess was truly kind. Breakfast was decent and tasty. Unfortunatelly there was a mold in our room, which turned our presence here quite difficult because one of us has an allergy to mold. Last night was a true disaster, as we are used to hit the sack pretty early and get up early as well...but then in the neighbour beach club a party started with occasional firework blasts and mighty base sound that hit our room as it was right inside. So the torture lasted until 2a.m so we finally had a chance to fall asleep. Of course this is obviously not a problem to night-owls and party animals. On more thing, the A/C seems pretty worn out and is located so close to the room that all the noise and vibration is clearly perceived. And this applies to other, non A/C rooms close by.

06 Mar 2016

Vi bodde två veckor två barn och två vuxna i lägenhet med utsikt över vad som kallas en flod. I själva verket är det mer ett dike med smutsigt vatten som periodvis luktar illa. Trevligt med fåglar vid vattnet och två varaner som vi såg varje dag. Apor hälsade på med jämna mellanrum vilket också var positivt. Tyst och lugnt område men ändå nära restauranger och stranden. Bra AC och fläktar. Bäst av allt var fantastiska Gangi som hjälpte till med det hon kunde. Negativt är WiFi som var opålitligt och att vår lägenhet bara städades två gånger på två veckor. Ta med dina egna handdukar, lägenhetens är oanvändbara. Tyvärr försvann vattnet ibland.

06 Mar 2016

We stayed the last 5 nights of our 6-weeks vacation in one of the deluxe rooms which I can only recommend. We accidentally first booked the standard room but fortunately the manager could upgrade us. The deluxe rooms are really spacious and nice styled. The cleaning was done better than in all other places during our time in Srilanka. The hotel is definitely good for relaxing a bit also at the pool. It is located ~10min walk from a small beach where you can watch turtles swimming and where you find restaurants (although with high prices). The breakfast at the hotel is a buffet which also includes Srilankan style breakfast. We enjoyed hoppers and rotis almost every morning. The curry in the hotel restaurant is comparable expensive but they let you watch how it is done. Thus, it is kind of a cooking lesson included and the amount of food you get is massive. They have a friendly Tuk-Tuk driver cooperating who takes really fair prices... I can only recommend that place.

06 Mar 2016

I chose this property because it is NOT in 'downtown' Colombo. Having said that, it is only a 10-15 minute tuk-tuk ride from places visitors might wish to see. The attraction of this hotel is that it is in a residential area, in an older part of Colombo that is unlikely to be developed any time soon. For people wanting a taste of 'old Colombo' this is a nice choice; if you want to be near the action, maybe consider something closer to Fort.
I spent three nights here and was upgraded to what I think was the largest room in the hotel. I was very comfortable and the pool was outside my door. Staff were very charming and accommodating, cooking me Sri Lankan breakfasts on demand and helping to organise a take-away pizza one night when I didn't feel like going out.
I cant' remember what I paid but I felt I got value for money and enjoyed my stay.

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