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Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses



Frangipani beach villa & restaurant

06 Dec 2011

Stayed for a night only heading west in search of surf. Nalin looked after us well. AC not missed with the afternoon sea breeze.
Helped the fishermen haul in the morning catch and scored a mackerel for lunch!
Jeewa's kitchen in town was a great option for dinner.
Recommended!




MY VILLAGE Guest House

07 Dec 2011

We stayed at My Village back in September and had a wonderful time. Sujith the host could not be more accommodating, and we were immediately welcomed and made to feel at home from the minute we arrived. The rooms were large and spacious and decorated beautifully with fantastic air conditioning. The best part was the food that Sujith prepared for us, we would definitely go as far as to say that was our best meal in Sri Lanka - absolutely fantastic. We used My Village as our based whilst we visited Yala National Park and it worked perfectly.
We would highly recommend this place and if we have the opportunity to go back to Sri Lanka we would not hesitate in making this one of our stops again.
Thank you Sujith for making our stay so special.

Regards
Kate & Phil




FLOWER GARDEN Hotel

08 Dec 2011

Flower Graden Hotel is well run and very friendly, we were staying in a Luxury Cabana and the room was well maintained and comfortable with a good AC system. Breakfast is really good both western and Sri Lankan versions. The staff are amazing very helpful andf friendly. food in the evening is average with lots of attempts at western food, much better to head out into una watuna and go to one of the beachfront restaurants for a curry. My only complaint is there was no hot water, apparently it was solar powered and we didn't have the best weather but other guests seem to have hot water. in summary great little place for the money.




MY VILLAGE Guest House

08 Dec 2011

My Village was an absolute standout. It offers guesthouse intimacy (and peace and quiet) without missing a beat in terms of comfort, design and amenities. The rooms are enormous, and spill out onto balcony, common areas and gardens.

We stayed here two nights, and regretted not staying for longer; the rice and curry alone is worth coming for - expect 6 or 7 choices of super fresh vegetable dishes to come with whatever else you ask for. If you love the food like we did, you can always ask Sujith to show you how its done in an informal cooking lesson.

This place lives up to its TripAdvisor reputation, and will not disappoint. It is suitable for backpackers, couples, families.... I would happily and keenly recommend it to anyone.




NOOIT-GEDACHT Ayurveda SPA

09 Dec 2011

Jeg kan kun give hotellet mine bedste anbefalinger, hyggeligt, hjemligt og en masse søde mennesker. Tusind tak for det




MY VILLAGE Guest House

09 Dec 2011

After seeing all of the raving reviews of this place, we were stoked that they had availability this past July. A few items that need to be improved upon here include:
1) The hotel/ guest house has only 3 rooms, which ALL reek of mold and mildew, with the exception of the triple room (which they wouldn't allow my husband and I to change into because a group of 3 was expected during our stay). Be prepared for a really strong smell of mold.
2) The manager and cook do not stay onsite, and they lock you inside of the gates after they decide to head to wherever it is they go at night. This was discovered when we came back late from an outing, went to our room to drop our stuff and use the toilet, and came back out to find... darkness. No way to get water, no way to get OUT to go buy anything, and no phone anywhere to call anyone! Tourists don't always have working mobile phones, so if this trend of staying off-site is to continue then landlines need to at least be installed in the rooms with a list of emergency contact numbers.
3) The manager (forgot his name... it was 5 months ago already) didn't book our morning safari, so we woke up at 5am, got dressed, and sat in the courtyard watching it get brighter and brighter outside with nobody to help us, call the safari companies, or even let us out of the walled courtyard. By the time the cook showed up at 7am it was too late to do the morning safari and I was not a happy camper. They called us a jeep driver (the jeep looked like something from the Soviet era) who tried to charge us per person and not for the jeep ($100 for a 4 hr tour in mid-morning when the animals were all sleeping!!!)

Overall, the set up of the little place was peaceful and very cute, and the food was okay, but a major disappointment after coming from the amazing cuisine offered in Ella. Maybe we just caught the managers on a bad couple of days, but the mold and lack of emergency communication needs to be remedied for this place to really be worth the money you pay to stay here.




BLUE OCEAN VILLA

09 Dec 2011

Vi var supernöjda med vår vecka på Blue ocean villa! Bra rena rum, trevlig personal, god frukost. Och billigt!!

Emil och Veronica, Vänersborg




SUN N SEA

10 Dec 2011

In our opinion, THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY IN UNAWATUNA. And believe us, we went to every hotel on the beachfront. The rooms are spacious and bright, each one leading onto a shared terrace. You'll fall asleep and wake up each day to the gentle sound of the ocean.

The manager, Ameen is extremely helpful, going out of his way on several occasions to help us. The staff are really lovely, always willing to accommodate any needs.

This hotel really made our trip and would recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing, welcoming hotel with the best beachfront location imaginable.

A real shame that this place doesn't score higher on TA as it really deserves to be #1!

Also, the location is incorrect on TA, it is actually at the east end of Unawatuna beach, not in Galle.




FULL MOON Resort

11 Dec 2011

Agree with most of the earlier reviews! We arrived on a Friday night and was warned by the owner that our rooms were next to the disco! They did offer us another room to sleep in if we found the music disturbing but the room would be smaller and had no A/C so we decided to stay put. My husband, two young daughters and I had no problem sleeping through since we were darn tired but my poor mum and mum-in-law didn't get to sleep till the music stopped at 6am!

Our room was quite spacious but dark, so it gave me the impression that it wasn't very clean. The bathroom was huge too, but again dark so it didn't appear to be clean. If you are planning to stay here, I'd recommend you bring your own towel as the towels provided were rather worn and didn't seem too clean.

The saving grace was the nice environment of the resort, and the restaurant that served great dinner. We didn't try the breakfast as we had to leave very early for a whale watching trip to Mirissa but the owner kindly packed some breakfast for us - very basic cheese sandwiches with hard-boiled eggs and a banana.




GOLDI SANDS HOTEL **

12 Dec 2011

I would like to recommend Hotel Goldi Sands in Negombo , Sri Lanka for its outstanding service. I visited Negombo on a very important Business Trip and I must agree the trip was worth it from all ends.

I must also add that Mr. Lal the GM and his Admin Team made excellent arrangements for us to conduct our business meetings.




FLOWER GARDEN Hotel

13 Dec 2011

We stayed at the Flower Garden in November/December 2011 for eleven nights.

Rooms
The rooms are very comfortable. I slept better there than I had for months. We had an air conditioned room with a powerful ceiling fan. We were in a De Luxe Cabana with phone, TV, Fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. We paid $69 USD per night. (Why do they price things in USD in Sri Lanka. Most of the guests are either Brits or Europeans. If they don't want to use their own currency then Euros or Pounds would make more sense.)

Bathrooms
The cabanas have really modern, up to date bathrooms with a good shower. They use solar heating so when it is overcast the water can be a bit cool. In tropical places like this I don't mind because even the cold water is seldom really that cold. This happened to us on two of our eleven days there.

Restaurant
Without any shadow of a doubt the food in the Flower Garden was the best we had in Sri Lanka and possibly some of the best we have had anywhere. The menu is not extensive and it is designed for western tastes but the young chefs are excellent and the presentation is terrific. If you buy a main meal in the restaurant the starter and dessert is included. With prices of main meals starting at under a fiver you can see what good value this is. I had a full fish one night. It was one of the largest I have ever been served as a single helping. It was delicious and it cost me less than £7.

They also do fillet steaks which are top quality and cooked to perfection with a variety of sauces for about the same price. The vegetables are so much tastier than our supermarket stuff and always cooked to perfection. I really cannot speak highly enough of the food in this restaurant.

My favourite was probably the seafood platter. At under £9 this includes a jumbo prawn (more like a small lobster!), a large helping of king prawns, calamari, fish and all the trimmings. It would cost you a fortune here in the UK for the equivalent (if you could ever actually find it).

Internet
They have a WiFi Internet connection in the reception/restaurant area but it is a bit iffy. I am self-employed and I have to use a laptop regularly to keep an eye on enquiries while I am away but on two or three occasions it was just too slow to be usable. It may have been something to do with the storm they had experienced the day before we arrived. It seemd to speed up towards the end of our stay. The reception on the television in the rooms was hopeless. We could not watch it.

Pool Area
They have a lovely little pool that allows you to have a swim or just cool off. They also have a few sunbeds but only four of them are actually in the sun and they are jammed very close together. The garden is lovely but there are so many plants and small trees it is a bit cramped in places. They have sunbeds with plants growing above them and you have to push the branches of a small tree out of the way when exiting the pool at one end. Sri Lankans spend much of their time avoiding the sun and walking around with umbrellas to keep it off them. They do not seem to understand that westerners actually like lying in the sun at times. They should clear an area beside the pool and make some room for sun bathing. Because of all the greenery mosquitoes can be a problem. Make sure you are covered up or using an effective repellent.

Unawatuna is a sleepy little place with a beautiful beach. It has a large selection of restaurants serving mostly western or fusion style food. There are plenty of them around and they are OK but none that we tried even approached the quality in the Flower Garden.

If I was ever back in this area I would not look beyond the Flower Garden. I just wish I could eat there every week.




FLOWER GARDEN Hotel

14 Dec 2011

Wir (Familie mit zwei Kindern 12 und 14 Jahre alt) hatten im Oktober 2011 einen wunderbaren Aufenthalt im Flower Garden in Unawatuna. Wir kannten Unawatuna schon vom Vorjahr und fanden es so schön, dass wir wieder kamen. Im Unterschied zum Vorjahr wohnten wir dieses Jahr im Flower Garden, was den Aufenthalt in Unawatuna noch um einiges schöner machte. Wir hatten ein wunderschönes, grosszügiges Cabana mit einem riesigen Badezimmer, einem Sprudelbad, einer gut funktionierenden Aircondition, einer grossen Terrasse und viel Platz.
Das Swimmingpool ist grosszügig angelegt, immer absolut sauber und von einem sehr gepflegten, wunderschönen Garten umgeben. Das Frühstück ist das beste, das wir in Sri Lanka je bekommen haben: frischgepresster Fruchtsaft, ein grosser Früchteteller, Toast, Eier. Das Abendessen ist europäisch und von einer ausserordentlichen Qualität. In der Schweiz müssen wir weit fahren um so sensationelle Rindfilets mit Rotweinsauce oder Madagascar zu bekommen. Auch die Meeresfrüchte sind sehr gut. Auf Wunsch gibt es aber auch sehr feinen Curry. Sassi, der freundliche Besitzer, spricht perfekt Deutsch, ist um jedermanns Wohl besorgt und versucht jeden Wunsch zu erfüllen. Die Boys vom Service sind ausserordentlich nett und hilfsbereit und sprechen gut Englisch. Jeder Wunsch wurde uns erfüllt: früher zu frühstücken, andere Beilagen zum Abendessen, das Eis separat von den baked bananas, Broccoli ohne Käser, Salat ohne Sauce etc., alle Sonderwünsche waren kein Problem und wurde gerne erfüllt.
Wir haben sehr nette Leute aus England und Italien im Flower Garden kennengelernt. Zwei von ihnen hatten während des Aufenthalts Geburtstag. Jedes Mal hat sich das Team vom Flower Garden enorm Mühe gegeben den Tisch zu schmücken. Wir hatten zwei tolle Abende.
Was ich noch erwähnen möchte, ist z.B. als es unter Tagse regnete, hat jemand den Wäscheständer mit unseren Handtüchern unter das Dach gestellt. Das sind die vielen kleinen Unterschiede, die das Flower Garden so einzigartig machen.
Sassi hat für uns auch die Rückfahrt zum Flughafen organisiert. Auch das hat perfekt geklappt.
Lieber Sassi, vielen Dank für die wunderbare Zeit! Es war so wunderbar, dass ich in der Zwischenzeit schon den nächsten Aufenthalt im Flower Garden gebucht habe.