Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

24 Nov 2011

When we arrived at sunset from a long and tiring drive from Colombo, we felt like we had slipped into a secret paradise. It is remote, secluded, romantic.

The cabanas are delightfully rustic, with bathrooms below a trap door and bedrooms open to the elements. Unfortunately, that means you have to share with lots of critters! Yes, there are lizards. Insects. Occasional roaches even. And we DID wake up with some huge, mysterious, disturbing insect bites. We realized that the mosquito netting actually fell behind the headboard , so wee beasties could get in! After that, we sprayed down the netting and made sure it was tucked in on all sides. I suggest you do the same.

Our cabana opened right to the front with a beach view, and it was also the last in the row, so we felt secluded. Perfect!

The restaurant is excellent and the atmosphere is sublime. We ate there for all of our meals and were never disappointed. Try the Sri Lankan breakfast instead of the western breakfast... it is strangely addictive. You can sink your toes in the sand and listen to the waves and ocean breeze while you eat. One word of caution: it gets very buggy at night, so you must use insect repellent.

The beach is long, clean, and almost completely empty. Perfect for wandering aimlessly. Be advised that you can not swim there, however. The riptides are dangerous. We did see a little protected area about a 10-minute walk up the beach where you can get into the water, but it's not really for swimming.

We took several trips arranged for us by Mangrove. They did seem a bit pricy, but they were very enjoyable. We took a trip to a jungle temple and a trip to see sea turtle laying eggs on the beach. Both were great, but the latter was kind of magical. You walk down the beach at night, and every step is lit up by phosphorescent micro-organisms! It was fascinating to watch a turtle lay her eggs, bury them, and return to the sea.

In summary, this is a great place if you really want to get away from it all (which we did!). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the insect issue and lack of a place to swim. But the whole experience was tremendously peaceful, and I would love to go back again someday.

25 Nov 2011

We stayed at Kingfisher Hotel for 7 nights and loved it. Having checked out all the other beach front properties, we can say without reservation, that the Kingfisher Hotel is the most beautiful place to stay on the entire beach front. Well worth the additional $.

The rooms are gorgeous. The beds were a great design, very clever and functional. We slept so well with comfortable matress and lovely sheets. The view...oh the view. Overlooking the entire beach, from our room on the top floor it was also very private. It was easy to spend hours sitting on the balcony, just watching the ocean.

All staff were fantastic. The owner Duminda, was friendly and hospitable. And Namal, who looks after the rooms provided exceptional service and we enjoyed his artistic, origami-like bed making each day!

There was two downsides to our stay here. The first was there is no door on the bathroom/toilet. It was nearly a deal breaker for us to stay here.

The second was no wifi in our room. We were on the top floor, so difficult for the wifi signal to reach us through all the concrete. It was a bit of a hassle having to go downstairs to use the wifi. An in-room safe would also be welcomed.

We enjoyed sitting in the chillout zone under a big cabana in front of the beach. Kingfisher also has a great bar and restaurant. Sam the barman makes the best Pina Colada we've ever had.

The restaurant makes excellent breakfast (not included in the room rate) and we had many meals in the hotel as well. The restaurant staff were friendly and efficient. The food was always delicious, we highly recommend the restaurant. Between Kingfisher and nearby Hot Rock, you won't find better food in Una.

Couple of other tips during our stay:
We hired a motorbike for 500rp per day, which made getting around really easy. Although tuk-tuks are readily available. Be aware though that it is very dangerous on the road with all the crazy bus drivers, overtaking like maniac's. We nearly had numerous collisions.

If you are interested in surfing lessons, Surf n Lanka in Weligama is recommended. This guy was fantastic - really patient and know's how to teach.

Best exchange rate is Galle, behind the bus station - in a jewellry shop.

27 Nov 2011

Nach dem langen Flug und 4 std Busfahrt nach Negombo, war die Nippon Villa das 3te Hotel welches wir uns angeschaut haben.. Zimmer waren ok, ein kleiner pool und dirkter Strandzugang.Zimmer würde ich mir vorher zeigen lassen. Mache ziemlich schlecht ohne Fenster und muffig... Wir entschlossen uns für eins mit Balkon und Meerblick. 50$ fürs Zimmer incl. Frühstück... Etwas teuer aber für den start ganz ok..

27 Nov 2011

Шикарная гостиничка для отдыха от городской суеты.Без знания английского-будет сложновато,особенно русским.

29 Nov 2011

The Tartaruga is a fantastic place to stay. Right on Unawatuna Beach, fantastic little thatched beach bar with a barman who can make anything. Lovely seagrass and cushioned sofas to lounge on in the shade when it gets to hot in the sun and listen to some pretty good chill out sounds through the afternoon and evening . Room pretty basic but had ensuite and everything you need and was very clean with mosquito nets and ceiling fan and air-con. They even made swans with the towels and leaf shapes with the sheets Extremely reasonable rates which included a really substantial breakfast with a choice of either english style or sri lankan curry style. The staff and the owner went out of their way to make things right. For a budget hotel this ticked all the boxes and more. I must say I am usually a 5 star sort of girl but I thoroughly enjoyed staying here : ) Well done guys and thanks for a great stay. For a solo female traveler I felt very safe and looked after.

29 Nov 2011

Kleines renovierungsbedürftiges Haus außerhalb von Hikkaduwa. In die Stadt kommt man am besten mit dem Tuk Tuk (Kosten bedenken falls man öfter in die Stadt will) oder zu Fuß über die Straße (kein Gehweg) oder am Strand entlang (untertags ok, abends wurde uns vom Hauspersonal davon abgeraten).
Das Personal war sehr nervig, wollte einem dauernd irgendetwas aufschwatzen.
Das Frühstück war immer dasselbe, und Eier nach Wunsch.

Die Rundreise die wir gebucht haben war totale Abzocke und ihr Geld auf keinen Fall wert.
Unserer "Reiseführer" hatte selbst nicht so viel Ahnung von den ganzen Sehenswürdigkeiten und war mehr mit seinem Handy beschäftigt als mit uns.
Fotos von uns beiden, um die wir ihn gebeten haben, hat er widerwillig ab und zu gemacht.

Wir werden definitiv nie wieder hier übernachten etc.!!

30 Nov 2011

We last stayed at Goldi Sands 2 years ago and had a wonderful time. So for my birthday we had 3 weeks from 19 Oct to 10 Nov. we were looking forward to seeing the changes, showers are now great, as always the rooms were kept brilliantly clean. However the designers/builders have let the hotel down very badly because each time it rained several parts of the hotel flooded, including some of the rooms this was all the new work! The staff coped with it in the usual good natured way and kept checking that we were all ok. Whilst they have lost some of the very good staff they had, they have managed to keep some excellent staff who were there from our first visit. To our great suprise all of them remembered us, and treated us like long lost members of the family. We would gladly recommend the Goldi Sands to anyone - the food is still wonderful, while we were there a lovely Dutch chef was there advising on various aspects of the food and service Whilst he was delightful, I am glad they have not changed to much. Dont go expecting english roast dinners, (the English night was always the worst), but there is always plenty to choose from & they will always prepare anything asked for. We took a trip up north on the east coast which was made even better by our driver Sissil who we met through the hotel, and really knows his stuff and is very reasonable, but above all a good driver. Give it a try - we want to go back again.

01 Dec 2011

This small hotel is such a wonderful find, the rooms are spacious and clean and the sea views are incredible as you are placed right on the beach. The service from Widushan and his family was unparalleled anywhere on our stay in Sri Lanka. The hotel is set soon to accommodate an additional eco house which will only add to the feel of the beach hotel.

We had a superb dinner and breakfast cooked for us and it was arranged for us to visit the nearby turtle farm, timber factory, batik clothes factory, snake farm, tea plantations and a spot of curry at a small town up in the mountains - which was absolutely great. It was the most memorable day that we spent and we can't thank Widushan and his family enough for everything that they did for us. If we could have had more time to go back and stay there we would.

I can't recommend this place enough and have been singing it's praises since we left.

Room Tip: We had the first floor room with AC which was lovely.
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01 Dec 2011

Julien an italian guy (is bilingual french/italian/english) has this guesthouse.
the location is very good, and the friday night julien does BRUSCHETTA PARTY everybody taste it!!!
the price are good, 3 rooms, a big at the top, and middle at second floor (is the room i have)
beautiful rooms and clean!!!

if you want to eat not very expensive in unawatuna, you can go to the main road and walk to the right during 5/10minutes to a place where they rent scooter and they also make delicious food ! 100 roupies KOTOU, and 90 Roupies vegetable rice and curry.
not the first restaurant (the owner give me big tourist price !!!), is the second restaurant, just 10meter after


02 Dec 2011

most of the guest in this hotel says bad things about this hotel but what they are hiding is that they were looking for the cheapest place to stay and what they expect is 5 star treatment i stayed in this hotel few times and i have to say i got my moneys worth .

03 Dec 2011

Крайне рекомендую к размещению по соотношению цена/качество. Расположение идеальное - до пляжа 5 минут неспешным шагом, нет суеты и шума как в пляжном отеле. Вокруг реальные джунгли, отличная природа. В меру старые номера - все чисто и культурно. Особенно порадовал душ под открытым небом - необычно. Персонал ненавязчивый и очень благодушный. Питание соответствует классу отеля. Впечатления самые благоприятные.

04 Dec 2011

We stayed in an 3-room appartment in this hotel for more than 3 weeks. Everything is good about it including price (see on their web-site). No noise except parrots and sea and rain, big balcony, it`s a perfect place to relax. Fridge with beer, TV room with DVD, music and big table in the kitchen, 2 spacious rooms and 1 small, 1 with AC (for small extra-price). They clean the rooms every 3-4 days, can bring tea and food from the restaurant upstairs (tips are welcome). Staff and hosts are very friendly. The restaurant is more expensive than the ones on the beach or on the road nearby, but sometimes it`s nice to have restaurant meal in your appartment or in the garden full of flowers. Fresh fish is very good. They can also organize trips to national parks, Galle and airport transfer at a reasonable rate in truly AC vans.
The beach is only 5 min from the hotel, but the closest place is not good for swimmimg, you must go a little further (10 min) one or another side to find a place. But when you find one, feels like paradise!

Рекомендую это место русским туристам, хотя в нем и так почему-то очень много русских останавливается. Мы целую неделю жили в русскоязычной среде. Приезжайте! Почувствуйте себя в настоящем раю, как в рекламе Баунти. Только не забудьте средство от москитов.

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