Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

19 Apr 2013

We had booked a "deluxe cabana" but without asking us if we would mind, reception tried to put us in an apartment that overlooks the sometimes noisy swimming pool. You had to climb us a steel fire escape. I complained and after some unwelcome prevarication they put us in the type of accommodation I had booked. Other awkwardness was experienced that first lunchtime when the bill contained two significant errors - favouring the hotel of course. It took three attempts to get this bill sorted. I mean if a bottle of soda is listed at 90 rupees on the menu then surely that is how much it should cost. And if you order a cheese and tomato toastie that is what you should pay for - not a different sort of sandwich.

Breakfasts at The Flower Garden were superb and we enjoyed one first class evening meal in the hotel. Really delicious even if the wine was overpriced.

Unawatuna is a wonderful holiday location. The beach and swimming are superb and nearby there's Jungle Beach - a slice of paradise. There are many eating and drinking opportunities in the village and every evening we drank "Lion" lager at a beach bar as the sun went down. It was great that the tentacles of corporate organisations do not seem to have reached this corner of Sri Lanka. Some of the tuk-tuk drivers are rapacious, pushy and occasionally argumentative.

We enjoyed a visit to a nearby tea plantation (in spite of our obnoxious tuk tuk driver) and we also loved strolling around the streets of the Fort area in Galle but you have to be on your guard for greedy chancers who view tourists as piggy banks. Smile and send them on their way.

Oh - about our deluxe cabana. At first it did not have the promised TV and on the last morning there was no hot water but apart from those things it was a lovely, peaceful place to stay and the male cleaning staff were brilliant - attending to our accommodation every day. No prices displayed re. the mini bar.

19 Apr 2013

Finally holidays. Two weeks, with friends in incredible Sri Lanka. Our plan was to travel for first 9-10 days but last 3-4 take a rest on the south coast.
We found Dunes Unawatuna in the internet. I'm an architect. I liked the building photos, so I convinced my friends to book it.
What are our experiences?Hotel Dunes is incredible. As an architect I must say it was the best building I saw on the Island. The rooms are clean and very nice furnished. Service is excellent and there is nothing better than eating breakfast sitting on the terrace and listening to the birds.
Dunes for me? - the best days in Sri Lanka. I left a piece of myself there.

20 Apr 2013

We are from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we visited Nice place a month ago and its just an absolute beauty to stay in ! The staff service is awesome, food is very nice and pleasant. And for Muslims like us, the food is absolutely prepared in the manner 100% Halal certified. Well The location is just amazing , very close to Sigiriya Rock, you can almost see the Fortress.. And this place, I have no words, it truely Rocks. Very Affordable price and there service is really pleasant. Regards. Muhammed Aziz from KSA

21 Apr 2013

we did love this hotel could not complain about anything they did . However Friday and saturday is disco night and the boom boom of house music was awful . ear plugs did not work for me as I could feel the beat in my chest. fireworks at 2.00 am on these night is normal. Other than that food great staff lovely decor chic.

22 Apr 2013

Free wi-fi, but not available in all the rooms.We (2 couples) had booked two tower suites. One suite was full of mould the cupboards in both suites were damp and had mould on the walls. What this hotel considers to be a suite is not really a suite as per the definition of a suite. The suite in this hotel comprises of just one room, which has a few chairs and a bed but no sofa set. When asked about this, the manager said this is what they consider to be a suite according to them. Bathrooms were in a poor state. Some care to detail will turn this hotel into a decent place.This hotel has no sea view rooms.

22 Apr 2013

We stayed 5 nights at King Fisher with our 3 month old son. The room was very clean and well planned out. The balcony was our favorite feature as it was nice to sit, relax, listen to the ocean and sometimes see a kingfisher bird fly into sight. The service by all staff was friendly and efficient. We ate many times at the hotel and enjoyed the meals...our favorites being the Spicy Ginger Prawns, Prawn Pita Wrap and the mixed fruit juice! We ate at 4 other places along the beach and wished we just ate at the hotel restaurant! The owner was very kind and ensured my wife, son and I made it to our next stop in Sri Lanka safe and sound.

23 Apr 2013

We have just returned from a 7 night stay and would highly recommend the hotel. It is located down a quiet lane yet only a 5 minute walk from the fabulous beach. We booked a cabana, which was clean, spacious and well equipped. The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is either an excellent choice of fruit followed by toast and eggs any style. Or if feeling adventurous you can have a Sri Lankan breakfast (must be ordered a day in advance). We had 3 good evening meals in the restaurant, which has something for everyone. The pool area is well shaded so if you are seeking the sun, the beach is the place for you. However when we were there it was close to 40c so shade was welcome. Look out the wildlife around the hotel with a troop of monkeys that visit from time to time. Unawatuna is the perfect resort to rest after an island tour, a good choice of shops, bars and places to eat. There are no ATM's, however any visit must include a trip to Galle a 300 rupee tuk tuk or 20 rupee bus ride (the bus stop is just 150metres away on the main road). As a cautionary note, don't use the laundry basket in your room unless you want a bill. Overall a great hotel in the best beach resort in South Sri Lanka.

23 Apr 2013

This place is just great. First: excellent service, very friendly stuff. Huuuge, clean rooms with AC. Great pool. The place is close to the sea but you are not so close to hear every tourist on the beach. I`ve spent there 4 nights. I wish to come back. It`s the best hotel in Tangalla.

24 Apr 2013

Это место мы нашли случайно и безмерно рады этой случайности: находится вилла несколько в глубине Хиккадувы, в 5 минутах езды от пляжа. Но около пляжа в Хиккадуве вечный шум и смог, сигналят сумасшедшие автобусы, ходят толпы туристов. Здесь же - просто сказка! Рядом что-то вроде леса, так что никто не шумит. На территории растут пальмы, местные яблочки, джек-фрут, шныряют стаями белки, какие-то кругленькие птички. По вечерам стаями летают огромные летучие мыши, но они едят фрукты и не опасны. А еще иногда залетают попугаи и забегают вараны. В общем, в плане близости к природе - ставлю 5+.
На территории стоят 2 здания. Мы жили в одном из них. Здесь 3 этажа и на каждом - своя квартирка. Мы жили на втором: нам показалось здесь наиболее уютно. Мы жили здесь в апреле. Можно включать кондиционер, хотя нам хватало вентиляторов. Ночью мы чаще всего даже их выключали, потому что было довольно свежо. Днем тоже не очень жарко.
Очень чисто, на кухне есть все необходимое, удобная и чистая ванная-душевая.
Самый большой плюс этого места - потрясающий хозяин Упали. Образованный и умный человек, относится к своему делу честно и ответственно. Заботится о клиентах, старается как-то разнообразить досуг. Как-то мы вместе ужинали и он показывал нам уроки местной кулинарии (ножом он орудует как заправский шеф-повар), в другой раз он пригласил нас к себе в гости, где его жена приготовила нам шикарный ужин. Также он помог нам с организацией экскурсий по острову, подобрал хороший байк по выгодной цене, ездил с нами на рыбный рынок. В общем, очень отзывчивый человек, заслуживающий глубочайшего уважения.
Мы обязательно вернемся сюда еще и всем добрым людям советуем посетить УторияВиллы!

25 Apr 2013

Lovely hotel catering to tourists. I had thought we would be closer to the beach but in saying that, it was only a 5 minute walk.
Our cabana was well equipped but the shower was a bit lacking. Pressure lousy and water cold. We did report the cold water and someone did come to look at it. This was in the middle of the day so of course the water felt warm. Next morning....cold.
Lovely pool area even though it is very public. Right near reception and restaurant.
Staff are excellent and very hardworking. The whole place is kept meticulously clean.
Breakfast is standard for Sri Lanka. We dined in the restaurant 1 night and it was very good.
Wifi only near reception but this does include the pool area.
Good place to stay if you don't mind being right on the beach.

26 Apr 2013

Wir hatten vor eine ganze Woche im Neptune Resort in Weligama zu verbringen haben unseren Aufenthalt dort aber schon nach 3 Tagen abgebrochen.
Die Lage direkt am Strand ist wirklich gut aber das war auch schon alles.
Es herrschte permanenter Lärm von der Hauptstraße neben an von der auf der Website nichts erwähnt wurde und der einfach nur störend war.
Die Zimmer (immer zwei in jeweils vier Bungalows) waren für den bezahlten Preis einfach viel zu karg und lieblos eingerichtet, Moskitonetz und warmes Wasser waren vorhanden.
Das Essen war meist fad und nicht gut gekocht, die Getränke okay.
Das Personal war oft nirgendwo zu finden, so dass man am Ende auf sich alleine gestellt war.
Allgemein hatten wir den Eindruck das man nur hinter unserem Geld her war, den für jede Kleinigkeit wurde extra Geld verlangt und bei unserem verfrühten auschecken wollte die Besitzerin auf keinen Kompromiss eingehen, obwohl das auch unserer Sicht mehr als gerechtfertigt war.

Wir haben von den Leuten aus dem Ort noch viele komische Geschichten über das Resort gehört, aber da wir diese nicht selber miterlebt haben ist es nicht unser Recht sie hier zu teilen.
Leider haben wir das Hotel erst nach unserem Urlaub in Sri Lanka auf Trip Advisor gesehen und gemerkt das sich viele der negativen Bewertungen mit unseren Erfahrung decken.
Wir verstehen nun auch warum dieser Ort fast menschenleer war und empfehlen ihn auch nicht weiter.

Wir sind nach den drei Tagenzu einem Resort im Nachbarort gegangen und konnte dort unseren Urlaub so wie wir uns ihn vorstellten beenden.
Sri Lanka ist ein wunderschönes Land und immer einen Besuch wert, besonders Weligama aber das Neptune Resort sollte man meiden.

27 Apr 2013

Great garden setting, lovely swimming pool, nice and clean bungalows/rooms, pretty veranda and restaurant area. Everything is good here, altough some of the staff members sometimes didn't really seem very, well, clever? We told one the toilet in the restaurant was stuck, and well, 'stuff' didn't flush away. He understood our remark, but didn't realy do anything about it, nor did he warn a collague. Afraid on other guests finding out the same problem later, we had to tell another guy the same problem for them to do something about it. Also, we had a leek in our AC, which dropped water all night. The respons to that also was quite, well, slow. But hey, maybe they had a bad day and we just happened to ask the wrong guys. Still a lovely place, altough be warned: lots of families and young kids playing around the pool. If you're in for an undisturbed read, think twice.

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