Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

16 Jun 2010

Ich besuche Sri Lanka seid Kindheit,bzw.seid genau 34 Jahren.

Vor 10 Jahren sind wir zum Hotel Flower Garden in Unawatuna gestossen.

Ich muss wirklich sagen,kein 5 oder 6 Stern-Hotel ,kann da mithalten!!

Das Hotel ist eingebettet in einem traumhaft,schönen,gepflegten Garten mit einem tollen Pool einem wunderschönen offemen Restaurant und einer tollen Baar!
Nach dem Strandbesuch,den ich übrigens auch einen von den schönsten in Sri Lanka halte,bekommt man die Ruhe,die man braucht.

Die Bungalows oder die Zimmer sind top sauber!!!!!!Mit super Betten und fantastischen Badezimmer!!Täglich wird tip top gegutzt!

Das Essen ist super fein!!Der Inhaber Sassi ,sowie natürlich die anderen Köche,sind begnadetet Köche!!!

Die Angestellten sind so was von liebenswürdig,hilfsbereit und loyal!!!

Die Besitzerfamilie SASSI u.seine Frau Madushani machen alles,dass ihre Gäste sich wohl und zufrieden fühlen!
Man kommt jedes mal nach Hause und nicht in die Ferien!

Wenn man dort ist,darf man seine hart verdienten Ferien,wirklich geniessen!!!

Ich schwöre auf dieses Hotel!!!!!!

Mein Mann der übrigens auch Sri Lanker ist,ist absolut glücklich im Hotel Flower Garden!

Ich empfehle jedem,wirklich jedem ,geht dort hin und überzeugt euch selber!!!

Mit herzlichen Grüssen

Sonja und Ranjith

17 Jun 2010

A gem of a place in Kandy with wonderful views, right next to a Kandyan dance centre with a troupe of visiting monkeys who entertain you every morning. Its absolutely spotless, food is - well, its's Sri Lankan. No more need be said - but the hospitality is what makes the place. Lovely, lovely people every one of them. The manager is also a good source of information and can book onward transport for you at very good rates. He also put us on to an absolute bargain of a place in Ella and arranged transport and pick-up.

However, there is ione thing to beware. The tuktuk driver the hotel seems to routinely use is bad news. Seemingly totally disinterested in doing what we wanted in favour endlessly pestering us to go to various Spice Gardens and the forlorn and depressing Millenium Elephant Sanctuary to the point where he managed to make us miss feeding time at the real Elephant Sanctuary - our clearly expressed reason for going there. He sngle handedly completely ruined our day. He's also not averse to ramping up the, previously agreed, price for no apparent reason. Beware.

23 Jun 2010

A friend booked this gorgeous villa for a couple of nights - well what a way to start my visit to Sri Lanka!
The staff were incredible - from the initial welcome to their consistent, impeccable service. The food was a delight - we were consulted about the menu and amazing meals were whipped up with fresh local produce. Better than a restaurant!
The location on the beach coupled with the pool, internet and books meant that you really never need to leave. But the staff were happy to recommend ideas for travel near and far.

Thank you and apologies for late review!

07 Jul 2010

We Stayed at the Flower Garden from 12.06.10 until 28.06.10 in standard cabana with A/C, king size bed under mosquito netting, fridge full of refreshing drinks, TV with DVD player, large bathroom with shower and warm water. Every morning we were waking up by singing birds, jumping monkeys and squirrel. The hotel was suronded by exotic trees and plants that gave us feeling of being in the middle of a jungle. The big advantage of the place is a good size swimming pool and its clean water. For breakfast, we had a choice of Srilankan or Western food, freshly squzed juice, a plate of fruit and unlimited tea. Owner Sassi arranges trips to different worth to see places, such as "Yala National Park" (safari) and "Tea Plantation and Factory". In addition to eating we would recomment to eat at the hotel, the prices may look higher than anywhere else, however the price includes starter, main course and dessert, whereas other places don't. Overall staff at the hotel was very friendly and would do anything to your request. (even rotti or hoppers). We would highly reccomend this hotel for people who want to enjoy a peacefull and quiet holiday.

16 Aug 2010

Vorweg: Das Essen und das Personal ist absolut Spitze. Man hat gemerkt, dass der Hotelchef 15 Jahre in der Schweiz zur Ausbildung war und absoluten europäischen Standard hat. Die Zimmer waren auch ok, wenn es einem nicht stört, dass in der Nacht die Affen und die Leguane über das Dach laufen und somit zeitweise ziemlichen Wirbel veranstalten. Das Bett war gemauert, hätte 4 Personen Platz geboten und war ebenso Spitze.
Was mir persönlich leider nicht gefallen hat und womit ich auch nicht gerechnet habe:
Diese absolut tiefste Armut der Menschen und dieser Dreck in den Strassen. Ich muß das leider anbringen, da es eben Tatsache ist, und für mich in den 2 Wochen Urlaub, der im ganzen ja nicht unbedingt billig war, nicht tragbar ist. So leid mir diese Menschen auch tun, aber in meinem Uraub brauche ich sowas nicht. Mit diesem Kulturschock muß man erst mal klarkommen.
Weiters gibt es keine Möglichkeit am Abend spazieren zu gehen, das es weder Kaufhäuser, Cafes oder sonstiges gibt.
Ebenfalls gestört hat mich der lange Weg vom Hotel zum Strand, ca 20-25 Minuten, der dann auch ziemlich schmutzig war, so wie das Wasser. Wenn es einem nicht stört, dass durch die vielen freilaufenden Hunde, die am Strand ihr "Geschäft" verrichten, und dieser Dreck dann mit der nächsten Welle ins Meer gespült wird, ist dort vermutlich richtig.
Da ich Fahrlehrer von Beruf bin, muss man mit dem Fahrstil der Einheimischen erst einmal klarkommen. Mit einem Tuck-Tuck zu fahren ist absolut grausam und gemeingefährlich.
Der Ausflug zum YALE-Nationalpark war echt ein Hammer, solange einem nicht die Kontrollen der bewaffneten Soldaten auf den Weg zum Nationalpark stören.
Für mich jedenfalls kein Land, in dem ich unbedingt einen zweiten Urlaub verbringen möchte.
Kurz: Hotel Spitze, der Rest leider nicht

23 Aug 2010

Lets start with the management/staff of Flower Garden, Sassi and his staff provided me and my family with the best service we have ever encountered their care to detail and personal touch made our stay very enjoyable. A special thanks to Premit who took care of my late night drinks and never stopped running.

The accommodation was excellent the Cabana's had everything we could wish for and more. Cleaning everyday and a great bathroom, wish I had one like it in my own home. The TV and DVD plpayer came in handy when it clouded over.

The pool was brilliant my children they spent hours catching the small fish in surrounding ponds (sorry Sassi) It will be even better when the pool bar opens (next month)

The food was the best that we ate whilst in Unawatuna, the curries are to die for and the availability of a good fillet steak made Flower Garden our main eating establishment. Dontbe fooled by cheaper places all of the meals include starter and sweet.

I would recommend Flower Garden to friends and family as been one of the best places to chill and relax. We will return in the future, book early as more people are finding out about this little gem of a place.

Thanks again Sassi and his team

Dave/Phit/Siri and Jake

27 Aug 2010

I'll probably send a review very different from other customers, but it's my experience and I have to be honest!
I spent 3 nights in this Hotel with my girl friend during the month of August, I knew it was off-season in Sri Lanka, but I stayed in Hikkaduwa three years ago in the same period and I liked very much.
The position of this hotel is really fantastic, just on the beach, in front o the sea... we had a balcony room and we could see and hear the sea from the bed!!!
Mr. Lalith - the owner - on the contrary, is not a good person, during the three days of our stay always tried to propose excursions at high prices in very, very turistic places, absolutely not interesting... ( don't go to the laguna safari, is really turistic and not interesting...) he always tried to make conversation, even when we tried to let him know that it was not the case to suggest something to buy ( for his convenience.... ).
The last day we asked him if it was possible to reserve a guest house in Negombo, close to the airport with the airport transfer from Negombo for the early morning....
He did it.... the guest house that he booked was dirty and full of insect and we didn't see the early morning taxi.... we had to make 15 km to go to the airport ( al 6.00 a.m.) with a tuk tuk ( 3 people - 4 baggages )....
Thank you Mr. Lalith....
Giovanni - ITALY

29 Aug 2010

We spent more than a week in Drifters.

Restoran is good.

Hotels owner Lalith is very annoying. He tryed to be friendly, but it was insincerely. He just making money.

Our room was in the middle of the hotel and we sleep badly because of the road noise. Ocean pleasant sound was softer than the road. We always kept windows closed because it was turned out to balcony and staircase. Personal staff liked to look in our room outside.

In the bathroom water not comes down. I told about it to Lalith and nothing happend. Cleaning service is good, but problems with water is terrible.

Laguna safari was interesting because of Buddhist temple, nothing more.

03 Sep 2010

Très belle guest house sur les hauteurs de Kandy. Belle vue sur la réserve forestière.
Le staff et les propriétaires sont d'une gentillesse exemplaire, très serviables et détendus.
La nourriture est très bonne et les chambres confortables et spacieuses. Tout est très propre et bien entretenu. Le calme si près de la ville est vraiment appréciable. Nous recommandons vivement.

06 Sep 2010

This gorgeous place is just 300yds off the beach at the quieter east end of Unawatuna. It has a lovely rooftop restaurant and a pretty pool, very clean but still with rustic charm. Staff are available but not intrusive and the lovely German owner Britta, along with her Sri Lankan husband Sana have got it about right. We felt well looked after (Britta even made us a surprise cake for my sons birthday!) This guesthouse was easily the nicest place for the price out of six places we stayed in Sri Lanka and staff were kind and helpful. The wildlife seen from the guesthouse was incredible, with monkeys nesting in the trees merely yards away, snakes (non poisonous) mating, a resident iguana, mongooses, fire flies, etc. My children loved it too. Very small toddlers may have problems with the top floor restaurant but apart from that I would have no hesitation in recommending it to families

20 Sep 2010

We stayed with Lalith and his family for four days and throughly enjoyed the expereince. The rooms were comfortable, clean and good value for money - and as the hotel wasn't too busy we were able to handpick our room. The food and service was authentic Sri Lankan and delicious. Possibly one of the nicest Sri Lankan's that we met on our whole trip - very proud and determined to make his hotel one of the best in the area.

I would highly recommend this hotel for value, location and service.

26 Sep 2010

Schön gelegene Bunglows in einem gepflegtem tropischen Garten mit vielen Tieren. Die Zimmer hatten die konfortabelste Aircon der ganzen Reise.
Sehr gutes Frühstück, w-lan, sehr freundliches Personal. Sauberer Pool als schöne Abwechslung vom Strand bei einem Tee. Gute Speisekarte, aber abends leider nur Menus. Besitzer Herr Sassi ist sehr kundig und spricht u.a fliessend deutsch. Die ruhige Lage wiegt den kleinen Marsch zum Strand voll auf. Besonders zu empfehlen war auch die perfekte Organisation der Rundreise durch Herrn Sassi, die wir im Anschluss unternahmen! Alles sehr zu empfehlen!!!

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