Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

11 Aug 2011

As soon as we walked in we knew we were somewhere special!! Flower garden is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Sri Lanka. The service was impeccable, and the deluxe cabana we stayed in was beautiful, modern, and clean. Great breakfasts and we also enjoyed one dinner at the hotel. Best place we stayed during our trip in Sri Lanka.

11 Aug 2011

Nous sommes restés 2 nuits dans cet hoteldans un cabanas deluxe pour 6900 rps par nuit pdj compris et toutes taxes incluses (attention, cet hotel facture 10% de service charge en plus, faites vous bien preciser le prix net). Le cabanas est plutot sympa avec une salle de bain moderne avec douche pluie. Seul hic : nous avons trouvé 2 blattes dans la salle de bain, signalées a la direction sui n'a pas su faire grand chose ... Sinon le personnel est adorable et la piscine entourée de végétation.

12 Aug 2011

We arrived at the Black Beauty Guesthouse and were greeted by very friendly staff and shown to a basic but adequate room on the top floor. Nice fixtures and mosquito net provided over bed, nice balcony, semi-shared with the other room on our floor. Only complaint re: room is that the drains in the bathroom smelt somewhat, which had led to various air freshners being placed, futilely, in the room. Location is not ideal, also, as the beach/restaurants/bars are all across the A2, a two-lane road but with numerous blind corners near the guesthouse with significant traffic, including buses which drive extremely quickly. Crossing this road numerous times a day is moderately dangerous. We checked out the following morning having been offered a cheaper room across the A2 on the beachfront Banana Garden. There, our room was far bigger, groundfloor, cleaner and 5m from the water. No crossing the road, no smells and the sound of the sea. Black Beauty is not a terrible place to stay, but far better is available in Unawatuna for a comparable or lower price.

12 Aug 2011

We stayed in the Flower garden in August 11 for 11 days. We were advised on the accomodation by my colleague who had stayed there before and were pleased to get the same great impression as she had got. The hotel is located 10 minute walking from the beach, location is very quiet, the area is very green with a lot of beautiful plants, the swimming pool is big enough and always clean. We enjoyed meal in the restraunt. The staff is very friendly and cooperative. Our room was comfortable, cleaned regularly and carefully. Also we had a 4-day tour around the country (all arrangements including a rent car with driver and hotels booking were kindly made by our host Mr Sassi) and that was a really unforgetable trip.

16 Aug 2011

What a great place. The Flower Garden is a beautiful property which is exceptionally well run. It is less than 5 minutes walk down a pleasant lane to the beach (I know, I did it a thousand times for forgotten books, sunglasses, sunblock...) before you can cut through one of the beach restaurant properties to the beach. The property is beautifully maintained, the staff are superb, the food is great, the beer is cheap and the owner, Sassi, is an extremely engaging and interesting man who is a pleasure to talk with.

The pool area is lovely and at times resonates to the sounds of monkeys (Langurs I think) in the trees above.

Unawatuna is a lovely beach with a large number of bars and restaurants scattered along it's length.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Flower Garden and hope I have the opportunity to return.

17 Aug 2011

Service definitely comes with a smile at the Flower Garden.

This hotel is highly recommended for its beautiful surroundings, value-for-money accommodation, good food and unfailingly helpful staff.

It's all a great credit to Sassi, the super-friendly owner, as well as his team.

I recently spent five nights there with my family. It was our second visit, the first being in 2007. There is only one place we would stay when we return.

Overall, Unawatuna is a great destination for its relaxing, chilled-out vibe.

It is our favourite spot in Sri Lanka, a country with so many interesting attractions and places to stay.

I just wish it was a bit closer to home!

20 Aug 2011

We stayed for a couple nights, and found it to be an awesome guesthouse. The staff was very friendly, and there was wireless internet, which is always a plus, and the beach was beautiful. Breakfast was included in our cost, and we requested a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast, which they were happy to make! It was a really cool place, and I would definitely go there again.

21 Aug 2011

Ate the best fresh food at Flowergarden Hotel, carefully prepared and presented...more of everything! Fantastic breakfasts, fantastic dinners. Staff were attentive and friendly. Well set out dining area.
Maggie & Paul
Ocean Reef, Western Australia

22 Aug 2011

C'è ancora un pezzo di porta che ha resistito allo tsunami e le storie che si è portato via. I gestori sono veramente carini e l'essere in fondo alla spiaggia ha il vantaggio di avere sotto casa l'unico tratto davvero balneabile della spiaggia. Il resto, seppur stupenda, è letteralmente tempestato di onde non praticabili tutto il giorno a parte l'estremità opposta davanti al tempio che però è bassa e un pò sporca. 5000 rupie spese bene con colazione e tasse comprese. Persino unawatuna vissuta da qui è bella, ci si sente meno turisti.

23 Aug 2011

Wir wollten eigentlich nur einen Zwischenstop auf dem Weg weiter in den Süden machen und sind letztendlich 5 Tage geblieben. Alle Mitarbeiter im Guesthouse sind sehr hilfsbereit, nett und flexibel. Das Essen schmeckt super und die Köche geben sich viel Mühe, dem Gast alles zu seiner Zufriedenheit vorzubereiten. Hinzu kommt noch ein sehr schöner swimming-pool inmitten von Blumen, der auch sehr sauber war. Die Besitzerin des Guesthouses ist aus Deutschland und kümmert sich gerne um alle Anliegen... Also alles in allem ist das Guesthouse sehr zu empfehlen.

23 Aug 2011

We couldn't believe our eyes when we arrived at the beautiful villas, very secluded and totally private. We were greeted on arrival buy the wonderful staff and taken to our huge Sri Lanka style villa. The villa inside was huge and complete with kitchen, fridge 4 poster beds with mosquito nets, and to top it off outdoor bathrooms which the kids loved. The pool was lovely and well maintained, the wildlife a delight to watch from birds to squirrels and even monitor lizards !! Our only regret is that we should have booked for longer, a very chilled out and private place suitable for families or couples alike.

25 Aug 2011

We stayed in this guesthouse for a couple of days and we can recommend it to everybody. The rooms in the main building are clean and have a wide balcony, with fan or airco. The German owner Britta is very helpfull and takes good care of her guests, just as her employees. You won't forget the breakfast with fantastic fruits they serve. And there is a small and clean swimmingpool, very nice to cool down if necessary (beware of the mosquitos here!).
The guesthouse is surrounded by a tropical garden, so if like a quiet place with beautifull birds, go here. The only minor thing is that you have to cross a busy road to get to the Unawatuna beach, which is only 100 meters further. Bring a flashlight at night.
A friendly and good taxidriver can pick you up from the airport.

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