Reviews of Hotels and Guest houses

04 Oct 2010

This guesthouse was excellent and we are so glad we chose this place to stay when we visited Kandy. The Perehera was on, so Kandy was very busy...but the location of Nature Walk is fabulous! It is only about 15-20 minute walk to town centre yet it is a nice quiet location close to the Udewattakelle reserve. The rooms were modern, comfortable and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was reasonably priced and quite nice. We were an ex-tended family with grandparents and teenagers. We had 3 rooms with bathrooms in each and doors onto the front balconies with a fabulous view, you don't see the lake but that doesn't matter. This place is higher than the houses in front of it, so you get a view down the valley, over top of the rooves which is quite green & pretty. You also see monkies doing tight-rope walks along the power lines at certain times of the day....they were quite entertaining! Ask for the 2nd floor front rooms with balconies if you can. There is also a communal lounge area between the rooms with views down the valley too, which we found to be a nice place to relax. We stayed for 5 nights so we needed to do some washing ....yes, they did have a washing machine (a twin tub)..but it is quite old so I would recommend to management that they upgrade it to a newer one when they can. There are lines on the roof where you can hang the washing to dry...if it isn't raining! All in all this was a really nice place to stay with family and if we ever visit Kandy again we would stay here again.
Hint - if you wish to swim in a pool, it is just a 5 minute walk to Hotel Thilanka, just down the road. You can use their swimming pool for 200 rupees each, which includes provision of a towell to use! Our 2 children swam while we enjoyed a drink & the view over Kandy towards the hills & the big white Buddha, as the sun set from the pool area.

17 Oct 2010

Das Hotel liegt etwas abseits des Strandes und die Vorzüge sind mir persönlich erst auf den 2. Blick aufgefallen. Alles sehr gut organisiert, sehr hilfsbereites Personal, ohne gleich aufdringlich zu sein, schöne und saubere Zimmer mit extrem schönem Badezimmer. Einzig die Bauerei im und rund ums Hotel haben etwas auf die Stimmung gedrückt, aber das muss ja irgendwann mal erledigt werden, sonst vergammelt das rasch (wie wir in einigen andern Hotels gesehen haben....).
Die Küche ist wirklich exzellent - kann nur empfohlen werden.
Der Strand ist zu Fuss in 5 Minuten erreichbar - allerdings war das Meer etwas rauh, womit wir im Hotel-Pool besser aufgehoben waren.

25 Oct 2010

this is a great place, though pretty remote. Once you're there, there aren't that many other places to go. We stayed in the villa, which was fantastic. As the villa has two master rooms with en suites, plus a third bathroom, plus an outdoor shower, two families could stay there easily.
The only downside, which is considerable, is the food. Its communal eating, and its local Sri Lankan fare. That's OK once or twice, but rice and curry for every meal every day is hard work, particularly if you have kids. Actually as adults, we were sick of it too. And given that it is pretty remote, self catering isn't an option - nor should it have to be.
One night is OK, two nights and your stomach will want something else, three nights would be tough going.

01 Nov 2010

Wir waren mit Freunden für vier Nächte im Hotel Flower Garden und haben den Aufenthalt sehr genossen. Das Hotel liegt in einem wunderschön angelegtem Garten abseits der Straße. So ist es Nachts sehr ruhig, was direkt am Strand durch die teilweise sehr laute Brandung nicht der Fall ist. Zum Strand sind es nur 5 Minuten zu Fuß. Das Hotel hat allerdings auch einen sehr gut gepflegten Pool. Die Cabanas sind geschmackvoll eingerichtet, insbesondere die Badezimmer sind luxuriös. Die Betten waren sehr bequem, das Schlafzimmer gut klimatisiert durch Ventilator und Klimaanlage. Das Essen (von Frühstück, über Snacks bis hin zum Abendessen) ist ausgezeichnet. Sehr frisch und perfekt gewürzt. Das Servicepersonal ist sehr gut ausgebildet, freundlich und aufmerksam. Man kann mit gutem Gewissen sagen, dass Herr Sassi ein super Hotel führt! Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder.

21 Nov 2010

I think Unawatuna is overated although the beach was nice the restuarants were a rip off, advertise one thing then give you something completely different and expect you to eat up and shut up. Apart from breakfast ate outside the resort, we were travelling with friends and they stayed on the beach which was much better.
The staff were quite rude when we ordered a drink 2 turned up and when we said we only wanted one we were told in no uncertain terms to drink it as it was our fault?????
Wouldnt stay there again. Not real clean the toliet was damaged and covered up by a bit of putty.

22 Nov 2010

This is a great guest house to stay in and recommended, above other places, to stay in the area. The location is perfect for those wanting to surf and it also has the best food in the whole of Weligama and nearby Mirissa (including, the 5* 'Weligama Bay Resort' and 'The Fortress' just before Galle).

We came for a few days and stayed a month. It is mostly suited for those who surf or want to learn to surf. Lessons and board hire available.

The rooms are kept very clean, and whilst some can be a bit dark, we stayed in a lovely top floor, sea view room with a long balcony and were very comfortable. The bathrooms could use a little bit of work, but they are manageable.

Negotiate the rate of the room, as during our stay there, we found out about some big discrepancies in price. We secured a good price though and found it excellent value for money.

The staff is wonderful and friendly - especially Chaminda, one of the owners, who will do everything with a smile.

The food though! Can't rave enough about the food. After a month in the area, you end up eating everywhere, including the top-end 5* resorts in the general area. Nothing compares to Merrill's cooking. Totally can recommend the:
Spag Bol
Fresh fish of the day
Cordon Blue
Grilled chicken
Banana Pancakes with ice cream and honey - to die for!

We will really miss Samaru Beach House and Weligama!

26 Nov 2010

Cette étape a été fantastique!
Nous avons été ébahis par la beauté de l'endroit et des plages hyper tranquilles, la propreté des cabanes et des salles de bain, le restaurant on ne peut plus charmant et délicieux!
Pour les plus sensibles, il n'y a pas d'eau chaude...
Nous avons préféré les cabanes aux chalets à cause de la traversée de la rivière sur un "bateau" un peu bancal, l'endroit des chalets est en plus en pleine rénovation mais une fois terminé, il n'en sera que plus splendide!
A conseiller en amoureux, attention à l'accès à la salle de bain en sous sol si vous avez des petits enfants ...

28 Nov 2010

We checked in at the flower garden much later than anticipated at around 10pm after a long and delayed drive from Kandy following a punctured tyre. The staff couldn't be more helpful to swiftly take us to our cabanas and arranged for us to have a later dinner around 11pm. We stayed in a cabana which had it's own veranda and garden. The tropical gardens that sorround the hotel are beatifully landscaped and maintained. The hotel is tucked away at the beginning of the road that leads to the beach (5 min walk) and has numerous restaurants, cafes and shops all around. We had the opportunity to sample both western and sri lankan cuisine during our stay and were surprised by the exceptional standard. It's also great value for money with a 3 course meal starting around £7. Our favourites were beef in baudelaise sauce; fish unawatuna style and jumbo prawns! 3 out of 4 of our party are ethnically Sri Lankan and felt that the traditinal Sri Lankan curries were also excellant. We'd definetly stay here again!

01 Dec 2010

this was a hiddem gem; I stayed with family and friends and enjoyed my luxury large elegant bungalow from where you can hear the jungle animals noises and birds at all times- Nice pool, very kind staff and a fantastic restaurant where the owner SASSI cooks in a wonderful way. it is a 5 minutes walk to the nice beach where at la tartaruga an Italian srilankan small place you can enjoy the beach with a sunbed and eat quite well at reasonable prices.

01 Dec 2010

Located centrally, it allows one easy access to the Temple of the Tooth relic, the cultural center, the market area, shopping and the various restaurants that outline the streets of Kandy.
The guest house is a quiet place that is fully occupied most times. The rooms are neat, simple and clean. Bathrooms are clean with hot water ( though it takes a while for hot water to flow in). There isnt much amenities offered, but the view to the Knuckles range from the patio is excellent. It is also value for money.
It is advisable to choose Half board while booking..

03 Dec 2010

I chose Samaru especially because I have always wanted to have a go at surfing - and it was the perfect spot for it! The waves are consistent but never too high... which is lucky because I wasn't a natural let's put it that way! Aruna was so patient and encouraging and it was a lot of fun, I would definitely go back and try again. The beach is so lovely and I often had it all to myself... which seems criminal really (not that I am complaining!) Twilight swims were a must, with the sun setting behind the palm trees.... BLISS! As for the hotel it was great - again I had the whole place to myself (!!) due to it being low season, so was treated like a queen. Although I was by myself I never felt lonely, the staff are so friendly and Aruna took me on some great trips round Weligama, stopping specifically at places he knew would be of interest to me. Plus, it was a great place to lie in the hammock and read my book. Weligama is a fishing town so doesn't feel at all over developed or too affected by the tourism trade, which I really liked. It;s not a super fancy hotel but I certainly didn't care - it is clean and has lots of great spots to relax. There is also a new two story dining pavilion right on the beach - lovely in the evening for a spot of sunset dining. I would go back anytime!

04 Dec 2010

...die sauberste, komfortablste, sicherste und angenehmste Unterkunft meiner 2-wöchigen SriLanka Rundreise ist das 'MyVillage' in Tissa; zudem habe ich hier den besten Kaffee bekommen... insbesondere für Naturfreunde und Familien zu empfehlen: direkt vor dem Hotel ein See, Affen, Schetterlinge und Wasservögel im Überfluß, in unmittelbarer Nähe der Yala-NP mit Leoparden (2 x gesehen) und Elefanten (10 x gesehen), einfach ideal!

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