We stayed 4 nights at this hotel and we enjoyed every bit of it.
We stayed at the penthouse suite and had 2 rooms. The best thing was the terracce overlooking the sea - amazing:)
The food in the restaurant was ok, but not too overwhelming.
This place is right on the beach just above a restaurant. So when we were taken there we thought it would be an absolute dump! How wrong we were! The room we had was stunning! Flat screen TV, big double bed, amazing balcony to look over the stunning beach, and an amazing bathroom! Couldn't ask for more! We had one of the best 3 nights of our lives there, really living it up!
The guys that own the place were amazingly nice as well.
For young travellers that are here to enjoy themselves, this is the place to be. It isn't a family place, and nor does it pretend to be.
We got the place for $40 a night, which I know is 50% the norm, but it was also the low-season. This was incredible value for money for 3 of us!
One problem is the cleaning up, which isn't normally done, you need to ask them to do it especially.
But this place made Unawatuna for me. I was very happy to be there and experience the amazing beaches that Sri Lanka had to offer!
The hotel starts down the hill with the restaurant and the nice swimming-pool. First floor are already rooms with a view on the pool but going up the hill it still goes better. We had there one of the rooms 3 till 6 with spacious balconies in a forest-setting with numerous birds and animals around. Very relaxing.
The breakfast is very good. For dinner they have a poor choise of vegetarian dishes. They offer also a wide range of ayurvedic treatments but as we ordered the first appointment could be made after two days.
We did a lot of research for accommodation in Unawatuna and this one just popped up at the last minute and we are so glad it did. Compared to other hotels and guest houses in the area this if by far superior. It's only a small 4 room boutique property and is often booked out so I suggsest booking in advance. We discovered many people trying to get a room only to be disappointed. Their website displays availability and it's also avalable on Agoda however the prices are pretty much the same around $120 a night in peak sason.
The room was large and spotlessy clean. I was told that housekeeping actually spend an hour servicing each room. I walked in one day to find 2 houskeepers, one doing the room and one polishing taps in the bathroom. The cleanliness was second to none. All rooms have great views over Unawatuna Beach.
What really makes this hotel a first choice is the staff. They are simply wonderful and work very hard to make your stay comfortable. Staff are multi tasked so you will see them often in different areas and form a friendship with them. They are truly a credit to this hotel.
The restaurant is a popular place and often a booking is required for busy nights like weekends. Its right on the sand and the food is devine. There are no Sri Lankan options but more Western fusion/Thai selections. The tuna steak was excellent.
Breakfast is not included but very good. The omlette with the works is perfect. The amount of toast you get with each order is immence, basically half a loaf of bread.
The small beach is unfortunately a little rocky but 2 doors down is a great spot to swim. This did not detract our stay what so ever as you are in a great location and its only a short few meter walk to a better beach.
My only regret about Kingfisher is posting this review as it may make it more difficult to book next time.
We have stayed in Unawatuna for 10 days, and have been in almost every restaurant we have found, and the on in Thaproban hotel was the best one, talking about food and service, so you have definitely try it.
And from my self, wish all the best to this restaurant, keep it up.
i have heard about the place but wasnt sure about the rooms. Didnt expect to have decent rooms. It was cleaner than expected.View is amazing.but i thought room only $80 is bit too much for the place. Staff was helpful. Nothing special about the food. do not try the milkshake. wasn't good at all...
nice place to end the impasse. Clean, spacious rooms, friendly staff, excellent breakfast. Cosy restaurant, swimming pool and clean environment.
2 times a day cleaning the rooms. Every day of the week, towels are changed.
within a 5 minute walk to the beach, the beach.
Friends and I stayed here for 10 days in Feb....
Staff were extremely friendly and their Customer service was 1st Class... We arranged our collection from the airpport and subsequent tour via Medha which went to plan although our driver was not fully conversant in English as we agreed which was slightly disappointing.
Breakfast was plentiful and freshly prepared and not a buffet option - which was great and the hotel staff were very accomodating
Rooms were clean and very comfortable and the hotel completely served the purpose for our holiday and budget.
Would be more than happy to return .....
J'ai passé quelques nuits dans cet hôtel.
La chambre est vraiment magnifique, assez design ( grand lit très confortable, SDB immense et magnifique avec une superbe douche, bouilloire) et une vue magnifique sur la mer, avec un grand balcon.
Le personnel est très sympathique, ambiance festive le soir... cocktails et nourriture très bonne.
Le soir, le personnel propose des poissons et fruits de mer incroyablement bons et frais. On choisit le produit frais, et ils le cuisinent sous nos yeux.
Les chambres sont tout de même un peu chère, mais ca vaut malgré tout le coup de s'offrir une ou 2 nuits dans cet endroit!
We found this hotel on Tripadviser, read the reviews and booked ......... it did not disappoint !!
Fabulous location for a lazy beach holiday .... the whole atmosphere is relaxed, everywhere is spotlessly clean and modern, the rooms are beautiful ......the staff are a great team, friendly, helpful and extremely efficient and to top it all the food is the best in the area. Not forgetting the cocktails !
Our pick-up driver from the airport was also our tuktuk driver throughout our stay, he took us to nearby Galle recommended a place to buy spices in the busy vegetable market, also the area of Colombo Rd which is the (Hatton Garden) of Galle. He also took us to a Tea Plantation stopping on the way to show us a Turtle Farm, pointing out where the Stick Fishermen fish, as we drove inland he showed us Water Buffalo, Cinnamon trees, Rice fields and lots more information on the area, stopping whenever we wanted to take pictures.
We would thoroughly recommend him, named Prussand with his immaculate pink tuk tuk !
Ask Namal at the hotel to book him for you.
It was our first stop at a beach resort during our 2 week trip of Sri Lanka. We thought the staff very friendly, the hotel room was ok, and the location was great. However, we were a bit disappointed about the beach, which seemed to be washed away. Overall we enjoyed the stay, but would not return to Unawatuna.
Жили в башенном корпусе. Очень понравилось расположение этого отеля - в джунглях, вдали от шумных тусовок. Идеальное место для отдыха от городской суеты. Звуки природы нам абсолютно не мешали спать, скорее наоборот - приятно просыпаться под пение птиц. Каждый день прямо на лестнице, ведущей в номер, встречали геконов с синими головами, наблюдали с балкона обезьян крупных черных и рыжих поменьше. Обезьяны на нас не обращали никакого внимания, даже когда пытались угостить бананами... поэтому вещи на балконе оставляли спокойно. Хамелеон на фото - на расстоянии вытянутой руки от нашего балкона. Нам не мешали муравьи в ванной - наши тропы не пересекались))) Полотенца меняют не ежедневно, но по просьбе все делают в течении нескольких минут. Ежедневно занимались йогой (для начинающих, коими мы все и являемся), попробовали все виды аюрведического массажа и не по разу, очень понравилась Широдара! Массажисты настоящие профи! Очень вкусно готовят в ресторане, завтраки изумительны, попробуйте "Шри-Ланкан омлет". Была удивлена качеству и вкусу молока...очень вкусное и безопасно (наши дети пили). Общение с персоналом в основном на английском, русский не понимают. Пляж мы выбрали в отеле Рок хауз - спокойно и немноголюдно, как раз для семейного отдыха.