Hotel J Unawatuna
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Hotel J Unawatuna

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4.0
#3 of 33 hostels in Unawatuna
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
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Hotel J Unawatuna, is situated just ten minutes walking distance from the palm lined beaches and turquoise waters of Unawatuna Bay and just 6 km away from the historic city of Galle. It is a peaceful yet buzzing retreat that is environmentally conscious and aims to be the first plastic free hotel in Sri Lanka. Choose between our cozy dormitories, double rooms or family suite, to suit your budget. Warm, welcoming and modern, our 31 comfortable rooms feature balconies, and our 5 dormitories offer everything you need for an enjoyable stay.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Coffee shop
Game room
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Car hire
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Cable / satellite TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Budget

Location

165 Matara Rd., Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 75 out of 100
75
Koggala Airport
Mawella Lagoon Airport
30.2 mi
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Chuky333 wrote a review Mar 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka156 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel J was a hotel which was top on our list as we were looking for a budget hotel and also because we were planning to roam around the city without staying at the hotel. Our overall experience was good. The rooms were clean and satisfactory (obviously you can't expect a five-star level from a budget hotel) but the beds and the room were comfier enough for a one night stay. Washrooms could have been better, especially the toilet seats. They were stained and were not great. There was a leak in one of the bidet showers. The pool was great, soothing and relaxing. They have all sorts of games like Uno, foosball, darts, etc. J is a safe place for girls as well. There are so many places to visit around like Wijaya beach etc. If you are planning to use tuk-tuks in front of the hotel, make sure you ask the price first before you get in and bargain. My opinion is to use busses to travel around the city as there are many busses which are almost empty. The customer service is really good. Everyone helped us alot! Loved our stay! will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from hoteljsl, General Manager at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for the great and detailed review following your stay with us. We are delighted to know you enjoyed yourself. It is always a treat to receive positive comments from satisfied guests like yourself as it not only compliments our services but also delivers a promising message to all our future guests. We thank you for your patronage and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J soon. Did you know that we also have Hotel J in Negombo and Ambalangoda. Ayubowan, Robert Claesson Team Leader – Hotel J
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TorriePow wrote a review May 2020
Portland, Oregon14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Hotel J for a few nights this month and found the team helpful and eager to help us with anything we needed through our stay.

The breakfast was delicious and extremely filling, and their menu in general was extensive, from burgers and sandwiches, to pizzas, pastas, and some traditional Sri Lankan dishes like devilled fish, prawn curry and fried rice.

A special thanks to the manager Robert, as well as the whole team for taking excellent care of us during our visit. We will be back soon!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from hoteljsl, General Manager at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 25 Jun 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for the positive review following your stay with us at Hotel J, Unawatuna. We are glad to know that you felt safe and secure during your stay. We at Hotel J take customer feedback very seriously. Your kind words regarding the service offered to you and the food not only motivates us but also delivers a positive message to our future guests. Once again, we thank you for choosing to stay at Hotel J, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Did you know we also have Hotel J's in Ambalangoda and Negombo? Ayubowan! Robert Claesson Team Leader – Hotel J
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Samud Gunasekera wrote a review Mar 2021
Colombo, Sri Lanka354 contributions59 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nicely located opposite to the famous Rumassala mountain in Unawatuna city. Old house with Dutch architecture has converted into a city hotel. Old Dutch architectural features are adding an elegant look to the hotel. The open veranda restaurant is a very nice place to have a beer or morning breakfast. They serve a great American breakfast and their Italian food, Pasta, Pizza , salads and sandwiches are very good too.

Hotel gives easy access to all attractions in the area and has ample parking. Rooms are spacious , clean and very nice. Hotel Manager Mr Farrel Blom is is a wonderful gentleman and managing the property very well. He is a true service champion. His assistant Sheron and the entire staff was very friendly and helpful. Truly a 5 star experience!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Hotel J, Marketing at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 5 Apr 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to Hotel J Unawatuna. We are simply delighted in knowing you and your family enjoyed the short time with us and loved our hospitality and food. Our gratitude goes out to you for sharing your experience with fellow TripAdvisor reviewers, and your recommendation is highly appreciated. While thanking you for your patronage; we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J Unawatuna soon. Ayubowan! Farrel Blom Team Leader - Hotel J Unawatuna
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Anna wrote a review Mar 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Our hotel room was unclean when we moved in. The floor and bathroom were filthy and clearly hadn't been cleaned (hairs everywhere). Stains on the bedsheets. There was a lot of rust in the bathroom and the air conditioner unit leaked a black liquid. Worst of all we woke up to swarm of ants in our bed.

The location is poor, it's located on a busy noisy street and away from the beach.

We asked the hotel to book us a cab for us to the airport (their website states that they offer an airport transfer) they said they didn't book cabs for guests and we should go into the street and haggle a price. Absolutely no customer service, do not stay here.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from hoteljsl, General Manager at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor following your recent stay with us at Hotel J. We take our commitment to guest satisfaction very seriously and I have shared your specific comments with all departments concerned and it has been addressed. Honest feedback such as yours is what helps us continuously improve the service we offer. However, regarding the cab, we have an agreed fixed price from the local tuk-tuk drivers outside the Hotel that we recommend. I am sorry that it was not communicated to you. Once again, we thank you for staying with us and I sincerely apologize for the unpleasant experience. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J soon. Until we meet again, thank you for your patronage. Ayubowan, Robert Claesson Team Leader – Hotel J
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Piyaly B wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a good place to stay at if you’re on a budget trip! The rooms are fairly decent, and the setting of the hotel is ideal and simple. However the only negative thing to comment here is that their service was not so great. Upon our arrival at the hotel we were told that the specific room we booked (6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room) was already given out to another guest prior to our arrival, resulting in us having to settle in two separate rooms instead of one we chose. It was quite unprofessional of them and rather disappointing.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Hotel J, Marketing at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 3 Sept 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on TripAdvisor following your recent stay with us. First and foremost, I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the room reservation while staying with us. We are disappointed in knowing that your expectations were not met. Thank you for letting us know of our shortcomings and its reviews such as yours that helps us improve the quality of the service and the product we offer. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J very soon. Ayubowan! (May you live longer) Robert Claesson Team Leader – Hotel J
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2torontotraveller wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada1,925 contribution627 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this hotel as part of a G Adventures tour of Sri Lanka. The hotel room was Ok but not as clean as I would have liked. They did not provide us with water but there is a convenience store located across the street.

I did use the pool and it was lovely. I also used the restaurant as well and enjoyed the breakfast but I didn't like their pasta.

Since this was my last day in Sri Lanka and I was not going to be picked up by my cab driver, they allowed me to stay in my room until I got picked up at 7 pm. I was very grateful for this.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from hoteljsl, General Manager at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 5 Mar 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor following your recent stay with us. We take our commitment to guest satisfaction very seriously and I have shared your specific comments about the cleanliness and it has been addressed. However, we are glad to read you were satisfied with your late checkout and breakfast. Until we meet again, thank you for your patronage. Did you know we also have Hotel J in Ambalangoda and Negombo? Ayubowan, Robert Claesson Team Leader – Hotel J
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Diyandri Chandrapala wrote a review Jul 2023
Negombo, Sri Lanka16 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited Hotel J Unawatuna with a few of my friends, and we got two triple rooms with breakfast. It is a very calm and quiet place for a quick get-away. It is also located in an area where we could walk towards many restaurants and the Unawatuna Beach. The food we ordered from the hotel was really good and did pretty well with the quantity. The rooms that we got were spacious and clean (but the bathrooms could be a bit more cleaner). Even though they don't provide tea/coffee making facilities or water bottles in the room, as they do belong to Jetwing budget hotels, overall, the rooms, food, and service from the staff were second to none. I will certainly be staying here again!
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Hotel J, General Manager at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 19 Oct 2023
Dear Diyandri, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to Hotel J Unawatuna! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found it to be a calm and convenient place for a quick getaway. The proximity to restaurants and Unawatuna Beach is a plus. Even though you enjoyed the rooms, we do acknowledge that there is room for improvement in the cleanliness of our washrooms. We are committed to addressing the cleanliness issue promptly to ensure a more enjoyable stay for our guests. Your satisfaction is paramount to us, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back and make your next visit even more enjoyable. The fact that you found the service from our associates to be exceptional is wonderful to hear. Our gratitude goes out to you for sharing your experience with fellow TripAdvisor reviewers, and your recommendation is highly appreciated. While thanking you for your patronage, we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J Unawatuna soon. Ayubowan! (May you Live Long!) Ruwindra Dias Team Leader - Hotel J Unawatuna
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Rajith7777 wrote a review Apr 2021
Malabe2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my family visited during April 2021, they were very quick to check us in no delays at the counter even though it was a busy night. Friendly staff, hotel is managed by young manager who always keep fun going.

Food was over the top, I can say quality is definitely par with best restaurants in any part of the island. Food is one of the many reasons we want to visit Hotel J Unawatuna again and again.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Hotel J, Marketing at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 20 Apr 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to Hotel J Unawatuna. We are simply delighted in knowing you and your family enjoyed the short time with us and loved our hospitality and food. Thank you for the wonderful comment which mentions that our food is one of the best in the island. Our gratitude goes out to you for sharing your experience with fellow TripAdvisor reviewers and your recommendation is highly appreciated. While thanking you for your patronage, we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J Unawatuna soon. Sincerely, Farrel Blom Team Leader - Hotel J Unawatuna
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Sanduni E wrote a review Jan 2021
19 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect for a budget trip. A perfect little room with all amenities. They were clean, had free wifi. Had a pretty little pool, beanbags by the side of it. The hotel offered different games at a separate corner.

The staff members were flexible with the items on the menu. The food was good.
Would call this a backpacking spot- that's the vibe it gave.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Hotel J, Marketing at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 3 Mar 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to Hotel J Unawatuna. We are simply delighted in knowing you enjoyed the short time with us and loved our hospitality, Food & the Atmosphere. Our gratitude goes out to you for sharing your experience with fellow TripAdvisor reviewers, and your recommendation is highly appreciated. While thanking you for your patronage; we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J Unawatuna soon. Sincerely, Farrel Blom Team Leader - Hotel J Unawatuna
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tdel wrote a review Feb 2021
Kandy, Sri Lanka221 contributions65 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Ideal location to relax on your way to south from Colombo or wise versa.
Lay out of common areas are creating homely atmosphere.
Swimming pool certainly a valuve addition Licenced bar provide good selection of alchohol.
We were on our way to a meeting and would have stayed overnight if time permitted
Friendly staff.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Hotel J, Marketing at Hotel J Unawatuna
Responded 3 Mar 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review on TripAdvisor following your recent visit to Hotel J Unawatuna. We are simply delighted in knowing you enjoyed the short time with us and loved our hospitality, Food & the Atmosphere. Our gratitude goes out to you for sharing your experience with fellow TripAdvisor reviewers, and your recommendation is highly appreciated. We would have loved to accommodate you in our hotel. While thanking you for your patronage; we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel J Unawatuna soon. Sincerely, Farrel Blom Team Leader - Hotel J Unawatuna
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Catrin L asked a question Apr 2019
8 contributions5 helpful votes
how much is the shuttle service to cmb airport?
Answer from Kesh R
London, United Kingdom20 contributions24 helpful votes
Not sure how much they charge but in general it will be cheaper to hire a third party taxi service. However, if you're traveling after 2019 June and if you don't have lot of luggages you can take a intercity bus service from Galle town to the CMB airport (Outer Circular Highway will be opened by that time). This will be extremely cost effective compare to taxi service.
Rajitha P wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unawatuna is a good location to stay near Fort Galle"
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Lorraine wrote a tip Aug 2023
Glasgow, United Kingdom61 contributions35 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Typically crowded at weekends. Ensure you have a 'cleaning card' for your door. Pool towels are available - just ask if there are none out."
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Shiraz S wrote a tip Mar 2023
53 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ideal location to park for the night and do sightseeing during the day."
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Dia Lanka Travels wrote a tip Mar 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka16 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pool View Room"
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Namal Pradeep wrote a tip Feb 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"best views location"
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PRICE RANGE
£21 - £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictUnawatuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
36
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel J Unawatuna
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel J Unawatuna?
Nearby attractions include Swing Ceylon (0.01 miles), Sunrise jewellers (0.2 miles), and Brilliant Taxi And Tours Unawatuna (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel J Unawatuna?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel J Unawatuna?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel J Unawatuna?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel J Unawatuna?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black & White Restaurant, Coconut Style, and Yellow Cabin.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel J Unawatuna?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Hotel J Unawatuna located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the centre of Unawatuna.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel J Unawatuna?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (2.4 miles), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (2.1 miles), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (2.3 miles).
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