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Ypsylon Tourist Resort & Diving School
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

The Hotel Infra is really Awsome and worth staying overnight here. Rooms are sea facing. They have a restaurant on the beach which is a plus. Also the beach is very nice and you can spend some good time with family. Waves are cool.
Another add on, the resort inhouses a Diving School, if you are fond of diving or want to adventure then its the right place.
Quality of food is also good. Also rooms and the entire property is clean and well maintained.
The only improvement they need to improve is the hospitality. I dont want to get into the detail. Let the management take this input and work upon.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ankur007
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We stayed at Ypsylon for just over 2 weeks in Dec 2013 and had a nice time. The hotel location is hard to beat - right on the beach. The swimming right in front of the hotel was great the entire time we were there. That section of the beach is smallish so the sun beds are up on the lawn above a small retaining wall which is good because there is a non-stop procession of vendors and locals all with great 'advice' or great deals to offer. They do not come up onto the hotel grounds. As you walk south the beach is much larger but the hotels are mostly much further back and they have actual fences separating the property from the sand.
We has a main floor room with a/c and a small patio in front. It was a good size with comfortable bed, reading lights, bed side tables, small desk and large armoire. The bathroom had a decent sized vanity and a well designed shower (hot water and good water pressure). Everything was spotless and the housekeeping crew did a great job keeping it up. (Most days they were in and out before we returned from breakfast.) There was a mozzie net but we rarely used it. They could be pesky outside in the evening but we were little bothered in the room. As an added bonus there were plenty of very conveniently located electrical outlets that accepted standard charging devices for our electronics.
Breakfast was included and we were happy with the selections. There was a different Sri Lankan breakfast each day and enjoyed the ones we did try - particularly the milk rice served with fruit salad. When we did choose the Continental instead we were always pleased. There was always more food than we could eat. Loved the Passion Fruit jam!
We ate dinner here fairly often and were disappointed only a couple of times. Found that chicken was always a good choice.
The staff were all great. As mentioned housekeeping was A1. Front desk was helpful. The wait staff were all very friendly and eager to please. The groundskeepers were on the job early and did a great job. Security was vigilant.
We were looking for a reasonably priced hotel with direct beach access and that is what we got. It isn't 5 star by any means but it was clean and comfortable. No wifi in the room but it sometimes worked on the patio and the restaurant tables were only a few steps away.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank betdan-canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Location right on the beach, we couldn't expect better for our first night in Sri Lanka. Room ok, not fantastic. Baby cot was provided free of charge.
Breakfast average compared to what we got later during our trip. Sri Lankan people are extremely friendly, but we found that at Ypsylon service was average, people were a bit cold.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Erikaf81
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

My husband and I spent three days at this lovely small, intimate resort and couldn't fault anything. We had booked an air conditioned room but on arrival was advised that it wasn't available that night but would be the following day. Instead they gave us a magnificent room overlooking the beach, with ceiling fan and just so tastefully decorated, with everything we could need. We were also given complimentary breakfast as an apology - so lovely! The air conditioned room was not as nice so we opted to stay where we were and receive the complimentary breakfast! Very nice touch. The room was beautifully clean and very well maintained too.

The resort is literally right on the beach, a lovely clean beach with waters safe for swimming. We wanted to do nothing but read and relax and this place was perfect. Staff were excellent in all respects and the food was wonderful, especially the pastas and western dishes. Curry not so brilliant but there were so many other choices of seafood that curry was not required.

Eating each meal on the beach was heaven. Sipping cold beer watching the waves and reading ... just perfect. Great value too.

Room Tip: Choose a non air conditioned room (sea breezes are lovely) on the first floor with private balcony.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lynatbello
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

BACKGROUND & RECOMMENDATION:
As we had decided to travel along the west and south coast, Beruwala seemed like a good stop-over on our way south. We stayed at Ypsylon for 2 nights. Ypsylon calls itself resort, which is probably half-true, but keep in mind that it's a 2-star place that might remind you more of a guest house. Do stay here for a few days if you are travelling on a budget and planning to explore the region rather than staying at the hotel. All in all, it's a good 2 stars, with cleanliness getting an extra point, but I do not see why a non-diver would stay here for longer than 2-3 days. For extended stays in this region, I would personally prefer Bentota, where you will find guest houses at even lower prices, even though most are directly next to the train tracks and might annoy you compared to the much quieter Beruwala.

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIPS:
We took a long-distance train to Aluthgama (beware old men on the train who try to give you 'recommendations' - they're just out for your money) and then a tuk-tuk to Ypsylon. The hotel is well-known and about 4 km away from the railway station. Ypsylon is directly on a long strip of beach and good starting point to explore Bentota and its surroundings. Beruwala itself is very small and there is not much to see. Bentota is about 5-6 km away and roughly divided into a tourist area with hotels, resorts, small shops and markets and Bentota village. Both are small as well, but at least there is some life. A big river runs between Beruwala and Bentota and makes for a good river tour where you can see and even hold baby crocodiles, among other exotic creatures. Beach boys will approach you for that tour every few steps. Others, especially tuk-tuk drivers, will try to introduce you to the local factory (where prices are VERY high compared to common souvenir shops) or shops for tea and spices. There are also a big Buddha statue and a turtle farm if you have extra time.

BEACH:
Just about all rooms have sea view, and the sight is indeed very pretty. Unfortunately, the beach Ypsylon is situated on isn't suitable for bathing or swimming. You'll have to walk further to the left, past the fishermen - and please do, because they tend to throw small dead fish back into the sea and you might be unlucky enough to swim with them. Out in the sea, you will see a long rocky strip which keeps away the strong waves. The water is shallow, but stony, and you will see fish jumping along the rocks if you bother climbing up there. Be careful of the currents, however, they can be very strong, especially in the evening. Children should stay close to the shore.
If you care to explore the coast line, though, I can tell you that I found my favourite Sri Lankan beach (yes, even after visiting Unawatuna and Mirissa) in Bentota. The beach starts just 3-4 km south of Ypsylon, next to a small 'mountain' where you will find a natural Buddha temple (worth a short visit!). We took a boat across the river and ended up at the north end of Bentota beach. We found a spot where the water was calm and shallow, then suddenly got deep, only to become swallow again - as there was a sandy beach right in the middle of the sea! It, too, keeps away the strong waves further on the sea. There are no fish, however, and you'll have to be careful where to step, as the sand tends to give away very suddenly.

FACILITIES:
There is a diving school which seems quite popular with guests, both at Ypsylon and from outside. We didn't try any Ayurveda treatments. The restaurant near the reception is an open, roofed area. It looks extremely unwelcoming and is usually empty, as most people sit at the tables on the beach. There is also a small garden area with a pool, which is very clean and well-kept and easily the most beautiful area in all of Ypsylon. The rest looks stereotypically German: orderly, cold and built to be practical, not pleasing to the eye.

ROOMS:
We had a comfort room with fan and balcony facing the sea. The room was spacious, modern, with good water pressure and hot water, very clean (definitely the cleanest of all our Sri Lanka accomodations) and very well designed. It reminded me a little too much of Europe, but I will not complain about that. The double bed had a much-needed mosquito net, as the top part of the walls on the window and door sides were rows of small pillars... which means mosquitos could come in freely from outside. I didn't like the lighting which was rather dark, but was later thankful for it as it probably attracted less mosquitos. Still, we didn't sleep very well, and both of us counted an endless number of mosquito attacks on our bodies. We were fairly happy to leave Ypsylon after 2 nights. Aside from A/C rooms, we noticed that some other rooms didn't seem to have this problem, as a transparent layer covered the pillar part of the wall in other rooms so that they were completely closed. Make sure to check!

FOOD:
Breakfast was inclusive, and that was the first time we realized it was standard fare in most common hotels in Sri Lanka and the Maldives: toast, an egg specialty of your choice (omelette, fried eggs or scrambled eggs), a bit of marmelade and butter, a small selection of fruit (banana, pineapply, watermelon and papaya) and coffee or black tea. (Needless to say, we got very tired of this after 10 more days.) Reading other reviews and their old menu, there had been a time you could choose a more typically Sri Lankan breakfast with curry, but no longer.
Lunch and dinner, by the way, is pricey and of average quality. You just don't have many alternatives if you don't want to take a tuk-tuk to other nearby areas.

SERVICE:
So-so. The staff seems either bored or shy, and there was no personal connection.

OTHER TIPS:
Room prices at Ypsylon are quoted in Euro. Don't bother exchanging money to pay for your room if you already carry Euro. Paying in a different currency will not be in your favour.

Room Tip: Get a room with A/C if you don't want to become mosquito fodder.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Thyla
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