Sunset hotel seems like it's a fairly old hotel complex on the beach of Mirissa. Overall it was a great hotel for me because I planned to be doing lots of activities in the area, and I was not going to spend a huge amount of my time at the hotel. My policy on deciding the type of hotel/room when I travel is:
1. If I am going to be doing a lot of activities in the area then I don't need some fancy-pants resort because I won't take advantage of it because I won't be around
2. Otherwise, a fancy resort may be nice because my vacation will be the resort
So I considered the Sunset my "home base" for doing stuff in the area. There are some good/bads about it so I'll break it down:
1. Very, very friendly staff. They can help you book things as far away as Yala National Park or as odd as trips to tea country to just walk around (which I do recommend BTW).
2. Very reasonable priced meals, very tasty meals. I think they have about the best food prices on Mirissa Beach. Their 6 Sri Lankan curry dish meal was by far my favorite meal I had in Sri Lanka: best tasting and very good priced.
3. Awesome location on the beach. They have about the best, prime location on Mirissa beach. The are near a lagoon area, partially sheltered by waves that you can snorkel and see cool stuff (I saw a sea turtle and big school of fish). On the other side of that lagoon area is the ocean with waves ramming ashore, so if that is peaceful sounding to you, it's definitely a bonus. They are also near a weird huge boulder formation sticking out of ocean that has steps you can walk up which works as an overlook of the whole area. They are also a little away from the "crowds" on the beach (but "crowds" is a loose term because there wasn't much of a crowd when I was there in January).
4. Reasonably priced room. I booked them as part of a week-long surf-scuba package so I can't say exactly what price I got, but I thought the whole package for a week which included the hotel was very reasonable.
1. If you are a resort snob and like upper class, fancy, spoil-me resorts, this is not for you. This is a local mom-and-pop hotel.
2. They are located close to a main road, and traffic can be noisy on that road. They have rooms facing the ocean which I am sure are quiet (w/the exception of the waves hitting the beach), but my room was on the third floor and located much closer to the road than to the beach. As a result I heard a lot of traffic. I wound up sleeping with earplugs, which is not a big deal for me (I've slept in worse situations).
3. In addition to my unfortunate room location, I had an odd situation where one of the two sliding doors in my shower room was missing. I hope they fix that in the near future; they certainly did not try to fix it when I was there (they may not have had a spare sliding door to add). I did ask to change rooms, but it did not happen but I may not have communicated it that clearly to them (or they may not have had rooms to spare at the time). I visited a 2nd level room w/a balcony facing squarely at the ocean and that room appeared nice.
Overall, I rate them highly because they were so helpful and friendly (even just having normal conversations with the staff was enjoyable), the location on the beach is awesome, and the food there was awesome and inexpensive. The room situation I had doesn't give them a perfect score however.
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