We couldn't find a lot in Mirissa online to pre-book within our price range and with aircon, we chose this place and very glad we did. We did not have air con in Kandy or Ella as not needed, but here would have been far more unpleasant without it, as you cannot open the windows due to mozzies and no mozzie screens (unlike SE Asia they dont seem to have mozzie protection on windows in Sri Lanka which is most odd. Mozzie net was in the worst condition of any guesthouse we uesd in Sri Lanka, but better than most we have come across in SE Asia.
Room nice and big with good terrace onto the gardens for monkey viewing. Bathroom small with a weird door to shower which meant floor got wet after a shower rather unnecessarily. Room clean except an old packet and cotton bud lying by the side of the bed which was weird as they were very easy to spot!
Location is great as away from the noisy and polluted main road, but still only minutes from the beach. Also good as it forces you away from the beach drag so you can see some more local eateries etc.
Whale watching is cheaper from little Italian place at the bottom of the road. We saw 2 blue whales, but will never go whale watching again!
Was not offered a Sri Lankan breakfast (which I would have preferred), so had the western both mornings which was fine for an included meal. We asked if we could have late breakfast one day as we were whale watching, and they didi this for us (about 11am) so very impressed. They did not screw us on exchange rate of dollars to rupees.
Staff helpful and this was probably the most pleasant place we stayed in, on our trip (also the second most expensive). We did ask some places how much they were for walk in and you can save money, but some of the more swanky places on the beach were in the hundreds of dollars.
This is a good compromise and no regrets in the booking. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rinerside Cabanas are situated at Mirissa, southern coastal line of Sri Lanka. It's only 100m (3 minutes walk) away from the beautiful Mirissa beach, yet with nicely landscaped garden and tranquil surroundings, and so you are away from Colombo-Matara road traffic noise and sometimes beach hazel. Riverside Cabanas have both AC and Non AC rooms and its specious restaurant caters both local and western food at an attractive price. ... more less
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