Despite being a small property with very basic rooms, Palm Beach Inn lacks nowhere in quality or facilities.. It's right on Galle road so you can get off right in front of the hotel on the main Colombo-Galle/Matara route.. Very friendly and courteous staff, has direct access to the beach and has a lovely garden.. It appeared to be very busy and popular (the staff were still cleaning and readying up our rooms when we checked in a little after 12pm, and there were people already waiting when we checked out the next day a little after 12pm!).. Palm Beach Inn is on the southern strip of Bentota beach, which is completely deserted and almost like your own piece of sand paradise.. It also has its own beach chairs and umbrellas erected so you can use those.. Breakfast is included (fresh fruits, bread and spreads, fried egg/omelette) which is great.. Their resident tuk tuk driver seemed to be very shrewd and calculating initially, but we warmed up to him and turns out he's street smart but a good person.. Can be helpful..
There is no in-house restaurant so you will have to look for food options around.. Next door options Amal and Wunderbar are unnecessarily expensive and definitely not for everyday eating.. Try Chef's Curry Bowl, about 500m to the right on exiting from the gate; or Perrera & Sons (one of our best discoveries in Sri Lanka and our preferred option), about 2-3km to the left.. P&S is a nationwide chain and has a great lunch buffet.. Other options are also reasonably priced and never disappoint (try the amazing lamprais or the fish curry & rice combo)..
Feedback to hotel and advice for guests: There are some rooms which have a ventilator opening to the outside, which makes for great air circulation, but we found a frog peering in from it once! Definitely going to get the ladies screaming!! We raised it with the staff and they promised to have those netted.. Check if ventilators if any have been netted/closed off before you accept your room..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by lush greenery and vegetation, Palm Beach Inn & Sea Shells Cabanas is situated within a 10-minute drive from the popular Lunuganga. Free Wi-Fi access is available in its public areas and parking is provided at no charge. A 50-minute drive takes guests to the well-known Galle Fort, while Colombo city and Bandaranaike International Airport are within a 2-hour drive away. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is 2 km away. Cooled with a fan or air conditioning, all rooms are simply equipped with a mosquito net, desk and a wardrobe. All rooms feature an attached bathroom offering shower facility. Surrounded by lush greenery, Palm Beach Inn & Sea Shells Cabanas offers a tour desk to assist with sightseeing and travel arrangements. Laundry, massage and airport shuttle service is also available on request. The in-house restaurant serves a tasty spread of Sri Lankan and Western dishes. Guests can also enjoy meals in the privacy of their rooms with room service. ... more less
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