Stayed with family over a weekend at Avani Bentota and my experience was a mixed bag.
The hotel is nicely designed (by Geofferey Bawa) and has a welcoming feel to it. The premises are well maintained and so are the rooms. I found the rooms to be cozy and comfy with good size specially if you book a superior room. The pool was lovely and the beach was nice too. Unfortunately you don't get much of a view from the room towards the beach due to the tree line in between. There is a nice gym and a spa as well as a few recreational activities which you can engage in. Also, we were not troubled too much by the trains and we barely heard them from the rooms.
However, the biggest let down was in the restaurant. Perhaps due to the period being the off season not much interest was shown to provide the guests with a good dining experience. The varieties were limited and so were the quantities. Specially the action stations were unmanned and out of stuff. I ordered Spaghetti and got Penne instead and the portion was big enough to feed 4 people. Looks like all the remaining Penne has been served to me so that the chef can be done with it. Overall the food was a big disappointment since the taste was also not up to the mark when compared with similar hotels around the country.
However, the bar was in a totally different level with good selection, prompt service and quality in what was delivered as well as a good ambiance. Sadly the same can not be said of the restaurant.
Also, a word of caution with regard to keeping your room doors open. I had my door open for a few minutes while fiddling with the TV when somebody peeped in from the door. I just saw the movement and quickly went to the door. It was the guy who was doing the painting outside and said he just 'checked' since the door was open. It was a good thing I saw him coming in, otherwise no knowing what he was planning on checking. So never ever leave the doors open and since the doors here are not auto locking, make sure to manually lock all doors when leaving.
All in all the hotel has a good potential and can truly be world class but at the moment it is just average for me.
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- Also Known As:
- Avani Bentota Resort And Spa
- Avani Bentota Hotel Bentota
- Serendib Hotel Bentota