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Villa Ocean View Hotel
Ranked #10 of 10 Hotels in Wadduwa
Surrey, England
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Lots of TLC is required at this Hotel the word is management are to update”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

A hotel with potential although when our group arrived we all agreed it needs lots of TLC. Bedrooms smelt damp, bathroom needed a good clean and grouting in between tiles was disgusting , towels very old and worn although bedroom a great size with super outlook. State of exterior beyond just a lick of paint it needs a complete overhaul - certainly NOT 4* STANDARD.
I was told this hotel is due to be refurbished from April 2013 onwards and not before time. Apparently the management wish to get a 5 * international rating -
For the management PLEASE look at reaching a proper 4* before attempting higher. (please see below for the positives)

Foor average although plentiful- would have liked to have had a bigger selection of Sri Lankan food and local fresh fish particularly as there are no restaurants close by....................... EXCEPT for a super small beach bar we found along the beach about 45 mins walk away (10mins by tuk tuk ) called JANIREST where they serve the most amazing fresh langoustine, lobster, crab, white fish etc etc. Jani is also a great guide of places to visit in Sri Lanka. A few of us had a great day out with him and his driver down to Galle stopping off at a number of interesting places on the way down (including turtle hatcheries moonstone mines, stilt fishermen etc) - we all tasted lemon gin for the first time too!!!

On the other hand staff couldn't be more helpful - all including restaurant, bar, pool, room staff were charming, very helpful and put themselves out to help. It's unfortunate they allow untamed dogs into the resort - they are quite nice dogs but the Managers go around with sticks to threaten them off and the dogs cringe. I would have thought they should gather them up and take them to a dog shelter or at least look after them properly so they don't roam around like wild animals.

We were a small group of single travellers having met for the first time at this hotel. Our holiday was marvellous, so much so the bathroom and the tired hotel seemed to vanish from sight.

The hotel is positioned a couple of hours south of airport so easy to reach
It is in an ideal position to take visits to both north and south of the island
Monika the elephant visited us regularly in the grounds - she is just amazing - we all fell in love with her.
The grounds are a decent size and and fairly well maintained.
The swimming pool if clean and a good size.
Lovely sandy beach is just outside security fencing of hotel and stretches for miles and miles where you will see only local fishermen and the odd walker.
Huge rolling waves crashing down on the beach - great challenge and good for body surfing although a very strong undercurrent.
STAFF in hotel GREAT - very friendly, charming and helpful. Lovely people.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

well this is my forth time i came to this hotel as far as am concern they have gone down there service as far as am consern,but i shout say if you need to relax it is a very good place and nice beach ,definitly am happy with that nature.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Mid of February of 2013 a group of 12 persons was in the hotel. The hotel was infomerd one hour before we arrived. But nothing was arranged when we arrived. So, we wasted our time at the rececption. (Nobody could give us the right keys.) After going into the rooms we found out that many were NOT CLEANED: dirty bed sheets, dirty seats (like after a party), dirty floors (so it was better to go around in shoes in the room), MANY DEAD MOSQUITOS in the bath and in the room. In the night it was (very) cold, so that we called the reception to get some sheets because there were NO SHEETS IN THE ROOM. In general we got nothing. I used two towels from the bath room. The next morning some members of our group wanted to get a wake up call by the reception. NONE of some got a call in the morning. So, they all were very late in the morning. After checking out of the room we wanted to leave our luggage in a luggage room. First they offered the floor area at the entrance. But we did not want it because the hotel is not taking any responsibility for stolen things. Then they offered us a DIRTY; SMELLING ROOM with some MOIULD at the wall. In the room was also not much space. Then they offered a space at an open room where every body could walk in and were nobody could control the luggage. (On the one hand side the hotel is saying to watch the own valubles and on the other side they make it very easy for thieves to steal luggage of customers who want to leave.) After more then one hour talking and talking we got a room to leave the luggage there.
The manager of the hotel was not there so that we could talk only with the assistence. There were no excuse of this people in words, drinks or a snack.
We had a nightflight back. Instead of being well-rested we had a horrible night in the hotel and were tired in the morning.

Room Tip: NO ROOM IN THE BIG HOUSE (best idea: take another hotel)
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the ocean view before going on to the maldives. The hotel is a bit isolated but you can always take a trip in a tuk-tuk or on the train! The hotel is beautifully situated right by the beach - a dream. The staff are so friendly and will do anything for you. Its a nice quiet place, ideal for relaxing and the food is excellent and so are the local drinks. Beware of the mossis although there are a lot of ghekkos about to get rid of some of them!

The pool area is lovely and well kept. We stayed in a room in one of the blocks which was basic - be warned though the electricity goes off often. A trip to the elephant orphanage and temple of the tooth is a must and i have to say this was my favourite holiday of all time!

  • Stayed March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2013

I would avoid this place at all costs!
Rooms were horrible and dirty, towels were thread bare, half the bathroom was covered in a plastic shelter, curtain pole fell off when trying to open them, TV didnt work, ceiling fan was hanging off by the wires, when you look outside to the other building they were covered in something. The place was not well maintained at all. The beach was dirty full of rubbish and had black sand every where.

1 plus point was the staff were friendly. The manager is a horrible guy who made our experience very unpleasant.

Room Tip: Find a different hotel. Bentota beach hotel is very nice!!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2013

Just watched " RIP OF BRITAN/ Holidays on 11/01/13 this establishment features highly for overcharging customers, ( Demanding money) Sending letters to your home address when you have returned from your holiday, so book at your peril.!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Vantaa
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

The staff of the hotel is super, very customerfriendy and ready to help. But at present this hotel is good only for a family who is ready to stay in one place as because of the lonely location of Ocean View it is almost a must to eat at hotel restaurant - and pay far too much. Hotel would get more customers if the prices of rooms and food were more reasonable.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Villa Ocean View Hotel
Address: Molligodawatte, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Wadduwa
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Wadduwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa Ocean View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 143
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