Having read the review below I was understandably worried about my stay at Joe's Bungalow (it appeared after we'd already booked). Having said there, I felt that the reviewer was overly harsh and did not give the bungalow credit for some very positive aspects. The setting of the bungalow is undeniably stunning - it looks out over the beach and has a lovely private garden which is great for sitting and reading in. The staff are friendly and helpful and will cook meals for you (we only took breakfast). We met Joe himself, who was very friendly and was telling us all about the area and the property. It is good value for money, given the location you get. The rooms, although damp, are well fitted and have comfortable beds.
The major drawback of Joe's Bungalow is the fact it is located right on the main road from Galle, which is very busy and noisy throughout the day and night. We struggled to get a good night's sleep in our 3 night stay - and that was with one of us wearing earplugs. The trucks and buses hoot their horns as they are going past, as its on a slight bend in the road. The ground floor villa seems to be slightly better than the upper floor, as it has marginal protection from the surrounding wall.
This criticism has to be placed in the context of Unawatuna as a whole - it is not a quiet place. Most of the other properties are either along the same road as Joe's Bungalow or are in the village itself where the noise comes from the all-night bars and discos. Pick your evil!!! You really need to decide whether the road noise would bother you that much - for two of our party of four it did, but the other two felt it didn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Joe's Bungalow is a privately owned beach bungalow with 4 double rooms in the main house and 2 seperate villas. The whole property can accomodate 12 people. Situated on Unawatuna the beach, the property has a large garden and jacuzzi for guests. No food is included in the room rate but we provide a cook who can prepare meals. Rates are $200 for the bungalow (4 double rooms) per night and $50 per villa per night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Joe`s Bungalow Hotel Unawatuna