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Banana Garden
Ranked #107 of 146 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 February 2012

we stayed here as a last resort (NYE and everything else fully-booked)
It was AWFUL
The staff constantly hustled us, trying to sell things
The rooms were dirty (cockroaches and whatever else - so dark and brown, probably just as well we could not see) and the electricity cut out at least three times per day - usually when you wanted to take a shower
You are compelled to be half-board, but the food was really quite awful - trying to get what you wanted was a challenge
Worst of all, having been totally ripped off staying here (we paid twice the price of much cleaner, european-run Sunil'a Garden at the other end of the bay), we returned to discover that we were charged an extortionate fee to use our card to pay the bill.
Awful, expensive experience!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Pqowieuryt2
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

Totally overpriced, but a fabulous setting (right on the beach) with great view. Friendly staff. Beds are extra length. Beers are cold. Rooms are dull, minimalistic, drab, dark and depressing (small windows). No facilities. Food is unimaginative, basic and only item worth mentioning is the prawns. Room rate is DB&B, so you have no choice but to eat there since you've paid for it. They're always punting the "local, hand-made Sri Lankan food", but even that lacks imagination. They play elevator music which is on "repeat" so be warned.

Room Tip: All are sea facing.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank normakidson
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Stayed here with friends over the New Year period. Had a great time. Rooms clean and comfortable although from reading other reviews I would ask to be located in the main building (stairs up from the side of reception) as I think these are better. We did lose power (and unfortunately water as we were on the top floor which required the pump to work) for various periods of the stay which was difficult but the managers handled it well and really there was little they could do. Food severed in the restaurant was very tasty and good(although we only had the curries so I couldn't speak for more western style dishes). Location is amazing as you are right on the beach and can see the full length of the bay of Unawatuna. Would recommend this place.

Room Tip: As mentioned, ask for a room in the taller building above the main reception
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank SharonLON
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

Nice cheapish hotel in a beautiful location. Beach just a few feet away. The food is excellent but the rooms and bathrooms could be better. There is no TV and the bathroom has a concrete floor with an open shower that drains to a hole in the corner. Rooms have Air Con.
Staff and owners really nice. This is a great location to walk and explore a beautiful long sandy beach with plenty of restaurants and bars with sea sports available. Also cheap to travel to other places including Galle the nearest big town and port about 10 minutes away by Tuk Tuk
the local three wheeler transport!
Worth a trip

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the beach but avoid top floors as there is no hand rail with steep steps
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank nitraveller
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

I loved it. Best location. Good stuff. Food was great) Nothing bad to say)

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank RomaNovaYana
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed two nights at this hotel close to the beach. Rooms are clean, view is nice and food is quite good.

But be careful.. Firstly, they tried to increase room rates even if wehad agreed of a price by phone one day before
Then for breakfast, they wanted to give us just a cup of tea whereas in the menu it was a pot of tea...
Finally when we asked for a taxi car with A/C to go to Negombo, the manager told us a price and the day after, staff (manager was away) gave us another fare, more expensive! We decided however to accept. And instead of an A/C car, we got an old van without A/C!!

IT'S A SHAME!! Don't go there...

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

we were there for about five days in August 2011. It was clean, beautiful and cheap (by Sri Lankan standards). we had a room right by the beach where the sea water came up to our porch. in the day time, there was hot water (because they use a solar heater). the location of this place is a definite plus point. the wifi works well. we didn't try the food after being disappointed with the breakfast for which they served us very boring synthetic sausages and insufficiently fried bacon (something that's hard to go wrong with). but all in all, it was a very very pleasant stay. highly recommended. (ps: our room costed 33 USD per night, without breakfast)

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gillie h
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Address: Galle - Matara Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
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Ranked #107 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range: £17 - £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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