I visit Unawatuna A LOT and I make it a point to stay in a different place everytime,so when I booked myself into Full Moon, I had a lot of expectations. I had heard a lot about the resort, and whenever I pass it, the place is always bustling. I stayed there for one night, and was terribly disappointed.
My room was very mouldy looking and although the sheets were clean, they looked worn. The towels were no better. The room was of a fair size and the air conditioning was fine, but the bathroom was tiny. Literally you could not move in the shower and the toilet fitting were REALLY OLD. As a word of advice, I also think that whenever you travel around Sri Lanka, unless you are staying at a star class hotel, it's always advisable to take your own towels.
I paid Rs 5500 for a double room, which in my opinion was definitely not worth it. The price was for room only so, given that breakfast was not included I really think that the place is a bit of a miss...
The service however was really good, and I was almost gutted that the room was in the condition it was, because the owners were SO nice. I almost wanted everything to be perfect.
The proprietors are Italian, but the place is now run by a extremely friendly local family. Each of the rooms is named after a province in Italy, and I stayed in the Verona room/ suite. The night I checked in, it was the owners birthday so I was invited to have dinner on his account. They were having a BBQ night, and the food was fantastic. The pasta was so good, I think I went for seconds and even thirds and they had a fair spread of both meat and sea food. The owners were the picture of "Southern hospitality".
All in all, if the room had been cheaper, I wouldn't have been as disappointed, but for the price paid and condition of the room, I must say that it was definitely NOT value for money.
The hotel however sits on the most perfect location on the Unawatuna stretch. There's plenty of bars and restaurants surrounding it, and on top of that, the bay is literally right at your footstep
One of the most popular bars on the stretch, Happy Banana is right next door and every Fri night they have a disco. Those nights, you can forget about sleeping early cause the walls are so thin you can hear the music throughout. Having said that, no one comes to Unawatuna to sleep early!!!
I guess, ultimately, it s a toss between what you want. Location or value...
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