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Review of Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant

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Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Awesome food, great backdrop, lovely ambience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Loved eating here. I am still in Sri Lanka and will definitely eat here again while around Unawatuna. Lovely food, the sweet and sour chicken was perfect. Atmosphere is lovely, sound of the waves is obviously a must. Good prices for the location on the beach and the staff are very friendly and happy. :)

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cooper City, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

It’s hard to imagine that you could taste fresh seafood and an ambiance like this at night.

Given the ease of traveling from Colombo to Unawatuna beach in about 1.5 hours, you not only can experience a different setting, but could in fact enjoy some of the most pleasing service and care available from the South of the country.

This restaurant is your typical beach hut spot with freshly caught seafood prepared as you would like it and is served with great attention and care. We even checked out the rooms and its fairly reasonable to spend a few days.

The only down side is the entire beach area has eroded due to some poor engineering with the construction of a breakwater on the western bank of the bay. So while this used to be a great place to take a walk on the beach, it has come down to only a nice dining experience with a great view in the evening.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge
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142 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

The location is great and the atmosphere is fine, but service needs some improvement.There were 4 of us and we were persuaded to share a quite enormous fish. The fish was great, but we were crammed on a small table and the monster fish took up almost all the table surface and we were left very much on our own to figure out how to portion it and serve it out! Not the easiest task by candlelight!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

We stayed at Tartaruga over new year and early January. The hotel has stunning views over the sea, it did not bother us the beach has now gone in front of Tartaruga as literally a few mins walk to rest of beach. The best things about this hotel is the service and the food. Fresh seafood daily on the BBQ and very reasonably priced. Staff are very friendly and professional. Nothing was too much trouble. They organized a 4 day tour Sri Lanka for us and the manager drove us himself. He organized all accomodation and we could specify exactly where we wanted to visit. Overall we had a great stay at Tartaruga and they even offered us a free lobster and jumbo prawn lunch on our last day.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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sraji, Guest Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this review, 4 February 2014
Thank you sir for your response. We appreciate it. It's a pleasure to treat for persons like you. Hope to see you in your next holidays.
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Oslo, Norway
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

A nice and friendly place, but with some clear hickups.

We stayed at Tartaruga for 6 nights in a spacious family room. The room was clean and could be cleaned by asking. We had it cleaned every second day which was fine by us.

It is a nice place with friendly staff.

The place is situated right on the Beach or what is left of it, see below.

The seafood was good and also some of the cross over dishes. The singaleese food was no more than ok (and we usually enjoy singaleese food). Anyway if you stay at the Tartaruga we suggest that you also try some of the other places along the road for eating especially the ones that also have cooking classes or go to Galle Fort 15 min with Tuk Tuk.

Hickups:

The alleged Italian food : We tried both the pizza, pasta and the bruchetta and it was not even close to what can be expected from a place that supposedly has an Italian owner and advertise it's Italian food. It does not resemble anything Italian other than in name.

Service: The service was at some times extremely slow. It could easely take one hour to get the breakfast. Lunch and dinner could take even longer.

Entrance: the entrance to the Hotel is 50 meter from the street, which in itself is not an issue, but the way was filled with trash and litter. We realise that the ground was probably not owned by the Hotel, but they could still have sent out some of their staff to clear up the entryway.

Music was confusing: a mix of bossanova from the 70's and techno. For some reason the music was sometimes turned up late in the evening (from 22.30 and later) - perhaps in an effort to compete with the music from the neighbours?

The Beach in front of the Hotel was gone when we arrived. Hopefully it will come back, but they seem to have built closer to the sea than many others and that may perhaps be part of their problem with sand erosion.

Despite the hickups we believe that the Tartaruga is ok place to stay if you are going to Unawatuna

Stayed January 2014
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sraji, Guest Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
Thank you Madam,Sir.
The road to our hotel from the junction actually not only ours. It is a public. anyway thank you again for your comment, we can make over our failures.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We come to Unawatuna second year in a row and Tartaruga is our choice #1 for the seafood. We tried quite much restaurants on Unawatuna beach and every time we come back to this one! Staff is progressing in service on different languages. Today they announced they have menu in Russian and they also speak different languages (not fluently, but you still can make an order and get a good service - for sure English they speak better). The great benefit of Tartaruga is that you can pay card here! VISA accepted. Food is great and tasty! We tried here Jumbo prawns, grilled fish and Crab - still coming here for seafood! They also serve European menu - pasta, pizza, beef, pork. We took lasagne once - it was good!
In 2 words: it's worth to come here once nether than reading or hearing about it!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Budapest, Hungary
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed in Tartaruga hotel from 21-30August 2013.
When we arrived we realized that the sea eroded the beach in front of the hotel. We were quite disappointed as we chose this hotel because of a friends recommendation and the beach in front.
Next morning the GM of the hotel came to us and apologized for the situation. It's absolutely not his fault as this is a vis mayor. He offered us a better room and also some discounts so we decided to stay. It was one of our best decision.
There was a beach about 200m away so we went there everyday. The place is called Full Moon. It was a good choice.

We always went back to the hotel to have lunch or dinner. They have the best kitchen on that area and also the staff is one of the best I've seen in Asia.

Altogether it's worth visiting this hotel with their friendly staff and great food!

Hope the situation is better with the beach by now!

Thanks for everything!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant
Address: Yaddehimulla Road | Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
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Number of rooms: 10
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