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“Lovely guesthouse & a real bargain”
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Hotel Dhammika
Ranked #35 of 146 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Lovely guesthouse & a real bargain”
Reviewed 7 April 2013

What an amazing place to stay!

We stayed for 5 nights and we got it for a real bargain. The room was spacious, clean and charming. We had a stunning view of the beach, the hotel is literally 10m from the beachfront across the little street.

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. They made us feel at home and couldn't do enough for us. They booked us a tuk tuk to go into Galle (350 rupees) and the taxi to the airport (8500).

On our last day we checked out and then left our things with the staff while we enjoyed the last few hours of sunshine on the beach before heading to the airport. They also have a handy washroom where you can shower once you have checked out.

I would definitely stay here again, it was a charming guesthouse in the middle of paradise!

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor have an amazing view of the beach.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

Hotel Dhammika really is a lovely guesthouse. It's family run, the rooms are really great with good balconies and solid wood furniture and it's in a really prime location, right on the beach - each room has a sea view. The breakfast in the morning (served on your balcony) is good value and delicious. We loved our stay there. But, there is one big issue. You HAVE to pay cash to stay there. Our bill was something like $500 and we seriously struggled (bar making a 20 minute trip to Galle) to find anywhere that could give us that amount of money in cash, to pay the bill. Our last day was spent frantically trying to get a credit card advance to settle the bill and it was a total pain in the butt. There is no ATM in Unawatuna and considering the prices and the amount of tourism, it is INSANE. Other hotels take cards, Dhammika doesn't but at the room prices they charge, they should. It forces people to carry loads of money and also $500 in rupees was more notes than I've ever seen. It wouldn't fit in my pockets! I almost needed a new bag to carry it in.

Sri Lanka in general was more expensive than we thought, way more expensive than India and I was slightly disappointed overall. The food gets repetitive - although the seafood is incredible - and it feels really geared up to taking tourists money. Don't expect to go there and be a backpacker...

And a tip - don't bother visiting Kolgalla lake. It's the BIGGEST rip off ever. Every island expects a donation and the entry price is so high.

But, hotel Dhammika is a gem. I recommend it. Just make sure that you take enough cash!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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tasmania
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

What a great hotel/guesthouse/ beach 20metres away/ beautiful balcony to watch the day go by/large spacious room/good sized bathroom/fan and aircon rooms/ fridge and tv/the rooms are cleaned daily/staff here are GREAT we will be back again best guesthouse we have stayed in Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: one of the top floor rooms
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2012

A lovely stay here for 5000rupees - large room with a fan, tv and hot shower and breakfast on the balcony was just beautiful. The hotel is a little set bak from the beach but just a few metres over the wall you can get to it. There are some rocks between the beach in front of the hotel and the main part of the beach - but it's an easy wade through the water to get there or you can walk through the town. It gets a bit noisy on this beach so I'd shut the widows when you're off to bed.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

I stayed here in November 2012. The room I had was on the top floor and had a kingsize bed, ceiling fan (AC rooms available for an extra 600rps) and great balcony with a view out to the sea. Definitely request a top floor room if you go! The staff were friendly and helpful and I paid 4000LKR (plus service charge). I had a nice breakfast on the balcony in the morning, which was 400LKR and they catered to my vegan diet. The room itself was clean and had lots of storage. I only stayed one night but wouldn't hesitate to visit again and I strongly recommend it to anyone staying in Unawatuna.

Room Tip: Top floor - the ceiling fans are powerful so for me, an AC room wasn't necessary.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

The hotel is situated on beach road a 10 yard walk to the beach itself. I had a top floor room where the views are the best and from where you can see all of Unawatuna beach. The room itself is a very good size with king sized bed and mosquito net and aircon as well as ceiling fan. A refrigerator is provided and there is a tv although it didnt work when i was there. Shower was hot at all times of the day. Breakfast was served on the spacious balcony and was very substantial and tasty. The hotel has wifi but this does not work in the top floor rooms and you need to go down to the reception area to use it. Staff are very helpful and I enjoyed the 7 nights i spent there

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top floor. Views are great.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

I really enjoyed the location, most of the staff, and the rooms are very well furnished with quality wood. The prices seem to differ on where you get your info from?? I would stay there again if they would be kind enough to give out the password for you the wifi, they charge a good price for the room and yet hold back on something that doesn't really cost them any more to give out..

Room Tip: Check to see if you will be able to handle the smell of diesel that is coming from the back yard.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Dhammika
Address: Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beach Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Dhammika is located off the main village road directly on the beach of beautiful Unawatuna. There are Six large and well-appointed rooms, each with a spacious private terrace with unobstructed gorgeous panoramic ocean views. All rooms with king-size bed draped with mosquito netting, ceiling fan and satellite television. Four of the rooms have air-conditioning ... more   less 

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