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“Perfectly nice place, but sensitive sleepers beware!”
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Hotel Dhammika
Ranked #13 of 161 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 January 2011

This is my first Trip Advisor review; having just come back from a fortnight in Sri Lanka, where we relied on the hotel recommendations here, I thought I'd add my tuppence worth. My boyfriend and I stayed at Dhammika for four nights, and it's a perfectly good place to stay in itself - slap bang in the middle of the village (although not on the beach itself), the rooms are large and clean and each has a balcony with lovely sea views. It's quite plain and low key - because it has no restaurant it doesn't have much of an atmosphere as such - but it's perfectly serviceable and relaxed, and the staff are friendly. We paid 7000 rupees a night with a/c, which seems a lot more than other people on here, but I guess prices fluctuate with demand. The problem with our stay concerns Unawatuna itself rather than the hotel, but I wish I'd known about it before: for three out of the four nights of our stay, we were kept awake until 5am by music from a bar on the beach. Even though we were about half a kilometre away, the tiny curved bay acts as a great amplifier. I don't know how anyone staying near the beach gets any sleep!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2010

Excellent hotel, friendly staff, well staffed. Always eager to help you, clean, respectful and a pleasure of a place to stay in.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Amartin2583
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

I stayed 5 nights at the end of October 2010 for a chill out break after business in Colombo. This is an excellent B & B hotel with an excellent room, 4 poster bed, and bathroom. I paid for AC but did not need it, I was on the top floor, the best, and it picked up a breeze. There is no restaurant, plenty 2 mins walk away, or pool but probably the best beach in SL! The staff there were excellent and a great help. They arranged transport to the airport at 7,000SLR. I took the breakfast on the balcony every morning and was rewarded, on two mornings, with my first sighting of a turtle in the wild. Everyone seems to know about it once you ask but nobody tells you as the sightings seem to be regular! No Wifi when I was there. I paid 3,200 including AC and breakfast and I would do it again.

Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
Thank DaveStirling
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Reviewed 25 May 2010

At first glance I was unimpressed buy the Hotel Dhammika. Unlike many places in Unawatuna, the hotel has no restaurant or bar to get your attention and there is no lobby to speak of. Upstairs however, I found a spacious, sunny and spotlessly clean room with beautiful views over the beach, and I chose to stay here for several days in late April. A lovely breakfast was available for a small charge and was served each morning on the balcony overlooking the bay. Since the hotel is located just across the road from the beach, it appears that all the rooms have at least a partial view of the sea. The staff were very courteous and accommodating, arranging transport, laundry service, etc, on request. Wi-fi was available for free.

I have stayed in other hotels in the same price category in Unawatuna, and the Hotel Dhammika offers accommodation of a superior quality for a a very reasonable price. There are fewer than 10 rooms there, so it was also an especially tranquil place to stay, at least at the beginning of the low season.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled solo
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Thank mirliton_man
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

this is an ideal place in unawatuna. Very small resort anyway, but this hotel is well placed in the middle with sea views. Very safe feel, and spacious rooms. Managed to get good price of 2700 rupees with AC / tv etc, (£15) per night. didnt have breakfast, but close to beach bars to get this. Good place to eat next door called Organic.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank carwin
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

Hotel Dhammika is a great choice for anyone wanting sea-facing accommodation with hotel standard rooms but at guesthouse prices!

It is situated right in the middle of Unawatuna Bay, just a few feet from the beach. We walked in and were quoted Rs3500 for a superb second floor room with comfortable four-poster bed and integral mosquito net, fan, and a totally private balcony with table and chairs where our breakfasts were brought to us each morning. The shower room was excellent and had piping hot water at all times. We also had a satellite TV and fridge, although didn't use them. I believe some rooms also have air-conditioning, although even in the heat of our visit, the fan was adequate in this large, airy room. There are only about 6 rooms over 2 floors, all with sea views, so the place was always quiet.

Breakfast was an optional Rs350 extra and was ordered the night before, from a check-list of preferences and at a time to suit you, and was then brought to your room and served on that lovely sea-facing balcony. Although you could eat breakfast just about anywhere within a few steps (as you were virtually on the beach with all its little cafes everywhere) this was still our preferred option as nowhere had quite the expansive view of Unawatuna Beach that we had. We then ate out for dinner.

The service was friendly and homely and the hotel was constantly watched, so was a safe place to stay and to leave your possessions. We could not fault it.

  • Stayed: February 2010
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1  Thank SusieStAustell
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Reviewed 3 January 2018
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  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Lunnatorparn
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Address: Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 161 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. Four of the rooms have air-conditioning. Each room has a refrigerator and a safe ... more   less 

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