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Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Ranked #19 of 33 Hotels in Unawatuna
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Upon arrival, first impressions weren't wonderful... the entrance gates were straight onto the very busy main road; and I feared that descriptions of "historic" and "characterful" basically meant "a bit run down"! One of the two pools was under repair - the other a milky colour; tarapaulin was stretched over sections of roof; our 'old' rooms were a bit musty; and plastic corrugated roofing topped the ensuite bathrooms. But during our 4 day stay we slowly grew to really like the place. The staff were absolutely wonderful; the pool was great for our young boys and the breakfasts were fresh. As a wider location, it was good being a bit removed from the crowds of the beach and main drag; with easy tuk-tuk access to both, and also to Galle. We didn't love the dinners (other guests did!) - but no minor quibbles could overwrite the sheer goodwill of the staff. Our rooms themselves weren't great - we had been strongly advised to try and get rooms in the new block (which were weren't able to do). These were better and are highly recommeneded.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Excellent hotel, very homey, great Ayurveda spa and great food !
The stuff is very nice and kind, the roons are nice ' clean and roomy and the swimming pool is great. they also have a pet duck :p
A short distance walk from Unawatuna beach and a took took 5 minute drive from Galle.

Room Tip: Take the rooms above the pool, they are way better
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2013

We spent 4 nights here. And loved it. For the price. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is excellent. I would highly recommend. Especially for the price. Good clean place. Located near the center. Only a 10 to 15 minute walk or 5 minute Tuk Tuk ride to the beach and shops.

Would stay again.

The Spa prices are excellent. And we enjoyed our treatments tremendously

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

A lovely Dutch heritage hotel with modern amenities and super views of the jungle, pool and lotus pond.
Staff and surroundings were excellent.
Woke up each morning to see lots of tropical birds and lady staff gathering blossoms to decorate the beds in the rooms, etc, looked onto from my room balcony..
Rooms lacked wi-fi, tv, frig and coffee making facilities but wi-fi available in dining area and coffee or tea could be delivered to your room.
There is currently no alcohol served in the hotel but this is due to change shortly with a bar being opened, probably before Christmas.
Buffet breakfast and other meal menus were extensive and of good quality with local and Western dishes freely available.
Nice clean swimming pool and interesting walk up steep climb to jungle beach. You may need a guide!

Room Tip: ask for a room upstairs, overlooking the jungle and pool areas
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

The place is a quiet place just behind an Ayurveda forest and a nice lake. The place is an old Dutch governor's house, so looks a little old and in need of some maintenance, but for the rates that they offer, seems like its worth the money. The rooms are clean and spacious, you get hot /cold water and the place is located on the main Matara-Colombo road. What I really loved was the balcony outside your room facing the lake and the forest (this is in the new building) and the arm chair to relax, listening to the birds chirping in the early morning, really wonderful. One negative would be the mosquitoes outside the room (near the pool etc). better take a repellent with you :-). The breakfast the next day was average with the standard English and local varieties.

Room Tip: I would recommend rooms in the new building facing the mountain and the lake. I think the room numbe...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We went an office trip to Nooit Gedacht (with a 20+ crowd) and I must say, we were all very impressed with the value for money it offered. Located conveniently close to the Southern Highway, it was easily accessible. The place was nicely done, with a nice almost-homely touch to it. It was very quiet there and we all had a lovely time in the pool, enjoying the serenity. Only problem is, we didn't order lunch and dinner from the resort, so I cannot exactly comment on the food. But we had breakfast there the next day, and it was quite good! Also, the staff was extremely nice and helpful - we were almost baffled! We ordered food from outside, and the staff helped us a lot by helping us set up, providing us plates and even cleaning them in the end! They were very friendly, and didn't mind even if we had to stay a bit longer past our checking out time. Overall, it was a very nice experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Great resort with everything you need to relax and enjoy some great food, drinks and the massive pool.

Room are clean, bathrooms with great shower and hot water, AC working very well.

Staff very much attending and friendly at all times.

10mins from Galle Fort to go for drinks or gerat diner/lunch

Overall wonderfull experience!!

Room Tip: All rooms are located in a garden setting, near the mountain
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Pragna J, Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking your time a write a review about our hotel. Great to know that you have enjoyed the food, the massive pool, the clean rooms. Will share your comments with our staff as it helps to motivate them even more. Hope you will visit again for a relaxing stay.

Thank you.
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Additional Information about Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel

Address: 182 Matara Road | Opposite Timber Co-Operation, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka (Formerly Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Resort)
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Unawatuna
#5 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#7 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: £26 - £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, Also known as Nooit Gedacht Ayurveda Health Resort is a historical Colonial style villa built in 1735. It was once the country home of a Dutch governor name De jong and was later taken over by the British as a military logistic centre. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the Unawatuna beach & 5 Km from UNESCO world heritage site of Galle fort. Nestled at the foot of Rumassala mountain (referred as Sanjeewani Mountain in the epic of Ramayana ) Nooit Gedacht is situated in the middle of a palm garden full of natural flora & fauna & a lotus lake. Guests can also enjoy traditional Ayurveda treatments, Spa, yoga & meditation while they indulge them selves in the tranquility that this place has to offer. Nooit Gedacht...Your Home in the Sun, is a place with old world charm & modern comforts that you must not miss while you are in Unawatuna! Come & enjoy the beauty & simplicity this place has to offer. Please note there are NO branches of Nooit Gedacht in the vicinity. ... more   less 
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