If you don't like faded old colonial charm, don't stay here. Although there are new rooms, you will still have to use the older communal areas and the gardens so you could be dissatisfied.
It was our third visit to Nooit Gadacht over seventeen years and what we really like about the place is its faded colonial charm. It's a snip of a price compared to the more fancier old colonial places in Galle Fort.
We stayed in one of the old rooms near to the main house. They are clean and the bathrooms are very spacious. Fresh flowers are placed on the bed sheets each day. The hot water is a bit sporadic, but it wasn't a problem for us because it was never freezing and it's so hot outside. We found the water to be hottest in the late afternoon.
Whilst we were staying, the newer rooms were occupied by some tour groups of older people. I don't know whether this is their main business for these rooms?
The staff and family are lovely, with patience of saints. We experienced them deal with a couple of very unpleasant guests really well.
The food is nice, although sadly not as good and as authentic as on our previous visits before the hotel's expansion. Rice and curry is not at all spicy and the curries are the same each day, which is not good if you are staying for a while. On the second evening, We asked for our rice and curry to be as spicy as a Sri Lankan would eat it and although it then arrived with more spice, it still wasn't spicy enough. By the third night, we had become fed up with the same vegetable curries so chose something else.
It's really easy to catch a local bus into Galle or further down the coast from right outside the hotel so if you want this experience whilst you are in Sri Lanka, here's the place to do it.
I'm sure with the mixed reviews, the owners will renovate the old rooms and the communal areas sometime soon. When they do, prices will really go up, so get in quick if you want to stay here.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Hotel Unawatuna