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Kingfisher Hotel
Ranked #14 of 145 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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174 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Finally stayed there”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Off season in Unawatuna so actually managed to bag one of the top floor rooms for the first time in two years .
Rooms are spacious and spotless. For a beach side location these simple yet stylish rooms offer you all you need including a big outside area, kingsize comfortable bed, big well laid out bath room, no door though. Mini bar, flat screen TV and space, lots of a/c space.

Greeted on arrival by a laughing happy Champie, bags vanished up the stairs and welcome drink arrived.

Nothing is too much of a bother but if you are relaxed there is nothing really you need, its all been thought of already.

Lovely beach with sun beds for your day on the sand. Excellent service when you need it and always a smile.

Food as always is the best on the beach, even after three days never got bored with the variety.

Well run , very well thought out for a relaxing beachside experience.

Good value for the standards of comfort, may be more expensive than others on the beach but much better value.

Room Tip: Only four rooms, top floor have better views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We came to the Kingsfisher from a different hotel (which was ok, but not quite what we were looking for). A friend had recommended the restaurant to us so we checked it out and oh, how lovely did we eat. After that dinner we decided to change our hotel for we also liked the location and style of the Kingfisher better. We enjoyed every single minute of our stay, only slight concern is the open bathroom. For the most private moments I surely like to have a door instead of sending my partner off to the balcony. Otherwise absolutely no complaints, the room and bathroom were perfect, very clean and the complimentary soaps and shower gels very nice. The staff is highly attentive, and everybody speaks English very well. They also arranged our whale watching trip to Mirissa including the tuk-tuk driver, so we we could lay back, relax and simply worry about nothing. Apparently they only have four rooms, two on first and two on second floor. The latter have the better view to the ocean, but that would not be a crucial issue if we had the chance to come back again.

Room Tip: We had a room on first floor, view was good but I suppose second floor is better.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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salisbury
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We spent a week at the Kingfisher to chill out after a two week tour of Sri Lanka. We loved the hotel - the room was spacious with a large balcony, the food was wonderful and the management and staff could not do enough for us. We could have gone out to eat as there are several restaurants nearby but the food and ambience at the Kingfisher was so good we dined there every night - candlelit tables on the beach, a good selection on the menu (probably the best food we had eaten during our three week stay). Yes Unawatuna beach is busy but the Kingfisher is situated at the quieter end and we never experienced any noise or disturbance. To reach it you turn off the main road and follow a winding street which reminded us of streets on Greek islands, lots of shops and small restaurants - the Kingfisher is almost at the end. We would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Salisbury, England
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed here for 7 nights and literally didn't move from the hotel and beach which is a first for us because we usually like to try different restaurants every night. The rooms were spacious, spotless and very comfortable, we liked the subdued lighting and did manage to read using it. The balcony was spacious and had spectacular views x 3 ways, 1. we could see the temple to the right with the giant Buddha and enjoyed listening to the chanting a couple of times a day. 2. To the left was the whole busy bay view where we even had fireworks a few evenings and could see the sunrise. 3. was the coral reef island, and Kingfisher beach / restaurant. Great balcony for sitting quietly reading or having a G & T before dinner. The shower temperature was variable during the day but warm enough. The bed was very comfortable. A/C good, even had tea and coffee making facilities. The sunbeds were very comfy, lots of hawkers but they left us alone and were not at all 'pushy', best bit of a very busy beach, wide part of sand, you could hire a glass bottom boat or diving boat from a few metres away. ALL of the staff were well trained, courteous and friendly. The food was excellent - especially the prawns , one day I had omelette with prawns, lunch avocado and prawns and dinner Green Thai prawn curry because they were sooo good! The staff were concerned that our last evening coincided with a beach party - we had read the reviews and took earplugs! We did not need to use them - the beach party was not at Kingfisher but at the end of the beach, Sam's music at the beach bar meant we did not even hear the party music until we went to our room when it was so subdued That you could hardly hear it at all. The owner along with the rest of the staff made us feel very welcome and we would definitely have no reservations on going back if we need to destress!

Room Tip: Top room at left for brilliant balcony views of whole bay
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Part of my review, I suppose, is biased by the beach - Una is not a gorgeous beach. As other people have commented, a lot of the sand is eaten away or just completely encroached upon by shacks and restuarants and other eyesores. It's still attractive, just not pristine paradise. The Kingfisher is lovely and modern in terms of décor, furnishings, size, etc. (though too modern in the open door bathroom). We booked semi-last minute and supposedly got the last room left - I was informed we'd have to switch rooms midway through when I booked, an inconvenience, but fine. The manager, when it was time to switch, brusquely approached us, told us when we had to be out, told us when we could move into the new room (there were several hours we were without a room) and didn't even attempt politeness or apologies for the hassle. When our flight was delayed and we missed a connection, I tried to call the hotel but, even though it was before midnight, no one answered. I'd agree that the rooms and maintenance are lovely but I found the service less customer-friendly.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

I discovered Kingfisher restaurant on Unawatuna Beach when some expat friends took me there for dinner, boasting (as locals often do) that it served “the best food on the bay”. They were not wrong. The freshly caught line fish was cooked to perfection and fell off the bone, local dishes were authentic and not overly spiced, there was a perfectly acceptable South African Sauvignon Blanc on the wine list, and I dined with my feet in the sand. It was very much a barefoot zone. When I discovered that Kingfisher had bedrooms I decided right then that I would stay there on my next visit to Sri Lanka.

Being a guest at Kingfisher was like staying at a friend’s house.. familiar, comfortable and stress free. I left my things lying around and nothing was too much trouble for the busy bunch of smiling Sri Lankan boys, in their crisp white polo shirts who attended to my every whim at lightning speed. Kingfisher has four bedrooms, every one of which has direct sea views, and the Indian Ocean is 50 metres from your large, private balcony. All the usual mod cons are provided including an oversized walk-in shower and large flat screen TV for those who can’t go without their morning dose of Al Jazeera. But why sleep with the air con on when you can leave your balcony doors ajar and drift off to the soothing sound of the waves. I slept like a baby at Kingfisher, couldn’t get enough of the Ginger Spice tea in my room, didn’t feel the need to touch caffeine once during my stay, and on the mornings when I woke-up early enough to see the sun rise it was like creeping downstairs in a sleeping country house trying not to wake the dogs or rouse the children. And walking around Kingfisher in bare feet day and night truly made me feel like I was on vacation.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Denmark
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

A four room guest house that has a fantastic restaurant and beach bar.
It is situated at the west end of the bay which has the most sand to relax on.
The rooms are new, solid and equipped with a TV, fridge, fan, air con, power shower and large sea facing balcony.
Possibly the best place to stay in Unawatuna.
Highly recommended!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kingfisher Hotel
Address: Welle Dawala Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2011, Kingfisher Hotel is beachside boutique hotel on Unwatuna Bay. We have 4 modern rooms with A/C, hot water, mini-fridge, international satellite TV, WiFi, and every room has its own balcony with an ocean view. You can also join us downstairs in our delicious restaurant or have a cocktail overlooking the water. ... more   less 
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