I have spent there 5 days to attend a 3 days meeting with partners coming from different countries - Italy and South Asia, a group of about 25. Basically we were the only guests of the hotel, beside a few others.
I had shared the previous comments on TripAdvisor with the organizers warning them. The reviews was then shown to the management. Maybe because of that, we had no such bad experiences like others reviewers.
The hotel was previously Lavendish Beach Resort. See the website www.lavendishbeachresort.com.
It is not super-fancy hotel, more an average, the 3 bullets should actually be a 3-and- a half, taking into account the price, which was very much reasonable (low season, single room with a/c: 4,400 LKR = 27Euro=33USD: though I think price was negotiated for the meeting).
I am not quite sure whether you can find a better deal around, all considered: I have seen much more modest places at a higher rate. At the end, everyone of our group found it a good hotel and I was not reported any complain.
Now the details.
The hotel's name does not sound familiar to all the locals, maybe because it has changed; no the spelling is agreed, someone call it Cormoran/Comoran/Comaran... Anyway, just to give a direction, it is on the may road form Galle to Unawatuna, opposite to the Sun&Sea hotel, on the east side of Unawatuna bay. Now, you cannot miss it.
The hotel IS NOT on the beach, which is just 50 mt. across the road. Easy to flip-flop over there and come back for dine, anyway. The beach is peppered with any sort of restaurants and bars.
In 10/15 min. walking on the beach you can reach Unawatuna happeining part, it takes longer if you go by the street, better to take a tuk-tuk, available close to the beach.
Galle and its Fort are 10 minutes by tuk-tuk.
As others reviewers have noticed, the building(s) seems to be designed by Escher, it is a labyrinth of stairs.
My room was a good, comfortable one, on the last floor with a small, pleasant balcony over the swimming pool; far away from the street, not noisy. The room, with A/C,Sat TV and fridge, was clean, some of the finishes (details) just ok . WiFi is NOT available in the rooms: you have to go down to the lobby. I have seen other rooms and all seemed fine. There is also a separate cottage close to the swimming pool with two bedrooms and a kitchen.
On arrival I was offered a fresh juice.
An area with a pool is on the first floor.
The swimming pool was pleasant and it was cleaned everyday, though I am not sure the filters were working all the time.
Restaurant on the second floor enjoys a views on the bay, though the street makes it sometimes a bit noisy. Breakfast (toast, eggs, tea, coffee, butter, jam, fresh fruit) and meals, both on buffet, were ok. The management was able to accommodate the different taste of people coming from so many different countries and nobody complained -though nobody found the meals anything super-remarkable.
Did not try anything à la carte though... as I said you have plenty of choices around.
Restaurant service was a bit too slow.
Room service was faster, kind and effective.
We have not experienced any unconcern from the management nor from the personnel: I thing the place has improved and the initial warning I shared came to an use. The manager even proposed to organize a BBQ on the swimming pool as a social dinner.
Finally: all considered it is a good, budget choice in Unawatuna, which has the swimming pool and rooms cleanness and simple style as a plus. You can enjoy your time by staying here. If you go crazy for boutique hotels, design and more frills this may be not your place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a peaceful and beautiful location in southern coast of Sri Lanka, you will find Lavendish Beach Hotel Unawatuna overlooking the world famous Unawatuna beach which dazzles under the tropical sun. Offering the deserving traveler and holiday enthusiast with a lovely view of the Indian Ocean, Lavendish Hotel Unawatuna provides a memorable holiday experience with its cozy rooms, friendly service and delectable food.Guests at the Lavendish Hotel Unawatuna enjoy Room service, 24 hour Reception services, Restaurant & bar, Internet Access and Laundry. The elegant swimming pool at Lavendish Hotel Unawatuna allows guests to enjoy the sun and water or make the most of the holiday spirit by relaxing with friends and family, tasting delightful snacks from the poolside snack bar. The restaurant at Lavendish Hotel Unawatuna serves Continental and European breakfast, and local and international dishes at the hotel’s buffet. ... more less
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