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“Great family run guesthouse”
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Sam's Guest House
Ranked #10 of 147 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
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Stavanger, Norge
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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Great family run guesthouse”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I stayed at Sams guest house for one week, and I really enjoyed my stay at Sams. The owners of the guesthouse are amazing, very helpful and do all that they can do to make your stay pleasant.
The room is big and clean, the AC was quite, so it did not disturbed my sleeping. I had the continental breakfast every day, and it was an good breakfast, and they also made good strong coffee, not everywhere in SL that I got that.
Location is good, (yes, there is some noise from traffic during the day, but not at night) close to the beach, close to dive shops for the one that like to do some diving, close to restaurants. If you want to go to the main beach and restaurants in Unawatuna, it is just a 10 minutes walk when you learn the short cuts along the beach.

Thanks you for a good week in Unawatuna.

Room Tip: They have 4 rooms, and the 2 rooms in the back is a bit more sheltered from the traffic than the one...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 5 nights here and couldn't have asked for more. Very good value, great breakfasts (Sri Lankan and continental) and nothing was too much trouble for the owners to help with. Rooms were clean and large, and only a 5-10 minute walk to the beach. Perfect!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Goa, India
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

This family run business is on the Galle / Matara highway and is situated across Unawatuna beach. The family home is on the ground floor while the rooms are on the first floor. The rooms are basic with an air conditioner and fan and has an attached bath / wc.

The family is very friendly and helpful which makes you feel at home.

Good luck with the extension plans.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Great place. You'll feel right at home. The family who runs the guesthouse, is a very friendly bunch. The rooms are beautiful, probably the best we've seen in Sri Lanka so far. Immaculately clean as well. The location could be better; as others have mentioned it is right next to the main road and about ten minutes walking from the beach (or even longer if you don't take the short cut). If you don't mind that, then this place doesn't have any shortcomings.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Cancun, Mexico
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

The family at this guest house is incredible and really nice. They were always making sure that we had everything we needed, that we were comfortable and enjoying our time in Unawatuna. The hotel is right on the main street, so it can be a little noisy, especially if you have a room looking out onto the road. We didn’t mind the noise, so we slept really well. There is a bus stop right in front of the guesthouse, so if you want to go to Galle or somewhere else, it is very convenient and the staff will help you take the correct bus. There is a beach about 2 minutes away, but it isn’t the main beach. To get to the main beach you must walk for about 15 minutes or take a tuk tuk that will charge 200 LKR (expensive considering the short distance). The room is well equipped with a large private bathroom, a ceiling fan, mosquito net, a drawer and a rack for hanging clothes and towels. High-speed WiFi is also available. Breakfast was available at a low cost and was quite complete. They also offer a Sri Lankan dinner that you must ask for about 3 hours before dinner time; we ordered rice and chicken curry and it was very delicious. When we asked for laundry, they did it for a small fee and gave back our clothes the next day. This is a very good guest house in Unawatuna.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

We booked 5 days through agoda but exteended our stay to a whole week. Never had we expected such a wonderful welcome and great service. The rooms are plain and very clean and the family did all they could to make us happy. Here u really get value for the money. No where in Unawatuna seemed better. We lived in the rooms close to the road but it did not bother us with the noise. It was mainly noisy during the day. It is only a few min. Walk from the beach and Unawatuna Diving centre. If u are lucky to stay here at Sams dont forget to try the great homecooked food. We look forward to come back.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

As soon as you enter, you get welcomed with huge smiles which immediately makes you feel at home and welcome.
Sam's guest house was right next to the beach and the main road which makes it a bit noisy at night. But with headphones you can easily look past this small problem.
Everyone here goes all the way to make you feel comfortable. From arranging a friendly tuk-tuk for your transportation needs to making you a delicious candle light dinner.
I will stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sam's Guest House
Address: Peellagoda, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 147 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sam's Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located in Unawatuna, Sam's Guest House is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The hotel lies 6.0 Km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Unawatuna hotel. A selection of top-class facilities such as family room, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, restaurant, 24-hour room service can be enjoyed at the hotel. Step into one of 8 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as desk, internet access - wireless, air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, fan. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Sam's Guest House hits the spot in many ways. ... more   less 
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