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Flower Garden Hotel
Ranked #10 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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84 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, but very tricky”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We came very late at night without reservation. As they saw that there is no other option for us they are immediately change the price (add 15$ to Booking price), it makes us angry, so we go away to find something else, unfortunately, we didn't found, so 10 minutes later, price was already +27$. Even for that price room was very nice with the perfect bathroom, inside the building was also very nice decorated and calm place, so we decide to stay few days more, but when we ask to extend the rent, they asked +60$!!!! Of course, we left it...it looks like completely unacceptable behavior, never see something like that before...Maybe, we was unlucky, but be aware.

-Good valuable breakfast.
-Very nice appearance and calm atmosphere.
-Far from the beach.
-Expensive.
-Tea kit in the room.
-Including big cockroaches in the bathroom :)

Room Tip: There are two buildings, so you have to choose between original design in 1st one and pool in 2nd on...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Flower Garden Hotel is a very average Hotel. We first had a small room on the first floor, it was creepy and not very clean so we moved to a larger room also on the first floor. It was old, smelt bad but was ok.

Don't expect to sleep late if you stay in the rooms located on top of the restaurant.

Food was average, actually everything was average. Overall I think there are far better places to visit in Sri Lanka than Unawatuna. The beach is really dirty and all the hotels looked the same as Flower Garden.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, Canada
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Good value for your money at this place. And even if you're not staying here, stop in for a meal. We spent over 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, including a few nights at expensive hotels, and the restaurant at Flower Garden prepares THE BEST meals we had on the trip. In fact, we also went over to Maldives for a few nights and even the food there paled in comparison to Flower Garden. I just can't rave enough about it. These people actually know how to cook beef properly! The steak they served me was as good as anything I'd get at home. The room was pretty nice, too. We had one on the top floor with a very private balcony area. The only drawback to being on the top floor is that the Wi-fi signal might not reach you. The pool is fantastic. The staff is friendly and helpful. We had a problem with our AC and toilet when we showed up, but they took care of it promptly. And there are 2 large German shepherds that hang out with you anytime you're sitting downstairs. Very friendly dogs. One of them would come up to me while I was sitting and just throw her head onto my lap for a head-scratch. One drawback to staying here is that it's a ten or fifteen minute walk to the beach down a winding road that is lined with shop owners and tuc-tuc drivers, all beckoning to you to surrender your rupees to them. If you are okay with ignoring people, you probably will be fine with the walk. I'm just a very irritable person who hates being pestered.

Room Tip: Top floors are quiet and private, but you might not get a good Wi-Fi signal.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sri Lanka
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

I actually never stayed this place. But I've been there for quick look. So incredible service. I've been there on breakfast time. They serve superb breakfast, tropical fruits, juices, eggs, etc
Nice and clean pool with lots of tourist.
I'm sure I'll be back for stay soon.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is a really great hotel with a brilliant swimming pool, wifi, cabins with air con and verandas and really comfortable beds and nice bathrooms. We didn't eat here but spent most of our time lounging by the pool, which is just a really nice, relaxing place to be. The price is pretty good and the location excellent. But on the last night a huge cockroach appeared in the shower. Luckily, we were leaving very early the next morning as by that time there were two in there. This was just our experience, it seems like it doesn't happen all the time, so just saying. Apart from that, would totally recommend this place!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Paris
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24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Thank you Mister Sassi and all your staff (Sarah, pinky, Botea, Cota, Mahi, Lady boy, Sonic ...), we were very happy to come-back again. I repeat all was perfect ! Room, restaurant, swimming pool, excellent cook you are and of course your staff and their smile. Our daughter Lola said them thank you very much for all and may be see you next year ! Friendly, Miss Valerie.

Room Tip: A very good adress just five minutes to the beach.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014

We stayed at the Flower Garden last year and felt such an affinity for this place that we just couldn't come to Sri Lanka and not stay here again for part of our holiday. We worried a little that it couldn't be quite as special, but we needn't have! The staff were as friendly as ever, recognising us from our visit last year, and we immediately felt relaxed and at home. There was even another family staying here who were also here last year so the kids were delighted to be re-acquainted!!
The food at the hotel is fabulous and highly recommended throughout Unawatuna, we had no problems finding options for our 3 'youngish' children.
The pool area is fabulous, it is small and intimate, and there are a lot of shaded areas but with the heat here, it's a welcome break and the beautiful beach is only a 20 minute stroll away, or a 2 minute tuk tuk ride!!
On both visits we have stayed in the Cabana's and these have been fantastic! This year we stayed in Cabana 15 and 15a, two rooms with a connecting door with two bathrooms, both with Jacuzzi baths!! The terrace out the back was like stepping into a rainforest - at 4:30pm every day a family of monkeys would come sit in one of the trees, munching leaves and playing, we'd sit with a cuppa (or a beer!!) just watching and listening to the fabulous array of birds and animals - it really was paradisiacal!!
This really is a fabulous hotel and ideal for anyone who enjoys a more boutique hotel experience. We would definitely not hesitate in recommending this to anyone!!
P.S On a separate note, anyone staying in Unawatuna must eat at least once at The Kingfisher Thai restaurant on the beach - it's so fab you to book in advance!!

Room Tip: Cabana's are fantastic - we have stayed in 15 this year and 'Helga' last year - Jacuzzi...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Flower Garden Hotel
Address: Wella Dewalaya Road, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
#6 Romantic Hotel in Unawatuna
#7 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Flower Garden Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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