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Unawatuna Nor Lanka Hotel
Ranked #6 of 146 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2012

As you have probably read from all the other reviews about Nor Lanka, this hotel is really a gem of a place!! It is, in fact, one of the few hotels on Trip Advisor that I have read that consistently has sterling reviews about the rooms, service, food, breakfasts, hospitality, location, cleanliness (it is true they are always cleaning!!!), etc.

We stayed for a week with our two daughters - aged 8 and 10. From a family perspective, what we liked were:

- that is near to the beach but not next to it so it is quiet at night and you don't have to worry about safety,
- that they were flexible on eating times so that it was always possible to get a snack/meal for the kids if necessary,
-that there is a garden that the kids can run around in,
- that there is an exclusive rickshaw (operated by Helge's brother-in-law) that is reasonably priced to run about town,
- that apart from the beach there are other things to keep kids occupied. At the hotel's suggestion, we took the kids to a sea turtle protection hatchery, to a cinnamon farm as well as to the historic part of Galle.
- that there is a good selection of kid's friendly meals on the menu - pancakes, pasta, pizza, porridge, eggs, french toast, sausages, etc.
- that there is another beach nearby (with a great restaurant) that has calmer waters for kids to swim in when Unawatuna gets rough,
- that they have family rooms (with two rooms - the second could sleep 3 young kids easily)

In short, a highly recommended place for families to stay.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms have better wifi connectivity in the rooms themselves than the downstairs ones wh...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Agree that this is very well kept property. The owner told us to keep it "clean" a couple times when we checked in which was kinda strange but I gotta say, the place is clean. And the staff is constantly cleaning the property and maintaining it. The property is set back from the water but that is a good thing because there is hardly any beach anyways and it's grubbier down by the waterfront.

The restaurant is amazing. The breakfast was spectacular. We had all of our meals at the restaurant in the two days we were there. Shrimp curry is a must. The prices were very reasonable and the consensus among the patrons were that the hotel restaurant was the best place to eat in the area.

The room was very clean with a nice mosquito net. Bathroom was very clean as well. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

The owner was nice enough to give us a discount as we are going to volunteer up north for a while. We left after two days though because the beach of Unawatuna really isn't that great. There is just a sliver of beach left to relax on. We headed over to Mirissa which has much nicer beaches.

Downside: wifi is only available in public areas (we stayed in a ground room floor so I don't know if it's different for the rooms above). But wifi was fast and reliable in the common area.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Me and my husband stayed for 1 week. This place is like a little oasis inside Unawatuna. On arrival I thought the room was quite basic and I was disappointed with the view from the balcony. That was until I saw a whole family of monkeys living in the trees which made for amazing viewing. I felt so relaxed staying here and I didn't want to leave.
The staff are so attentive you sometimes wonder if you are in a five star hotel. The food is the best we tasted in the whole of Unawatuna and the only regret was that we didn't find this out until our second to last night
The manager Helge goes out of his way to ensure you have the perfect stay.
All this for a bargain price defo value for money.
Hopefully we will be back and this place thoroughly deserves the no 1 spot on trip advisor

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

very ckean guesthouse, Helge and his friendly team are doing a fantastic job, it's not avne 2 minutes from the beach and 5 min by car from Galle, so the ideal place for a couple of days at the beach after touring in the hills!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

I have only written one review on tripadvisor before this, but this place is so good, that I just had to write about it :-)

The hotel is so well kept and you just feel so very welcome, the minut you walk in.

The staff is amazing, warm and smiling, and they work hard to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The rooms are clean with good space, balcony, fridge and A/C and fan.

The food is great and cheap (please try the Rice and Curry).

Helge, the norwegian owner, is a warm, friendly, nice guy with a great sense of humour, and again, he takes pride in keeping his small hotel immaculate and treating his staff with respect and care (as well as his guests).

Dear Helge!
If you read this, please give all our best to you wonderful staff, and thank you for making our stay such a memorable one. We just can't wait to go back.

Best regards

Ole and Ann-Christina

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank oloCopenhagen
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

My friend reviewed Nor Lanka on Trip advisor , we booked to stay 3 nights which were amazing , we arrived in the morning and we got exactly what we saw online :Super Clean , big rooms , AC and Fan , Balcony and Fridge .
Good food and amazing view for the morning coffee.
Less than one minute walk to the beach.
Very friendly people.
Positive energy every where.



Definitely we are coming back and definitely I am recommending this place.

Thank you Helge for making this trip a memorable one :)

Hope to come back soon 

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Sally_Ode
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Norlanka for three nights in December and I've been slow to add my review. This hotel is small and charming. Rooms are spotlessly clean, quiet and have everything you need (including fridge). There are lots of shared areas with sofas and tables to sit around outside and socialise with other guests if you wish; and free wi-fi (sometimes erratic as elsewhere in Sri Lanka). It was quiet and just a short walk from the beach but although there are gardens some of the rooms look over the back of the building - not much a view to be had. We were encouraged to leave valuables in the hotel safe and ensure windows were locked when we were out, but we felt pretty safe and secure.

We went to the beach everyday and based ourselves as the 'Yellow' bar. Also had a great evening meal there - wonderful king prawns.

It's very good value, well located and small and friendly. Hard to think you could find better in Unawatuna.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the gardens.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 146 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range: £30 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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