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“Good value budget place, great view”
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Peacock Hotel
Ranked #20 of 33 Hotels in Unawatuna
Reviewed 10 May 2014

I'm surprised at how negative the comments are. I guess we were lucky to stay there at the end of April: end of the season, maybe this means tourists are scarce and better treated? Anyway, our room on the very last floor had a very comfy mattress, was very clean, had a great view and total privacy, we had a discount on the price, we ate very well, were never bullied or even annoyed by anyone, were not ripped off and perfectly enjoyed our stay throughout.
Also, we dived with Seahorse just next door, very friendly and relaxing. Don't believe anyone who tells you it's impossible to dive in the South at the season (last week of April, first of May). We also dived in Mirissa. Both were great in spite of the horrible visibility and strong surge (nudis!!!!!).
Last but not least: this side of the beach in Unawatuna is... gone. So if you want to sunbathe, somewhere else is probably better, though it's still possible. I posted some photos to make your own opinion.

Room Tip: Topmost one is higher but more private.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Dear all, please be AWARE of this hotel.
1. The pictures of nice beach hotel is no more valid, because of the sand was fully washed away by waves, actually hotels stands on the ocean.
2. Manager is money-oriented only and makes travelers pay in advance. If you want to leave this place already paid for the room, you’ll never get your money back. Manager shouted on us and was extremely rude, as a result – wasted vacation time and disappointment.
3. Staff always tried to get tips for nothing and added extras in bar pricelist (not only service charge).
4. Room facilities are very old and broken, the moisture smell is everywhere. Weak wi-fi or its absence.
So please AVOID this place and do not be taken in.

Room Tip: If you still plan to stay in this hotel, choose ocean view room on the 3rd floor
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Artem S
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

you get ripped off here. other places are cheaper and have better value. very very expensive extra services like tuctuc, laundry etc.
they charged us for 1 kg laundry 12 usd
the breakfast was good though, and also the staff was friendly

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

I stayed here with a group of friends in upper floor rooms overlooking the ocean.

The rooms were clean, the staff were friendly and for a budget Asian hotel, the beds were comfortable enough. This is not a luxury hotel. I don't understand why there have been such negative previous reviews.

The owners made us feel comfortable and were polite and helpful.

The noise from the neighbouring disco at night may annoy some people, however, the ocean does a good job of muting out most of the music due the proximity of the waves.

I've recommended this place to friends and if I return to Unawatuna, I'll stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

Am currently staying at the Peacock with my husband and 2 daughters (9 and 2). First stayed at owner Sunil's place, à bamboo cabin on the same spot, 15 years ago. It was à great place then and still is. Rooms are fine, not luxury, but this is reflected in the price. The views over the ocean and bay are wonderful. Our room is clean and cleaned daily. The staff are all so friendly, helpful, and good fun. Very sadly the government built a groin the other side of the bay that has eaten into the Peacock's beach. Sunil's trying to get action taken to rectify it. But there is still à bit of beach for swimming and I can get to the main beach in 10 mins even with à toddler, what's with the 15 mins...? Plus, à tuk-tuk to the far end is à measly 150 rps. Well worth it to be at the quiet end without the banging music into the small hours (and that comes from à party chick, but sleep time should be calm!) tuk-tuk organised by the hotel and can just be put on the bill.

The staff can't do enough, They entertain the kids, pick the toddler up and take her off to see the fish display, play with her. They all speak good enough English, Some speak it well. We have chatted with a number of them over our 10 day stay (broken up by an 8 day self drive tour with car hired through Sunil). One of them worked here at the cabana the last time we were here all those years ago, so the owner cann't be all that bad. Which brings me to Sunil. I can't believe those who have posted bad reviews about him are talking about the same person. The one we know now and met 15 years ago is good humoured, generous, funny, doesn't watch over or ordrr his staff around, let alone bullies them, They all just seem to get on with it. We've had drinks (on him) and chats, numerous evenings and hé is well respected in Unawatuna. I can only think that perhaps hé installed à manager at one point and that's who you others are talking about. Really, you could get à name to ensure transparence and à fair right to reply.

The food is fine, typical fare apart from the fresh fish and seafood barbecue which is very good and more reasonable in price than anywhere else.

Finally, the massage. Wow!!!! This guy is à pro. Not in à pretty garden setting (à simple room that could well do with beautifying, flowers, pictures, aeration...) but the best massage in Unawatuna, and I've had à few!!!he is à doctor and à spiritual, ethical man. Slight but very strong hé does à variety of techniques depending on your problem areas. Very thorough, deep tissue and muscle, relieved my stiff neck and cured my husband's longstanding nose/breathing problem. You can tell hé knows what he's doing and is easy to talk to about philosophy, buddhism, travel, Life, whatever, or not to talk. Is cheaper than all the other massages in town and 100 times better. À true ayurvedic massage, not just the usual run of the mill generic rub!!!!

I would recommend as good value, entertaining, friendly, decent service and great views. When They succeed in getting the beach back it Will have it all!

Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

The peacock hotel is a nice clean guesthouse/hotel that charges fair prices, for rooms as well for the food. The food was ok/quite good, sometimes they have seafood barbecue - the menu doesnt differ from all the other restaurants.

The owner and staff were very nice, one time they did a firework for us. rooms were clean and cosy, but matrasses were very thin and we are looking forward to get a better matrass at the next place. The view from the balcony is stunning, as it is directly at the sea - but there is no beach, it got flooded a few months ago, so you have to walk about 15 min to the beach, which is not too bad.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

Peacock Hotel is located on the eastern side of Unawatuna Beach. It was obviously built too close to the ocean because the sea comes right up to the ground floor restaurant and sometimes splashes you. There is a small sliver of beach and lounges to use. There are three levels of balcony and it's great to sit there in the breeze and look out at the dazzling blue ocean and admire the sunset.

It is run about what seems like 20 guys, who are fine but don't speak amazing English so they weren't able to help me with transport.

I found it annoying that you couldn't walk to the main part of the beach due to the ocean being in the way. There are definitely better places to eat, drinks, shops etc there and it was pretty annoying having to walk around the back.

Peacock Hotel was pleasant and good value, but outstanding so I think you could get somewhere a little closer to the action.

Room Tip: Room 12 - it's at the back so very noisy from the road, and not making best use of the breeze. B...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Address: Peellegoda, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: £23 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Peacock Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 116
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