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The Surf Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beach Road, Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka (Formerly Lihiniya Surf Hotel)
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Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
Thilanka A Colombo
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked this hotel few hours before checkin through Agoda as a last minute deal. If I start with the hotel entrance at first it appeared as a small basic hotel. But once you go to the backyard this hotel has one of the loveliest beach strips I've seen. All rooms facing the beach which is an advantage. They have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

but be aware of the trains ;-) (you will hear them early morning but it is ok). We had a nice and clean room with direct access to the pool. The breakfast buffet was good, the hotel staff is very friendly and the beach perfect.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have a superb property in a fantastic location with good staff but make sure to double check with a reliable party at hotel if you're going with your kids whether you get suitable bedding. If you have 2 or more kids, the experiece could be bad. They dont facilitate families with 3 kids anyway in a triple room where... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic rooms with a view of the sea from the balconies. Great buffet spread although a lot of the food was too salty. Enjoyed walking along the beach and through the little shops across from the hotel which sold little trinkets and clothes. Would definitely recommend this hotel for a short stay in Bentota.

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Fethiye, Turkey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the end of our honeymoon, 1 week and maldives 2.5 weeks sri lanka, we tired and wanted to chill out for 5 nights at the surf hotel.... But had the worst experience ever. Nightmare. We booked on Booking.com for 5 night double room and told them we were on honeymoon so specificly asked for a double bed / king... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the surf hotel with a mixed group of Sri Lankans and foreigners. The location could not be any better. You step out of your room almost directly onto a beautiful beach. The place is clean, spacious and the staff is very friendly, extra compliment to Vindya (the hostess). Sanji, Patrick and family,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is the perfect place to relax for a couple of days as we did after a round trip across Sri Lanka! The location is perfect right by the sea. The long beach screams for long walks or even runs. The premise is very well cared for. The two pools are just beatiful and there were always enough loungers... More 

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a nice experience . Good hotel. The staff is very friendly. Some of the staff do a fantastic service and others I feel need a little training. The food is testy . The hotel has a very good sea front and The Surf it is the best place to have a sea swim in Bentota. We went for... More 

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Rome, Italy
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful hotel. Super breakfast. Location incredible, just by the enormous beach with squirrel and peacocks roaming free. So nice. We booked a standard room but the staff upgrade us to a deluxe when we told we were in honeymoon. I recommend it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is beautifully located and the rooms and two pools are great. But the service is just really ...odd. There are some really good staff but a lot of others who seem not to add anything, maybe through lack of training. Couple of examples: At the buffet breakfast ( which offers a great variety of well prepared food) you... More 

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Address: Beach Road, Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka (Formerly Lihiniya Surf Hotel)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Surf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 95
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Also Known As:
The Surf Bentota Hotel Bentota
Lihiniya Surf Bentota
Hotel Lihiniya Surf
Lihiniya Surf Hotel
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Bentota
#5 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bentota

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