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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 #10 of 27 Hotels in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
MayankAvi Gurgaon, India
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    4 of 5 stars
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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was impressed with this hotel since the time I saw it on Trip Advisor but it was beyond my expectation. The view from the room was just superb. Apart from that, the staff is very cordial and the food is good. The service is a little slow but eventually you will get what you want. The beach is lovely... More 

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the final hotel of our tour and we had chosen it for five relaxing beach days at the end of our trip. The location is fabulous, right on the beach with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The beach is lovely and you can walk a very long way in both directions. It is possible to walk along... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though many say that the bentota beach resort is the best but surf hotel really surprised us with their managers and their staff...we had just walked in to check their shisha joint on the beach (staying in the middle east kind of hooks you to the craving for a shisha ) and were surprised to have a shisha on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All things are excellent..room, bedding, food, beach, pool, staff, in-house restaurants all are good n supper, really worth what u spent.... Our only dislikes was there's no place to keep soup in the shower, bathroom is bit messy, some staff in the cafe doesn't know about their menu..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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 December 14, 2014

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 December 14, 2014

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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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
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bentota
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Bentota
#9 Romantic Hotel in Bentota

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