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The Waterside Bentota

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Yathramulla Road | Yathramulla Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #3 of 27 Hotels in Bentota
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, quiet, stunning riverside location. Lovely food, sunsets, boat trips. Helpful and informative owner and staff. We stayed here for the last 3 nights of our trip and really enjoyed it. They went out of their way to arrange transport, show us wildlife, and generally made sure we were relaxed and happy. It's not 5 star chain hotel style, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Waterside is a haven of peace and tranquility. This small six room boutique hotel that is located on the Bentota river ticks all the boxes if you are after great service, a relaxing location and a unique experience. The rooms are spacious and are either ground or first floor. Our room on the first floor afforded us a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I should start by saying that I actually stayed in August 2013, but had been unable to write up a review until now when May 2014 was the first date available for selection, but my memory of the Waterside is clear and shouldn't in any way detract from this review. My experience with the Waterside started with a series of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We arranged to be collected from Negombo and our driver arrived on time and we were taken to Bentota to our Hotel. We were met at the door with a cold cloth and a refreshing drink and were checked into this lovely Hotel. The Waterside has 6 rooms 3 upstairs with verandah overlooking the pool and the lagoon and 3... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Came straight here from airport for some R&R and we loved it. Small and personel. incredible location. Free boat ride and dropped off at the beach. Very helpful staff. would definitely recommend it. it is not slick but that adds to the charm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have just returned from 10 nights staying at the Waterside Hotel, Bentota. It is a great hotel, in a wonderful location by the rivers edge. Waking up each morning and looking out onto the river and poolside, with birds and wildlife all around, made it truly magical. We wanted a relaxing holiday and certainly got that in the peace... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Me & friends stayed here to attend a wedding taking place locally - what a location this hotel has! Stunning view of the Bentota river. Also, was great for our large party as between the 7 of us, we almost booked out the whole place! Very friendly staff who were tolerant of our late arrival back from the wedding &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The hotel is small but very comfortable. What made our stay special was the special service we received from each and every one of the staff. They are incredibly friendly and attentive. Special shout out to Nuam & Amilka. They helped us arrange tuk tuks and even sourced a big fish for us to eat during dinner upon our request..... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the waterside for six nights after touring sri lankia. Small six bedroom hotel set in really nice well maintained gardens on the bank of the river bentota. The rooms are very clean , the staff are extremely helpful and attentive, especially Indeka :) . Beautiful peaceful place to enjoy a bit of R and R !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We are a family of 5 and we spent 9 days over Christmas visiting several locations in Sri Lanka. After a lot of road travel around the country, we spent a couple of days at Bentota to relax before flying back home. We picked the Waterside Hotel because it was away from the busy beach and the noisy railway, but... More 

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