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The Waterside Bentota

Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Bentota
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Singapore, Singapore
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Knutsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

If you are looking to stay in Bentota look no further than this wonderful place.It has everything,peace and quiet,fantastic food,spotlessly clean,the most helpful friendly staff we have ever come across.Sitting around the pool watching the abundance of exotic birds or the 5ft monitor lizards ambling across the lawn,the wild life is endless.The staff will take you to the beach by... More 

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Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights and can't speak more highly of this boutique hotel. We wish this was our first stop not the last stop on our trip, we would have definitely stayed longer. All of the staff are locals and are very knowlegable, friendly, and more then happy to help.. We were the only couple for a few nights... More 

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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

we had very good time. Good service.Good Food.Friendly Service. Really waterside. Nice Ambience.Pool is very well maintained.Eventhough it has little place everything is well placed.Worth for our money

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Rockhampton, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We initially booked for one night at this hotel but it was such a wonderful experience that we stayed an extra night. The hotel is beautifully clean and intimate with the best staff and food. The setting is extremely peaceful. One morning we watched a mongoose running along the edge of the water and there was quite a big water... More 

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8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We staid for 3 nights at the Waterside. We loved that place. It is located directly at the river. The pool is nice, blue and clean. The rooms are clean, nicely furnished with a balcony and riverview. Breakfast was included. Food was delicious. We loved the rice and curry. We asked the staff for some locale vegetables (Goto golum, Malung)... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Stayed here when in Bentota last year. We were a bunch of friends and had an incredible great time there. We also stayed at the Bentota Beach Hotel, and both were amazing, but very different experiences. The Waterside is a small, intimate place, on the backwaters of Bentota, with just a few rooms. It is wonderfull located - surrounded by... More 

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Address: Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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