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The Waterside Bentota

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Yathramulla Road | Yathramulla Bentota, Bentota, Sri Lanka
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The Waterside Bentota
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Ranked #5 of 26 Hotels in Bentota
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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5 helpful votes 5 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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