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The Waterside Bentota

Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 25 hotels in Bentota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014
namielus Mumbai (Bombay), India
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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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
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Dartmouth, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We spent 4 nights at the Waterside Hotel and were just charmed by the hotel, it's staff and the owner. The Waterside has 6 large a/c bed rooms, all with balcony. It is positioned on the edge of the Lagoon, a short boat ride from the main beach which the hotel were happy to provide free of charge for guests.... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

As soon as you walk round to reception, you know that you have made a great choice. Fantasic location on the edge of the river set amonst the Mangroves. It felt like the most relaxing place on earth & a perfect place to spend our last 4 nights in Sri Lanka. Beautiful gardens & pool area, great open resturant, big... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Highly impressed with lovely environment such as garden,river view and luxury rooms. Another thing that captured my mind and eyes was relaxing environment rich with green nature. I really enjoyed variety of excellent fresh meals served by the hotel. Lastly, this hotel provides you boat rides and many other facilities. This is the place that has very affordable price plans... More

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We are seasoned travelers and have stayed in many different style hotels around the world. The Waterside Bentota Hotel is a real jewel. We only stayed for three nights. We wish we could stay a lot longer. We had never seen such an excellent service before. All of the staff members are very helpful and attend to details and treat... More

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Rustington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

Spent 2 nights here and really enjoyed it. Room had lovely view over pool, bathroom could do with an upgrade. Staff were very friendly and meals were really wonderful (freshly cooked whatever you wanted (more or less)). Staff take you to Bentota by boat, and we had an interesting boat trip around the surrounding area, great mango swamps. Can get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Waterside is a very quiet small hotel overlooking the river with superb sunsets and an ideal place to recover from the often frenetic pace of live in Sri Lanka. It was really nice to have breakfasts cooked specially for you - and the evening meals were of a very high standard. Although away from the centre of town, a... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was the most expensive place we stayed in Sri Lanka,and on top of that they charged for bottled water. The setting was nice -- rooms overlooked a swimming pool and beyond it the river. But the moldy odor in the room didn't make it a pleasant place to hang out. Breakfast was a random affair, with servers wandering around... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I have been with my partner to this lovely, quiet, boutique hotel by the river and had a fabulous time. This was truly a wonderful experience all the way from check in through to the service In the restaurant. The rooms were absolutely fantastic, the additional facilities such as the free boat ride to the beach, swimming pool and beautiful... More

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Montpelier, Vermont
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4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Hotel Bentota was lovely (the rooms light and airy) but of all of the places we stayed in Sri Lankan it was the only hotel that did not treat our driver with hospitality. For example, while we were offered juice upon arrival (a traditional way to welcome guests) he was not. I would suggest that there are probably other places... More

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Address: Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Waterside is an elegant well maintained Villa with restaurant,which is situated in a unique riverside location,and has magnificent views over the wide Bentota Ganga. Waterside is popular with guests of all nationalities.We have 6 ensuite (with bathtub and shower) A/C rooms with bar fridge,fan and satellite TV.The large open restaurant serves delicious Sri Lankan and Western dishes as well as mouth watering seafood.During your stay you can relax by our pool which is only a few steps from all the rooms, whilst enjoying the surrounding mature tropical garden and river views.We offer complimentary boat transfer to nearby beach, water sports or town.If you require Ayuvedic massage we can recommend several treatment centres.Excursions and tours to all the magnificent sites in this beautiful island can be arranged.If you wish to explore the local area we provide bicycles or we can organise local scenic tuk tuk rides . Fishing trips ,bird watching and river trips are available. ... more   less 
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