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Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us spent an amazing week at Why House and loved every minute. The incredible Henrietta had a list of suggested activities for us, so we didn't even have to think about what to do, just when we thought we might be able to fit it in. We would start our day at the beautiful pool for stretching and... More

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33 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We spent three nights here and loved it. I'm not sure I would say it is luxurious, but it is extremely comfortable, friendly, easy-going, and has everything you could possibly want. Henrietta makes a point of talking to all guests at least twice a day, asking what you would like for dinner, what you want to do that day, making... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I have taken sometime to think about writing the review for Why House. This was our first hotel when we arrived in Sri Lanka. I think that it is overpriced for what it is. We had friends who had rented a house down the road on the beach and got it for the same nightly price! I agree with all... More

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sanath1, Manager at Why House, responded to this review

As the Manager of Why House, I have taken on board the comments made by the gentlemen who stayed and have posted the above review. We are sorry if did not come up to their expectations as we do try so hard to ensure our guests have a memorable time at Why House. Just in response to a couple of... More

Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

From the moment we arrived we felt the stresses peel away. We were greeted by the ever so wonderful, friendly and energetic manager 'Henrietta' whom made our stay the most comfortable, fun and enjoyable experience. Henrietta arranged all that we wished to do with a smile and the understanding of our expectations. I highly recommend the bike rides through the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We have never booked a small hotel before so we thought we would try Why House and we were not the least bit disappointed. Wonderful staff beautifully engineered by Henrietta and Sanath with nothing too much trouble for anybody. Great bedroom with a stunning bathroom, fab. pool and a lovely atmosphere. I think that nice smiling staff must give off... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Thank you Henrietta and your devoted and hard working team. Your smiles (particularly Babu's) will be missed as well as the wonderfully prepared bloody marys. Henrietta is a source of recommendations as to how to make the most of your time. Our seafood grill was unforgettable as were relaxing days taking it easy by the gorgeous pool. Don't hesitate in... More

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Sydney, NSW
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6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We enjoyed a week with the team at Why House. Our first 4 nights was at the beautiful and social Why House, and our last 3 at their stunning villa on the beach - 23 Palm. Turns out it was a brilliant combination. The Why House is everything you can expect from the glowing reviews. The property is a hidden... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Just completed a weeks stay at the Why House which is a really great place. House, pool and rooms are top draw, and a perfect environment for R&R. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble, and they will point you in the right direction for trips, tours etc should you want them. Food is terrific too,... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We really enjoyed our week-long stay at the Why House. Located approximately 2.5 hours away from Colombo airport, it was worth the travel. The hotel can send a chauffeur to pick you up for around 150$. The hotel is very charming, clean and staff is very friendly! They cannot do enough to help. - Food: good selection and quality. I... More

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sanath1, Owner at Why House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for spending the time to post such a terrific and detailed review of Why House after your stay. You certainly embraced everything that we could offer which makes it so gratifying as a host to enhance the traveller's experience. The wifi as you know, caused much frustration around the time you stayed, but your review has... More

Cannes, France
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11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Such a delightful location in the forest and perfectly tranquil. Comfort, great food and and service and even the other guests were pleasant! The GM (Henrietta) is a hospitality veteran from England with a perfect understanding of the needs of the leisure traveler and nothing is too much trouble. If you enjoy the small country house ambiance, but with plenty... More

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Address: Mihiripenna | Talpe, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 37 Specialty lodging in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Why House and the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Why House is located within a three acre private walled garden of peace and tranquility only a ten minute walk from the beautiful beach of Wijaya and a fifteen minute drive to the world heritage site Galle Fort. Our aim is to give you a fun, relaxed holiday experiencing the luxury of a boutique hotel with the informality of a private home. Children are welcome and supervision by the staff is available. A manager’s house and 24 hour security is on-site and a British supervisor is close by to look after your needs.This picturesque property can sleep a maximum of 20 guests, with 8 double en-suite rooms with private terraces.We have 2 Cabanas, 3 Main House Suites and 3 Garden Villa rooms available. Each individually designed room has satellite TV and DVD player (with film library), free Wi-Fi, mini fridge and luxuriously built en-suite bathrooms. An entertainment and outside dining pavilion that surrounds the large swimming pool are available to all guests within the extensive landscaped gardens, but we can also provide different areas for dining on the back and front terraces. ... more   less 
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