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“Poor quality foods for expensive price” 2 of 5 stars
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Stardust hotel road | Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Arugam Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sri Lanka
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Poor quality foods for expensive price”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Today we had our lunch at star dust.. Food was in cheap quality. Prices were very high and when we saw the menu, we hoped food may be in five star quality. Because the prices were matching with the food in five star hotels in sri lanka.. But when we got the lunch, it was terrible. poor quality.. ..

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was our second stay at Stardust (first visit was in 2010), and we were delighted when we arrived to discover that we were to stay in the same beach cabana as the last time. The cabana was everything we remembered it to be. Comfortable bed with mosquito net, spacious room, amazing open air bathroom plus the addition of extra shelving and a fridge which we previously didn't have. The cabanas face onto their own private garden space and are surrounded by countless palm trees where lizards, geckoes and squirrels rumage. While the cabanas at Stardust are reason enough to travel thousands of miles to visit it is the location of the hotel that is the real draw. Occupying a prime spot at the beginning of Arugam Bay Stardust is totally quiet and peaceful and ideal for relaxing despite there being a couple of newer guesthouses nearby. The village of Arugam Bay itself is just one street with plenty of restaurants and guesthouses and although busier than on our last visit it still manages to retain its rustic charm.

We ate at the Stardust restaurant several times during our stay and found their rice and curry to be among the best we tasted on our trip. We were able to specify how spicy we liked our curry (very) and were served generous portions of very fresh and tasty food. Although the prices are slightly more expensive than in some of the smaller restaurants the quality of the food is such that this is irrelevant.

We would definitely stay at Stardust again if we return to Arugam Bay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice, quiet hotel with beach garden and well spread out lounging spots. Sea was a bit rough in front of hotel but we did swim there. Restaurant area was inviting and the food was very good although bit expensive. Wifi only in restaurant area but good connection. Nice touch providing rooms with flasks of filtered water with free refills. We had an upstairs room with a balcony. Small fans in the rooms but It was extremely hot during the night even with doors and windows open.
Main reason for average rating is based value for money.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Relaxing hotel , no noise . Lovely Danish and Sri Lankan helpfully staff, great standards and food here is the best in this town. Yoga here twice a day and almost private beach. Tastely decorated rooms all facing the sea with lovely garden. Great place for family's and children. And one of the only places you will get a peacefully night sleep. No music, no sound just peacefull and relaxing. Highly recommend paying that extra money for a place here if you really want to enjoy your vacation , holidays. Great location,lovely people,good security,nice clean beach,no noise,away from the annoying hastling locals. I would only stay here if I ever returned. Sad story as the tsumini hit this entire town, including the last establishment that was here before stardust, lots of credit to the owner whom transformed this residence to beauty and soul, I wish the owners lots of success and happiness as they are a credit to Sri Lankan and setting high standards in this country to lead by example. Lovely stay,lovely food, lovely people, life is good! Good security also. You will escape the noisy nights in the centre if you stay here, refreshed for the morning yoga if desired , I didn't do any yoga however available.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burgdorf, Switzerland
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113 reviews 113 reviews
60 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed 3 nights in the Villa Wonne. Very nice place. We enjoyed this detached accommodation with separate garden and direct access to the beach. Nice staff and friendly managers. The food is very good but pricey in comparison to other places we stayed in. But this applies for most of the places in Arugam Bay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

We were on our honeymoon so we wanted a good room, which is hard thing to find in arugam (mostly b&bs and guesthouses).
From what we've checked and seen, There are only four places that have few decent rooms if you're looking for a bit higher standard for honeymoon - mambo's, hideaway, stardust and bay vista. The first three of them charge around 100$.
We paid 90$ after discount in stardust for quite a big room (the best they had), no A/C (just ceiling fans), no breakfast, no TV (apparently it's a normal thing in arugam) and the hotel wasn't close to the centre of arugam (15 mins walk, or 2 mins by tuk tuk).
the room was nice and clean and also good shower and a nice balcony, nice owner and locals too, but we don't think it worth the money, considering the fact that the normal prices for cabanas/rooms in arugam are between 15$-40$, and the fact that it was quite far from the centre.
it's a weird thing in Sri Lanka, The better hotel you'll choose, the prices will jump three, four and five times up, just a for bit of a better place, and not accordingly to what you get.
overall, if hideaway or mambo's weren't fully booked, we'd prefer to pay them the 100$ (knowing that it's still high, but at least a better value).
Bay vista ask 65$ for a room with A/C and breakfast included, but we were looking for something different.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in August 2013 and found it really charming (we stayed in other places so I can compare). The rooms are good (we stayed in the first floor room ) and the food is delicious (it differ from the typical Arugam eating places - you can have a really Eyropean food there). But what makes the place special - is the atmosphere. Everything is nice, safe, chill and relaxing. All the place is made and managed with great love and care. We really enjoyed our stay there and the other guests we talked to did as well. WiFi is working great also. It is at the end of Arugam Bay - so the place is really quite - however everything you need you can reach by feet to by yuk-tuk for 50cents.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Stardust hotel road | Pottuvil, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Arugam Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stardust Beach Hotel is a calm and relaxing hotel right out to the beach. It's the perfect get away from the busy everyday life. All rooms & cabanas have mini bar, fans, mosquito nets & repellants, attached bathrooms, private terraces or balconies. Sea view from all rooms & cabanas. All ground floor rooms & cabanas have direct access to a big private beach garden. No AC in any rooms for environmental reasons. The rooms are well ventilated with fresh sea breeze & fans.Among other things, the hotel also offers laundry service, free parking and free WiFi. If you really wish to enjoy your holiday, you can start the day with a yoga session at the hotels yoga facilities, then have a delicious breakfast at our beach-view a la carte restaurant and later go for a swim in the perfectly temperate water or take a tuc-tuc to go explore the area around Arugam Bay and end the day with a massage. ... more   less 
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Stardust Beach Hotel Sri Lanka/Arugam Bay

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