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“Poorly managed, but the best spot for beginner surfers!” 3 of 5 stars
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544 New Bypass Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #13 of 40 Weligama B&B and Inns
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“Poorly managed, but the best spot for beginner surfers!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is one of those places that you leave, not quite sure.

We stayed at this place for two weeks. Although it looked like it had great potential, that thought was quickly retracted having experienced a few question marks. We took one of the top double rooms, half board costing $66 per day. The rooms are atrocious, their moderately cleaned, the towels are in a terrible state (bring your own) and the bathroom has no working hot water. The water is weak in the shower head that has the hot water, their two separate showers, one that's normal temperature and the other that is warm/hot. There is a technique to showering in this shower but I'll save you the explanation :).

That's for the room. Now to the food/service - although the young guy runs around trying to make sure everyone gets their orders - it takes too long. The menu is bland and gets absolutely no stars in execution.

Comfort in this place is a little unexpected, as it's a small group of people, if you're not an extrovert and want to befriend everyone it may be frowned upon. So be prepared to be judged. The clientele are a little sketchy, a group came in 5 children, 3 adults, there was absolutely no supervision on the kids that were in the room next door. Bring ear plugs for sure! We asked the owner if he would have a word with the parents, as the kids were yelling, screaming, slamming doors until 2am at one point, nothing was done. It's not the owners fault, questionable parenting.

All in all, very reluctant 3 points. I would hope that Charmender (the owner), considers upping the service, menu selection, and cleanliness of the room - plus change the towel! Their apparently opening another place across the road without direct access to the beach, so do expect much of the same perhaps.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We booked the Samaru for a short break, calling the day before to ensure the booking was in place. We turned up to find that there was no room for us (we were not alone in this experience as another pair of travellers were going thought the same thing when we arrived as well). After a long journey this was the last thing we really needed!! The hotel staff were trying to fob us off with substandard accommodation across the street (they clearly were friends with the owner), and when we refused it they simply stopped helping us (despite the fact that we were later to find out that there were plenty of rooms in the guest house next door!!)

Don't trust them, if you are headed Weligama way I would suggest you don't bother with these and head straight to the property next door (Bay View) it's cheaper, more reliable and unlike Samari they haven't been spoilt with greed by being mentioned in the recent rough guides and lonely planets guides!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Weligama was our third stop in Sri Lanka as people recommended it for surfing. We stayed 5 nights in Samaru Beach House. A guesthouse right on the beach with simple but comfortable rooms. We had breakfast on our balcony which was fantastic every morning. All the staff were friendly and helpful especially the owner Aruna who was keen to make sure that our stay was comfortable. He was genuinely helpful in helping us organise the rest of our trip. We enjoyed getting to know him, his family and beautiful wife. The location is lovely, with a great sea view. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

terribly slow service.. Seems that many of the staff just sit down doing nothing

Just getting a menu can take around 30 minutes. And that's if you tell them you want something to eat.

Better options around the area

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We choose the place from the LP, it's very good. Very close to the sea, nice location.
The room is clean and comfortable. Two owners of the hotel are very nice people, the services are quite professional. The food is good. (however the rice is not good choice, not well cook.)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Kiev, Ukraine
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I had holidays in Sri Lanka in January. Going to fly with friend, but she could not and I went alone. Quite by accident hit the Samaru. In Weligama excellent beach and good waves for surfing. My instructor was Aruna. He was always attentive to his guests and ready to help. Since I was traveling alone, there I was not bored. Very grateful to Aruna and hotel's staff that my holidays succeeded.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed a few nights in November 2011. The location is great and there are surf boards available to hire here (though be sure to properly agree the rental price with the management).
We had a mixed reception from the staff - some very friendly, some less so - but overall the room was clean enough, hot water plentiful etc. Breakfast was nice and served on a raised deck overlooking the long, sweeping beach.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 544 New Bypass Road | Pelena, Weligama, Matara, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara > Weligama
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Weligama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Samaru Beach House Hotel Weligama

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