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“We had great hopes for the Lazy Lizard, but.......” 4 of 5 stars
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Lazy Lizard Hotel
Sri Gunaratha Mawatha | Wanchawela - Kalahe, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #69 of 90 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
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“We had great hopes for the Lazy Lizard, but.......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

This place went far beyond our expectations in terms of location-absolutely in the middle of nowhere-facing rice terraces, not a sound to be heard except nightly chanting from the Buddhist temple and monkies moving through the trees. Serene and calm. All that we were looking for!! It was the details that hampered our stay. It took a substantial amount of time for our driver to find the hotel, this after asking literally a dozen people for its location. Yes, it's off the main road and way back on a dirt road, but there is not ONE sign-not one off the highway and not even one of the gate of the place-crazy. A perfect place to stay if you're in the witness protection program. There are 4 rooms side by side facing a pool, with outside space side by side. As we were the only guests, this wasn't a problem, but if there were other guests, you might not find the tranquility you seek. I did have an issue with beds-I sunk down in a trough and did not sleep well while at the Lazy Lizard. Breakfast comes with the room and was good. Since walking down the road to a restaurant isn't an option, one probably eats lunch and dinner at the Lazy Lizard. Lunch is limited-tuna sandwiches, beer, and a couple of other items. Dinners varied-one night there was a ton of food and pretty tasty, another night much less food and not so tasty-there is no menu for dinner. The rooms weren't all that clean, the hot water heater for the shower held about 3 liters and barely served one shower-plan accordingly. While checking out, they handed us a fact sheet on the hotel and we were surprised to see that one free trip per day to the beach is part of tariff-wish we had known this when we checked in. One day we went to Galle and asked if we should leave the key, we were told not necessary, but surprised to return and find the room had not been cleaned,and beer mugs and bottles from the day before were still on our terrace. The two young women who were taking care of us couldn't have been nicer, but I think they were a little over their heads. Despite all the above, the Lazy Lizard was tranquil and we did relax, which was our goal. Unfortunately, the other stuff got in the way. It's too bad, as this place has great potential for those seeking an out of the way place without television, wifi, telephones and all the rest.

Room Tip: Only four rooms and they are side by side-each one is identical. I guess getting the room farthest...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Address: Sri Gunaratha Mawatha | Wanchawela - Kalahe, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #69 of 90 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Lazy Lizard Butique Apart hotel! If you wish to relax and refresh in privacy - you have just arrived to the best place! Our lush garden is treating you with the best possibilities to refresh after a good splash in one of our pools.We are a kids friendly place, happy to do babysitting for 3+ years of age kids with fun activities.We are happy to arrange yoga, or meditation classes for you, as well as all trips or journeys to give you a chance to get to know Sri Lanka. Our rooms are spacious, equipped with a kitchenette, a big relaxing bedroom with comfy bed, AC, fan, western bathroom with hot and cold water shower, and cleaning service. Welcome drink is a tambili for everybody:)You have to see the difference. ... more   less 
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