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“Lovely room and a great time” 5 of 5 stars
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Lucky Tuna
Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka   |  
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London
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23 hotel reviews
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“Lovely room and a great time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The rooms are quite expensive (we paid around £50 per night as we booked 4 nights, that's around 10,000 rupees per night), but it was beautiful. Amazing shower, very large room, and balcony overlooking the bright blue sea. Wake up, have a swim, relax on a lounger, have a fresh lime juice, tan up. God I wish I was back there!!!
Had some really splendid fresh from the barbecue, with prawns as big as your forearm. Really good to see a lot of local people eating there at the weekend as well - always a good sign. Staff were very attentive, and I would recommend the Arrack (coconut) spirit - but beware the hangover.... They also have a very loud rave next door on a Friday til late, but don't complain about the noise - go and join in!!

Room Tip: Top floor rooms are bigger but more expensive. All rooms are really, really nice.
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  • Stayed March 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

i have heard about the place but wasnt sure about the rooms. Didnt expect to have decent rooms. It was cleaner than expected.View is amazing.but i thought room only $80 is bit too much for the place. Staff was helpful. Nothing special about the food. do not try the milkshake. wasn't good at all...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This place is right on the beach just above a restaurant. So when we were taken there we thought it would be an absolute dump! How wrong we were! The room we had was stunning! Flat screen TV, big double bed, amazing balcony to look over the stunning beach, and an amazing bathroom! Couldn't ask for more! We had one of the best 3 nights of our lives there, really living it up!

The guys that own the place were amazingly nice as well.

For young travellers that are here to enjoy themselves, this is the place to be. It isn't a family place, and nor does it pretend to be.

We got the place for $40 a night, which I know is 50% the norm, but it was also the low-season. This was incredible value for money for 3 of us!

One problem is the cleaning up, which isn't normally done, you need to ask them to do it especially.

But this place made Unawatuna for me. I was very happy to be there and experience the amazing beaches that Sri Lanka had to offer!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Like many other "joints" in Unawatuna I didn't expect lucky tuna to have decent rooms but I was completely in shock when i saw the rooms... It was quite good!!! However it is NOT a boutique hotel. that is quite a bit of an overstatement. Its just 4 rooms above the bar and restaurant!

IT is however clean. Hot water was available. check in and check out is both at 12.

As a local i'm quite used to not being given the same respect as foreigners when I go down south but I have say lucky tuna you took it to a different level. You completely ignored us. We had to wait for service for quite a while. then when the chips arrived it was cold!!! That was just the start... anyway we didn't stay too long because we went off to see the whales!!! but still don't think i'd come again...

Quite sad really!!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

After a nice swim, this place provided a good respite from the sun (while still being on the beach) and an amazing lunch. The grilled calamari and the prawn curry are both excellent! Service may be a little slow. It is a beach-shack after all.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Medway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Lucky tuna 'boutique hotel' says the sign hanging out front.
This is not a hotel, but 4 rooms above a bar/restaurant.
Set right on the beach, the rooms are spacious, with a beautiful view & nice bathroom with fancy jet shower.
However, the shower is freezing cold, the towels and bedding are dirty, mismatched and ragged (with mould, stains and holes in), there's nowhere to hang clothes and the balcony chairs are ripped and filthy.
The worst thing is that there is no housekeeping. No one cleans or makes up the rooms, or provides clean towels. There is no reception so if you need anything (like a brush to sweep up the sand you've trodden up from the beach) you have to ask one of the waiters, who are running around busily serving in the restaurant. The room quickly becomes dirty and an attraction for ants.
They are trying to charge $110 and $90 per night for the rooms, and no breakfast. We got them down to $80 but regardless of price, an establishment claiming to be a hotel must provide some level of customer service. They do not. You pay your money and are effectively left to fend for yourselves.
The staff are friendly, but are busy running the restaurant.
The other problem is the noise. The music they play until the last customer leaves, whilst not overly loud, is really bass-heavy and reverberates through the floor, and kept us awake.
Competing music from nearby bars feels like some kind of torture technique as you can hear 3 different songs at the same time from your balcony, driving you slowly insane (although in fairness there was a 10pm 'til dawn party a couple of bars up the beach, so it wasn't all lucky Tuna's fault).
Overall, this place could be fantastic if they had dedicated staff to run the hotel, cleaned the rooms, provided decent linen and bought some new towels.
However, at the moment these are just rooms to rent above a restaurant, and the price should be severely reduced to reflect this.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Stayed here for 4 nights with 3 of my friends that came down from Dubai. The location is absolutely amazing and the rooms have balconies that face the Sea. Perfect! I would say the rooms are priced a little high, however, they are very nice and have A/C and Satellite TV. If your looking to spend a little extra this is the place to stay otherwise you can stay at cheaper places without these amenities. The one thing that will definitely bring me back to Lucky Tuna is the staff, they were absolutely amazing. Especially Ruan, he is there most days, early morning and if busy late in the evening. He really made our stay exceptional and amazing!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have joining balconies for large groups.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
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Ranked #17 of 45 Specialty lodging in Unawatuna

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