If you want to get away from standardised comfort and impersonal design, try Strand Home Stay. I have stayed there numerous times in the past (and will be going back in a couple of weeks. Sometimes with the family, sometimes alone, it has always met my expectations. The house is full of charm and history (as its host), and the large garden gives a relaxed feeling. Each room is different in style, so make sure you pick one that suits your personal taste. They're all well described on their website.
Although the rooms provide a comfortable stay, don't expect ultramodern design and impeccable functioning of all amenities. Those little disturbances come with age, and the house has plenty of age. But Asoka will make sure that, if anything malfunctions, it's fixed fast.
Of course, there's better, and there's worse. But nothing in Unawatuna can compete with the charm of a real homestay. You become part of the family.
Want to surprise Asoka on your arrival? Try to find a recording of Elvis Presley he doesn't have yet. I tried, but failed. His collection can compete with any serious Elvis Presley museum in the US.
Thanks, Asoka. Staying with you has always been fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- FEEL LIKE HOME! We open our doors and hearts to travelers who wish to imbibe our way of life. Strand is a Sri Lankan family home, approved by Sri Lanka Tourist Board as a "Home-stay" accommodation for Tourists. We are in Sri Lanka's #1 beach destination, Unawatuna on the sunny south coast, but it is not a beach front location only a couple of minutes walk. Four upstairs rooms, AC Suite, Duran Duran Suite Casa Anna, and The Nest[the most popular suite]. Ground floor rooms, Garden Suite, Casa Lillo and Blue Room makes up our home, a colonial vintage villa where five generations of our family has lived.Complimentary Breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi No Taxes, No Service charges! Google "UNAWATUNA HOMESTAY".TripAdvisor 2013 Award Winner as one of the TOP25 B&Bs in Sri Lanka!!Come make your self at home!!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Home Stay Strand Hotel Unawatuna