By far my favorite hotel in the month we’ve been out here. Pleasant grounds and pool, simple, comfortable room; adjustable AC and fan combo that meant we could keep the room comfy for us; CNN with good sound, and a very accommodating landlord: a truly sweet little man who understood service and made it seem as if nothing made him happier than making our stay what we wanted it to be.
He’d worked 20 years in Italy as an Italian chef, so he understood service and could really cook, as well. After mostly rice and curries for a long time, authentic seafood risotto, spaghetti carbonara, fried calamari, and a tasty pizza were very popular changes for us.
As we were checking in he learned we were birders, so he came and offered us the tower suite (my name — maybe they call it the upstairs room) because the view of the birds from the balcony was the best. And certainly it was, with colorful bee-eaters, kingfishers, and a green babbler, along with half a dozen other interesting species trading time on the bare tree 20 meters away. And we also had the best view of the lagoon.
It is a ways from the beach (15 minute walk, maybe) but tuk-tuks are on call. The lad most often used by the LL has the most comfortable and efficient tuk-tuk I can recall in 40 years of travel using them. It was 1500 Rs (10 bucks) r/t for him to show up on time, take us the 20-minute ride to Unawatuna where we shopped the street, walked the beach, had lunch, and then met him again at the appointed time and place for the return ride.