Perfect location, 10 steps from room to pool, 30m to ocean. Service was rather average, but if you not so lazy, there are many small fresh-fish restaurants 5 minutes walk from hotel - on the beach.
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included
If you are looking for a hotel on the beach, this is a good place.
However, the food was awful and half board is compulsory. Even so, my advice would be to write off that cost and find somewhere else to eat.The room wasn't clean and room service staff weren't interested. The shower tray was black inside and using the shower flooded the bathroom.
There is free wifi for guests and we went there for the whale & turtle watching which were great. They will provide a picnic if you're going on a trip and will miss a meal. Again, it would be better just to stop and buy your own food somewhere.
The first thing to say about this hotel is that the location is superb, right on the beach. The sea right by the hotel can be very rough - we got the hint when a group of lads arrived all clutching their own surf boards! However, farther down the beach (to the left as you look out to sea) there is a small bay where the water is calmer, and swimming less hazardous. The rooms are OK, although the AC unit was very noisy, and most have a sea view.
The main problem with this hotel is the service (or lack of it) and the poor quality and quantity of food. We were full board, as we were on a group tour, but would have been much better off on B&B, and eating in the restaurants on the beach, where the staff were friendly and smiling. Most meals were buffet style, and only our group of Brits seemed to think it polite to queue. Consequently some dishes were empty by the time we reached them, and there was no rush to replenish them. The hotel lacked any atmosphere, and the vast majority of the guests were young europeans, most with very young children or babies. These filled the small swimming pool for most of the day, so the sea was the only option.
Without the location as an asset, I would rate this hotel as poor.
We stayed here because of the location (on the beach), but, although the room was adequate, the food was the worst we had in Sri Lanka (unfortunately we'd paid for half board -- the seafood "eateries" on the beach have very good fish, at a fraction of the cost, and you won't be confronted with the Sri Lankan idea of Western food).
We stayed here in February 2012, we stayed for 1 night, the resort it's self is on a great stretch of beach and it has a pool which is great for the kids as the sea can be choppy at certain times of the year. The room it's self was comfotable , a/c Mozzy net, though it had holes in but what i really didn't like was the smell. To the left of the wardrobe there was s huge damp patch on the wall which was i think coming from the shower on the other side of the wall . You are asked to keep the bathroom door close as the bathroom window whilst open it is netted , so if you have the ac it's best to keep it closed, had to sleep with my t shirts by my nose. We had the buffet in the evening, which was poor, they didn't have anything for the kids so my daughter ended up with plain rice.... and the breakfst wasn't much better, there were flies all over the bread and the coffee, well there is no excuse for poor coffee. For $125 a night i think it's pretty poor. Would i stay there again ? i don't know ....
My partner and I spent 5 days at the Paradise Mirissa in March 2012 and found the accomodation comfortable and reasonable value for money. However.....we have never met a staff-group in the service industry who could give less of a s**t about their customers. Special mention to the reception and desk staff who were wholly unhelpful and bordered on outright rudeness. Comments below remarking on the poor service at this hotel are right on the money.
The location of the hotel is fabulous, especially the dining room and veranda which borders the sand of the beautiful Mirissa beach. The food there though is nothing special and I'd highly recommend getting to the breakfast and dinner buffets early to avoid missing out on the good stuff.
If half-board and contact with the staff was not compulsory, I'd definatly give this place a five-star rating.
Wear shoes in the shallows around the rocks, lots of sea urchins.
Listen out for the bakery truck in the evenings; cheap, fantastic fare to help suppliment the often substandard dinner buffet.