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Reviewed February 17, 2012

We're speaking of a 5 stars boutique hotel, were we paid $310,00, per night , so we hope to receive a really 5 stars suite, and it wasn't. We have given a mold suite at ground floor, we asked for a another one, but was the same. I do not consider a 5 star suite, were i find a concrete white painted floor, old and consumed sheets,, dirty tiles on the terrace, old windows not really weel maintened.
If we had paid up to $ 200 was fine, but at $ 310 night we expected much more, as we find in other boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.
By other side, the decoration and the location is very nice, the outdoor shared area are really well maintened and with high maintenance, the train was a some funny not absolutely disturbing, we saw it just 3 times on our two nights stay.
The restaurant was really really expensive, large part of the guest use to get to the neighborn' Restaurant Club Villa, same quality and half price!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank brasur
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We stayed here for six nights just after New Year and had a great time. If all you want to do is sit around, potter about and generally relax then this hotel is perfect. The railway line at the bottom of the garden (you have to cross it to get to the beach) was unfortunately being repaired and upgraded so we did not see any trains (other than an engineering train one morning). The beach is beautiful and quiet. It's possible to swim in the sea up to waist level (or deeper if you don't mind the gamble) but the currents were strong generally and the undertow very strong even at thigh level.

The hotel is beautiful and very well maintained. Our suite was a great size with a huge balcony and nice furniture. The bathrooms are great and rather like a Clerkenwell bar from 1998 with exposed cement finish and so on. Geoffrey Bawa designed the hotel in the 1970s (I think).

Our only suggestions for improvements would be to have an iron and ironing boad permanently available in the room (hidden away, as there is plenty of space) and for better lighting in the bathroom for use when shaving or applying make-up (or both).

The staff were very friendly (but not in a prying way) and helpful. They could be a little slow and forgetful but not to any level of annoyance and apologised when they got it wrong.

The hotel is expensive and there are not many deals to be had but it is worth the experience. We booked directly with the hotel and had no difficulties with the booking.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TerryMinuit
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Stunning place with amazing stylish rooms with the comfiest beds in Sri Lanka; beautiful grounds; great lap pool; right by the beach; and quite literally the best breakfast ever!!

Robert & Sophie

  • Stayed: February 2012
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2  Thank RobPod
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

A return visit for me - 6 months ago I complained that while the surroundings were fantastic, chic and very very stylish, the service sucked. No longer the case - service had really been improved in the intervening period, and now I would be much more positive. Lovely rooms, extremely beautiful hotel, good food, and .... yes, finally! ... great service. Well done Shanth, and well done Villa Bentota staff and management. Highly recommended. It's small (15 rooms I think), quiet, beautifully designed, and with all comforts (and more).

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank frequenttraveller63
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

I cant think of one fault for this hotel. We stayed for 3 nights, on arrival we were greeted with welcome drinks and was shown to our room which was excellent. The room was spacious and a large bathroom with a seperate bath and shower. The room didnt once smell damp which has been reported in previous reviews but there were burners with oil lit every night so maybe the management has taken note of this issue. We were in room 6 and my only suggestion to the managment would be to put a partition up on the balcony as 2 rooms have to share one balcony. The pool area was always clean and the pool was a good size for swimming lengths. There was a security guard at the entrance but never had to show id or my key to enter the property.
The breakfast was from a menu but there was plenty of choice, the waiters are very polite and accomodating. We ate at the restaurant once and found it to be pricey compared to other restaurants in Bentota.
I find 'Lawrence7777' review very hard to believe and find it odd that as he was staying at other hotels during his trip he has only ever made one review?????
All in all this is one of the best hotels Ive ever stayed in and would definately return.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank becsmile
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