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Review of Haus Berlin, Bentota

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Haus Berlin, Bentota
Ranked #9 of 63 Bentota B&B and Inns
Elst, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A warm welcome to Sri Lanka”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Nicely situated hotel, in a beautiful garden. Very friendly and service minded staff. Excellent food. Comfortable and large rooms. Nice pool. We started our holidays in Sri lanka here, after we were picked up from the international airport. A very relaxed start.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Nynke D
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bath
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

As I arrived I felt at home in less than a minute, welcomed with a complimentary drink and shown to my massive room with a double bed which could have fitted four.
The pool is small but charming, spotless and great to have a dip in when it gets SO hot.
The food was great on the first night and ok on the second. Compared to other areas of Sri Lanka the prices were high but I think it was a regional thing. Included breakfast was filling and fresh.
You can borrow one of many bikes to get down to the beach in 6 mins, 10 for swimming area.
It was calm and peaceful with many German-speaking guests, Bentota beach is a stunning quieter stretch of sand but watch for the strong currents in places.

Overall a wonderful stay, would go back!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank lauren k
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Hong Kong, China
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78 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

We originally booked for 2 nights but stayed for 3. This is a small hotel run by Ajith, who used to be a lecturer in tourism, so he knows his stuff! The building is beautifully designed, with a large airy balcony for sitting out on, overlooking the small pool and the countryside. It is out in the country, with a few village houses around, so very quiet but not too remote. They lend you bikes so you can ride to the beach if you want (about 10 mins on a very quiet, flat road), or they can take you to town in their own TukTuk. It was nice to just walk down the country road and be away from the main tourist areas.

During our 3 week trip in Sri Lanka, this was the cleanest hotel we stayed in (and we had been in 4 star places as well). It was spotless!

The food was amazing! We ate dinner there all 3 nights because it was better than any of the food we expected to get in town. By this stage we were getting sick of local curries, but Ajith's wife made the most delicious Sri Lankan curry meal we had while in the country, and the other nights we had the more Western fish and chicken options, also fabulous! Breakfasts were awesome - freshly squuezed juices (different juice each morning), fresh fruit, homemade waffles, fresh-made Mango yoghurt, omelettes, toast etc. Decent coffee and tea, too. They even opened some chocoalte cornflakes for our son - a real treat for him!

The staff were all lovely to us and to our kids, especially our very energetic little boy who made friends with them instantly.

We saw fireflies in the garden during dinner, and a mongoose crawling across the lawn.

This was both the best hotel we stayed in during our 3 week trip in Sri Lanka, and also the cheapest.. Amazing!

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jfpower
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

I invited my Indian friends to Sri Lanka for a holiday stay and i was really lucky to find such a nice place like Haus Berlin through the net. We all stayed there for a whole week in December and such a lovely time it was! The nature friendly environment, comfortable rooms and those delicious food with that very friendly staff gave a real value for our stay throughout. Even the 2 days tour organized by Haus Berlin to hill country was marvelous and my friends embraced the beauty of our country which they say they've never seen before. Even cycling to the sea beach was really interesting and all my indian friends are yearning to come back here. They thank me again and again and I thank your team on behalf of them! Thank you very much!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Ravina J
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Bengaluru, India
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

The Haus Berlin is a great small family run hotel. The owner and staff at the hotel were very helpful, freindly and attentive to our needs. For a family with children this was a great choice. It is set in a lovely quiet village about 2kms from the beach, which gave the peace and tranquility in the evenings and with the hotels Rikshaw (paid separetly) and bicycles one can still travel to beach and other sites. The hotel has German influence but so does most of Bentota, so do not let this stop you. The pool is OK for relaxing and for young kids to play, it is kept clean.

The hotel is very clean and the family room was spaciaous and comfortable. As it is a small place the meals have to be ordered in advance on the day so that they can prepare. The food was great and they even cooked special Sri Lankan meal at our request. We did not use the Aurveda or the tour service offered by the hotel.

Overall a great experience, the children enjoyed the service and the attention they received. It was great value for money and would definetly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nitin K
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Antwerp, Belgium
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87 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

I read about a review saying the house is truely German in spirit, I really had to say that it is not true at all. Some honest, normal Sri Lankan people are working here and yes, the owner is German and so are most of the guests but what is wrong with that ? I did not feel any difference with the other guesthouses I stayed at during the last two years, all in the same area, as this is my preferred village in Sri Lanka: Almost deserted but beautiful beaches just a walk away, authentic villages surrounded by amazing paddy fields just a bicycle ride away, shops and restaurants nearby in Bentota or Aluthgama, Galle road a walk away to catch a bus or threeweeler and not too far out for a day shopping or sightseeing in Colombo. The guesthouse is just 400 meters further than another famous guesthouse, Shangri Lanka Villa, so ideally located. Staff are all Sri Lankan and as usual very friendly and discrete. Nothing is too much for them and no fake smiles but sincere interest in their guests comes for free. Only about six rooms so the grounds are mostly for yourself. The pool is not the biggest but very clean and refreshing after a day touring or a swim in the ocean. The manager was very honest about the rates and was exactly what I expected to pay. Internet is the best I have ever had in Sri Lanka, in my room with a free wireless connection. Food is good and it is cosy to come all together in the evenings with the other guests. They also have an Ayurveda center at the back of the garden which I did not use. It is no problem if you invite some local friends over to have a drink. Tours can be made with the manager himself and a driver. A tuk-tuk is also available for use. So nothing than good things about what I think an underestimated guesthouse ! When you then add the good rates of about 50 Euro a night BB, there is no complaint at all I can think of.
What an amazing country !

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lesley B
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koper
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2012

Nice family hotel located about 2 km from Bentota beach in the village surounded by the green. They have only 5 rooms but all of them are very large. Some of them are family rooms with 4 beds. The food is nothing special ( breakfasts are a little bit poor), but it is possible to arrange the menu for the dinner with the staff. The owner, mr. Ajit is very friendly as the whole staff. They have their own tuk-tuk, so the driver Dillum took us on the beach and in the town several times. We loved the atmosphere and the sourroundings but it is a little far away from the sea. Haus Berlin is a good value for money and is a perfect hotel to stay for a few days. I missed a Wi fi, but I noticed, that it was possible to get wired with the PC. Overall i reccomend this hotel

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
5 Thank dean j
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Additional Information about Haus Berlin, Bentota

Property: Haus Berlin, Bentota
Address: 213 Alvis Road | Dope, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Bentota
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Haus Berlin, Bentota 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in beautiful landscaped grounds, Haus Berlin offers relaxing stays in spacious rooms. Featuring an outdoor pool, it offers bike rental and free Wi-Fi in public areas for free. A 5-minute drive from Bentota's sandy beaches, Haus Berlin is a 3-hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport. Free parking is available. Well-ventilated rooms at Haus Berlin Bentota open out to views of tropical greenery. They come with air conditioning and a private bathroom with heated shower facilities. Guests can enjoy leisurely afternoons at the seating areas dotting the property. Other facilities include a restaurant that serves local, Chinese and international dishes. This property is also rated for the best value in Bentota! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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