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Haus Berlin, Bentota
Ranked #10 of 59 Bentota B&B and Inns
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Limassol, Cyprus
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“Little heaven in bentota”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

If you would like to get away from all the busy resorts on the beach and sleep in a spotless little nice guesthouse, then this is the place for you.

The owner is very helpful in arranging activities in the area.

Rooms are big,clean with good A/C.

Room Tip: Best to sleep on second floor
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Deal, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

We were here for three nights and enjoyed every minute. Very clean and well appointed and with particularly pleasant and helpful staff. Both breakfasts and dinners were excellent and the little pool a delight. The hotel is located near a typical local village which made short strolls more interesting, particularly the temple with its friendly monk. It's a short tuktuk ride to the nearest beach where there's good swimming in the waves and a very nice little restaurant. All in all highly recommended for couples and small families.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We travelled to Bentota in December 2013. We had booked Haus Berlin 2 months in advance i.e. in October 2013. I had spoken to the Manager Mr. Ajith over the phone several times and he had confirmed availability of 3 rooms in Haus Berlin as we were 3 couple traveling together. He had said that since it is peak tourist season, we should send 100 USD advance ASAP so that he could block the rooms for us. I am a person with disability and have to strain myself in climbing steps. So I had specifically requested to block ground floor room for me and my husband. We reached after 19 hours of journey at 5.00 a.m. in the morning only to be told that the since Haus Berlin was overbooked in August 2013, our stay has been arranged at the house opposite Haus Berlin which is Bentota Homes. Bentota Homes is a new property with hardly any facilities/service. We had to go to Haus Berlin for everything. The rooms we got were on 1st and 2nd Floor. At first Mr. Ajith was apologetic and pleaded not to write a negative review on Trip Advisor as his German Bosses would fire him. But then he became audacious. Due to peak season rush, we could not find any alternative place in Bentota for 6 of us and we had to stay in Bentota Homes which was claimed to be a property of Haus Berlin Group. Wish we could have written review of Haus Berlin – which we paid for and not Bentota Homes – which was forced on us. This review is more for the attitude and cheating by Mr. Ajith! The feeling of being cheated continues to remain etched in our memories of Sri Lanka. My advice to fellow travelers is to be aware when booking Haus Berlin and if you are short changed, do file a complaint with the local tourist police.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We arrived at Haus Berlin at 5am in the morning after a 19 hour journey only to be told that the rooms that we had booked 2 months in advance were not available!! This after having paid US$100 in advance and having checked with Ajith multiple times over the phone.We were then offered accommodation in a property across the road from Haus Berlin.Since we were tired and there was nothing else available - this being peak tourist season - we had no option but to take up this offer.

The property that we stayed in was basic and in no way comparable to Haus Berlin.We stayed in a room without an attached toilet and without any dustbin.There was no service in the property that we were put up with and we had to go across to Haus Berlin to have breakfast.

The worst part in this sordid episode was Ajith's attitude - right from outright lies that he told us at the time of booking to telling us that the place that we were staying in was actually better than Hauz Berlin; that Haus Berlin had very small rooms and that he had given us bigger rooms.I could go on and on.

Understandably, this wasn't quite the start to a holiday that we had eagerly anticipated.

My advice to fellow travelers considering this property is to be very very careful while booking this place.

PS - I am giving a one star rating only because Tripadvisor doesn't allow a review without any stars to be submitted

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Columbo
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Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We started our 18 day tour of Sri Lanka in Bentota at Haus Berlin. The hotel arranged our pick up from Columbo which was fantastic. The clean, quiet and comfortable hotel provided a great start to our trip. The staff were fantastic throughout our stay making sure we always had everything we needed. The owner even went as far as to contribute to our train ticket when we didn't have the right change! Overall definitely recommend this place and would return again!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stayed at Haus Berlin when we went recently to Sri Lanka. It was such a pleasant surprise. The rooms were huge and the maintenance was impeccable! We had meant to stay at Bentota for two days and this was a perfect choice. It's worth the price that you pay for it. The staff are friendly and helpful as is the owner, Ajith. They have bicycles that are available for free for guests and a lovely pool to cool off whenever you feel like the sun is a bit much. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone travelling to Bentota.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We spent a month traveling on Sri Lanka and stayed in 12 or 13 different places, most of which were of a similar price or more expensive than Haus Berlin. We concluded that our room (and the hotel building generally) at Haus Berlin was the best we experienced. Everything was spotless and in good repair, the bathroom was spacious and attractive, the air conditioner was quiet and effective allowing us to keep it on overnight without disturbing sleep. The pool and gardens also were clean and neat and restful. The staff were unfailingly helpful and available.

For some guests a drawback with Haus Berlin will be its location - about 2 or 3 kilometers from the beach and main hotel strip of Bentota. For us we enjoyed being away from the busy road and oversized developments that detract from the main beach, in the quietness of a rural setting. We got around by borrowing the complimentary hotel bicycles and riding them to explore more than just the beach.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Haus Berlin, Bentota
Address: 213 Alvis Road | Dope, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > 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 #10 of 59 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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