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The Waterside Bentota
Ranked #12 of 21 Hotels in Bentota
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A hidden gem of Bentota”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

I chose this property over the Taj and that's not something a regular Indian would do in Bentota. And, thank God for that. We just loved our stay here. The hotel is not a budget property, mind you, but it's true value for every $ spent. The approach to the property is through winding narrow roads and you start getting jitters, whether you made the right decision.

Once, you enter the property, it's like finding a nice sweet spot on a picnic trip. It's quiet, it's on the river and it is beautiful. The hotel is very very nice and the white rooms and the white furniture almost makes you feel you are in some nice place. Something like a bungalow right out of the tea gardens in Eastern India.

The staff is very friendly and they went out of their way to take care of our needs. It's a small property so don't expect 24X7 room service with a 20 page menu. They have a set menu from which you can choose your food.

We requested a lot of local food and the chef agreed to treat us to the SL fare, which was very good. Breakfast is a continental affair and you don't mind that after a heavy spicy dinner.

We met the owner, Ms Susan for breakfast and she was a nice person to interact with.

The motor boat the hotel owns acts as a shuttle between the beach and the hotel, which is a big relief. The ride across the mangroves is a short one but you almost feel like you are in Sunderbans as you are navigated across the low hanging branches of the mangroves.

We saw a lot of monitors lazing on the river banks and the kids were pretty excited to see some impromptu wildlife.

I think we spent too little time in the hotel. This is the place you should come and just chill for a week and forget about the world.

I would definitely be coming back next year and this time it would be a longer stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic. but the ones next to the pool on the Ground Floor are interconnected an...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Waterside bentota has it all - great location, staff, food and facilities. Nothing is too much trouble for Madame Susan and her team.

Waterside is a great base to explore the best that Sri Lanka has to offer - turtles, elephants, beaches, watersports ...all in a fantastic small, homely place. Each room is clean and spacious and they have a balcony overlooking the pool and lake. Meals are prepared to order and served by the best staff we encountered on our trip.

You won't regret picking the waterside

  • Stayed July 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

We stayed two nights in "The waterside". We just loved the place. The hotel is gorgeous, the staff is great and the location is amazing.
We found very convenient the boat shutle to the beach and the complimentary boat trip was great.
We had a bad experience though with dinner. The meat we had was impossible to chew! We returned the food and the rest of the dinner was kind of akward... So, my recommendation is to take a tuk-tuk and head somewhere else for dinner.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

everything about this small hotel adds to the growing sense of peace and relaxation that we experienced in our three days here. Plenty to do in the area but we just didn't want to....... especially when the owner lent me the sunday papers.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

we had the pleasure of staying at this place for 2 nights with our 3 children age 2,3 and 7. The location is quite nice if it is not a must for you to stay right on the beach. beautiful view over the lake and a nice garden. very helpful and kind staff - and free 1-hour boat ride, which is definitely worthwile. would recommmend.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights on a two week trip and found this to be our favourite hotel. The food was some of the best we had in S.L. We took advantage of the boat and saw lots of birds and water monitors.The staff are all really friendly and will always have time for a chat and point out anything of interest.We loved the fly past every evening of the flying foxes and there return in the morning.We will definately stay here again on our next visit to S.L.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed at The Waterside for 5 days during our vacation in Sri Lanka and every bit of our stay was awesome. The place is situated by the riverside and has a nice swimming pool and a garden. It has extremely hospitable staff and only 6 rooms that make it easier for the staff to cater to all its guests. We were traveling with our 10 month old baby and Waterside's staff made our stay extremely comfortable. It is situated in a quiet area but is very well connected to the rest of the city.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Waterside Bentota

Property: The Waterside Bentota
Address: Yathramulla Road | Yathramulla Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Bentota
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bentota
#5 Family Hotel in Bentota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Waterside Bentota 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterside is an elegant well maintained Villa with restaurant,which is situated in a unique riverside location,and has magnificent views over the wide Bentota Ganga. Waterside is popular with guests of all nationalities.We have 6 ensuite (with bathtub and shower) A/C rooms with bar fridge,fan and satellite TV.The large open restaurant serves delicious Sri Lankan and Western dishes as well as mouth watering seafood.During your stay you can relax by our pool which is only a few steps from all the rooms, whilst enjoying the surrounding mature tropical garden and river views.We offer complimentary boat transfer to nearby beach, water sports or town.If you require Ayuvedic massage we can recommend several treatment centres.Excursions and tours to all the magnificent sites in this beautiful island can be arranged.If you wish to explore the local area we provide bicycles or we can organise local scenic tuk tuk rides . Fishing trips ,bird watching and river trips are available. ... more   less 
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