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Pipels House
Ranked #93 of 161 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Stayed just the one night (unfortunately) at Pipels House. Spent most of the day and evening on the beach and by the bars but Pipels House was a great place to relax and get refreshed. Booked the family room - two double beds (two guys, we didn't fancy sharing the bed) but bathroom is not connected to the room which is a bit strange. However, the room and bathroom was very clean. Big props to the staff who kept the whole place spotless. Lovely verendah to cool off and have a drink! No aircon but fans do the job. No mod cons and quite pricey for what you got. Felt pretty safe and staff were so friendly! Would love to return, and would highly recommend.

Room Tip: Family room if you want a bit more space!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We've just returned from a whistle-stop trip to Sri Lanka during which we booked a 2 night stay at Pipels House. Our decision was based largely on Trip Advisor reviews. We had the room to the front of the house on the 1st floor, which was small, but adequate for our needs and clean. If you want piece and quiet, it's not the best spot. Our first night was plagued by noise in the street and as there was a room (apartment) above ours, the second night was spent under a group of rowdy youths who thought it would be great to party until 3.30am! We didn't eat at the guest house, but in all honesty, it wasn't the nicest place to sit and when we did rest there, were plagued by mosquitos. In summary, it's fine for a quick, clean stay over, but I couldn't recommend it for a long term stay,

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We are traveling with our 2 kids and booked Pipel's house as they has a "family" room available, which can be somewhat difficult to find at times. When we first arrived we were a little surprised to find the room on top of a restaurant filled with young people. It really turned out to be no big deal as things really did quiet down once it was time to sleep and we were never disturbed by the goings-on below in the shop. We never smelled any mysterious smoke as has been commented on in another review.

The young men working the place were extremely nice, well mannered and easy going. They were very helpful for us and guided us in some of our scheduling, which was very helpful (and not in a tout way, it was genuine). They even arranged a very helpful tuk-tuk driver that lives across the way and he went way beyond the call of duty assisting me in some issues I was having with attempting to ship a package home. Normally my wife is especially wary when staying at a place staffed entirely by males, especially in light of some of the recent events in India. However, she never felt uncomfortable or got that "icky" vibe from these guys.

The food in the restaurant was great and several times after eating in the more scenic beach restaurants (that would have average food at best) we'd end up coming 'home' to Pipel's and ordering more food since we'd still be hungry.

We did not stay in the suite with the balcony as we needed 2 large beds for 4 people, although it did look nice.

Our only issues were the fact that it is located right on the main road of Unawatuna and the dogs, tuk-tuks and general noise start pretty early and can wake you up. Also, there is no A/C and no screens on the windows to keep the mosquitos out, although there are mosquito nets on the beds. The thing that we were most surprised about was the fact that the bathroom/shower was outside of the main room and while it really turned out not to be a big problem, it may bother some and wanted to mention it.

Overall our stay at Pipel's was very good, and this was largely due to the very hospitable staff.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed in unawatuna for 10 days and are really greatfull for the attention and help in Sri Lanka to Nilant, Indiko and Nichante!!!

Guest house and cafe are pretty nice. You feel in friends circle.
Recommend to try coconut flan and pumpkin and ginger soup!!

Gala and Anton

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed in quite a few guesthouses in the 9 days in Sri Lanka and this was by far the best. Owner was really helpful, food was great, location was great for getting to the beach and the main road. We had the top floor apartment and this is by far the best. Great views and loads of space.

Room Tip: Have a look at the top floor apartment. Might have to pay a bit more but worth it.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed in a total of 7 guesthouses in Sri Lanka over 3 and a half weeks. This one was the best. We were initially going to stay in Unawatuna for 3 nights but in the end we stayed 7. We got the apartment in the top floor, which was awesome. The bed was the most comfortable we'd stayed in Sri Lanka, the place was super clean, AND the terrace we had was amazing. The care and hospitality we received from KK was second to none. Everyone involved were so genuinely nice, we found it hard to leave. The food here is great too. We wanted to try other restaurants around Unawatuna, but breakfast and lunch was mostly had at Pipels. To all the guys at Pipels - Thank you and keep up the good work! We had a great time! Hugs Johnny and Becky

Room Tip: The top floor apartment is best, but be prepared to pay a bit more especially Nov - Mar
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed in many guesthouses during our stay in Sri Lanka but none came close to high standards of Pipels House, we loved it there so much we ended up staying for a month. With only 100m walk to the beach and with rooms that are beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean we couldnt of wanted more. Julien, Rama and Nisa were all very welcoming and really did make our stay very special. We would highly recommend Pipel House its definatly our favorite place in Sri Lanka and we look forward to staying with Julien again sometime.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Additional Information about Pipels House

Address: 55B Pelaketiya Watte | Yaddhimula Road, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 161 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range: $17 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pipels House 2*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Julien (Giulio), Rama and Nisa welcome you to their Pipel's House. Our hotel is situated in Unawatuna,100mt far from one of the best Sri Lanka's bay southside. Pipels House is newly built, and the quality of workmanship is very high. We have created a house, where something always happens! We offer an high level of service, English/Italian speaking staff, simple and genuine italian cuisine, all 100 mt far from the ocean. ... more   less 
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