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“Good food, we didn't stay here !” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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50 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good food, we didn't stay here !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

tartaruga hotel has some really good food to offer ! i can still taste the calamari.
really enjoyed our time there except that there were too many vendors on the beach and we had to pay one of them 200slr just to get rid of him !
otherwise perfect :)

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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sraji, Guest Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you for your response. Sorry for the trouble you faced with the vendors. but if you asked from one of our waiter to get rid of them they may help you. hope to see you again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

I put May 2011, but we were actually there in April 2011...

Tartaruga hasa good location on Unawatuna beach and the chillout area in front of their bar is awesome ...

We had a large family room for 4 people with a fan for a reasonable rate...room was clean and bathroom was huge, and the fan kept the temperture OK in there...

OUr dissappointment was stemmed from a few silly rules and practices that we experienced there.

Firstly at night they switch the free wifi off...so just to clarify i do not wish to be on the web in the daytime, when there are things to do, but i prefer cheking mails etc before bed, and to our surprise thats when they switch off the router...

Further to this, we asked for a few large beers to keep drinking after the bar closed, and they did allow us to do so, but switched all the lights off, and it felt as a means to get us to move, i can expect this from a normal bar/restaurant but not from one attached to a hotel, ie where you have people around all day/night..

Also we stayed there the day before the sinhalese new year, and on the morning of new year we were not so politely informed that th hotel would be closed for the day and if we could settle our bill and leave..! we were going to spend the rest of the following day on their beach, spending at their restaurant but they just shut the place down on us... so whilst I am all for respecting local traditions and culture i do think it is unfair to take bookings when they knew they would shut the place down the following day...

So all in all a nice place with good restaurant and bar, but could do with a bit more customer service and clearer upfront clarifications of the hotel sercives available and their times...

Room Tip: We had a room just with fans, no a/c and we were ok...
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Arnbull
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

We had a fab time at Tarataruga with Neel and his team. The place was everything we expected and more. Some of the reviews on here are a tad unfair I feel - in particular the review made by the people who didn't eat/drink or stay there?

The food was awesome, the staff were bent to every need and genuinely just enjoyed the interaction with the punters which always helps. The location of the rooms means the only thing between your front door and the crystal clear warm ocean was a bar (perfect).

Breakfast has a selection of Sri Lankan style, simply massive and delicious - generally fish curry, fresh crusty bread, dahl, sambol and some hoppers (similar to noodles) or you could have fruit, or scrambled eggs etc etc.

Lunch has a decent selection of sandwiches and a larger menu of standard Sri Lankan fare and for the evening they have a wide range of fresh fish, shrimp, crab, lobster etc all for great prices.

The beach was busy whilst we were there (for the cricket tests) so probably like being there during high season which does mean some of the neighbouring sites up and down the beach were enjoying partying into the wee hours which was good fun and you soon get used to the music. The area in general is more backpacker/flashpacker than hotelier, which suited us and there is plenty around the area to mix up the selection.

Tuk tuk into town is around 400Rps, which is GB£2 and about 15mins. Transfers arranged by the hotel to/from airport for us - ask for the new highway as opposed to the coastal road if travelling at night as it's much smoother and quicker and you won't be looking out the window!

Rooms at the Tartaruga were pleasant, comfy and a/c with fans if you switch the a/c off. Boiling hot water bathroom, which you may not use due to the heat outside (cold water a little more refreshing after a day in 35+) and the rooms are cleaned as and when you ask basically. It's a very laid back vibe, if you want something, go ask for it rather than waiting for someone, which again, suited us.

Reception changes money at the rates of the changers in town, even lending me 3000Rps when I didn't have any USD left to save me going into town to an ATM that afternoon!

Will gladly go back again for the cricket without question! Entirely recommend this place for anyone who's beach shacked/bungalow-ed before. Cracking value.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the office maybe be quieter as the other side is next to a neighbouring bar which co...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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3 Thank UkFloss
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sraji, Public Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Thank you for your great response.
Hope to meet you again.
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New York City, New York
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56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

If you are looking for a western style beach boutique, this is not it. It is a higher end guest house with music going on till late at night. Sewers supposed to stayhere but changed our mind after seeing it. Not to dismayed anyone from going but I booked Taratarugaafter reading trip advisor reviews calling it 5star and that it is not. If you are looking for a cheaper beach vibe, this and Lucky Tuna a the places to stay, if you want a bit more of a higher end standard, stay at Aqua a 5 minute tuk tuk ride away.

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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SUSSEX
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32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

Last year this restaurant was knocked down for being too close to the sea, it is now been re-built to a far higher standard than most other places on Unawatuna. Having selected the fresh fish from an iced table, we had some wonderful 'devilled' cooking, it was really good. Service was a bit slow, but that seems to be the norm on Unawatuna, and you soon get used to it!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SLBUT
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

We stayed at the end of January ... the perfect time to be in Sri Lanka's south west coast when the temperature in the UK is 'freezing' ...

We had a simple room that was comfortable, two steps from the beach.

Neil - the owner has had a tough time as the restaurant he had lovingly built up to deliver fantastic service and food was torn down in December ... however he has now rebuilt back a little from the beach, a chaming rustic hostelry with a fabby view of the beach and bay.

With the freshest of fish on the menu and an imaginitive selection of cocktails this was the perfect venue for an evening with our friends ... and we were not disappointed!

We look forward to our next visit ... hopefully very soon

Room Tip: We had room No 6 ... pretty much right on the beach ... a good choice for us!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SueLuker
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Egypt
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

Did not stay there, just watched the cops tear down the rooms facing the beach on Christmas Day (and left all the rubble and detritus and garbage on the beach, where it stayed.

Their restaurant tables take up most of the beach in front of the hotel, they should have removed those instead.

Room Tip: Best tip I can give you is to go somewhere else.
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Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant
Address: Yaddehimulla Road | Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
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