A nice and friendly place, but with some clear hickups.
We stayed at Tartaruga for 6 nights in a spacious family room. The room was clean and could be cleaned by asking. We had it cleaned every second day which was fine by us.
It is a nice place with friendly staff.
The place is situated right on the Beach or what is left of it, see below.
The seafood was good and also some of the cross over dishes. The singaleese food was no more than ok (and we usually enjoy singaleese food). Anyway if you stay at the Tartaruga we suggest that you also try some of the other places along the road for eating especially the ones that also have cooking classes or go to Galle Fort 15 min with Tuk Tuk.
The alleged Italian food : We tried both the pizza, pasta and the bruchetta and it was not even close to what can be expected from a place that supposedly has an Italian owner and advertise it's Italian food. It does not resemble anything Italian other than in name.
Service: The service was at some times extremely slow. It could easely take one hour to get the breakfast. Lunch and dinner could take even longer.
Entrance: the entrance to the Hotel is 50 meter from the street, which in itself is not an issue, but the way was filled with trash and litter. We realise that the ground was probably not owned by the Hotel, but they could still have sent out some of their staff to clear up the entryway.
Music was confusing: a mix of bossanova from the 70's and techno. For some reason the music was sometimes turned up late in the evening (from 22.30 and later) - perhaps in an effort to compete with the music from the neighbours?
The Beach in front of the Hotel was gone when we arrived. Hopefully it will come back, but they seem to have built closer to the sea than many others and that may perhaps be part of their problem with sand erosion.
Despite the hickups we believe that the Tartaruga is ok place to stay if you are going to Unawatuna
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