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Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 33 Hotels in Unawatuna
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed at Tartaruga over new year and early January. The hotel has stunning views over the sea, it did not bother us the beach has now gone in front of Tartaruga as literally a few mins walk to rest of beach. The best things about this hotel is the service and the food. Fresh seafood daily on the BBQ and very reasonably priced. Staff are very friendly and professional. Nothing was too much trouble. They organized a 4 day tour Sri Lanka for us and the manager drove us himself. He organized all accomodation and we could specify exactly where we wanted to visit. Overall we had a great stay at Tartaruga and they even offered us a free lobster and jumbo prawn lunch on our last day.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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sraji, Guest Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2014

Thank you sir for your response. We appreciate it. It's a pleasure to treat for persons like you. Hope to see you in your next holidays.
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

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.

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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

Stayed: January 2014
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sraji, Guest Relations Manager at Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2014

Thank you Madam,Sir.
The road to our hotel from the junction actually not only ours. It is a public. anyway thank you again for your comment, we can make over our failures.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We come to Unawatuna second year in a row and Tartaruga is our choice #1 for the seafood. We tried quite much restaurants on Unawatuna beach and every time we come back to this one! Staff is progressing in service on different languages. Today they announced they have menu in Russian and they also speak different languages (not fluently, but you still can make an order and get a good service - for sure English they speak better). The great benefit of Tartaruga is that you can pay card here! VISA accepted. Food is great and tasty! We tried here Jumbo prawns, grilled fish and Crab - still coming here for seafood! They also serve European menu - pasta, pizza, beef, pork. We took lasagne once - it was good!
In 2 words: it's worth to come here once nether than reading or hearing about it!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed in Tartaruga hotel from 21-30August 2013.
When we arrived we realized that the sea eroded the beach in front of the hotel. We were quite disappointed as we chose this hotel because of a friends recommendation and the beach in front.
Next morning the GM of the hotel came to us and apologized for the situation. It's absolutely not his fault as this is a vis mayor. He offered us a better room and also some discounts so we decided to stay. It was one of our best decision.
There was a beach about 200m away so we went there everyday. The place is called Full Moon. It was a good choice.

We always went back to the hotel to have lunch or dinner. They have the best kitchen on that area and also the staff is one of the best I've seen in Asia.

Altogether it's worth visiting this hotel with their friendly staff and great food!

Hope the situation is better with the beach by now!

Thanks for everything!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AndrasOssko
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We decided to head down to this lovely beach restaurant and the food knocked my socks off!! The staff was very efficient and friendly. The view of the seagreen beach is simply breathtaking...and all u need to do is order a concoction with local alcohol and ur day can't go any better...the steak and the shrimp cocktail was exceptionally good and I must say that it is a must visit for a meal whilst in Unawatuna!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We spent 2 weeks at Tartaruga with our kids. Though the beach in this part of the bay is temporarily eroding due to the changes caused by the recently built sea-defence, but in spite of the changes we spent a very nice holiday there. The location is really good! It was impressive to see how much effort is taken with urgency, to restore the beach as soon as possible. The staff was very kind, we felt like being surrounded by a family, the food was excellent, reasonably priced. We tried almost the whole menu anyway :-) and even the kids found always something new which met with their picky taste. I liked the owner's continuous efforts to be close to the guest, understand and fulfill their needs. He was there all day, all of our requests were managed immeadiately. Should the sandy part of the beach restored, this would have been a paradise place to stay for a vacation.

Room Tip: Room 9 is quiet, but not AC, just fans, so may be hot for some people. Room cleaning is done as freq...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Zoltan K
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

After a couple days in Unawatuna, staying at a different hotel, we found ourselves always parked in front of Tartaruga due to its central location, friendly staff and cold drinks! The logical choice was to stay there for the last night to maximise our time at the beach. The hotel is basic-basic to say the least, but seeing as we were mainly relaxing during the day, I did not mind the restless night (our room was closest to the public / staff area). They were pretty strict regarding check-out times, but I was able to use the beach shower to rinse off for the last time as I was headed straight to the airport directly from the hotel. It was definitely a luxury to be directly on the beach, and the plethora of restaurants, shops, stalls, within a short walk is a huge plus. If your #1 priority is location, then this is definitely the place to be. Book early to get a more private room so you can get a better sleep than I did!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Yaddehimulla | Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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#14 On the Beach Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range: $41 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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