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“Serene and the best value for money” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Ranked #17 of 29 Hotels in Unawatuna
Certificate of Excellence
Manama, Bahrain
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3 reviews
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“Serene and the best value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Me and a few friends stayed in a triple room, which was a great value for money. The 'Certificate of Excellence for 2012' given by TripAdvisor (along with other awards) is proudly displayed at the entrance. The staff were friendly, the room was modern, clean and had a small balcony at the back which gives a view to the forest. It's very quiet and green around the resort. Lunch and dinner is available a la carte at reasonable prices.No alcohol is served, so you might find the alcohol shop down the street useful. Although it is not right next to the beach, it is only 3-4 minutes of walking from the resort. As for negative points, I felt the breakfast variety could be improved, since it is a bed/breakfast place. There are two swimming pools and Ayurveda services(for a fee). If you are thinking about getting dinner from the resort, you will have to place your order by 6pm. If you are a late eater, good luck as there are no restaurants around the area and most shops close by 9:30pm-10:00pm. Overall, we found the place nice, and we enjoyed our stay in Unawatuna. A definite recommendation to anyone who is finding a difficult time picking a place, as it is one of the best deals you can get around the seaside town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tharaka360
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Pragna J, Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing a descriptive review on our hotel. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay & it was 'Great value for money'. Thank you again for the photos & recommendations to others.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

For me this was exactly what I needed after a 15 day adventure tour around Sri Lanka. It was just a beautiful oasis of tranquility. The colonial main building of the hotel was lovely, the bedroom was spotless and was beautifully presented with the a/c working perfectly. The staff was so hospitable and friendly and just could not do enough for you. There were lovely hidden areas of the garden just to sit and read and the pool was large and well maintained. The food was excellent and I stayed for five nights and really enjoyed it all. I also used their spa - fantastic treatments carried out in a lovely quiet area of the hotel. It was a very memorable stay.

Room Tip: I stayed in the older part of the hotel and it was excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 35Yvonne
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Pragna J, Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Dear Guests,

Thank you for your detailed review on trip advisor about our spotlessly clean rooms, lovely garden, nice food, friendly staff & fantastic Ayurveda spa treatments. We highly appreciate your valuable review on us & helping future guests to know what we offer at Nooit Gedacht. We hope you will return one day to enjoy our hospitality again !!
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Taarnby, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had two neighbor rooms so we opened the door and had a suit – perfect when travelling with two kids at 7 and 12. The staff was friendly and the food was great. Breakfast was a bit poor but ok. At 6 pm they knocked at our door to ask if we wanted to have dinner at the hotel or not. We stayed 7 nights and enjoyed it all. Theirs trips were a bit pricy so we didn't try them. I tried a manicure - but they just cut my nails and polished them... I didn't try the other treatments. A great stay after all.

Room Tip: The rooms near the back garden are perfect and quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lindstrom116
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Baden, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

May be we got the unfortunate one - the others look better - but we had unrestful night, lot of noise, small and semi-external bathroom, and a useless air conditioner.
No the best experience in Sri Lanka, tough we enjoyed the pool

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Madmartigand
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Pragna J, Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are sorry to hear that you did not like your room you got. If you see our reviews you would realise that most people are happy with the rooms they got. Anyway, we take your review to serious consideration of the management. Thank you again.
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Auckland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We arrived at this delightful guest house in the late afternoon after a gruelling long journey from Colombo (with a side trip and without using the new highway). We were greeted very warmly with friendly smiles and loved the look of the old architecture. Four of us travelled together neighbours) and so we all booked separate rooms with varying prices. My room was lovely with a patio overlooking the waterlily garden and in a newer block beside the swimming pool, Approaching it however, I wondered if I had been downgraded as the grounds behind the pool (and also in front of our walkway) were overgrown and looked a bit neglected. The other rooms looked as delightful but for less cost, the size is smaller. The airconditioner worked well and quietly (something always worth checking if noise and heat is an issue to get to sleep). Only problem were the dogs barking at night. The walk to the beach was hot and noisy via the main road (10 minutes) as the pathway is too overgrown and takes time to negotiate. Cafes on the beach are good but are accessed beside shops or guesthouses and are difficult to find until you know which one leads to where. The beach was alot smaller than I had remember (since the Psunami) and the surf too strong for me to swim - July is the end of the monsoon season. The meals at the hotel were better than at the beach so we opted for eating here almost every night in a magnificent setting. The service was fabulous.

Room Tip: Newer rooms are spacious and have good airconditioners and fans. Rooms nearer to the pool are furthe...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Thank LilyAnna
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stayed here for a week ind July 2012 and I can only recommend this place.We stayed at the new houses with a/c and the room had what was needed including af great balcony. The view from our window was the pool and a lotuspond where we each morning could see the staff in a little boat collecting flowers. The flowers was used to make new flower patterns in small jars round the hotel and of course to to put on our beds when they made up these:).The new pool was really great both for swimming and playing. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and the food really nice. The hotel is a little walk from the beach but you can always take a tuk tuk and after being at the beach felt at ease to be back in the hotels calm and beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank Densig
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Pragna J, Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, responded to this review, September 23, 2012
Dear Guest,

We thank you for the positive feedback that you have given us on Trip adviser. It is like a nice invitation for the future guests who are looking for a place in Unawatuna. Hope to see you again.
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Jyllinge, Denmark
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77 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

The rooms in the New wing are just beautiful and large. Please note that this a no alkohol place - but you CAN bring you own. The main house is old with at Lot of atmospere.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Address: 182 Matara Road | Opposite Timber Co-Operation, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka (Formerly Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Resort)
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Unawatuna
#5 Spa Hotel in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, Also known as Nooit Gedacht Ayurveda Health Resort is a historical Colonial style villa built in 1735. It was once the country home of a Dutch governor name De jong and was later taken over by the British as a military logistic centre. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the Unawatuna beach & 5 Km from UNESCO world heritage site of Galle fort. Nestled at the foot of Rumassala mountain (referred as Sanjeewani Mountain in the epic of Ramayana ) Nooit Gedacht is situated in the middle of a palm garden full of natural flora & fauna & a lotus lake. Guests can also enjoy traditional Ayurveda treatments, Spa, yoga & meditation while they indulge them selves in the tranquility that this place has to offer. Nooit Gedacht...Your Home in the Sun, is a place with old world charm & modern comforts that you must not miss while you are in Unawatuna! Come & enjoy the beauty & simplicity this place has to offer. Please note there are NO branches of Nooit Gedacht in the vicinity. ... more   less 
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