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“Great place, room for improvements though”
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Kingfisher Hotel
Ranked #16 of 145 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place, room for improvements though”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

Definitely a lovely hotel, with very friendly staff, room almost perfect, it would be if there was sufficient lighting, the light is so low it is impossible to read in bed without a torch.

However with the high price they charge a few things need to be improved:

- We were left without electricity a few times and for 2 hours on New Year's Eve! It is not acceptable that a boutique hotel and restaurant does not have a generator. The closest competitor Thapraban does have one!

- On new Year's date the restaurant and bar were closed and the whole place felt like a desert! We had to get a drink next door, really not a good experience for residents, even the front door was closed and no lighting in the common areas in the evening, still we were not warned in advance and did not receive any discounts.

- The reception area is hardly manned and there is never anybody around with some experience able to help. On departure morning it took us more than 40 minutes to get our bill and many telephone calls with the owner to agree final price and exchange rate.

- In summary the whole place seems to revolve only around the restaurant forgetting they have residents guests they need looking after.

Room Tip: Rooms are lovely, although when there are party in the beach it is impossible to sleep.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed at this boutique hotel for 2 nights during our Sri Lanka trip. We particularly liked Kingfisher's location - at the tail end of Unawatuna Beach, where we could enjoy some peace and quiet without having to put up with the crowds and yet accessible to shops and eats in the vicinity. Other plus points include friendly staff, and spacious rooms. On a side note, bathrooms employ an open door policy (ie no door, which can make it a little awkward if traveling with friends). Overall value for money!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Singapore
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205 reviews
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Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

We had been warned against here due to the bar and party atmosphere but want presented itself on arrival was a relaxing and sleepy little place. Only 4 rooms we think and a great restaurant and bar. We explored and visited other beaches in the area deciding to head back here to spend the afternoon. The food is great although breakfast is not included. Evening is very atmospheric with fire and candles right on the beach. Excellent staff too just remember your ear plugs for when the party gets started, you'll need them if you want to sleep!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

either couple or family this nice little boutique Hotel has everithing you need from the top privacy and stunning seaview to the best food of the bay, better book in advance for a table at dinner to make sure that you have a place, food service is slow but bare in mind that you are on vacation so ...get another drink while waiting.. staff is very nice and engaging especially the Rasta haired Bartender definitely a must go place !

Room Tip: no need only 4 rooms are available and all are excellent
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

This was my second stay at Kingfisher and I actually stayed at 2 other hotels waiting for rooms to become available here. Nowhere else in Unawatuna compares to Kingfisher. The rooms are far superior to any other accommodation provider in the area. Very spacious, absolutely spotless with cable tv, room safe, large balcony with stunning ocean and beach views. Reliant hot water with decent pressure (you will appreciate this if you have stayed elsewhere in the area) and bathroom supplies. There is a lot of polished cement in the room which gives it that cooling spacious feel. Restaurant serves possibly the best food in Unawatuna right on the beach, the tuna steak again was simply perfect. The bar is perfect for cocktails, they serve decent wine and the beer is always icy cold. I also noticed they have done away with the plastic chairs at the restaurant and have tasteful new wooden furniure and new umbrellas. Beach lounges are available and are comfortable (Rp400 for non guests). The highlight of this trip was to discover the beach has returned to Kingfisher and its huge. Plenty of golden sand right at the front and the water is perfect for swimming. Kayaks are also now available for rent, I think I heard Rp500 per hour. Lastly the staff are just amazing. Very welcoming and friendly and I had such a warm welcome on my return. I won't mention names as everyone works equally hard to ensure you are looked after. Its worth the extra cost just for the benefit of comfort. Only 4 rooms and not a 5 star resort as such but the best in the area. Occasionally they host parties on weekend nights on the beach.

Room Tip: Free Wifi available on the beach but touchy in the rooms. Breakfast omelette with the lot is delicio...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Received a warm welcome; our room was on the first floor and was neat and spacious. Though the view to the ocean and beach was semi obstructed by the trees, it did not disappoint us (the second floor rooms may have an unobstructed view; not sure). The staff is very friendly and have a smile ON always. The sea food was above average but was fresh for sure! Kingfisher has the best beach beds in Unawatuna Beach area. Overall it is recommended to stay at Kingfisher if one is visiting Unawatuna Beach.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Absolutely the best hotel on Unawatuna Beach. The rooms are stylish, sleek and spacious. The staff are incredibly attentive and the restaurant and bar is right on the beach.
We loved our room which was number 2 upstairs that had the best view and a great balcony.
Can absolutely recommend and will come back to The Kingfisher!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kingfisher Hotel
Address: Welle Dawala Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kingfisher Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2011, Kingfisher Hotel is beachside boutique hotel on Unwatuna Bay. We have 4 modern rooms with A/C, hot water, mini-fridge, international satellite TV, WiFi, and every room has its own balcony with an ocean view. You can also join us downstairs in our delicious restaurant or have a cocktail overlooking the water. ... more   less 
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