We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Rockside Cabanas Hotel
Show Prices
Like saving money? We search up to 200 sites for the lowest prices
Nearby Hotels
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
  • Free Internet
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Era Beach(Galle)
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Apa Villa Thalpe(Unawatuna)
View Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
View Hotel
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Reviews (183)
Filter reviews
183 results
Traveler rating
112
55
10
2
4
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
112
55
10
2
4
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsdive centremain buildinggerman couplethe ownernatural poollovely germantuk tuksri lankasound of the wavesbring earplugscoral reefrelaxing placeoverlooking the beachcoconut palmssouth coastdahlairport transfer
FilterAll languages
Updating list...
72 - 77 of 183 reviews
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We spent 3 nights In the cabanas here, waking up to the crashing waves every morning. If you stay In a cabana you only hear the sound of the sea. The cabanas are basic and quite dark but the place has everything you need. It's about 5-10 mins away from Unawatuna which makes it more peaceful and although the beach is rocky you can walk further down to a better beach. We used the help of Sembeah, a tuk tuk driver, whose family live across the road during all of our trip and he was fantastic! Service was good, only problem was rules were quite regimented eg not allowed to bring your own water in, which wasn't really needed. Breakfast was ok but lacked Sri Lankan hoppers etc, was very westernised.

  • Stayed: March 2013
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Chloesouthorn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Well, the place is ok. We had the room right at the very top of the main building. It was spacious, clean and had aircon which was nice (but not 'controllable' by the humble guests). The hotel is 'Germanic' - Owned and run by Germans and mainly populated by Germans but that's not necessarily a bad thing (?!?) The location of the hotel per-se isn't bad - The beach is right behind the hotel and is at the quiet end of the beach but the trains... and the traffic.... All I will say is look at the photos I uploaded. You have been warned! Lastly, I was under the mistaken view that the dive centre is beside the hotel. It isn't and Unavatuna is a couple of kilometres away

If you want a quiet hotel then this is great. Except it isn't 'quiet' at all thanks to the trains.

Room Tip: I guess the Cabanas are at the back so probably less noisy?!?
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank LeeGurt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Having read other balanced reviews, I have little to add . Very clean and well run if, perhaps, a little over regimented. For example, guests do not have control of aircon units. Management have the remote controls!

The proximity of of the main road and railway line has been mentioned and I was told that due to a recent death on the line, trains are now blasting their horns as they pass .It is a major detraction ,in my opinion, as it is very intrusive. I even spotted the owner with her fingers blocking her ears.

This place is quite ok but why stay is such a noisy place when you have a choice?

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank Rupert n
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very clean and tranquil place to be. A small hotel with spacious clean cabanas. Number 2 is almost on the beach. The beach is perfect too. You have a choice - to swim in the waves 50m away from the hotel or take "a bath" in quite waters near hotel.
Great location- in quiet place and only 5 min awayby tuk tuk from the busy beach restaurants. You can have dinner in the hotel or go to town or go to other the beach restaurants.
I'd say it was the best stay in Sri Lanka (out of 6 hotels I stayed in) and best value for money.
The only small unpleasant thing was that quite many locals come to that part of the beach. Youngsters play the ball just where you sunbathe. But by walking during 5 min you can find quieter parts on the beach.

Room Tip: Cabana2 is the best almost on the beach
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Tanya B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Positives: small, clean, well run, quiet*, great access to the beach, reasonable price, good location away from the noisy main beach*
Negatives: peculiar food and drink policies (as noted above) but in-house restaurant and drinks are not expensive , not on Unawatuna proper (this can be a downside for those requiring easy access to Unawatuna's restaurants and nightlife but was actually an advantage to us - Unawatuna is in 5min tuk-tuk ride anyway), *yes, trains can be heard but this didn't bother us at all (although we usually sensitive to such things) We stayed in a cabana 20m from the ocean where any noise is well masked by the waves - i would never call this place "noisy"
Overall: would return, would recommend. (see also our photos)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank KremlinGremlin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews