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Rockside Cabanas Hotel
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“Beautiful location run by an efficient management..”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights.. The kabanas ddnt have aircon so we were graxiously moved to an apartment.. Brekky was good.. Food above average.. Best thing was that everything was fresh.. Would deffinatwly reccomend the place.. And would stay here again..

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

It's really a small and cosy place in unawattuna.. It's peaceful.. It's not 5 star so no swimming pool, spa etc.. But it's real good value for money... The rooms were big & clean.. They hv cabana style rooms without AC.. Next time we will definitely stay there as those are really close to the sea.. Overall it's been a very relaxing place...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Renate K, Owner at Rockside Cabanas Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Hello,

Thank you very much for review. Yes we are not 5 Star but we try our best to make the stay of our guest as much convenient as possible. I have seen that your points for our service was only nearly average. What was the problem and what should we improve.

Regards

Renate
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

These cabanas are a nice place: our hut was almost directly on the beach, the food was great, and we got to feel really at home. The one bad thing that happened during our stay was that we arrived late (thought we called and warned the manager), but when we got there we had to climb (!) over the gate to get inside and wake him to let us in (after spending about 30 mins outside knocking). Probably it is a usual situation in Sri Lanka))

Room Tip: definitely pick a cabana, that is closer to the sea (it has a better view obviously and is more quie...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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Farnham, United Kingdom
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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?!?
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Horsham
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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
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rockside Cabanas Hotel
Address: 668 Matara Road | Mihiripenna / Thalpe, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 130 Specialty Lodging in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rockside Cabanas Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL - directly at the Mihiripenna/Dalawella beach! Jump from your bed straight into the 28° C warm water of the ocean. Relax in a hammock under the coconut palms in the 1.000 m² garden of the ROCKSIDE in Mihiripenna near Unawatuna. And in the evening you'll probably lounge in our garden restaurant or on your veranda, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the spectacular sunset over the sea.If you want to perfectly relax just ask us to take care of you - or stay completely private in your CABANA or your APARTMENT. At our own UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI Resort S-36133, situated directly on the beach, only 2 km away from ROCKSIDE we offer you daily snorkeling trips and fun dives to our different dive spots (reef, rock, wrack). ... more   less 
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