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Black Beauty Guesthouse
Ranked #29 of 144 Unawatuna B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Black Beauty is in beautiful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

Very lovely guest house in Unawatuna, we spent 4 nights there in November 2011. Very clean, like being in a treetop in the jungle. Owner was a bit difficult as we had booked it through Opodo or someone like that and she was having trouble with them and tried to charge us again. We had paperwork with us to show we had paid. She was a iffy but soon got over it. The rooms are nice with lovely balconies. We didn't eat there as we liked the South Ceylon vegetarian restaurant for breakfast and dinner. However we did use their fridge etc for keeping wine and beer cool. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Good for families, couples or single travellers. Grounds are lush, green and well kept. Staff really nice too.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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, Owner at Black Beauty Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
thank you for your review of our guesthouse. We always try to do our best. Unfortunately we had some major problems with one of the travel agents we were working with. They had not paid us for the previous guests who stayed with us. So I informed them, that we were not able to accommodate any more of their guests. Although I had informed them early enough they still let you pay for Black Beauty and you had expected no problems. I am sorry for any inconvenience cause from our site, but I hope you also do understand our position. When I gave you the room and accepted the payment you did through the travel agent, I was not sure if I ever will get paid for that.
Thanks again for your review. I will share it with our staff. Regards,
Britta
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

This was our last stop in Sri Lanka and one of the more touristy areas we stayed in. However, Black Beauty is in a nice quiet location away from the 'party scene' (if there is one - because we couldn't hear it!) on the main beach. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was clean and spacious and the pool/garden was a lovely place to hang out. Our two year old son had a great time playing out infront of our ground floor room. Previous comments mention lots of noise from kids etc, but that wasn't something we experienced.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Stayed here for a week and was very happy with the choice. I booked after a helpful email conversation with Britta, the owner, who also arranged an airport pickup from Colombo (The transfer takes a few hours due to the Colombo chaos, but is well worth it if you're going direct from the airport)

All the higher floor rooms were already booked, so I had a ground floor, non air-con room. Clean room with double bed and mosquito net. Shower room was a bit musty but nothing to worry about. There's also a nice terrace area to each room with a couple of seats to relax in.

The pool area is excellent and spotless. The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful with any requests you may have. I didn't eat here, but did sit in the top floor communal area and had a couple of early evening beers while watching the sunset.

Location is a max of a couple of minutes walk out of the back gate to the beach (although you have to walk by a pretty stinky canal). It's at the far end of the beach, but everywhere on beach road is easily walkable to.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Brighton UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Our overall impression of Black Beauty is very positive. We were really suffering with the heat at this stage in our holiday, so were really looking forward to our 'A/C deluxe room' booked and already paid for through Agoda - at considerable cost , a month before. When we arrived, however, the management were away and we were given a non A/C room on the ground floor close to the pool. It took a while to sort this out, but the boys did their best and we got a room with AC, but it was still on the ground floor rather than the higher building (which we sense would have been more 'deluxe'). No criticism of the staff - rather whether the message got through from Agoda to the hotel. Despite their efforts, we didn't feel that we had got what we had paid for.

That said, the staff were really lovely - particularly with my 4 year old son who loved playing with Ganesh (in particular), and loved the fact that breakfast was served by Dilan (who has the same name as him). It was an idyllic spot, the pool was lovely, the staff were attentive and it was pleasant to be away from the beach. Breakfast was lovely and it was great being almost in the jungle. I think if we had had one of the rooms in the higher building, we would be able to say that Black Beauty was perfect for a stay in Unawatuna. We stayed for four days and never saw a hotel on the other side of the road that we would have preferred. Thanks to all the boys for your friendliness/kindness.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Husband and I stayed here march 2012. This guesthouse was very comfortable, nice rooms and bed, hot shower, ac with fan worked great, central location to beach and shops but far enough away to get a good quiet sleep, as the beach can be abit of a party scene. The pool was very clean and refreshing, breakfast was good, fruit, eggs, toast, ect. The staff and owner Britta were very helpful, polite and honest. I would recommend this guesthouse to anyone. 

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

My family (2 adults, 2 kids) stayed for 3 nights at black Beauty Guesthouse. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff very helpful and friendly. The kids loved the pool, swings, bikes and go-cart, and had plenty of space to explore and play in a safe environment. The gardens are beautiful. The fireflies made a few nights absolutely magical! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Black Beauty.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012 via mobile

We loved the gardens, the pool, the balcony area, the breakfast, the location and the view from the restaurant.
We were disappointed by the rooms to be honest

Stayed March 2012
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Property: Black Beauty Guesthouse
Address: Ganahena, Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Unawatuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Many of our guesrs ask us why we chose such an unusual name for a Guest House in Sri Lanka. I read and enjoyed the book as a child ans was struck by the genuine character of Black Beauty. Here was a role model to be followed through life. He was well behaved, honest and thoughtful, always doing the best he could in every situation, wonderful skills we try to instill in our staff. The management chooses new team members with careful consideration and train them to reflect these characteristics. Our aim, over the last 20 years has been to provide the best service for our guests and through gentle and caring ways follow the example of Black Beauty. ... more   less 
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