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“Very Warm Hosts, Great Location”
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Ridee Villa
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We arrived late after a long taxi ride so were very happy to be greeted with a delicious cocktail and nice cup of tea. They also had a welcome note up for us in the hotel reception, which put a smile on our faces.

The room (we were second floor, towards the back) was adequate, not huge, with the bed taking up most of the room, but that was fine. There was a slight smell of damp in the room which was a bit unpleasant. The bathroom was nice enough, a good size and enough hot water, though the water pressure was a bit flimsy.

The breakfast buffet was nice with lots of choice and they weren't too strict on the time, willing to serve a bit later if you'd slept in a bit.

The owners owned a beautiful old convertible and they offered free rides into Columbo Port with the wonderfully friendly driver taking you on a mini driving/ walking tour of the fort, though be prepared to be driven home via the villa owner's gem shop.

The villa itself was modern with nicely tended garden and well maintained. Location-wise it is less than five minutes walk from the beach across the road and down a little lane.

The owners were really wonderful hosts throughout our stay and i would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We are a couple from Swtzerland who enjoyed our stay at Ridee Villa in Unawatuna very much. The hotel is very clean and decorated with love for the detail. The management as well as the services staff are very friendly and helpful. They contributed a lot and made our stay unforgettable. We would like to recommend Ridee Villa to everyone...

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Pros:
Amazing, friendly, accommodating staff - They really go out of their way to make your stay memorable
Free tour around Galle in in awesome old British convertible
Pleasant rooms with powerful AC
A few minutes walk to the beach
Good value all around

Cons:
Next to a sometimes busy road
Not directly on the beach like some hotels
You won't want to leave!

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the front half of the hotel... they might have a sunset view. (Unclear as I did...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank ZReff
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Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

WOW...attention to the minor details really made this place memorable!!! We were greeted by the owners, two wonderfully friendly people, and welcomed with fresh pineapple juice served in a pineapple!!! There was a welcoming notice at the entrance announcing the arrival of our family. The rooms were beautiful, best we had in Sri Lanka!! The breakfast was amazing and the variety to die for!!! The story of how this hotel came about is amazing and I wish the owners all of the best with their endeavors, but can truly say they have a winning recipe!!!

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

The couple who owns the small hotel made us so comfortable and treated each guest like family. They fullfilled our every neee and helped us get around unawatuna
The hotel was clean and very comfortable. I recon anyone to stay here.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank saminaaq
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Ridee Villa is more than a hotel is a experience of life. The hotel is a boutique hotel, with wonderfull rooms and a service that a never see. We feel like kings in this hotel, the owner is an incredible person and make sure that everything is perfect.
The visit to Galle in a classic car is one of them, the wonderfull drinks whe we arrive, the dinner, the breakfast.
We can not go to Sri Lanka and miss this hotel.
If you are portuguese and want to read more about this hotel go to the http://dicasparaviajar.blogspot.pt/search/label/Ridee%20villa

Room Tip: the vip rooms have a wonderfull terrace
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed in one of the VIP suites. Thought we'd treat ourselves. The room was lovely; large, clean, comfortable, good shower, fast wifi, a large balcony, plenty of storage. Everything you could need. You also get access to a kitchen (though you'd be mad not to eat at the local restaurants) and there's a happy hour in the afternoon where you get a free drink. Wasana also made us a delicious dinner. If that weren't enough, one of the staff took us to Galle fort in the hotel/owner's classic car.

The location is decent. It's about a ten minute walk to the beach or a 100 Rs (50p) tuk tuk ride. The hotel organised transport back to Colombo airport for US$70 (£42) which, having checked online, seemed very reasonable.

It is very difficult to find anything to criticise about the hotel. The only thing I can think of wasn't about the hotel itself, but about some of the other guests. Russians, who felt it was ok to smoke wherever wanted. Fortunately the hotel is very airy and so it wasn't a major issue, but we'd have preferred a visible no-smoking policy.

Sumith and Wasana make you feel welcome from the moment you set foot in the hotel. They have an interesting story to tell about their former jewellery business, the tsunami and the hotel. They were always on hand to answer any questions and have a chat. They were the epitomy of hospitality. These two, the rest of the staff and the quality of the hotel itself made for a fantastic experience.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ridee Villa

Address: 321 Peelllagoda, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Unawatuna
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 148 Specialty Lodging in Unawatuna
Price Range: $111 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come as a Guest, Leave as a Friend " Ridee Villa is not a Hotel or Holiday Resort But someone who travel down south or willing to spend a few days on the unawatuna beach, This is the ideal place to lodge.Probably this would be the best Specialty lodging of an extraordinary Unique Boutique Guesthouse in Unawatuna.RV offers you unbelievable serenity & freedom that cannot be experienced in a mainstream hotel. Therefore this becomes Your Home away from Home. It is virtually a second home where you can spend and unwind mainly due to the unique "Home Hotel Concept" practiced by the amiable owners who are at hand, personally, to accede to all your needs. ... more   less 
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