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Sunil Rest Guest House & Restaurant
Ranked #83 of 192 Matara B&B and Inns
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“Surely one not to be missed !!!.”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

We have been stoping at another geust house but after the second night of walking around we stumbled across the Sunil rest looking for somthing to eat. And could now belive what good food they make !, all freshly made big portions and very cheap !, and we did not arrive until late but the lady made us feel more than welcome and her family was so so nice, we wish that we had found this beautiful place first as we would of stayed here from day one !, I would fully recommend this to anybody and you would not be disappointed !, (p.s take your meal upstairs like we did and listen to the Sri Lankans beating the drum in the distance and singing, with the cool breeze, a big thank you to the owners, Kerry & Reece xxx

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

A family run place who manage multiple properties in Polhena.

A helpful and smiling lot which re-energizes you.

The rooms are basic and clean which is what they are projecting, so we were happy with that.

Sunil's parents stay close by and have a few rooms there as well, his mother has a beautiful smile like his wife and his father has a very nice music room that you should see, he loves old hindi music and has a good collection of records that he'll play for you :)

Inform them in advance for your food requirements.

They can help you with your requirements for a Tuk tuk or snorkeling and other activities.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This place is recommended by Rough Guides so I texted the guy the night before to make a reservation using a Sri Lankan mobile.

I didn't get a reply by the next morning but I turned up anyway. He was very friendly and pleasant; However he had received my text but just hadn't bothered to reply.

He showed me a room which was pretty shabby but I was drifting on the tide of the rough guide recommendation so I took it. I asked him about wifi which he confirmed they had but then left.
I'd requested a room with hot water. Only a cold tap in the bathroom. I opened the curtain - the window looked out onto a breeze block wall. I strolled around outside and the remains of several people's breakfasts was just lying around. The garden wall seem to have graffiti on it.
I'm pretty low maintenance but was very underwhelmed and didn't relish the prospect of spending 2 nights here. I couldn't use the wifi because the guy had left without giving me the password..
When he returned 45 mins later, I made my excuses and left.

He's a friendly guy, but that alone is not enough. Other's see to have had a good experience here (based on TA reviews), but clearly it's not a consistent one.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Varsovie
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This resthouse is located in Polhena, a small village where you can peacefully enjoy the sea side.
The house on the beach is just perfect, Saranga has prepared delicious meals during our 5 days stay, and we went snorkeling with Nishanta, a wonderfull experience, don't trust the calumny written about Nishanta!

Note that Polhena is one of the rare spot on the South cost where you can safely have a swim during the off-Season, this it's a small village with really friendly people.

Highly recommended !

Room Tip: The house on the beach is just great
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We went in august an have a great time with nishanta who is a good man. I thing if you had such problem you should complain to the police and not write some thing like that in internet....Nishanta and is family are very friendly and welcome and i doubt that you strory is true

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Sunil's guest house is located in a small village road with gardens surrounding. It's only a 2 minute walk to the sea front of a nice small beach. The room is basic but clean. Sunil is friendly and very helpful. Being once a tour guide, he is very willing and capable to answer almost all questions.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2011

Because of heavy rains in the center of Sri Lanka we had to change our travel plans. We hoped to find some sunshine and dry weather on the south coast. We did and more than that :)!
We saw Sunil's Guest House mentioned in the Lonely Planet book and thought to give it a try. It turned out to be a very good choice!
The rooms are very simple but great for the money you have to pay (around 10 euro for a double room). The rooms are situated on the ground floor of the house and have all things insite you might need. The owner and his wife, Sunil and Eureka, are the two friendliest people I have ever met! They help you with everything.
The house is situated in a quiet area of Matare, between tropical gardens, just a few minutes from the beach. You have the local beach but when you walk a little bit further you find some more beautiful beaches where we often were the only two ;)!
Sunil serves breakfast in the morning if you want. For only 2 euro you get a big pot of tea or coffee, omelets, fresh fruit, toasted bread and marmelade.
You can also order for dinner in the evening; they make everything you ask for.
Next doors, at his parent's house you can use the internet for 0,42 euro an hour and his brother organises snorkling trips if you are interested.
We think it is a great place to enjoy the real Sri Lankan village life.
In the near future Sunil, also has a more luxerious guesthouse, next to the beach. All rooms with sea view. They were building it when we were there but it will be finished soon I think and looks wonderful!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sunil Rest Guest House & Restaurant
Address: 16 3a 2nd Crossroads | Polhenna, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Matara
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Ranked #83 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Matara
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Number of rooms: 17
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