Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel

Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel

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#14 of 56 hotels in Unawatuna
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel, Also known as Nooit Gedacht Ayurveda Health Resort is a historical Colonial style villa built in 1735. It was once the country home of a Dutch governor name De jong and was later taken over by the British as a military logistic centre. It is just 10 minutes walk away from the Unawatuna beach & 5 Km from UNESCO world heritage site of Galle fort. Nestled at the foot of Rumassala mountain (referred as Sanjeewani Mountain in the epic of Ramayana ) Nooit Gedacht is situated in the middle of a palm garden full of natural flora & fauna & a lotus lake. The Governor's Restaurant at Nooit Gedacht serves an array of International and exotic local dishes by the pool or inside the mansion with stunning architecture. The Guests can also enjoy traditional Ayurveda treatments, Spa, yoga & meditation while they indulge them selves in the tranquility that this place has to offer. Nooit Gedacht...Your Home in the Sun, is a place with old world charm & modern comforts that you must not miss while you are in Unawatuna! Come & enjoy the beauty & simplicity this place has to offer. Please note there are NO branches of Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel in the vicinity.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Kids stay free
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Salon
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Minibar
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala

Location

182 Matara Road, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Koggala Airport
Mawella Lagoon Airport
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lhesky2010 wrote a review Apr 2022
Lancashire, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 4 nights and we was not disappointed one bit... the hotel is set back off the main road in its own grounds . As we walked through the front gates there is security on the gate so it is very secure .
We had a room overlooking the pool and it was lovely and clean and very quiet so you couldn't hear any noise off the main road .
Breakfast was served to us at our table and consisted of juice and coffee and a fruit platter and then some toast and jam followed by a cooked breakfast. This hotel is lovely and highly recommended to anyone that is thinking of staying here
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Julie B wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is an amazing jungle setting with monkeys, monitor lizards and the occasional peacock wandering around. We were in a superior room on an upper floor which I would definitely recommend. The balcony was large with both jungle and pool views .Rooms were cleaned daily always with clean towels . The bathroom was large with lovely shower gel provided. . The pool was great and there is a shower. The hotel has so much character with beautiful tress and flowers and wild life. It is near to the busy street of Unawatuna but is very peaceful and quiet. I am so pleased we did not stay in one of the hotels on the beach which can be very noisy with boom boom music until the early hours ! Staff were all very pleasant and friendly. Special mention to the very smiley and helpful Sanjula - he really did the extra mile for us at breakfast. Also thanks to Anuradha who always made us laugh !Reception staff always accomodating. Breakfast , apart from eggs cooked to order , was often cold but Sanjula always made sure mine was hot when asked ! The hotel has a generator which meant we did not suffer from power cuts like many of the other hotels.
If we return to Sril Lanka I would definitely stay here again. The value is very good and location excellent . Thank you for a great holiday stay .
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Go for the more modern superior rooms
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Kevin H wrote a review Mar 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for nearly two weeks and absolutely loved the place. As you walk in through the gates off the busy road you appreciate the tranquillity of the place. We had a first floor room overlooking the gardens and saw plenty of wildlife. All of the staff are very friendly and whilst we had a few communication problems at breakfast, their English is far better than our Sri Lankan and it worked out very well, with some fun along the way. Lovely staff.
On our first night we dined there. I had the prawn curry with an egg in it and it was the best curry I had over the whole holiday - the chef is very good.
Thoroughly recommended and we will definitely be staying again - many thanks.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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TheGeordieNomad wrote a review Jul 2022
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked this and was fooled by the photos I am afraid. The hotel was once I imagine a grand place and probably could still be. Bit old Father Time has sadly caught up with the old gal.
Check in was simple and I checked in way before my schedule, a sign of the Sri Lankan crisis.
The hotel is set in a jungle environment & while staff are constantly sweeping & tidying the jungle debris you get the feeling it’s a losing battle.
My room was ok & clean enough with a mosquito net. Air con was good, at night maybe a bit too good & it only seemed to have one temperature, so I alternated between this & the fan. The shower was poor and lukewarm at best. Although I got a code I was never able to connect.
There are two pools, the small one is empty except for whatever rainwater has fallen but it’s quite dirty & doesn’t give the best, first impressions. The big pool is fine & there are beds around the pool. The restaurant looked closed the times I passed. Breakfast was a forgettable experience.
To be fair I didn’t pay a lot for this hotel and at £20/night wasn’t a bad deal for what you got.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from nooit gedacht, General Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Responded 17 May 2023
Death guest, Thank you for your detailed review. We are under major renovation for 2 months in May and June and hope to serve our clients better once opened. Thank you
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Guddiya Guddiya wrote a review Feb 2022
Singapore, Singapore
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Early check-in was granted with breakfast! Very kind indeed. The staff at the restaurant were very helpful, but they hardly understood me sometimes. That was pretty annoying for sure. I really enjoyed the room, though; it was spacious, and the bed was pleasantly comfortable. Dutch styled design felt like I was transported to the past.

I will definitely stay here again if i visit Galle next time and recommend it to my friends.
However, upon checking out, i was charged for the normal rate versus the booking.com rate and a fish that i did not consume.

After a long discussion, the fish was charged instead for breakfast on the early check-in day.
The staff should have informed 🙄 me that there will be a charge for the breakfast
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from nooit gedacht, Owner at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2022
Dear Guest, We are sorry for any confusion regarding your bill. Kindly note for a early arrival we give the room depending on availability and at a fee. In your case it was given free of charge but we charge for the on arrival breakfast as it is normally included on the following day. Regarding the fish which you did not consume was a mistake and was not charged. Thank you & Best Regards Manager
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Alan C wrote a review Mar 2020
Ipswich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately I recently had to cancel a trip to Sri Lanka due to travel restrictions imposed as a result of Coronavirus.
I did not have free cancellation in my booking but when I contacted them they were understanding of my situation and agreed to refund all of my booking fee.
I look forward to rebooking my holiday and I will use the nooit gedacht hotel when I eventually get to Unawatuna. Thank you for your help.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from nooit gedacht, General Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2022
Dear guest, Thank you for taking your time to write a positive comment on our service. We hope you will return again.
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Marije G wrote a review May 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Ideal for traveling with kids. The garden is like an oasis, green with big bamboo and some monkeys spotted. Sounds of crickets and frogs in the evening. We had two interconnecting rooms. Very spacious and cleaned every day. Aircon and fan. Wi-Fi works. Friendly staff. Great pools (2!) From shallow to deeper water, warm. Towels available. Kids menu and good food although the fish was a bit dry, the curry was delicious and so were the deserts. By tuctuc 15 minutes to Galle fort and 5 minutes (or a nice stroll) to Unawatuna beach with lots of restaurants, beautiful beach en rough waves.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kelly J wrote a review Dec 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel stays true to its historical past. The staff including Jude looked after us very well. The food was delicious and a variety of options were available. The hotel staff really pulled out all the stops for a festive Christmas Eve dinner. The outside pool was a very welcome sight on the hot days. We had one of the jungle view rooms which was very clean, well laid out and had all the amenities needed. We would definitely stay again and recommend to others. The hotel was very close to Galle Fort which was just a 10mins tuk tuk ride away and was within walking distance to Unawatuna beach. An overall very enjoyable stay!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from nooit gedacht, General Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2022
Dear guest, Thank you so much for writing a positive review on our hotel. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the stay and you also enjoyed the food served at the governor's restaurant.
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Nicky C wrote a review Feb 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a perfect stay for the first leg of our Sri Lankan holiday. Our room was a good size and well equipped. The veranda looked out over a very clean and perfect temperature pool surrounded by extremely comfortable sun loungers. With the lake and beautifully manicured gardens, it offers a peaceful location to relax. You can imagine the main hotel as its former residence to the Governor in all it's elegant grandeur.
The staff are friendly and helpful. Perfect location for a saunter to shops, cafes and restaurants.
However the highlight has to be THE most delicious vegetable curries with fish or chicken - ask for 'no bones'. Not only is it THE best Sri Lankan curry we have had but great value.
Head to the Jungle Beach with a tuk tuk - steep climb but worth it. Sunbeds, umbrellas and café. Even a nice clean loo there!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Their vegetable curries with fish or chicken are delicious - ask for 'no bones' We far preferred...
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Kevin wrote a review Jan 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
# Mouthwatering Sri Lankan authentic dishes.
# Customized service to each guest & staff is always going the extra mile to make you happy.

# All these come from a well-experienced hotelier Mr. Upul who has trained & leading his team to deliver an unforgettable personalized guest experience to each guest.

# Indeed a go-again place for me
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Simply talk to the friend there, the manager Mr. Upul.
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Response from nooit gedacht, General Manager at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Responded 26 Feb 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive review on our hotel.
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Answer from triptic25
Besançon47 contributions26 helpful votes
Hello a lot of shops (jewellery hotels and shops) have a taxi service 45 $. But you can take the train GALLE-COLOMBO 3$ (it's not a joke) 3 departures per days 3 hours and a taxi Colombo airport 10$
Nicky C wrote a tip Feb 2024
47 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Their vegetable curries with fish or chicken are delicious - ask for 'no bones' We far preferred Jungle Beach to Unawatuna beach, but is a bit of a steep trek!"
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Hotfarm wrote a tip Jul 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark526 contributions132 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms in the new wing, by the pool are nice"
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Thariq wrote a tip Jul 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates190 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lots of parking available. About two km’s from the beach on the main road"
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Patrick G wrote a tip Mar 2023
Shanghai, China56 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mountain View superior rooms are our favourite"
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della h wrote a tip Feb 2023
11 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid standard room"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,150 - R 1,384 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nooit gedacht - ayurveda health hotel unawatuna
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Resort
LOCATION
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictUnawatuna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Sunrise jewellers (0.3 km) and Ashadi Gem & Jewellers (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black & White Restaurant, Daffodil Restaurant, and The Hideout Unawatuna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Unawatuna.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Galle Fort (4.0 km), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (3.5 km), and Galle Fort Clock Tower (3.7 km).
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