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Yaddehimulla Road Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#21 of 77 in Unawatuna
Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Unawatuna does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant, a nice option for travelers like you. You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant offers guests free WiFi. The hotel features newspaper and express check-in and check-out. Plus, Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant offers a lounge, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. Unawatuna has plenty of cafes. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like SkinnyToms's Deli, mmmh Sucre & Sale, and Kat's Coffee, which are serving up some great dishes. During your visit, be sure to check out Japanese Peace Pagoda (0.8 mi), which is a popular attraction within walking distance of the hotel. Tartaruga Hotel & Beach Restaurant looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Unawatuna.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool with view
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Paid private parking nearby
Pool / beach towels
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Taxi service
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Sonja wrote a review 11 May
Kuwait City, Kuwait2 contributions
Beautiful hotel and great staff! All the staff are friendly, professional and useful. Great location, everything u need is in the next street (lot of bars and restaurants for everyone’s taste). Also for the small kids is great choice as it’s not so noisy.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Ronja P wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution
We ate the best seafood in Sri Lanka at Tartaruga restaurant. It was the perfect dinner with fresh seafood /delicious garlic butter on top. Nishan was the best waiter. He presented us every kind of fish / seafood and he was very kind and smart.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Tomasz K wrote a review Feb 2022
Warsaw, Poland3 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights. Nice location, terrible breakfast (some fruits, toast with jam, that’s basically it). On the beach BUT the property needs some management and cleaning. Disorder on the beach spoils the advantages of location. The superior room we got (in the new part) was ok except for the bathroom: no ventilation results in permanent smell of wet dirty towel all over. The bathroom looks worn-off pretty much. There are much better hotels around (for the price of Tartaruga 110$/night/triple room).
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Restaurant is average
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Bren M wrote a review Jan 2022
3 contributions
Tartaruga is an excellent place to chill out in Unawatuna. The bar on the beach is the place to be and has the only draft Lion in town. Milan and the bar staff can't do enough. They have all sports on and we even watched the early Premier League matches. Cocktails are great and very reasonable. We ate there many times and the food was always brilliant. Fresh seafood bbq are their speciality but did the best lasagne in had during ny time there. Pizza and pasta great too.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
eurodc wrote a review Jan 2022
Dublin, Ireland89 contributions111 helpful votes
Having visited Unawatuna two years ago (staying in the now closed Calamander) nine of us decided to visit for Christmas and New Year for two weeks. Given all the uncertainty with COVID, I contacted the hotel a few months ago who were most helpful right up to our arrival, even providing complimentary transfer from Bandarnaike Airport and also arranging for PCR tests at the reception before departure. I have to compliment Cristo who managed the reception who before during and after our stay was hugely helpful and professional. This is what I call a "boutique" hotel with about 20 rooms and we didnt really have too high expectations. The rooms were fab - great size, view, facilities and showers whilst spotless. The restaurant was outdoors and I can honestly say was probably the best place to eat in town for lunch or dinner. It had its own following just for meals with many people calling in during the day just for food. This hotel has a small pool which was great to cool down at but also has numerous sun beds and tables with the most space of all on Unawatuna Beach. The jewel in the crown for us was a waiter called Dilshan (Dill). He can give lessons on customer service and nothing was too much trouble. A fab young man and character that deserves to rise through the ranks and made everyones' stay fun and relaxed. We left there to stay in a fancy five star in Colombo, each one of us wishing we were still at the Tartaruga. We travel the world and stay in some of the finest hotels. If you want to stay somewhere different with incredible food and hospitality, it gets five stars from me!
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Date of stay: December 2021
Room Tip: Sea View was lovely to wake up in each morning
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Response from Milan Cristo Koutrogiannios, Guest Services / Front Office at Tartaruga Hotel
Responded 19 Jan 2022
Dear Mr. Cullen, We can’t thank you enough for the kind words about our Hotel and Restaurant. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we’re on the right track! I’m so glad to hear that our staff were able to make your experience with us a memorable one and that you enjoyed all of the amenities we offer. I will pass on your compliments to Dilshan. He will be so happy to hear. If there are any specific areas where we can improve upon during your next visit, please do let us know as feedback is always welcome here at Hotel Tartaruga. Looking forward to seeing you again soon and thanks again! Best regards, Cristo
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DMDublin wrote a review Jan 2022
Dublin30 contributions16 helpful votes
Spent 12 nights at the Tartaruga over Christmas & New Year and was delighted with our choice. From the moment we arrived the staff were so friendly & welcoming. Most of the staff have worked there for a long time which is always a good sign! It’s location right on the beach is ideal for beach lovers and the front of the hotel is about 50 meters from the bustling street in Unawatuna. The rooms are big, spacious and clean. Same applies to the bathrooms. Food was wonderful too. I would definitely return to the Tartaruga and am happy to recommend it to anyone considering staying there. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Farrellyk wrote a review Jan 2022
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
Beautiful hotel, great location right on the beach. Rooms spacious & comfortable. Staff were so friendly & helpful. Food is restaurant was excellent! Highly recommend the curry for breakfast! Delicious.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
RomanKolesnikov wrote a review Jan 2022
St. Petersburg, Russia35 contributions11 helpful votes
Went to this restaurant. So far the worst place we’ve been to in Unawatuna. Staff doesn’t speak English. Ordered two dishes - grilled garlic prawns and grilled calamari. Got boiled prawns in tomato sauce, no garlic at all. Calamari was also boiled., not grilled. And just so you know, tomato salad - is just one sliced tomato, that is all, no onion, no dressing.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Do not go there for food!
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Jeni L wrote a review Dec 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
The ocean view is nice, very romantic, but food was terrible pre-heated, frozen calmari, awufull rize with very little sea food inside, actually only the mohito was good. There was no music and u can hear what people talking from the others table. But we enjoyed the view. For beaching is okay, not for lunch.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
Janik A wrote a review Dec 2020
15 contributions1 helpful vote
We arrived here after a somewhat unpleasant experience at another beachside resort. The staff here welcomed us very warmly and were very professional. Food was exceptional. Very chill vibe. Beautifully decorated and rooms were inexpensive, (ground level), private and comfy. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled
US$57 - US$75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
tartaruga hotel and beach restaurant
Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictUnawatuna
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tartaruga Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Tartaruga Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Made In Ceylon (0.4 km), Unawatuna Beach (0.04 km), and Wild & The Sage (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tartaruga Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Tartaruga Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Tartaruga Hotel?
Yes, free parking and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tartaruga Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Barista Cafe Aroma Unawatuna, The Social Unawatuna, and Daffodil Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tartaruga Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool with a view during their stay.
Does Tartaruga Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Tartaruga Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tartaruga Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Tartaruga Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (3.7 km), Galle Fort (4.2 km), and Meera Mosque (3.7 km).
Does Tartaruga Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.