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8.7

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Unawatuna Beach 60 m
Silk Route Gallery 620 m
Rumassala Sanctuaries Jungle 1.2 km
Jungle Beach 1.4 km
Mihiripenna Beach 2.7 km
Habaraduwa Beach 6.6 km
Welikonda Sandassanaramaya 6.9 km
Old Ductch Church mirissa 9.3 km
Handunugoda Tea Museum 12.8 km
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Unawatuna Beach 60 m
New World Craft Shop 80 m
sea horse 110 m
Salwathura Gems & Jewellers Shop 130 m
yoga with ranga 170 m
Pearl Divers 210 m
Unawatuna Diving Centre 230 m
Dewale Beach Road 280 m
Vine Store 410 m
Amarasingharamaya Temple 560 m
Calamander Unawatuna Beach

"Hotel is in a great location right on the beach."

darryl - August 26, 2018
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Calamander Unawatuna Beach

Parangiyawatta Unawatuna , Galle, Sri Lanka, Unawatuna, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka, 8000 - See map
Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Workout and Leisure
Swimming pool [outdoor]
Mind - Body
Yoga room
  • Airport transfer

  • Private beach

  • Currency exchange

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

Cheaper than 95% of all properties in Unawatuna in the last 24 hoursCompared to 705 Unawatuna properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money7.3
Distance to city center4 km
Location rating8.7
Nearest airportKoggala Airport (KCT)
Distance to airport8.3 km

Rooms available at Calamander Unawatuna Beach

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.8
Standard Garden View
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  • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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Premium Sea View Family Room
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Sea view
  • 1 king bed
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Premium Room With Sea View
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 king bed
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Beach Villa
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  • Beach view
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 king beds or 3 single bed...
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Family Room Pool View
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Pool view
  • 1 king bed or 1 single bed
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Standard Room with Single Bed or Sofa Bed
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed or 1 sofa bed
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Room with Single Bed or Sofa Bed
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Calamander Unawatuna Beach?

      Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

      How do I get to Calamander Unawatuna Beach?

      Calamander Unawatuna Beach is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 120 LKR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Calamander Unawatuna Beach also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the resort. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Calamander Unawatuna Beach has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Unawatuna with private transportation, the resort can arrange car rental for you.

      Is breakfast offered at Calamander Unawatuna Beach?

      Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Calamander Unawatuna Beach. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 2334 LKR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the resort.

      What are my dining options at Calamander Unawatuna Beach?

      Calamander Unawatuna Beach features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

      What is the smoking policy at Calamander Unawatuna Beach?

      Calamander Unawatuna Beach does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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      What people love about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

      • 7.2
        Very good

        "Mostly everything was in good situation."

        Darshana

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        May 23, 2019

      • 10.0
        Exceptional
        Location

        "Perfect Hotel in a very good location."

        Nikolett

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        August 14, 2019

      • 8.4
        Excellent
        Location

        "Great location on the beach."

        Karen

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        July 12, 2018

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      Overall rating:
      7.9
      Very good
      640 reviews
      Cleanliness
      8.0
      Facilities
      7.5
      Location
      8.7
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      What travelers say they love:
      All staff very very helpful and accommodating.
      darryl from United Kingdom
      Family with older children
      More about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

      More about Calamander Unawatuna Beach

      Located on Unawatuna Beach, one of the best beaches in the world, Calamander Unawatuna Beach is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest beach resorts. Guests will enjoy all the amenities offered by the hotel, such as a balcony, air conditioning, Hans Grohe showers, modern bathrooms, a 32" flat screen Toshiba TV, satellite channels with movies, Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the hotel, a mini bar, kettle, tea/coffee, hairdryer, and drinking water. Luxury rooms include a Jacuzzi Bath and views of the sea. Deluxe rooms are 25sqm, and luxury rooms are 45sqm. Although the resort has redeveloped as Calamander Unawatuna Beach, it still stays true to its old spirits, offering savory delights and the al fresco dining.

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      Beach

      65 mentions

      Swimming Pool

      37 mentions

      Breakfast

      31 mentions

      Food & Dining

      26 mentions

      What they offer

      8.0
      Very good
      Spaciousness

      "The room and bathroom were quite spacious."

      achin

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      January 30, 2020

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      Reviews of Calamander Unawatuna Beach from real guests

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      Cleanliness8.0
      Facilities7.5
      Location8.7
      Room comfort and quality7.8
      Service8.0
      Value for money7.3
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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Tim from Canada
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 3 nights in December 2014

      Luxury Rooms on the beach”

      Pool; Clean Rooms; Location in Unawatuna

      The Calamander Unawatuna Beach was a very beautiful hotel. Unfortunately, it rained for 2 of our 3 days, but we were able to enjoy the pool and have a suntan on the 3rd day of our stay. The location is easy to access all of the shops and restaurants that Unawatuna Beach has to offer. The beachfront is not sand, rather it is built up with giant rocks, likely to prevent further erosion. This is not the hotel's fault, mind you, as much of the north/north-eastern stretch of the beach has this same plight, but they may have to consider this regarding room prices. Without sand and easy access to swimming, it loses some of it's ideal beachfront status. Other than that, my wife and I were both extremely happy with our time at Calamander!

      Reviewed January 09, 2015

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      WALEED from Saudi Arabia
      Family with teens
      Family Room Pool View
      Stayed 4 nights in March 2016

      GREAT VACATION & EXPERIENCE ”

      I was with my son (16 years) and truly enjoyed this vacation specially Calamander Unawatuna Beach Hotel. From the time we arrived we were wellcomed in a hospitable way until we departed. All the staffs were professional specially Mr. Asela(fom) the manager who was personally attended to our requirements and comfort and he is truly a proffesional manager and a big plus to this Hotel. Thank you also to the owner who i am sorry i did not have the previlage to know her name but i see her everyday day watching and supervising. I recommend this Hotel very much as it is simply the best Hotel in Unawatuna.

      Reviewed March 18, 2016

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      9.7
      Exceptional
      Britton from United States
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 1 night in November 2014

      An appropriately priced hotel in Sri Lanka!”

      Clean, good staff, right price

      The stay here was good. It was the second time I have stayed here and both times I was pleased. First of all, it is one of the few hotels in Sri Lanka that is appropriately priced. Most hotels in Sri Lanka are too much for the quality you receive, but the Calamander is actually a good price for the level of quality. Second, the staff is pretty good. Again, at most hotels in Sri Lanka, the service is well intended but just not up to par. At the Calamander, the staff is well trained and on the ball. Finally, the rooms are fresh, clean and well furnished. Unawatuna is a nice place to be as well. Overall, I recommend it

      Reviewed November 24, 2014

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Vivienne from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Standard Double Room
      Stayed 3 nights in March 2017

      Great place on a good beach”

      We love beaches where there are nice little beach-shack restaurants/bars and this place has them in abundance, so with the really good rooms, service and facilities of Calamander Unawatuna Beach hotel, you have the best of both worlds. Really good buffet breakfast, lovely big pool, free wifi, free use of paddleboards, Kayaks and a free dive lesson. My fav was the morning yoga classes from 'Lucky' - starts the day off just right. We'll definitely go back to this hotel. One of the local tuk-tuk drivers we used - Siri - has a travel place/shop on the main road just before the hotel's turning, he was fantastic. Seek him out - and stay here!

      Reviewed March 16, 2017

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Kevin from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 6 nights in November 2017

      Great location”

      Just back from calamander unawatuna beach , great location on the beach , staff were very attentive , room was good size felt really at home there, all in all great place to be if you want stay at unawatuna beach

      Reviewed November 17, 2017

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      8.7
      Excellent
      martyn from United Kingdom
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 6 nights in April 2013

      comfortable as always”

      central location, clean, attentive staff

      stayed here a few times, always in larger room with jacuzzi, the place has had many improvements since it was taken over by calamander, new rooms also look nice, however it is a shame that the beach front shown in pics no longer exists as it has been washed away due to poor development planning of a barrage which was actually supposed to help protect the beach, obviously not the hotels fault but do be aware of this if planning a trip to unawatuna

      Reviewed March 20, 2014

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Carol from New Zealand
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 5 nights in August 2018

      Awesome location”

      Unfortunately they were digging up the grounds during our stay to fix something, and we had an awful smell in our bathroom coming from the drain. After a couple of days we got moved to a different room though and that one was fine. The red swimming pool was also closed. Despite all that, we had a fantastic stay there. What really sells this hotel is the location, right on Unawatuna beach. Breakfast was great. Also, there are plenty of places along the beach to eat and you can walk along the beach to the temple. It's a cheap tuk-tuk ride to Gaille, which is definately worth a visit. We originally were going to stay in Gaille itself and so pleased we stayed at the beach area instead. I would definately go back to this hotel.

      Reviewed September 14, 2018

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      8.0
      Excellent
      Rachel from Australia
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 3 nights in July 2014

      New hotel with lovely water views”

      Modern, food, relaxing

      Fantastic 3 day stay at the Calamander! I had visited Unawatuna 5 years prior and was surprised to see that the area of beach outside the hotel had been fully eroded leaving exposed rocks and no direct beach access. Despite this the hotel and the fact it was under construction when we visited in July 2014 we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the service from the staff was fabulous. Amazing food at the restaurant (more expensive than the places on the beach) but well worth it and delicious mojitos and wood fired pizza. The rooms were clean and modern with a small balcony. If you sit on the verandah along the water you can sit and watch the resident turtles surfacing. Pool was being completed while we were there but will be a great location once open. I'd stay here again if returning to Unawatuna!

      Reviewed May 24, 2015

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Pranesh from India
      Couple
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

      Simply Awesome !!”

      When I first booked this on Agoda, I was not sure about how the hotel/resort would be. When we landed there we were delighted. The location is on the beach. The front desk was welcoming. We loved the food, the room was always kept clean, the staff were always full of smiles, the location was amazing. They were so helpful that even in the middle of the night if you called the front desk they would send some one asap. Great beach......did not try the pool...next time for sure. We first booked for 2 days, but once we reached there we just loved the location and hotel staff and services that we extended our stay for 2 more days. Great breakfast I may add. I read that it was ownened by a British firm.....but British or who ever owns this is doing a fabulous job running it. Thank you for making our stay so comfortable and memorable. We are now definately promoters of Calamander Beach Resort. Luv Sonali & Pranesh

      Reviewed May 25, 2016

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      steven from United States
      Couple
      Family Room Pool View
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

      Great Stay at the Calamander!”

      Clean; Water front; Great View, Great Breakfast~

      We had an ocean view room with a balcony. The room was super clean with a large and comfortable bed and sitting area. The bathroom was huge with shower and Jacuzzi! Loved having breakfast each day in the open air restaurant overlooking the water. The staff was friendly, courteous, and helpful. The grounds of the resort were beautifully attended . There was a wooden pier that jutted into the bay. We enjoyed having drinks there and watching the sunset. The only drawback is that this part of the bay has been damaged by the tsunami and there is no beach...just large boulders placed to stop erosion. A short walk along the rocks will bring you to the sand.... It would be nice if the hotel could make this pathway smoother and safer. The hotel is presently in a construction stage...building a larger pool and play area. This will be extremely helpful as the pool is super small now..more a lap pool than anything and is filled to the brim with children...so not to inviting for adults. There are some beach chairs in the grass by this small pool, too few for the number of guests. These chairs were always "taken" by breakfast so we weren't able to "hang out" there...we would walk on the rocks toward the northern part of the bay and find chairs in the sand in front of the various restaurants. Overall, I believe that this is the best hotel/resort in Unawatuna and would highly recommend it to others!

      Reviewed February 28, 2015

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Renee from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Standard Room with Single Bed or Sofa Bed
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

      Resort in the beach”

      As the only 'resort' on Unawatuna beach Calamander offers resort facilities. However, the variety of rooms available are very different and some are too expensive for what you get. The restaurant is average with better food available along the beach. The staff are helpful and professional.

      Reviewed April 15, 2017

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Kasuni from Sri Lanka
      Couple
      Stayed 1 night in January 2013

      Great Hotel!”

      Amazing location, Access to beach, lovely rooms, foot spa

      UBR is located at the beachfront, with access to one of the most amazing beaches in Sri Lanka: Unawatuna. We stayed at the New Wing Luxury rooms, and the room was spacious, new, clean, comfortable and had a big bathroom and jacuzzi. We had only breakfast from the hotel: the spread was a little disappointing, but the few items tasted good. The foot spa: Foot Rub gives good foot massages and is reasonably priced. The best thing about the hotel: the beach, location, the sun beds!

      Reviewed January 29, 2013

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      8.8
      Excellent
      Vikram from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Premium Sea View Family Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2018

      clean and good facilities, the only big hotel in the main Unawatuna beach”

      There are many beaches in Unawatuna, the main one with restaurants oand bars only has one big hotel, this one. Good facilities, reasonably priced food and friendly staff. The pool was a wierd red colour which was quite off-putting but otherwise the hotel was great. I've stayed at many places in unawatuna and cleanliness can be an issue, but this hotel was great. Also the aircon works properly, sounds basic but it doesn't in many places and afternoons can get very hot and certain times of the year even evenings are very humid so a properly working aircon is real pleasure to have.

      Reviewed February 14, 2018

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      8.7
      Excellent
      John from United States
      Family with teens
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2011

      Wonder setting and spacious rooms”

      Great location on the beach, rooms were large and very comfortable, easy stroll out to other restuarants if you desire

      Enjoyed a wonderful two night stay at the Unawatuna Beach Resort. It is located on the beach just past Galle, which makes for an easy day-trip to tour the old city and fort complex. The resort has lots of lounge chairs available for a relaxing day spent reading and swimming. One can eat in their outdoor restaurant or easily sample other restaurants within a few minutes walk in either direction on the beach. We chose to do this over the three days just for the diversity. The pool was nice and the kids enjoyed going back and forth from beach to pool. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable with enormous bathrooms. This is our second stay and we'll come back again.

      Reviewed May 07, 2011

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      9.2
      Exceptional
      Alan from United Kingdom
      Group
      Family Room Pool View
      Stayed 1 night in March 2018

      Well run hotel very near beach ”

      Calamander unuwatuna beach resort was a well ru very clean hotel ideally placed right on the beach Rooms were spacious and very well appointed with good WiFi Breakfast was a cornucopia of international choices again of good quality The staff were very helpful and obliging Overall a very nice hotel

      Reviewed March 16, 2018

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Markus
      Family with young children
      Premium Sea View Family Room
      Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

      Maybe not representastive after teror attacks”

      We spent 3 Nioght at the Calamander about one week after the terror attacks of easer 2019. The hotel was fully booked, but hat 50 cancellations at that Moment. So of course everyone was sad and shocked. Staff could not always hiode these fellings, wich is absolutely ok. Seen objectively, the Resort is very nice. We hat 8 (!) other accomodations in Sri Lanka before and room, staff and service was very good and familiar. Place directly at the beach is very nice, bit the beach is not good for (children) swimming or even leaving small children allone. But: It was startinmg of the raining-season. We had everything we need, food was good, especially breakfast. For Dinner we tried out, biut decided to choose the Buffet only 1st evening. There are many small Restaurants around we liked more. ALso the little Shoppinmg-Road right behind the Beachhotels is very nice. WE were allowed to stay in opur Room until 34 p.m. because of pickuptime to the airport, wich was very kind.

      Reviewed May 06, 2019

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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Charlotte from United Kingdom
      Group
      Family Room Pool View
      Stayed 6 nights in September 2014

      The Calamander made my sri lanka trip wonderful”

      we stayed in a luxury room which was deffinately luxury!

      I stayed in 4 hotels around sri lanka and this was by far the best, actually one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. we had a deluxe room to be fair, the bathroom was massive, the mattress was so comfortable and everything was very clean and modern. There aren't many luxuries around unawantuna, I looked forward to getting back to the hotel for some relaxation and sanctuary. The staff don't hassle you like most people around unawatuna and are super helpful. beach towels supplied everyday, sky movies, 2 free bottles of water everyday what more could you ask for would deffinately go back

      Reviewed October 06, 2014

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      9.3
      Exceptional
      Sandun from Sri Lanka
      Business traveler
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 1 night in March 2013

      Best Place to stay in Unawatuna Beach”

      Love the Restaurant, both indoor and on the beach

      stayed for one night on business, the rooms are clean and spacious specially after the renovation. The house keeping staff were excellent and were very polite Nice big pool. The restaurant provided an excellent service, good food, specially their pizza! Unwatuna beach is breathtaking, and refreshing. Overall very relaxing place to stay in Unawatuna Beach.

      Reviewed March 11, 2013

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      8.8
      Excellent
      Tariq from Sri Lanka
      Family with young children
      Standard Garden View
      Stayed 1 night in January 2017

      Good Hotel”

      My wife and I were looking for a hotel to spend a couple of days in Unawatuna. We came across Calamander and were very happy with their cleanliness and the hospitality of the staff.

      Reviewed January 14, 2017

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      8.4
      Excellent
      Jessica from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Family Room Pool View
      Stayed 7 nights in December 2016

      Nice hotel, great location but a few tweaks could make it better”

      Really lovely hotel, the rooms are big and clean and have everything you need. The pools are great and the location is perfect with access to lots of restaurants and Unawatuna beach. We found some of the staff to be a little short and not very friendly at times. The prices for drinks/ food/ tours etc are very high in the hotel, often double the price of other places that are just next door to it. Overall enjoyable stay, and would recommend the hotel for its great location.

      Reviewed December 11, 2016

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