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The Sands Kalutara

This is a 4 star hotel in Kalutara
Kudawaskaduwa, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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Resort-style property situated on the beach, free Wi-Fi and parking
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurants
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive service
  • Many guests enjoyed the pool and beach areas
  • Several reviewers described pleasant views of the sea and beach from their rooms
Cons 
  • A couple of guests complained that the room service was slow
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Aug 22, 2013
Overview
This property is situated on the beach, overlooking the Laccadive Sea, a 10-minute drive north of Kalutara. Offering multiple on-site dining options and on-site recreational facilities, this hotel is well suited for guests looking for a resort-style experience.

All 109 rooms feature a sea view and include free Wi-Fi, a safe, a mini-bar, a shower, a coffeemaker, a flat screen TV, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Select rooms also include a private balcony. Rooms are furnished with two twin beds or one king bed.

This property offers 30 private cabanas, which are situated on the ground floor and include the same amenities and furnishings as the guest rooms.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

This hotel offers four on-site restaurants and room service is available 24 hours. This property also has a poolside bar and a nightclub.

Other on-site amenities include guest laundry facilities, business services, live entertainment, organized games, conference/banquet space, a fitness centre, a spa and an outdoor pool.

Kalutara Temple is a 12-minute drive away, while Richmond Castle is 13 minutes away by car. The Kalutara Basket Centre is about 38 minutes away by car, while Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, local turtle preservation efforts, is about 42 minutes away by car. The Ratmalana Airport (RML) is about 30 to 45 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
Many guests described overall enjoyable experiences at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis. 

Many reviewers described their rooms as clean and spacious, while several guests added that their rooms were comfortable, well equipped and peaceful. Several guests described memorable and awesome views of the beach and sea from their rooms.

The staff were frequently complimented for their attentive and friendly service. One reviewer appreciated that the staff spoke English fluently.

Many guests praised the food and drinks served at the on-site restaurants and bars.

Many reviewers enjoyed the pool and beach area, particularly the organized games, cleanliness and ample supply of sun beds.

The Bad
There were very few concerns or complaints found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests found the room service (from the on-site restaurants) to be slow.

While many guests praised the on-site dining, a couple of reviewers thought that the restaurants offered a limited variety of food.

As mentioned above, many reviewers complimented the staff. However, a couple of reviewers described the customer service that they received as slow and inexperienced.
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #4 out of 9 hotels in Kalutara, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 90 reviews.

Amenities

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The Sands Kalutara

  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Valet Parking
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Mini Bar
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Garden
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Child Pool
  • Poolside Bar


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