On our 17-day trip (including flight) we booked 8 different accommodations. We booked the first two accommodations from home a few weeks before the trip. The remaining accommodation we then on the way always at short notice with the smartphone booked. It worked very well. The net cover is so good in Sri Lanka, that you can book in the middle of the jungle via smartphone the next hotel.
We booked our apartments through Booking.com and Agoda.com. We have had good experiences with both suppliers. The two online hotel booking platforms have thousands of accommodation and millions of reviews and customer service around the clock. There are no reservation fees and there is a best price guarantee. To book the accommodation you need a credit card with both providers. The prices were with the provider Agoda.com somewhat cheaper than with Booking.com.
Below we present the 8 accommodations we booked during our trip. None of the hotels we were disappointed. Overall we were very satisfied with the rooms. But make yourself a picture:
The Hideout in Sigiriya
The hotel “Hideout” in Sigiriya is a small oasis in the middle of nature.
Kandy View Hotel
This hotel is located in the hills of Kandy and offers a great view. The spectacular view is from the restaurant and the “deluxe” rooms to enjoy. So definitely a room of the category “Deluxe” book!
Ella Mount View Guest Inn
If you’re lucky and get a free room at the Ella Mountview Guest Inn, you can look forward to a nice and clean room with a great view and a very sympathetic host.
Mansala Safari Resort in Udawalawe
The Mandala Safari Resort is located at the Udawalawe National Park and is an ideal base for a safari. The host took us for a fair price on safari.
Little Pumpkin Cabana in Tangalle
Cheap, small and cozy cabanas with direct view of the sea.
New Bay View Villa in Weligama
Great location near the Tiki Bar and a nice coral reef.
Flower Garden Hotel in Unawatuna
Great holiday resort with small cabanas for relaxing on the highest level. This place was by far the best on our trip!
Great Southern Hotel (GSH) in Colombo
Clean business hotel in the middle of Colombo. However, an airport transfer is much cheaper elsewhere.