Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel-Original Dutch Governor's House

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2 outdoor pools
2 outdoor pools
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, free WiFi

Overview of Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel-Original Dutch Governor's House

Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel-Original Dutch Governor's House

3.0 star property
Mountain hotel with 2 outdoor pools, near Unawatuna Beach

8,6/10 Fabulous

36 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Air conditioning
182, Matara Road, Unawatuna, 80600
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness center
  • Children's pool
  • Pool bar
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Airport shuttle
For families
  • Children's pool
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
Cleaning & safety
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront
  • Unawatuna Beach - 28 min walk
  • Jungle Beach - 7 min drive
  • Galle Clock Tower - 15 min drive
  • St. Aloysius College - 16 min drive
  • Galle Fort - 20 min drive
  • Galle Lighthouse - 20 min drive

Getting around

  • Bandaranaike Intl. Airport (CMB) - 106 min drive
  • Midigama Railway Station - 30 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Train station pick-up (surcharge)

About this property

Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel-Original Dutch Governor's House

Placing you 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Unawatuna Beach and 3.7 mi (6 km) from Galle Fort, Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel-Original Dutch Governor's House offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 90 per vehicle. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe and visit the spa to be pampered with massages, facials, or body scrubs. Other highlights at this Colonial hotel include 2 outdoor pools, a poolside bar, and a fitness center. The pool and helpful staff get good marks from fellow travelers.

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
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At a glance

Hotel size

  • 38 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1 PM - 10 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 16
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport and train station (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 16


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*
  • Train station pick-up*

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • English breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–9:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

Taking the kids

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • 5 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1735
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Fitness center
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Full-service spa
  • Massage/treatment rooms

Languages spoken

  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves with a trip to the onsite spa, which has 4 treatment rooms. Services include facials, body scrubs, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including Ayurvedic.

The spa is open daily. Children under 15 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Breakfast costs between USD 8 and USD 12 for adults, and USD 6 and USD 10 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 90 per vehicle (one-way)
  • Train station pick-up service is offered for an extra charge
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Children under 15 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel Unawatuna
Nooit Gedacht Heritage Unawatuna
Nooit Gedacht Heritage
Nooit Gedacht - Ayurveda Health Hotel Unawatuna
Nooit Gedacht Heritage Hotel Original Dutch Governor's House

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Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

Beautiful hotel located in a green garden with palms and leafy trees. Very quiet place, rooms are far from the road. The main noisemakers are chipmunks jumping on the roofs and munching on your fruits if you accidentally left it outside. Once I had a dinner there and I enjoyed the food. The hotel staff is extremely polite and helpful. I didn’t expect my calls will be answered at 4am when I arrived. However the hotel manager Jude was waiting for me and escorted me to my room. He also helped me with my PCR to travel back to Dubai. Water Anuradhapura greeted us every morning for breakfast, and Sanjula was helpful not only with the meal choice, but also he helped me to decide which beach do I go first and how do I get there. Overall, very much recommended!
Daria, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A self-contained jungle paradise.
This is an amazingly atmospheric place, which feels like an oasis compared to the beachfront places with their noisy crowded streets. And the food is really excellent. A great value.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent peaceful hotel in great location. Friendly helpful staff, surrounded in wonderful grounds. The old Dutch feel is throughout the whole complex and adds to the ‘vintage’ atmosphere of the place . I would say this is the best hotel in the area , and very reasonably priced . In the older rooms , the bathrooms could do with upgrading though
alan, 6-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Lovely staff, beautiful historic building, garden and wildlife were fascinating, pool was a great facility, and easy walk and connections to town, beach and Galle. A La Carte menu was rather limited, but I guess a lot of people go out to eat. Special set menu on our first night (of 3) was excellent, though.
3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent stay from start to finish
We stayed here for a couple of nights near the end of August and initially our room had quite a bad damp smell. They offered us as change of room which was much fresher and couldn't do enough to assist us throughout our stay. It is in the most beautiful idyllic setting and the pool is awesome. Thoroughly recommend this stay and a massive thanks to all the friendly helpful staff. Luke and Hannah
luke, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful old property former residence of Dutch
Beautiful property set in ground with wild life around, monitor lizard, monkeys, mongoose and different species of birds. 5 minute walk away from beach and restaurants.
5-night trip
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4/10 Fair

The hotel staff were very friendly and the outside area (pools, sitting areas and tables) were also nice! We were initially in an older room and it was horrible due to the bugs. The bathroom had lots of openings which allowed 5 large cockroaches into our room, it was disgusting. The room had many holes so bugs easily got into our room, which made the stay uncomfortable. They moved us to another room the second night which was still one of the older rooms but was a bit better. Still many holes in the foundation which allowed for bugs. I would ONLY recommend staying in one of the newer rooms. Would NOT recommend staying in the older rooms, they look nothing like the pictures.
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8/10 Very good

Very friendly hotel with excellent restaurant
It was a surprise to find that most of the other guests were Danish - there is a special arrangement with a Danish travel company. The location was good, very quiet at night but just a short walk from the beach. The swimming pool was great. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I ate dinner almost every evening because the food was excellent and there was a good variety.
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10/10 Exceptional

Very nice heritage hotel with a gorgeous garden and 2 swimming pools. Breakfast was outstanding. Peacefull and very nice place to relax with family.
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