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Best affordable family friendly hotels in Sri Lanka

Thinking of visiting Sri Lanka? I can highly recommend it as a beautiful family friendly place to visit. Sri Lanka has stunning beaches, gorgeous weather and they love kids! This beautiful island can be very affordable if you have a tight budget to stick to. I’ve been working with other family travel bloggers to bring you the best affordable family friendly hotels in Sri Lanka.

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The Beach Inns, Matara – by Rejecting Routine.

The beach Inns in a small village near Matara is my favourite family friendly hotel in Sri Lanka. It has its own stunning private beach with sun loungers  and shaded areas. The staff were wonderful with the kids, they were happy to swing the kids in the hammocks and show them the turtles swimming in the sea. I felt we could completely relax here as there was no pressure for the kids to be really quiet and they were happy for them to play indoors on the couple of rainy days we had. There were always other children staying at the hotel so the kids loved having friends to play with.

We stayed in a lovely family room with two double beds, en suite bathroom and balcony with beautiful views. The room was basic but very clean and I was very pleased to find they had a laundry service. We paid around £20 per night but there are other options including deluxe rooms, apartments and villas but we found the standard family room was perfect for our needs. There was always a tuk tuk available and the managers were happy to arrange a day out whale watching or to one of national parks. They offer a good selection of Western style food and Sri Lankan food and they were happy to make non-spicy versions if, like me, you can’t handle spicy food! You can read more about our recent trip to Sri Lanka Here.

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The Beach Inns private beach

 

Nor Lanka Hotel, Unawatuna by Dawn from 5 Lost Together.

When planning our trips we consult Tripadvisor for accommodation recommendations and it never leads us astray.  Nor Lanka repeatedly receives excellent reviews and at $50/double is easy on the budget.  This peaceful guesthouse is small and intimate and set in beautifully manicured gardens.  It is just a one minute walk to the lovely Unawatuna beach.  Unawatuna Beach can be quite rough, but nearby Wijaya Beach is more sheltered for kids. Nor Lanka has family rooms that can accommodate 5 people making it very family friendly.  They even had a baby chair, something we rarely encountered in Sri Lanka at budget hotels and restaurants.  The rooms have mozzie nets over the beds and are exceptionally clean with everything you need.

What really makes this hotel stand out as one of the best on our three week trip in Sri Lanka was the level of service and hospitality.  Helge, the Norwegian owner is really friendly and helpful.  The hotel has its own rickshaw driver, Lal, that took us on a day trip to Galle and to some of the surrounding beaches.  Our kids loved helping the ladies decorate with flowers in the mornings and they were dotted on by the staff.  The food at the hotel is top notch and a good blend of Sri Lankan and western foods.
 Nor Lanka isn’t a flashy resort.  It doesn’t have a pool or long list of facilities.  However, it is a brilliant guesthouse and we would surely stay there again when we return.
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Finding an affordable place to stay in Anuradhapura wasn’t as easy as we thought. It involved rain, a thunderstorm, a snake and a Good Samaritan with a car… Luckily that Good Samaritan with his car brought us to Bevary Holiday Home. What a great place to stay! 
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Bevary Holiday Home is very clean and still fairly new. There are various room sizes with ensuite bathrooms and they can accommodate larger groups too. We stayed in a downstairs bedroom with two double beds, which was perfect for us. And a steal, as we only paid LKR2000 (approx. £10) per night for the three of us. The shower was nice and warm and again, clean. The rooms don’t have a private terrace, but there’s a communal area downstairs that serves as reception/terrace/sitting area. Here they serve breakfast in the morning (not included, we paid LKR450 (approx £2.30) per person, but didn’t pay for the little one) and we spent our nights sitting outside and just reading or watching a movie. 
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Best of all however was the friendly owner Harindra, who went to great lengths to make sure we had everything we needed. He’s good with kids and liked playing with our son. He even organised dinner for us a few nights when it was raining, so we didn’t have to go out with our toddler. He also helped us make a good deal with a tuk tuk driver to take us sightseeing and came with us to Wilpattu National Park. And after we’d stayed there for a few days he let us borrow his motorbike, so we could drive around for a bit. All in all we highly recommend this place. 
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We stayed at the Manel Guest House in Polonnaruwa with our 3 and 4 year olds. It was perfect for us!
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There are nice rooms that are well presented, comfortable and with outdoor areas. There are many triple rooms which we found suited us fine. They are air conditioned with big mosquito nets. Our bathroom was new and everything looked great.
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What we loved most was the floor to ceiling window looking out at our private patio and a rice paddy. It was beautiful (and quiet!).
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It’s a budget option and it’s great value but this does mean you don’t get daily servicing or toiletries. They do have many services at the guest house and a restaurant. We had breakfast included which was simple but good. My only complaint is that the breakfast took a loooooong time to serve.
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The guest house also can arrange tours and has a laundry service. We booked a tour from them and it was great. You can also eat meals at other times of day.
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We had a good stay here and wouldn’t hesitate to return.
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If I could give Moonstone Villas 6 stars, I would because this was our favourite hotel/guesthouse in Sri Lanka. Every little detail has been thought of by Raelene and she has created a peaceful, tranquil oasis. We were traveling with our 3 young kids and stayed in Room 5 with an extra bed. The room was on the ground floor, right across from the pool. Our kids loved swimming in the pool and we loved sitting out on the patio of our room on the comfy chaise and chairs. The rooms are immaculate with lots of little touches – mozzie nets, reading lights, squeegee for the shower, pool towels, locked cabinet/drawer, alarm clock, tissue, huge beds with real mattresses…the list goes on and on. The wifi was excellent, again the best we encountered in Sri Lanka and it was so nice to be able to use it in our room.
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The gardens of the hotel are beautiful and you are right across the street from the beach. Raelene was a very attentive host – always checking in on us. The food was excellent and we had great Sri Lankan food and the best Western food (real bacon, yummy fries). We ate almost all our meals at the hotel because the food was so good. The breakfasts were also very good and the staff very well trained and friendly. Try the Sri Lankan breakfast for something different. They also had a baby chair, which we really appreciated and is rare to find in Sri Lanka.
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We loved the quieter feel of Tangalle, compared to more popular beaches like Unawatuna and Moonstone Villas is a gem of a place. If we are back in Sri Lanka, we would stay there in a heartbeat.  Book directly through their website for the best rates.  Follow 5 Lost Together on Instagram here.
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Blumarine guest house is the perfect place if you want to book somewhere near the airport and right on the beach. We paid £25 per night for a large family room with two double beds, en suite bathroom and balcony, this also included a continental breakfast. Again the room was fairly basic but clean and had a kettle, hairdryer. Both beds had mosquito nets and the air conditioning was great!
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For us the best part of staying here was being right on the most stunning beach but also in the town so we could walk to one of the many restaurants. All the restaurants we visited were extremely child friendly and offered a wide range of western food which the kids enjoyed.
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It is only a five minute tuk tuk ride to Negombo bus station so it’s easy to catch a bus into Colombo. The air conditioned bus into Colombo only cost us ninety pence per ticket. We found that everyone is happy to help if you’re not sure what bus you should be getting on!
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best affordable family friendly hotels in sri lanka
I hope this has helped if you are looking for affordable family friendly hotels in Sri Lanka. It can be difficult finding places that are really child friendly when you’ve never visited a country before but if you book any of the places listed above then I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

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