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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I have never given a negative review until now. As a solo female traveller I did not like that from 4pm every day, the host family leave by moped to go to their house, (without telling you this or what to do in an emergency or where to find them). This is not a homestay. Security was very poor, no...

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We booked two nights at the happy panda, after one night we booked two more. We had a really pleasant stay here with owner Natalia and sometimes accompanied by her husband and daughter. The staff can make you a really good breakfast from the menu, you wont find anything better in Sri Lanka. You can also join in on lunch...

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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

"Happy Panda " Is a great place for your rest and tasty breakfast, clean rooms, and close proximity to the beautiful beach. Amazing friendly owner s, who are always prompt to make your holiday unforgettable . They also recommended some tips on Abay. 1) Kudumbigala: check the Buddhist monastery up in the mountains and the stupa on the highest of...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Despite numerous emails back and forth on our booking, when we arrived at 4pm, our room was given to another couple just a couple of hours earlier. Staff explained that they thought the online booking was the same person as us emailing. Luckely we were offered a room in the "villa" accross the street. We shared it two nights with...

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Lyon, France
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a "villa" a nearby annex of happy panda. A srilankan house...at a european price. 120usd per night (6beds) No confort no frills Strict minimum basic furnitures No ornementation Unsuffiscient equipment This is too bad as the location is good We have an extensive travel experience and can say that value for money is far below average Ajust...

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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Happy Panda is a great place to start in the day with a delicious breakfast. The owners and their stuff are very nice and friendly and do their best, to make you feel comfortable. We have been there several times during our stay in Arugam Bay and it was more than having breakfast with friends than feeling like sitting in...

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights after seeing the accomodation in the lonely planet. The place is nice but service, wifi and water were not that good / not available all the time. The lonely planet says it cost 2200 in 2015. We had to pay 4000 per night...

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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Thanks for an amazing stay! Originally we planned to stay for only 3 days, and ended up staying for an extra week. Super friendly vibes, great food, and awesome surf close by! Make sure to have a walk down to the beach for sunrise, simply stunning!

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Wynyard, Australia
Reviewed 25 June 2016

After booking a room via email the day before, I arrived at the homestay after a 5 hour bus trip to be told they had double booked. This was despite the email saying that they definitely had a room available. The host vaguely indicated some other places to stay nearby and offered a drink in compensation but did not assist...

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Thank Sue R
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Amazing place, cosy comfortable environment and family atmosphere! We felt more at home than just being in a guest house. The hosts are wonderful friendly and very helpful. Definitely a place to come back to!! We <3 you too!!!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Happy Panda is a small cozy guesthouse in the surfers' Mecca of Arugam Bay, and is only a 50 meter stroll from the beach. We have small cafe on a shaded terrace with hammocks and comfortable floor pillows. We like people to hang out, and we also care a lot about the atmosphere of our place, so we don't play loud music or have crazy parties. Almost all the people who stay at Happy Panda, spend more than two weeks with us, so our place feels like a family. In our cafe we serve breakfast and dinner every day. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Happy Panda Homestay

Address: Tsunami Hotel Road, Pottuvile, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Arugam Bay
Price Range: $20 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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“very cosy if you like sharing with others”
 of 5 bubbles ETGero, 1 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Roll the dice.”
 of 5 bubbles 350nn, 23 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Rooms on the south side very cool one”
 of 5 bubbles abayjoej, 1 Sep 2014 | Read review
“The are three rooms, two of them very big and another one small. The price difference is only 200 rupees so it is not worth it to book the small one.”
 of 5 bubbles LAMENUDA77, 28 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Book ahead - there are only 3 rooms! If you are a light sleeper take earplugs as there is a mosque on the road behind that has a call to prayer early in the morning.”
 of 5 bubbles HannahD561, 14 Jun 2014 | Read review
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