Finding good, cheap family accommodation in Mirissa was easy, there was plenty of it and most places were really pleasant. We absolutely love Mirissa, we visited twice in 2014 and again in 2016. It’s our go-to beach destination in Sri Lanka for quieter stays and our kids’ favourite beach. We stayed at Celestial Inn during both visits, that tells you a lot! All of the hotels and guest houses mentioned in this post have room for a family of 3-4+ and prices range from about $20- $60 per night. Of course, they will also have rooms for couples too.
NOTE: This post was written in 2014. We have just completed a month in Sri Lanka (2016) and re-visited Mirissa. We have updated information on accommodation in our post on why Mirissa is such a great destination for couples or families and also in this one.
The Family Accommodation We Used in Mirissa, Sri Lanka.
Have family rooms for 4 inc breakfast.
We booked Riverside Cabanas online.The room was lovely and there was a great breakfast included. If you want Sri Lankan breakfast you need to let them know the night before (this is normal in Sri Lanka), ours was delicious. There is a photo below of the Sri Lankan breakfast, western breakfast was also available. From the outdoor restaurant you can watch the monkeys that come into the large gardens from the riverside trees just behind the property.
Cost per Night: $54 US ( Agoda currently has rooms from $35)
Number of Beds: 4, two big doubles.
What we got for our money: A spacious, very clean, room with its own balcony, lovely modern bathroom, air con and mosquito nets. We couldn’t get the wi-fi to work very well in our room and it wasn’t very fast downstairs ( in 2014). The gardens and the resident monkeys were a real treat, as was the included breakfast. This is a lovely small hotel and we’d use it again.
Location: 2 mins walk from the bus stop on the main road. About a 3 mins walk to the beach. Riverside Cabanas is in the village and backs onto the river. There are plenty of places to eat nearby.
Negatives: Price. This place was fantastic but a little more expensive. As usual, open vents in the bathroom let in a few mosquitos, you get this everywhere, always keep bathroom doors shut and don’t leave the light on. The included delicious breakfast made it a good deal.
Our Verdict: Lovely! We only stayed for 1 night because we found somewhere cheaper but it’s still a great deal if you’re not penny pinching.
Have a look at Riverside Cabanas Mirissa online to check prices and availability
2. Tithira Guest House Mirissa
Has Family rooms for 4 inc breakfast from $42/night
Tithira Guest House could be described as a home stay, we stayed in the main house, although there is a brand new, modern block of rooms in the large garden of the old traditional property. If you click through to Tithira Guest House Tithira Guest House you’ll see the new block, it’s very pretty and has doubles and family rooms.
Cost per Night: We paid 2,000Rs, $18 US approximate. The new block currently has family rooms from $42 inc. breakfast.
Number of Beds: 3, 1 double 1 single.
What we got for our money: Our own room in the couple’s home. Our own bathroom, mosquito nets and fans. Wifi was good in the room.
Location: In the village, 2 mins walk to everything.
Negatives: The owners tended to switch the internet on and off as I asked for it, which was annoying when I got up early to do some work and it was switched off. A few mosquitoes as usual. The couple who live here are lovely, but I would have preferred a little more distance between us and them, I like my privacy. I’m sure they will have better WiFi and understand that people need it 24 hours now that the new block is fully open.
Our Verdict: We originally looked at and agreed to take, a room in a brand new accommodation block in the garden. On arrival the owners asked us to take the room in their house. It was the same price and had 3 beds rather than 2, but it wasn’t as nice, we should have stuck with our first choice. The new rooms are really lovely. That being said, it was great to see a genuine pre-tsunami Mirissa home, most buildings in Mirissa are new.
3. Celestial Inn Mirissa
Will only allow you to book rooms for 3 online.
Note, the sign for this guest house used to read Celestil Inn. I bet they were pleased with the sign writer! (Update: It’s now fixed). We stayed at Celestial Inn in 2014 AND 2016. Information here is updated with most recent findings and prices. The family owners have worked hard here to make this place really nice and in 2016 it was popular ( you certainly need to book), a little more expensive (justifiably) and had more facilities and room types. It still retains its small family guest house appeal.
Cost per Night: from $28 upwards
Number of Beds: 3, 1 large double, one single.
What we got for our money: Our own, very nice, bathroom. A huge room with shelves and clothes racks. The big bed is a four-poster with built-in mosquito net easily holds 3 of us, the single bed has a ceiling mounted mosquito net. Our own patio area with seating looking out on a lovely garden with mango trees and monkeys. Wi-fi works well by Sri Lankan standards but only on the patio, I couldn’t get a good signal in the room. There is space for an extra bed in the room. The block of rooms is brand new and very clean. Hairdryer and electronic mosquito device provided. It’s a lovely place to enjoy trays of tea on your veranda in the shade of the mango trees.
Location: Celestial Inn is on the riverside lane that takes you from beach to village, 2 mins walk to the quieter end of Mirissa beach. 2 mins to the roti shop and beach restaurants. From Mirissa South train station in a tuk tuk will cost you around 400Rs, it’s 4Km.
Negatives: Only the mosquitoes There are open vents in the room (UPDATE: these have been sealed in 2016 and air-con is available), a few mosquitoes get in, but this seems fairly standard in Sri Lanka. The bathroom vents are still there, don’t leave the lights on or you’ll wake up to a swarm. We burnt coils on the patio and used a bug spray inside occasionally.
Our Verdict: We loved it here! So much so, we stayed twice. This Celestial Inn also offers food, we didn’t eat here, we preferred to use the cheaper roti shop ( Samagi cream house and food corner) on the main road for breakfast and lunch and spend our evenings in one of the beach restaurants ( we highly recommend Wadiya) enjoying cocktails. I loved to sit outside our room at Celestial Inn with a pot of tea watching the monkeys, squirrels and peacocks, it was really lovely.Celestial Inn has a “very good” 7.9 score on Agoda
4. On The Rock Hotel, Mirissa
Will only allow you to book rooms for 3 online.
This is a new entry for 2016, in 2014 On The Rock was still being built. It is next door to Celestial Inn, above, on that same river-side walk. We enjoyed staying here with spacious rooms, clean white bedding and mosquito nets and that lovely wood paneling. Again, we had a ground floor family room with patio, perfect for kids.
Still looking for a hotel in Sri Lanka? Start your hotel search here with Agoda . OR we have listed the more upmarket 4 person+ family hotels and villas on Mirissa beach in Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka, Paradise Found.
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Thanks to Google maps for the Mirissa map.
We also highly recommend Whale watching in Mirissa (4000Rs adults, children 2000Rs) click here to read about it.
Weligama or Mirissa
You could choose to stay in Mirissa itself or in the larger bay immediately to the north, Weligama. Here you will find stunning Taprobane island and still see plenty of fishing activity and fishermen selling their catch near the beach. Weligama has all sorts of accommodation including larger hotels, It is a short bus or rickshaw ride to Mirissa.
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