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Where to Stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka

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Where to stay in Mirissa? Finding good, (cheap or luxury) Mirissa accommodation for families is generally easy, there is plenty of it and most places are really pleasant. We absolutely love Mirissa and we’ve visited multiple times. It’s our go-to beach destination in Sri Lanka for quieter stays and our kids’ favourite beach. We stayed at Celestial Inn for parts of 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 have rooms for couples too. We’ve tried a lot of accommodation options, full reviews of some are at the end of the post, see the blog index below.

 Mirissa Where to stay for families Sri Lanka

In this blog post you will find the following on Mirissa hotels, guest houses and accommodation:

Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka
Beautiful Mirissa beach Sri Lanka

Where to Stay in Mirissa Sri Lanka, Family-Friendly

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Mirissa with family the choice is fairly simple, for us, as families, we simply need a family room that suits us, a location that makes us happy and a price-point to suit our budget.

In Mirissa hoose beach-side or the village, both are excellent options and Mirissa, being a small village, is easily accessible from any of these choices. Most of the hotels in Mirissa have double or twin rooms only. The below cater for families of 3 or 4 and all come with wi-fi. It is fairly hard to find family rooms for 4 or more people in Mirissa. You may find child stays free deals and need to share a bed with a younger child.

Tips on Finding the Best Deals Online and Booking in Advance for Mirissa

Should you book in advance for Mirissa?

That really depends on you, your preferences and the time of year. In the past we haven’t, we’ve booked 1 day for our arrival or even not booked at all but Mirissa is getting busier and busier and family rooms are harder to find, so if we see a good deal online, particularly if it is for one of the guest houses below, we’d be inclined to grab it. At busy periods (Christmas) certainly, book in advance.

How to book rooms in Sri Lanka in advance?

Agoda are the Asia specialists and you should check their site for Misissa deals.

Also there may be availability on and not on Agoda, each site has a different number of allocated rooms. We generally only use Booking dot com these days as we’re no longer prepared to search for accommodation for hours to save a dollar. Our links below will take you to the booking pages.

Beach Side Hotels in Mirissa with Family Rooms

Sea Star Mirissa, shown above, has triples on the beach.

Mirissa SeaStar also has triples with sea view

The Sunset Mirissa has delux triples and 4 person family rooms on the beach.

Beach View Mirissa, Not on The Beach

Silan Mo Hotel has triples.

Esprit Dici Hotel has 4 person family rooms

Mirissa Village has triples

Serenity Resort has triples

Adana Beach Resort has triples

Horels For Families in Mirissa Village

Celestial Inn has triples, see review below.

Hotel Vacanza has triples

Walawwa Wata Resort has triples

Sky Garden Guest House has triples

Riverside Cabanas, has triples and 4 person family rooms, see below

Mirissa Snip map

On The Rock has triples, see review below *cheapest*

The Budget Family Accommodation We”ve Used in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. Reviews.

NOTE: This post was first written in 2014 but is regularly updated. We have more information on accommodation at higher price points in our post on why Mirissa is such a great destination for couples or families and also below.

Riverside Cabanas Mirissa Review

Have family rooms for 4 inc breakfast.

Riverside Cabanas Mirissa
Lovely new crisp bedding at Riverside Cabanas Mirissa.

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: Around $50

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.

Rivrside Cabanas breakfast Sri Lanka Mirissa
Delicious Sri Lankan breakfast at Riverside Cabanas, Mirissa

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.

Riverside Cabanas Review Mirissa
Monkeys in the garden. Riverside Cabanas Mirissa

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

Tithira Guest House Mirissa Review

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.

Click through and check out the new block at Tithira Guest House, this place was owned by a lovely older couple, I’d like to support them. They also have an excellent 8.1 score on Agoda.

Celestial Inn Mirissa Review

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.

Seeing off the monkeys from the mango tree, Celestial Inn Mirissa

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.

The boys’ last roti breakfast at Samagi roti shop Mirissa. The string hoppers with dahl and sambol were great here, and cheap!

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

On The Rock Hotel Mirissa Review

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 panelling. Again, we had a ground-floor family room with patio, perfect for kids.

Recommended guest house hotel in Mirissa On The Rock

On The Rock Hotel, Mirissa has a “very good” 7.6 score on Agoda.

Still looking for a hotel in Sri Lanka? Start your hotel search here with Agoda .  OR we have listed the more upmarket family hotels and villas on Mirissa beach in Mirissa Beach Sri Lanka, Paradise Found.

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?

Should you 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 accommodations including larger hotels, It is a short bus or rickshaw ride to Mirissa.

We recommend Agoda for booking accommodation online, they are Asia specialists and we find their customer service to be excellent. The reward points to use against future bookings are very handy too. These are affiliate links, booking via our site costs you nothing extra but we make a few cents to help keep our websites free.

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Places to stay Mirissa Sri Lanka families

Thank you for visiting our travel blog. We are Sri Lanka specialists and if you’d like further information, please take a look at our main Sri Lanka Travel blog page. Best of luck in finding a place to stay in Mirissa and the cheaper- budget end of the market.

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David Cameron

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

Loved it very much, Alyson. Hope you enjoyed well. About to take a trip to Mirissa soon. And, your post gave me good hints and outlines. Thank you, keep writing.

Jean Newland

Saturday 28th of January 2017

Hi! We love your blog and have used it religiously as we're a family of 5 (Canadian) travelling the world for a year with our 3 kids (7,9,12). Thank you so much for your tips and recommendations. For the most part, they've been spot on.

We are travelling on a moderate budget and, as long as a place is clean and fairly comfortable and safe, we're happy. I have to tell you that we have just left the Celestial Inn and we would NEVER return. We are generally pretty easy-going people, but we felt that it was a supremely poor experience based on the amount of money we paid. We had to book 2 rooms/night (at $80 each). So we're paying $160/night off the bat. They wouldn't accommodation 5 of us in one room (even though my kids are small). The sheets were dirty and stained. our shower was broken. They put my kids on the bottom floor and declined to move them despite the fact that the rest of the rooms appeared empty. This put me on edge all night. The rooms were never refreshed and we were stuck with the same damp, thread-bare towel (1 each) for the entire 4 days spent there. The wifi was spotty. The mosquito netting was stained. Their lovely golden retriever was penned 24/7 and it distressed us to no end to see him lonely and left behind bars all day long. Broke our heart, actually. His tail would start thumping when he'd see us and I would have to drag my kids away from his cage because they didn't want to leave him. On our last night, the family had a party and kept us up until after midnight with their noise. At 6:30am pronto, lonely Murphy started barking for 2 hours non-stop. We've stayed in some seriously dodgy places in the last 5 mos and this is up there with our least favourite.

The young lady employed by the Inn was friendly and lovely to deal with and she, and fluffy Murphy, were the only beings who appeared at all interested in our time at Celestial Inn. It's high season in Mirissa and I believe we were the only people staying there last night....the rest of the rooms were empty. That's got to tell you something.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know.


Sunday 29th of January 2017

OK, well, that sounds nothing like where we've stayed over the last few years. It was a family business. The ' Young Lady" was the daughter and there was no dog. It was superbly run and spotlessly clean. Different place? New owners? I have no idea. Cheers for your feedback, we'll check it out next time we're there. 5 in a room is not generally to be expected and that price is high. I wonder why you agreed to pay? Was everywhere else fully booked? At peak times prices go through the roof, Sri Lanka is a massive tourist draw and by no means " undiscovered". All feedback welcome. Thanks,


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Hi Magne, could you also recommend this other place where you have stayed in Mirissa? Thanks, Andrea


Thursday 16th of July 2015

Hi, I stayed at Praneeth guest house. I loved it, right at the beach. Rooms were basic but clean. It was a bit out of town, maybe a ten minute walk.

Magne Bøen

Monday 19th of January 2015

Hi, great site you have here!

I was wondering about the Celestial inn, on they charge almost 90 usdollars per night, but you paid a lot less? I sent a mail directly to Celestial now, maybe that way it's a bit cheaper. Do you recommend just showing up? Lots of accomodation in Mirissa anyway? I will be there late january.




Tuesday 20th of January 2015

If you book online you will always pay more Magne ( one guest house owner said the booking agencies charged him around $30 per booking). We just turn up, but in peak season prices will be higher and there will be a lot more people, you coulld struggle. We saw a big difference between November and Early December, the start of the season.

Suzy Kim Tran

Sunday 16th of November 2014

Hi Alyson,

I emailed you once before when you wrote about New York and wanted to write you again to let you know that your blog has inspired me! My family of 4 and I are 4 months into our year-long world travel and it's been so fun to read your blog along the way! Thank you for your hard work which makes it ever so much more accessible to travelers like me and my family! I have to say that of all the travel blogs I read, yours is my favorite!

Based in great part on your entries on Sri Lanka, we've booked a flight for two weeks in Sri Lanka Dec 9-23, in just a few weeks really. For first time travelers, are there specific cities and activities that you think would appeal to an active family? Did you spend any time in Colombo at all? We are way more comfortable in the outdoors hiking, kayaking, caving, scrambling, camping and such than in museums or other indoor venues. We like those too but in moderation. So far we are interested in Kandy and Mirissa for our visit. I'd love your thoughts on a sort of top 5-10 things that your active family especially enjoyed in Sri Lanka. Lastly, could I get the phone number for the Traveller's Rest Inn in Ella? That sounds like a great place to stay.

Thanks so much,



Wednesday 19th of November 2014

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Sunday 16th of November 2014

Hi Suzy, I'll send you an email, or maybe I'll write a post. Give me a little while, that's a lot of information. No, we spent no time in Columbo at all other than making our way to bus/train stations. This is my second custom post, asked for by a reader today. And thanks!

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