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Owl and the Pussycat Hotel

N 788 Matara Road, Talpe 80615 Sri Lanka
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#1 of 9 hotels in Talpe
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Our small, luxury hotel sits at the water's edge with 17 suites. We dreamed of a simple, fun and unpretentious place... with a sense of romance, food, and dancing in the moonlight... All OTP hotel rooms have been laid out as flexible spaces with generous balconies and terraces overlooking the wild and the wonderful Indian Ocean. Every detail is lovingly restored and crafted by hand. The place is tranquil, but social too. The Runcible Spoon is a little restaurant, on an elegant dining terrace with superb wines and light, fresh food - includes Sri Lankan specialities-. Our flamboyant pastry chef will see to it that you have sweet dreams. One of our main attractions in our garden is a fabulous, turquoise 18m swimming pool that spills onto the ocean. A therapy hut offers no-frills seaside massages. A yoga platform for early sun salutes converts in the evenings to an outdoor living space with sofas and candles. When needed, this space morphs into a wonderful dance floor...
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
24-hour security
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Kach Medina - Howe wrote a review Jul 2021
Herceg-Novi, Montenegro2795 contributions140 helpful votes
Owl and the Pussycat Hotel is near the Galle Fort which is one of the most popular among tourists and expats in Sri Lanka so I got the chance to visit some approved tourist sites in the area. The hotel itself feels like a place that releases a good amount of energy because of its vibrant color. The ocean-edge pool and buzzing waterfront restaurant and bar make it a perfect place for couples’ beach breaks, honeymoons, babymoons, and romantic getaways! I was also really amazed by how fast and reliable their internet is. As a digital nomad, staying at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel wasn’t a problem at all as I was able to work online while having a relaxing stay! And the food? Wow! Every morning, I always enjoy my breakfast prepared by their amazing chef. You can also go to BOTANIK Bistro Bar located within the hotel (they also have a branch in Colombo). They serve a varied a-la-carte menu for lunch and dinner that features International dishes with a modern Sri Lankan touch. If you’re a vegan, then that’s not a problem as they can prepare a vegan dish for you. Having a lovely walk at the beachside, relaxing and reading my books in my beautiful room, enjoying delicious food, and doing work online, all these are possible at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel! I just hope I can go back here sometime soon when all the tourist sites in Sri Lanka are finally open. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: near Galle, spacious rooms, amazing staff
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Vikash G wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom45 contributions18 helpful votes
Had a great time in the hotel. Amazing service, fantastic views and close to Galle and other cities with a lot of activities to do. The staff is great too especially the manager. There are only 17 rooms which are more like flats so you get plenty of space, especially for a family with kids.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Reita Gadkari, Owner at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel
Responded 14 May 2021
Hi Vikash It was a pleasure to have you with us. Do come back again when you can move about more freely. Best Reita
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Arun D B wrote a review Apr 2021
13 contributions27 helpful votes
Spent two nights, The whole place resounds with an 'otherworldly' impress. For an artist or creator of some sort, this was good- and away from the crass bustle of Unawatuna. It is quiet with a decent pool. The deck looks over stilt- fishermen, typical of the south, whose skill in fishing in shallow waters in the ocean, which is a treat to observe. My room looked over into the ocean, and was engagingly named "Honey Pot" after the Edward Lear poem that inspired the name for the Hotel. "The Drawing Room" is an amazing space, with a complete artistic ambience, a notable collection of books ranging from history, to film, archaeology, philosophy, Lankan culture, fashion, to literary works of stature. Shehani and her team offer dignified, unobtrusive hospitality that lifts the spirits. Food was value for money, and tastily prepared with care; featured international cuisine as well as Lankan. Not a cheap place- it is in the category of a boutique hotel with just 11 rooms for guests. All air-conditioned.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Most rooms look out over the pool area and on to the Indian Ocean beyond.
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Reita Gadkari, Owner at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel
Responded 14 May 2021
Hi Arun Thanks for the wonderful review. We treasure our books and are constantly in search of new additions. Once covid gets over we plan to have regular book readings and talks with professionals in their fields and offer an opportunity to interact with specialists to create a one on one unique experience with historians, doctors, scientists, wellness specialists and people who can share their knowledge over dinner and a glass of wine. will look forward to welcoming you again. Best Reita
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Ana Gianni wrote a review Jul 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka5 contributions5 helpful votes
A very beautiful hotel, nicely furnished and with big and comfortable rooms. The poetical concept is quite original and adds a special touch to the place. Food and the cocktails are excellent. The bar has a lovely piraty-atmosphere, with the Indian ocean just below... A very nice experience, we all loved it !!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Alex S wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at OTP for three nights and very much enjoyed the relaxed and attentive service. The views from the terrace are unrivalled and listening to the waves from the gardens never got old. The food at lunch and dinner was good. The service was fantastic - in particular Chamika (5* service and his cocktails were something special) and Samantha (who was also really helpful and lovely). The rooms were beautifully designed and clean. We would definitely recommend to those looking for a chilled but nice experience. Galle is also a short (15-20 mins) ride away.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Gm Nayanta, General Manager at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel
Responded 20 Mar 2020
Dear Alexs, We value your stay at the Owl and the Pussycat Hotel and we appreciate with thanks your wonderful review. Yes, as rightly mentioned by you, 13 out of our 17 well appointed suites and rooms have an amazing view of the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. Samantha and Chamika are two fine young gentlemen who are an asset to my team and thank you for recognizing their hospitality. We are glad that you enjoyed the food and your overall stay at the OTP. It will be our honour and pleasure to welcome you again. Wishing you all the very best and success, Sincerely, Nayanta Pandita
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Sri LankaSouthern ProvinceGalle DistrictTalpe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Owl and the Pussycat Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Mihiripenna Beach (0.1 km) and Dalawella Beach (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wijaya Beach Restaurant, Persian kitchen and BBQ, and Coco Beach Talpe Restaurant & Beach Club.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Owl and the Pussycat Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Owl and the Pussycat Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Owl and the Pussycat Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Talpe.
Are any cleaning services offered at Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Owl and the Pussycat Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (6.6 km), Galle Fort (7.0 km), and Meera Mosque (6.5 km).