We booked this guesthouse on the basis of the reviews we read here. We were disappointed.
We paid a similar price at other places in Sri Lanka and felt we got much better value.
The room was tiny, damp and slightly musty. The sheets didn't look or smell clean. The lino on the floor was ripped to reveal bare concrete underneath. The hot water wasn't working in the bathroom, so the owner said we could use the bathroom in another room. This room and bathroom were filthy and very damp. The water was a lukewarm trickle.
As others have said (about the only thing I do agree with) dinner is good and the portions are huge. Very salty though. However, the standard western breakfast (which is what you get if you forget to order the Sri Lankan breakfast the night before) is AWFUL. The bread seemed to have been toasted hours before and the jam didn't improve things. The Sri Lankan breakfast we had the next day was much much better.
Haputale itself is a bit of a dump and there is nowhere to go when it rains. We had booked three nights, but only stayed two. We had one night in Ella afterwards and wished we'd skipped Haputale and gone straight there, although the walk up to Lipton's Seat (especially the guy at the top selling tea and samosas after our terrible breakfast!) and the tea factory were great. At least there are places to go in Ella if the weather lets you down!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We pride ourselves on our hospitality and our home cooked food. We have family rooms available with attached bathroom or double and twin rooms. You can enjoy authentic Sri Lankan meals cooked for breakfast or dinner. Spice or no spice it is not a problem as we can tailor meals to your diet. The views are great from our balconies and we are relaxed about what time you would like to order breakfast. As well we have WiFi and internet for low price. And every bathroom has hot water.Free WIFI. ... more less
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