I agree with the previous reviewer who suggests that one should remember that this is only a 2 star hotel (and we only paid 2 star prices). The hotel is probably the only tourist hotel in the area and is ideally located for visiting Uda Walawe (a great trip!). Interestingly, our driver commented that this hotel looked after him far better than any of the others that we stayed at and most of those were top end!
I would agree that the hotel is outdated by western standards, but it was immaculately clean. There was a hint of 'drain odour' in parts of the hotel, but this perhaps could have been the lake! Our room was generally in a good state of repair and spotlessly clean and the aircon worked and was clean (I checked the filters!). I also noticed that the bed linen and matress were new as well... perhaps some improvements are on the way. We had a great view and a decent balcony but I overhead some other guests commenting that they did not have much of a view.
The pool was very pleasant and we enjoyed it to ourselves for much of the afternoon. The pool attendant was attentive without being overbearing... he kept us supplied with beverages even though the poolside bar was closed.
We only found the main bar quite late in the afternoon (it is tucked away at the far end of the restaurant) but we found it rather functional. Decent service but rather lacking in character, perhaps due to a business meeting for 20 or so locals taking place rather loudly.
Both meals were good, usual lukewarm bufeet food with a choice of Sri Lankan and Western (with greater emphasis on Sri Lankan). The restaurant, however, is rather functional, like a cross between school dinners and the village hall... complete with folding chairs!
All staff that we encourntered were courteous and professional.
All in all we found that this hotel served our purpose for a one night stop over. The rate reflected the establishment so we could hardly be too critical! I would return again if I was to visit Uda Walawe again but it would only be for one night!
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