Simple things make this guest house much better than most others of the same price in that area. Lets start with the welcome experience which includes flowers and a king coconut - great, a lovely surprise, and a drink that is refreshing, healthy and has the charm of being something traditionally drunk in Sri Lanka. Next the rooms: over and about the norm (of being clean etc.) they offer the option of a fan and / or AC, they have hot water, face clothes, a mini-fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities. These are all great little extras that make the stay more relaxing and comfortable.
Breakfast was great (it is included in the price) and they used proper (village) bread, with non of the Prima pre-sliced bread that lots of guest houses tend to offer up. The fruit juice was fresh, did not have much added syrup at all, and it was soursop, again another traditional Sri Lankan fruit, which was such a nice surprise to be given something other than the standard 'papaya mixed with plenty of sugary syrup' that even hotels in Sri Lanka tend to give. The fruit platter was generous and the tea / coffee plentiful. The only slightly less than perfect thing to say about the food was the cheese sandwich we ordered, although the bread and salad was perfect, they could do with upgrading the type of cheese they use (I am sure guests wouldn't mind paying a little bit extra), and also it is worth mentioning that they do not always offer evening meals.
We were given a late check-out and the staff easily organized very reasonably priced transport for us back to Colombo. The staff ran the place really well, and were both friendly and efficient. Overall, this was a great little find and if you are going to Bentota then I would definitely recommend staying here, they are doing it right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sri Lancashire Guest House is the perfect retreat set on the stunningly beautiful landscape of the Bentota River, Sri Lanka. Situated just 15 minutes walking distance from the expansive golden sandy beach, this stylish quaint boutique offers the highest standards of comfort, cleanliness and delicious authentic home cooked cuisine in a most tranquil atmosphere at an unbeatable low price along with an incredible experience. We offer all our guests local trips in our Tuk Tuk to and from both train and bus stations, to the beach and back or to the village market areas, all free of charge! Come and relax at the Sri Lancashire Guest House and leave with a memorable experience that will have you returning again and again. ... more less