My thoughts and experience are so similar to those of another traveller whose review has been posted here! We exchanged e-mails with this hotel based on the Lonely Planet's review, andthe hotel confirmed our booking. When we landed up there, we were shunted to another house round the corner, which was nothing like the hotel/building we had fallen for initially! The manager and the owner coolly claimed that this building too belonged to them and that the price at which we had booked was available only in this building.
We were forced to stay there for a day. We scouted for another hotel the same evening, found a great place round the corner and shifted there the very next morning. I think New Old Dutch House is running a scam, because not once did he tell us that we would be put up in another building (and not in the beautiful heritage structure that we wanted) for the room price we wanted. On his website too and in the Lonely Planet guide, the owner has carefully provided photos of the heritage structure and not of this other building.
The rooms in the other building came for LKR 5000, but had just a bed and a stand to hang clothes from. No waste paper basket, bad plumbing (the bath water simply stagnated in the bathroom), no AC, torn bedsheets...
The place we finally stayed in was great value for money. It is called Fort Dew Guest House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Old Dutch House is situated in Fort, Galle the southern capital of Sri Lanka. Suite rooms with air-condition, attached bathrooms with hot water, satellite TV, WIFI internet and Minibar in a two story building. New Old Dutch House is provides accommodations and also serves as a business center for the tourists. ... more less
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