Well, it was our second honeymoon day. We came directly from Amaya Hunas falls but this Hotel Tree of (no)Life ruined the good time we had in Amaya Hunas falls.
We booked a room with a double bed room but they put us to a twin bed room as they didn't have enough staff to arrange the correct room on time. They told us that they can arrange a double room in two hours. So we agreed as there was no other option left. They asked us to keep our luggage in the twin room as other rooms are quite far from this reception area where the aforesaid twin rooms are located; we hoped that they would move our luggage to the double bedroom.
Rather than just waiting 2 hours doing nothing, we decided to have a drink by the pool and do some swimming.
Somehow we got the key of the double bed room in matter of 45 minutes and in fact they have moved our luggage there. It was really shocking to see a room messy like that. It was the most disgusting hotel room which I've ever seen in my life. How come these people just move our luggage to an unprepared room and hand us over keys?
Obviously, I got angry and asked for the manager. After sometime one gentleman showed up and told us that this is a mistake and apologized for the incontinent we faced. We accepted it and waited around 1 and half hours more to get our room.
Even after arranging the room by hotel staff, it was not so clean. The funniest thing in this hotel is that they make double beds by joining two single beds. Rooms are really small although there's a small balcony as a good point.
There's no privacy at all since gust in the next room were disturbed by us from a simple conversation I had with my wife; it was the same thing that we heard whatever they talked.
The dinner buffet was not bad looking but I got a major diarrhea and Loose Motions by the dawn. Luckily my wife had some pills with her to make the Loose Motions stopped. If not it would have been the day of disaster since It was the Kandian traditional dress I wore for our homecoming function in Sri Lanka.
The bridal dresser came in the dawn but the internal lighting of the room was pathetic so it was really hard her to select those cosmetics for my wife. Even though I asked hotel staff to change a light bulb in the room, they were never able to do it by keep on saying we don't have enough the electrician at this time. Somehow she managed to the makeup although the whole schedule had to be pushed 1 and had hours.
After taking all outdoor photos by the photographer (well, actually we booked this hotel because of the photographer) we were off to Kurunegala where our homecoming function was arranged. With our costumes we couldn't move out from car to reception area, so my brother was talking to the reception. The reception was kept on saying that we haven't paid although we had the email confirmation hard copy for the online payment of 140USD. As we were already late to the homecoming function, there was no other option left for us other than paying cash to leave from the place. Again we paid around 16,000LKR in cash and finally we were out from the horrible Tree of Life Hotel.
It took more than 3 months to get the money I paid back through a wire transfer to one of my accounts in Sri Lanka. Anyhow it was only 115USD I got back since Sri Lankan Rupee got depreciated badly during that time.
As the conclusion, I strongly suggest to keep away from this old hotel if you don't want to waste your time and money for nothing.
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