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“Cheap - In all aspects !” 1 of 5 stars
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Ranveli Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   56/9 De Saram Road, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka   |  
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Bangalore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Cheap - In all aspects !”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Had read a lot off good reviews about this resort from previous travelers. Well all i can say is, other than the affordable cost, their was nothing great about my stay.

We had booked 2 rooms, both of which were very badly maintained. Showers didnt work, toilets looked like no one had used it for ages, locks at the doors were not working, Swimming pool had dead insects.

Worst thing, my bed and pillows had ants all over. On complaining, the caretaker sprayed some spray, but again in the night the ants were all over.

The attendant at the restaurant was very arrogant. I dont know if he was new to the place or was just bugged with his work. He firstly took our order wrong, got the food after almost after 1 hour and when asked for an repeat, he said why we didn't order all at once !! Damn .. Food seemed fresh, but tasted very bad. The glasses in which we were served water smelled fish !!

Well the irony of all, "Beach Resort" .. yea right ! we had to cross a railway line outside the resort and walk a while before we could even feel the water.

Only silver line during our stay was our interaction with the manager. He was a sweet chap and gave us some good inputs for travelling around srilanka. He even offered to change our rooms after the ANT Attack.

We would recommend this hotel only to ones who are looking for budged stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

It has a nice layout and the rooms are quite decent. Located close to the beach, with a view of the ocean it is quite possibly the best value for money place to stay in Mt Lavinia. The staff is generally friendly. The room was pretty clean. Overall a good place for the price.

Room Tip: Top most floor rooms have a very good view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RANVELIMOUNTLAVINIA, Owner at Ranveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
we are happy to hear that your stay in our Beach Resort was wonder full.
Thank-you so much ,Hope to see you again.
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Ranveli was a good resort and all the staffs was very helpful indeed .it was very convenient for us as my husband & I went to Sri Lanka for a wedding .... everything was so perfect food, transport and the beach & railway tracks was great,,room was average but very clean ....we are Malaysian Sinhalese so we got on very well as we can speak Sinhalese... we booked for 4 days but after liking the Ranveli we extended for another day ....the price was very good , we invited relatives for dinner n also for a swim, it was just wonderful.we were very pleased and hope to come back again for our next holiday... though we have been all round Sri Lanka Thank you RANVELI

Room Tip: room with ac and can view the sea
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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we are happy to hear that your stay in our Beach Resort was wonder full.
Thank-you so much ,Hope to see you again.
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed at Ranveli for 5 of the 10 days we were in Sri Lanka. Over this time we experienced outstanding customer service from the hotel owner and his staff. The location was excellent, easy to obtain local transport. The train is close, auto rickshaws can arrive at the hotel (if requested at front desk) or you can walk up the road a 100 metres to find one; there are buses just up on the main drag too.
The rooms are clean and serviced each day, which is rare for budget accommodation.
The restaurant is decent, we had a wonderful Sri Lankan breakfast! All in all, we were very happy to stay here and would do it again. It had a homely feel with the friendly staff and ambience. Thank you Ranveli!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RANVELIMOUNTLAVINIA, Manager at Ranveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
we are happy to hear that your stay in our Beach Resort was wonder full.
Thank-you so much ,Hope to see you again.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Overpriced for value. Beach resort is a whopping overstatement! You have to cross a railway line to get to the beach which is small and not much to write home about.
The private beach section is not a beach at all but a glorified sandpit with no facilities.
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Room is average but clean and offer no views. You are woken by the rumblings of the passing trains which are seriously within 30 meters of the rooms.
Not peaceful or relaxing. Has a pool which is clean.
Food average and priced accordingly.
Rooms cleaned daily and well. All said and done this is way overpriced and compared to other budget accommodation not very good value.
Local shops are quite a walk away too.
Would recommend you search elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Ranveli was a pleasant surprise after the mixed reviews across the board. The property is 40 years old, but the maintenance and renovations have kept it well up to standards in its price range.

The owner is available at most times on the property and he speaks fluent English, is helpful in planning your trips and even advises you on places to avoid.

The rooms are comfy and the bathrooms are clean. Since we went in summer, the water was warm straight from the tank and didnt need to use the hot water tap at all, dont know if its otherwise in winters.

The beach is 20 metres from the property and the railway track that seems to cause so many complaints is not really too much of a problem. If you dont mind walking across it, the beach makes up for the inconvenience. It might not be the cleanest but compared to some of the best in India, Mt. Lavinia is still very clean.

The food is good and we had no problems with the time taken to serve. On a holiday, slow service is to be expected.

Room Tip: Take your own taxi from the airport, coz its cheaper. Return taxi to the airport is the same price.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RANVELIMOUNTLAVINIA, Owner at Ranveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
we are happy to hear that your stay in our Beach Resort was wonder full.
Thank-you so much ,Hope to see you again.
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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I stayed here for a week time Very nice ambiance and friendly staff and good food.
Its in a prime tourist locality and rooms are very clean.
Its perfect who look for budget resort.
You are very near to the beach bars and restaurents.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RANVELIMOUNTLAVINIA, Owner at Ranveli Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
we are happy to hear that your stay in our Beach Resort was wonder full.
Thank-you so much ,Hope to see you again.
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Address: 56/9 De Saram Road, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ranveli Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In operation since 1972,one of the oldest budget hotels in mount Lavinia, which has been creating memorable holidays for thousands of satisfied visitors from around the world, such as USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Sweden, India, Maldives etc.Due to our long experience in the hotel trade we have many repeat guests. The main attraction in our hotel is located by the beach, adjoining to the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel and the affordable rates that we offer. Ranveli Beach Resort has 32 comfortable, Clean, well furnished rooms (with attached bathrooms) equipped with standard and Semi Luxury amenities. All A/C double rooms and family rooms are equipped with Air Conditioning, hot/cold water and cable TV and also over looking the Indian ocean. Most of our rooms are with private Balcony where can watch the incredible “sunset” or the breath taking view of the Indian Ocean.In addition we are famous for our very friendly and helpful staff. The well laid large Garden and our private beach can be used for “sun bathing & relaxing while enjoying the fresh air of the Mount Lavinia beach.Most guests like our “Rice & Curry “However our restaurant offers its guests a tasteful a la carte menu of Eastern, Western & International cuisine at a very low price. Sea food "Platter” which is prepared by our well experienced chef is delicious and popular. ... more   less 
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Ranveli Beach Hotel Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
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