We stayed in one of the VIP suites. Thought we'd treat ourselves. The room was lovely; large, clean, comfortable, good shower, fast wifi, a large balcony, plenty of storage. Everything you could need. You also get access to a kitchen (though you'd be mad not to eat at the local restaurants) and there's a happy hour in the afternoon where you get a free drink. Wasana also made us a delicious dinner. If that weren't enough, one of the staff took us to Galle fort in the hotel/owner's classic car.
The location is decent. It's about a ten minute walk to the beach or a 100 Rs (50p) tuk tuk ride. The hotel organised transport back to Colombo airport for US$70 (£42) which, having checked online, seemed very reasonable.
It is very difficult to find anything to criticise about the hotel. The only thing I can think of wasn't about the hotel itself, but about some of the other guests. Russians, who felt it was ok to smoke wherever wanted. Fortunately the hotel is very airy and so it wasn't a major issue, but we'd have preferred a visible no-smoking policy.
Sumith and Wasana make you feel welcome from the moment you set foot in the hotel. They have an interesting story to tell about their former jewellery business, the tsunami and the hotel. They were always on hand to answer any questions and have a chat. They were the epitomy of hospitality. These two, the rest of the staff and the quality of the hotel itself made for a fantastic experience.
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