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Srilak View Holiday Inn
Ranked #7 of 34 Haputale B&B and Inns
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Haputale is wonderful, hotel not so much”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

This B&B has two buildings. Apparently, based on the reviews, the main building is better, and with great views. Our building was just next to the main building but if you are put there choose your room carefully. The manager showed us the rooms in the ground floor that had musty smell just when entering them. We asked for the second floor and the room looked fine at the beginning but the mouldy smell was there as well and the second day we had enough. I think they rarely wash the blankets and as there is no sheet to put in between you and the smelly blanket this can be really disgusting. If possible choose the top floor where the rooms are breezier.
Breakfast takes them forever. We had to wait more than half an hour for tea and toast. Eat elsewhere. If you want Sri Lankan breakfast you have to order the day before.

Otherwise, we really loved Haputale with its local atmosphere – if you like places where you don’t meet millions of tourists, stay here! There is a great bakery in the village – the best stuff we had eaten in Sri Lanka. Must visit – go for egg samosa! Above the bakery there is also a simple but good restaurant.
We stayed 2 nights and traveled to Bambarakanda falls (by tuk-tuk, afternoon visit), to Lipton’s Seat for the sun rise (up there by tuk-tuk, walked down to the tea factory and then by bus) and did half a day/ one day visit to Diyaluma falls and Buduruvagala (traveled by red bus but this goes only once an hour or so from Haputale so careful planning is needed).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Haputale, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Stayed two nights from 3rd of April 2014 in the room no 17. It was with a private balcony spacious room with a Amazing view . had our dinner in the main restaurant where we got cool breeze. Food was good. Staff were working hard and treated us very well. Hope to visit again in August.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Indeed a great view.
We stayed for one night and came in late.
It's good we had reservations because the hotel was almost fully booked.
I think we were put in a spare room (nextdoor to the bar)
Too high price for a room with bedding that had it's best times...
Breakfast was good.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The views are amazing and, compared with the prices in Ella, good value. Some of the guys here will give you outstanding service, while others will give you some of the worst I experienced in Sri Lanka (though, the service standard in this country is quite high). I planned to stay four nights, and then, when I got the bill, there was no tax over the room price. I told the good fellow that I liked to stay for one more night, so he took the bill away. Next day, I got the bill from another guy, and he happily put 10% tax over the room price. I was in a hurry, so I decided just to pay it, but a good hotel does not rip off its customers like that, at least in my humble opinion. Notice that such tax can be expected in restaurants, but is normally not applied on room rates, unless stated in advance. The only service my room ever got, was by a guy who emptied my garbage bin and took the opportunity to snatch away my far from empty 5l bottle of water, which I somehow find quite funny. In short, be aware, this place has acquired some bad management, and for many of the staff you are just a short term profit. It is hard to blame them, since tourism here is a relatively new source of income, and the town is still pretty poor and full of desperate drunks. You might want to shop around a little. For many, Haputale will turn out preferable to busy busy Ella, and has better sights in its proximity (especially the tea fields & the factory, which offers an excellent tour for 250rps; and Lipton's seat, where the view is not so different from that of horton's plain, but for 50 rps only...). Yeah, go here.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Well. Good things first. Amazing views over the valley is really lovely. Food is cheap (but not good so there you have it). If you are a solo traveller wanting to go to a place to hook up with other travellers this might be the place for you. And that can be difficelu other places in SL. But I must say that you get a feeling of being a part of a production line when you are here because of all the other travellers. We ate dinner and breakfat here. I would not recommend it. The curry is one of the worst we had in our holiday in SL. Really not ineteresting. You would be better off eating some lovely rotis at one of the run down places in the main street of Haputale. Would not stay there again but did the job.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Sri Lak View is well located - it is close to the town but not in it and is south-facing so that all the balconies and terraces get the sun all day long. We found the service good - the staff work hard but were always available if we wanted something extra and the guesthouse was spotless.
We were happy with the food - we ate rice and curry we every evening without being disappointed.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

To begin, our room was nice and clean, great view and we'd had far worse food elsewhere. The staff were helpful and the beer was cold.
We thought Haputale was a genuine and funky little town. No, not "pretty" but we had great street-food here. If you've read recommendations to go instead to Ella or Nuwara Eliya, go, but all you'll see is other tourists and you'll miss out on some very real day-to-day SL experiences. One of these is mosques. A few reviewers have dissed this place because it's near one. Tough. Most places in SL are near one.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Srilak View Holiday Inn
Address: A.W. Arthur Sirisena Mawatha, Haputale 90160, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Haputale
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Ranked #7 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Haputale
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Number of rooms: 25
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