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“Basic accommodation in an AMAZING location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of White Monkey - Dias Rest

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White Monkey - Dias Rest
Ranked #2 of 29 Haputale B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Basic accommodation in an AMAZING location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Dia and his family will definitely look after you well here.
This friendly family run a home-stay about 3km outside of Haputale, on the road to the tea plantations and Liptons Seat (an absolute MUST-SEE for any trip to Sri Lanka).

The rooms are very basic - bed and bathroom - but the low price reflects this. Don't expect luxury, but use it for the location, with great food served as well.

Dia and his family will help you find the right bus to Liptons Seat, saving a taxi ride. And with anything else you need!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Lyon, France
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights. Athough we had reserved the cottage, due to a long stay, we ended up staying in a room, which was a little disappointing. The family was very friendly and our host gave us plenty of good advice about visiting the area. Price very reasonable and overall food was good - we appreciated that they served things we had never had before, like bitter gourd, and seemed happy to answer all our questions. And of course the views were fantastic from just about everywhere!
A bit lengthy with the reservation, as they requested we confirm our booking three days before and again on the same day, which can be difficult if you don't have a local SIM card.
Great location if you want to visit the tea factory (highly recommended) and Lipton's seat.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a very good place that you can spend your night if you are looking for a low price budgeted room. Since the owner is not available always, and their family members are busy, it's better you can bring what ever you will need during the stay here.
Once I ordered food from them and it was delicious. Superb view with, cold weather, and highly recommend for couples stay because you will not have any disturbance here...

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had rung up the day before to book to stay here and rang again a few hours before we arrived to confirm. When we arrived the owners tried to lie to us and said that the rooms were not available because a woman had been taken ill. Turns out he had let some people stay here an extra night (and they were not ill) even though we had booked the rooms so we had to go and find other accommodation. Not at all impressed.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

We were fortunate to have the cottage for 2 nights. Mr Dias and family check email frequently, so do book ahead if you would like to have the cottage with views to die for. Mr Dias was also extremely helpful and patient in giving good advice regarding where, what and how to go about things. Dinner was excellent the first night we were there, but dishes were limited during night 2 when more guests dined in. Location wise, it was 3km away from Haputale town, but it was not a big problem as White Monkey was located along the way to the tea factory. Hopping onto the bus to town was also very convenient. The views surrounding White Monkey was fantastic, you can view sunrise easily from the immediate surrounding. We would highly recommend this place, as well as Haputale.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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477 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Mr Dias the owner with his lovely family runs the place. It has a few spacious rooms with hot water shower, which is absolutely necessary at this cold place. When I'd arrived, the previous guest had forgotten to switch off the hot-water switch, which burnt the water heater. Poor Mr Dias had to bear the costs of replacing the water heater later. Since it was burnt, there was no hot water shower. Mr Dias immediately got his whole family to boil hot water in big cooking pots.... it must have been at least 6-8 pots of hot water which I needed to mix with the freezing cold water from the water tap in the bathroom. It was excellent service from them at such an impromptu situation!

The room was spacious and can accommodate 3-4 people. The other rooms were occupied with guests on long-term stay, so I was really fortunate to get the last room. White Monkey is situated not far from a cliff with a deep plunge into the valley below. The view is absolutely gorgeous! No wonder the guests stay long.

It's on the way to the Lipton's Seat and is excellent to hop on the bus in the morning to get there. Mr Dias is very helpful with the necessary info and absolutely hospitable.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is the most friendly host family I have ever stayed with. The owner gives great advice of what to do and more important, what makes sense to do and what not. We spent 2 nights here and the weather was not with us, quite misty - but at least, it wasnt rainy.
The cottage is fully booked so we stayed in one of the two room at the building, which has no view. Hot water does not work and unfortunately, it was really cold on that day so we ended up having a real cold shower. The toilet was also broken and blankets are smelly.

They are expanding next to the cottage so the guy stayed there said there was noise every morning. Also they are adding 2 more rooms at the building so those rooms will have great view!

We paid 1,200Rs a night for the room - which is really cheap, and yes I do not expect much from that price but just need a clean bed and hot water.

For sure 5* for friendliness and being wonderful Sri Lankan.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: White Monkey - Dias Rest
Address: 3 Km Post, Dambetanne Road | Hillside Thotulagalla, Haputale 90160, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uva Province > Haputale
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Free Parking Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Haputale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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