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“What a pleasant suprise”
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Hotel Chandrika
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Tissamaharama
Manchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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“What a pleasant suprise”
Reviewed May 3, 2011

Stayed here for one night during out four day tour of some of the sites in Sri Lanka. What a pleasant suprise this hotel was!!

Beautiful room, with excellent en-suite bathroom and a shower to die for. The staff in the restaurant were the most attentive I've experienced in a very long time.

A little dissapointing that all the food on the buffet was Western Stule but the quality was excellent.

We didnt stay here long but would happily recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

Hotel Chandrika was perfect for a stop over, we had travelled 7.5 hrs from waikkal and was greated with a cold juice and friendly staff. We had two rooms (no family rooms available) air con good and a ceiling fan, room clean and comfortable with a good shower and plently of hot water.
The restaurant was good with excellent service, food lovely and it was nice to be served as our main hotel Club Dolphin is buffet service. Breakfast was really good with fresh juice and toast, fruit and eggs.
The pool was small & lovely with a jacuzzi, the small garden had a hammock and tree house, pretty location and surroundings.
Perfect stop for Yala.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

We revisited this hotel and found it as good as last time , with the excetion of aloudy pool. It was just a pity that we could only stay one night as either the hotel had double booked or the agent had not requested the room till the hotel was fully booked. We were very upset as we had paid in full in July and were people who had supported them through hard times. We were given an unsatisfactory alternative though we did get invited back to dinner.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2011

We spent one night here after we had gone to Yala National Park. We had read in the lonely planet that it was a bit tacky, so weren't expecting the best decor, but it was nice enough. They had recently added a pool which looked nice, but didn't get a chance to use it. The rooms were around a nice courtyard and there were chairs to sit in, but not as much privacy as you might have hoped. The room itself was fine, although we were given two singled rather than a double which was a bit strange. The bathroom was fine, clean and with an ok shower. The food wasn't brilliant, fairly standard buffet fare, but did the job. The instrumental versions of power ballad/christmas classics (in Feb!) which were played in the restaurant were a bit too much for us to want to linger over our food!

All in all, a decent base for trips to Yala, a nice small pool and courtyard, helpful staff, but nothing out of the ordinary. Would recommend for short stays but not for weeks away.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 5, 2010

We stayed here while we visited the national park. The hotel was good, with a decent buffet in the evening. Staff were fairly friendly and helpful. The hotel was clean and convenient.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the hotel during a visit to Yala National Park with some friends we had met during our 2 week holiday in Kalatura. We had booked the safari with one of the local lads on the beach so we were not expecting to have a really good hotel - however - we were most surprised when we turned up here. Our first reaction was that the hotel was really sweet, it was small, looked very clean, had more than adequate space in the rooms and had a lovely swimming pool which we immediately made use of. The meal we were served in the evening was silver service and a little bit of luxury we fully appreciated . Breakfast in the morning of our departure was excellent, much more than enough. We would have been more than happy to have stayed for longer. The sleep quality was marked down because there was a kitten looking for it's mother all night - not really the hotel's fault !! We would certainly recomend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2010

I booked three room of this hotel and one travel party did not turned up. The front desk staff was complaining about it then I volunteered to pay a cancellation fee to shut him up. At the time of the booking staff "forgot" to inform us that day the hotel was booked for a wedding! when we arrived hotel was filled with incredibly loud thumping music and people enjoying free alcohol everywhere. The pool looked very nice and inviting under the harsh sun. Our rooms were small and nothing to write about. these days most of the middle class Sri Lankan home have better rooms and bath rooms. a bit later it seems be a drunken brawl was going to break out in the wedding party and stray dogs were licking the food plates left in the garden and drinking water from the pool! I complained to a security chap and he brought an old gun to scare the dogs! I decided to leave the hotel and front desk was not happy about it but the manager agree to returned the money at once.
Later I learned that our diver had lunch there and had food poisoning.
This is a hotel meant for locals. If you check in here be prepared to put up with a lot of unpleasantness that locals will scared to speak out.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Chandrika
Address: Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama 82600, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tissamaharama
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Tissamaharama
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Chandrika 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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