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Hotel Cockpit
Ranked #5 of 12 Katunayake B&B and Inns
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3 reviews
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“Avoid at all costs!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

All previous reviews totally correct, death trap lift shaft etc, all real, tea/coffee facilities = mugs, kettle, no tea or coffee, or socket to plug kettle in!
Sure all meals are brought in, exremely long delays, no smells of cooking, food cold and small portions. No credit card facilities, cash only!!! Please avoid at ALL costs

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at 8pm and had to leave for the airport at 2 am we booked this 'airport hotel' to get a few hours sleep after a long drive.
The hotel was deserted when we arrived and felt quite spooky, like a cross between fawlty towers and a horror movie.
We ate in the restaurant, lots of things on the menu were not available and service was ridiculously slow seeing as we were the only guests there.
We retired to our room to the accompaniment of loud banging house music. I always take earplugs on holiday but the bass of the music was so loud it went through earplugs and even through my iPod playing music on loud volume through my noise cancelling headphones!!
As most people use an airport hotel for sleep before or after a flight this place is not fit for purpose and should not call itself an airport hotel. Total rip off - money for nothing.
The empty elevator shaft that is not cordoned off is a death trap waiting to happen.
I can not stress this enough do NOT stay here!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

This "hotel" is really just a nightclub / function venue with rooms to sleep in. The LOUD music goes on all night and you have no chance of sleeping at all. They also advertise a swimming pool available - lies. They say each room has a "hot tub" - lies - it is a standard "bath" that you'd find anywhere in the world.

They also tried to rip us off with a Tuk-Tuk scam to the airport but we sorted the guy out, he never got to rob us. Horrible experience, do not give these chancers your hard earned money.

There is so much wrong with the set up at this place it's a joke.

We never slept for two days due to the music all night. Snidey place, snidey people and the Tuk-Tuk incident, well, the wee guy was lucky to escape unscathed after pulling that sort of stunt on us.

Room Tip: Do not stay here. Seriously, just forget it. It is a nightmare.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

They have the infrastructure in place but zero ability to run a hotel. Breakfast was 4 bits of untoasted stale white bread. Also think we were the only guests. We booked this based on the advertising on book.com. It said a gym etc. no gym to be seen

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

All the reviews of this place are entirely accurate - the disco from 10-5am, open lift shaft in the passageway, hotel still very much in the process of being built. We will dine out on the story of our night at the Cockpit for some time!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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67 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We booked this hotel because it looked wonderful and was within close proximity to Colombo international Airport. Desk staff were friendly, but became aware that although the decor was superb, the walls were dirty and construction was going on. Shown around by friendly manager and assured that the banging and crashing would stop by 6pm. I enquired about the disco sound being heard from the basement during the night. Assured that this would not disturb us. A very unsightly view of rubbish in the garden outside our windows did not appeal.

Having given up on rest during the afternoon (tired after the long journey from Kandy and being up late for the Kandy Perehera), we at least expected sleep by 10pm (after an appalling basic dinner in the dining room with very few choices) we thought that Negombo was having its own Perehera parade....After an hour and a half of loud drumming in the bedroom I realised it was the disco . I requested four times for the music to be turned down to no avail and I was getting pretty mad. Moving rooms at 1am didnt help. The inessant noise when on until well after 3am

This hotel has the potential to be gorgeous - but with a disco interferring with guests sleeping I dont see the benefit of having spent so much on the decor. Feel very ripped off with this one.

Room Tip: Just dont stay here unless they stop the disco as even in the top room you can here the base drummin...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bangkok, Thailand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

My girlfriend and I had been in Sri Lanka for a week and it was the best holiday we have had...until the last night when we stayed at the Cockpit Hotel.
It would literally take pages to cover all of the issues at the hotel so I will highlight just a few.

- Mosquitoes everywhere...rooms, lobby, landing, restaurant etc, with no attempt to spray or get rid of them

- No Internet in rooms although we were promised there would be. We had to sit in a lobby area to use hotel Internet and therefore we were eating alive by mosquitoes (I live in Thailand so am used to mosquitoes but this was a nightmare).

- Water in bathroom was cold and after asking the duty manager to fix it, we had only scorching water.

- There is a nightclub in the hotel...I mean literally IN the hotel. It is from the ground to the second floor on one side of the hotel...basically across the corridor from our room, and the music went on until 3 am or later.

- We arrived quite late so decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. Unfortunately it hadn't been built. There were just chairs and tables that looked like they were from an 80s board room and lots of construction material. We decided to order pizza, but the hotel wouldn't allow us to buy drinks from Pizza Hut...we were forced to pay hotel prices on the hotel's own drinks, which were very small.

- The TV cable was run from the TV to an outside antenna via an open window in the room so if we wanted to watch TV, we had to leave the window open...more mosquitoes and very hot.

- When we tried to sleep, we couldn't find the switches for the lights. In fact there were about 8 switches around the room (some at 7 foot high :S) but most seemed to be useless and others had wires hanging out.

- When we left the next day, after only a couple of hours sleep, the hotel had arranged a taxi that somehow ended up costing a ridiculous amount which was annoying considering the airport is 1.1km away!

- During the night we were woken many times, not just by the music but by the air conditioning cutting out. I think it turned off three times for 20 mins each time. We tried turning it back on but there was no power...I suspect that the hotel was trying to save money by turning off the power throughout the night.

I could go on and on. My advice is to stay away from this place. The hotel is terrible, staff are useless and unhelpful and worse, they don't care. There is no pool or entertainment apart from the nightclub which is basically for the owner's friends and here is nothing nearby to do.

Room Tip: Go to another hotel!
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Cockpit
Address: 660 Araliya Lane | Liyanagemulla, Seeduwa, Katunayake 11450, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Katunayake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Katunayake
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Cockpit 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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