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Renuka City Hotel
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Reviewed June 17, 2009

Renuka hotel

Located on the top security Galle road, Renuka is a good hotel to stay at. The breakfast (buffet – with tasty Sri Lankan dishes as well as continental fare) is very good, staff very courteous. Room service too is affordable. Since the hotel is developed slowly by converting existing spaces in buildings it appears like a maze. Once inside the room, you never realize you are on a bustling street – rooms are plush, TV has a limited number of channels (about 12?), air con good, the baths are big with bathtub etc.

The hotel is about 1 hour from Colombo airport, and about 15 minutes from the railway station. An inter-city bus stand lies between Galle road and the sea, about 5 minutes walk away.

Further off on the road lie a few more plush hotels and the Indian embassy. Perhaps now the number of police and army must be lesser, but I remember them checking nearly every vehicle – it kinda’ made me feel real safe!

Rate = 8,000 SL Rupees per night, breakfast included – worth the stay.

For the address – see the attached photo.

The reception changes US Dollars and gives a good rate compared to outside money changers. The hotel taxi too has reasonable hire charges.


Things to do –
Try the trip to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. It’s where they take care of elephants who got injured in the civil war with LTTE. Some of the calves are real cute and you feel sad for them. But mind you – these are wild elephants – as you are reminded immediately when they trumpet real loud and wild! So those chains on their feet are mere ornaments!

There are interesting sessions, like feeding the calves with a HUGE milk bottle. The fiunniest part is when the calf tries to pull the bottle from it’s caretaker doctor and push him in it’s childishness…. And the doctor nearly falls off. Wow – are they strong or what! The elephants are very well taken care of. The unfortunate part is that most of them cannot be put back in the wild, since they have already lived some time away from the forest.

See the attached photo for timings of the various programmes. A good thing is that this place does not feel crowded as it is so large, and people are extremely well behaved – including the visitors.

It’s a long 3 hour drive. But on the way, you can also see the beautiful and serene “Temple of the Buddha’s tooth”. Give at least 2 hours here – there is an audio guide available at the entrance.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

Decent & Clean Hotel, Nice Courteous Staff

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 7, 2008

I booked this hotel for our first night in Sri Lanka based on the reviews listed on this site. Satisfied guests must have stayed in the new room section, because the old room we stayed at was horrible - we were exhausted after a 16-hour trip and wanted desperately to have a nap. The noise of the street was unbearable, and the single-glazed windows didn't shut properly.

Our bathroom was dark and dirty (and I'm not judging based on European/North American standards...).

When we called down and asked the reception staff if they had any other rooms because of the noise, they just indifferently said no.

We ended up packing our stuff up, and leaving. The staff then looked pissed off, but little more.

If you want to stay at this hotel, only do so if you can see the room before!!!!

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 15, 2008

If you ever visit Colombo, this is the place to stay. Great rates. Wonderful, friendly service...and the food at the on-site restaurant, Palmyrah, is the best Jaffna-style food in the city. All in all a great experience and a wonderful property.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2008

I chose the hotel because of it´s situation, which was shown in wrong place in the map.It should be close clocktower in Forth. I ordered a quiet single room with breakfast. I got one; with not a sigle window. Room was nice, clean and really really quiet, in noisy Colombo. I had to struggle to get breakfast included to prize.
I stayed there for 5 days. I prefer Galle Face for same price :-)

Stayed: February 2005
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