Never stay at this apartment. It was our worst experience in all our travels. We are seniors and have travelled thoughtout the world. Our review is based on that . The kitchen was filthy. I.e. Dirty sink, with filthy rag sitting inside, draining rack was full of dirt, there was one tea towel, again, dirty. The kitchen rubbish bin full of old food stains and mould. Inside kitchen cupboards dirt and mould. Cups had chips and were stained. The manager got a cleaner in after our shocked complaints, and the cleaner was there for an hour just cleaning the kitchen only. Didn't help with the mould inside of th cupboards...we couldn't/wouldn't dare to use any on the cooking pans etc. just to grimy. The manager went out to purchase some new mugs.
Billed as a luxury apartment this was indeed very luxurious by Sri Lanka standards. It might not seem it if you are used to 5 star + hotels, but we liked it: all the mod cons a westerner would expect: fridge freezer, washing machine, wifi, AC and fans in each room, TV, DVD player. Marble tile floors and a sea view. Best of all two private rooftop pools: you get the key from security and have an hour slot. Quiet but v handy for shanmuga's (recommended) restaurant. This is in a block of luxury apartments. The external photo is not at all good and significantly undersells the place.
A tuktuk into the Fort area cost 400 Rs or so. (3$)
Great value but that little bit further out.
The manager is very sweet but his English is pretty limited.
We stayed in this 7th floor, air-conditioned apartment for eight days at the end of January on a trip from New York to visit my mother. We were very happy with the apartment.
A highlight was the unobstructed ocean view from two of the three bedrooms and from the kitchen - lovely to wake up to! My mother stayed with us and had her own ocean view and bathroom.
The owner Mr. Hettige and his representative in Colombo Mr. Lakshman were extremely accessible, friendly and responsive to our needs. Mr. Lakshman was on premises when we arrived and kept checking in to make sure we had everything we needed.
We required reliable internet connectivity as I had to keep working while on vacation. Not only was there free wifi but we were also provided with a wired ethernet connection. The location was great - near the beach, shops and restaurants. The cost of the apartment included all utilities which was great given the amount of air-conditioning we used during what was an unseasonably hot month.
The building itself was modern and secure with 24/7 security and parking. This was important to us as we did a lot of day traveling and were able to confidently leave our computers behind..
We did not cook while there, but the kitchen was available and equipped with the basics. All in all the apartment more than met our needs and was good value for money.
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