We were really excited about staying at Tamarind Hill as we had read so many great reviews, however we were left very disappointed with the place.
Upon arrival our rickshaw had to traverse a muddy dirt track (in some places this can be part of the fun, here it was just a sign of what was to come). The signage of the hotel is terrible and the exterior of the property looks very unkempt - half the letters from the sign are missing.
The house itself is beautiful and has been decorated tastefully. As we had informed the hotel that this was our honeymoon, they very generously upgraded us to a suite. I have to say, the room was gorgeous and the bathroom splendid (though I took exception to the rock hard, threadbare towels)
But apart from our room the rest of the hotel felt a little dirty, run-down and lacked any atmosphere. The manager had a very blasé attitude to everything, which began to get very annoying. I think his attitude affected the rest of the staff, who were sweet, but really quite ineffective.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel as we preferred to visit other restaurants for dinner. On separate occasions I found hair in my mango juice and egg shell in my scrambled egg. It was not what you would expect when paying the prices they charge.
We were quite happy to move on to our next destination and have no plans to return to Tamarind Hill. It's a shame because it has so much potential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built over 250 years ago, Tamarind Hill, Galle is a magnificent colonial manor house. Today it is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. Marvellous living is defined in each of the ten spacious rooms & two grand suites, with a great selection of antiques. Suites offer a private balcony and exclusive butler service. Modern ingredients sit side by side with history ... In-room dining, complimentary wifi, LED screen TV's and more. Tamarind Hill's exquisite dining, signature treatments at the spa, a secluded infinity pool and the Gini Ganga river that flows by, are all part of fine pleasures here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Hill Hotel Galle