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Boa Vista Guest House
germany
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Surely has seen better days”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

When we arrived the manager and owner weren´t there, and had left two guys that hardly spoke some words english. Although communication was a little bit difficult, they were extremely friendly and tried the best they could to deliver a good service. We felt very welcome.
Bo Vista is perfect located if you want to visit the ancient city, but the building needs some renovation. We had an upper room which was big, with balcony and lake view - very nice, but you notice that everything is not well maintained and looks quite run down.
Although we enjoyed our stay and the manager is a fantastic cook, the breakfast and dinner we had were just awesome! We recommend the place for it´s friendly people who do everything for their guests, but if you want to have a modern, new room it´s not the right choice.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

The beauty of the city and location of anuradhapura amazed me.
It was my first time in a city like this.
When we arrived at the hotel we booked a nice gentleman came in and greeted us.
The reception staff was excellent.
Fast check in and good ushering made us feel homely.
Food in this hotel is great. The restaurant staff was really friendly and looked into us every moment possible. The cleanliness was in excellent condition. I like this place very much. Three cheers to the owner of the hotel Mrs Shani Dacunha.
If you ever do visit anuradhapura this is the place to be.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

The first thing we thought upon entering was that it felt like The Overlook Hotel from The Shining (without any of the 70s kitsch charm). It took quite a few minutes investigating to locate any of the staff. The room was pretty dirty and the drains in the bathroom smelt very bad. Last but not least, I'm fairly certain that some money went missing from our room during our stay.

Avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

My partner and I were beneficiaries of a careless mistake by the hotel staff. They put us in the deluxe AC rooms on the first floor with a view of the lake. Our booking was, however, for the basic rooms in the dungeon-like basement. Eventually, we paid the regular rates, but got twice the value for our money.

The hotel owner is friendly and helpful, but not too keen to keep things clean. By Sri Lankan standards, the rates are moderate to high though.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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scarborough
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

The hotel was in a lovely location overlooking the lake.The room was spacious and comfortable with a mosquito net provided.The bathroom was dated and in need of some tlc,but at the end of the day for £25 a night B=for two what more could you want?The owner was very charming and lovely along with her staff,extremely informative and helpfull.We had a gorgeous evening meal of curry for an extra £5.
The hotel got us in touch with an excellent tuc tuc driver/guide called Raiffe.He was very safe,informative and knowledgeable and charged us £30 for the full day including all the attractions/temples monuments.The trip was fantastic with all the mindblowing monuments and templesHis number is 0777036828 (when in sri lanka).it was awsome feeding the gibbons at the temples,they were very gentle and not aggresive unlike the monkeys which were very aggresive and tried to pinch your belongings and food,so be warned!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

With two children and only two nights in Anuradhupura the proximity of the Boa Vista to the ruins was excellent. We were able to hire four bikes, two of which were adjusted to suit our 8 & 11 year olds, and we explored about as much as is possible between dawn and dusk.
The room was comfortable for four, and the 'curry & rice' delicious.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Heiloo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2012

It could have been a beautifull guesthouse but unfortunately it is in rapid decline. The rooms are spacious with a nice view but the whole guesthouse is in a poor state. The bathroom was old and dirty. The owner was friendly but had no interest in running her guesthouse. She was sitting having drinks and sigaretes all day. Our stay was fine but the guesthouse did not leave a very good impression.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Boa Vista Guest House
Address: 142 Old Putlam Rd, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
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Ranked #36 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Anuradhapura
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Number of rooms: 18
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