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“Not too business-minded cozy place” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cottage Tourist Rest
Ranked #49 of 123 Anuradhapura B&B and Inns
墨田区, 東京都
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not too business-minded cozy place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

I had visited a few other places before I found this place and stayed for 3 nights. While other places seemed bit overpriced, this place offered pretty fair price with good enough facility.

My room was on the ground floor, spacious, fairly clean, had clothes hangers and a bit small mosquito net for the double bed. There was no bathroom in the room, but just behind the door, which was almost private since other rooms had bathroom inside the room.

The hosts were not very business minded like some other places in this famous tourist site, which was cozy for me, and they were helpful enough when I had problems.

They do not have bicycle for rent, but it is available for Rs.300 at a right next place, which is very convenient to explore the heritage sites.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Our room was grim and dark , walls not painted. We moved after 2 nights and hassle , the second one was ok.

As other reviews suggest owner doesnt pay electric or water so both these went off for a long time, not pleasant.

We got locked out. Wasnt told that gates were locked. Staff seemed to think this was hilarious.

We tried to pay at end of stay. Had no cash and wanted to pay by card which we checked if was ok two days earlier and told it was. Eventually agreed with manager that he would take money through hostel bookers. We then got followed to bus station to be acosted by owner. We agreed to go and pay at milano ( stay there its nicer). As owner incapable of taking payment through hostel bookers.


Awful place.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ktharris
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Simpson p, Owner at Cottage Tourist Rest, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
This customer is very troublesome and always drunk. his review is damaging our hotel's image.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

The manager seemed nice but he was not the kind of guesthouse manager who would provide you some tourist information. I managed to get a room with window but shared bathroom (cold shower) at a cheaper price.

Good thing about this guesthouse - there was a big front yard with some tables that you can just sit there and enjoy your day. Wifi was good. Make sure you put on some mosquito repellents if you want to be at the hangout area at night. On the other hand, there was no mosquito in my room.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

A gentle owner, some friendly, some very unpolite personell. A training in service oriented behaviour would be good. Rooms with AC but no window, limited cleanliness and food provision for large amount of guests twice insufficient. Towels not available in the rooms. Much better options available in town for catering groups. Food variety is good, tasty and reasonably priced.

Stayed October 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

stayed 2 nights, this is more a restaurant with nightly very loud music and karaoke, then a guest house. After being kept awake till after midnight with extra loud music, I asked if it was happening again, with a silly boy type grin, I was advised it might-and it did, from 5pm, so I asked for a room at the rear of the main block. Whilst I could still hear the noise, it was bearable. I was leaving at 6am and no one was around and all gates were locked, I had to throw my case over the wall and squeeze through a chained side gate. So if you want a noisy party place then this is for you. It was not too far from town and the ancient site, but a bit far to walk to get to the bus station.

Room Tip: rear of the property, rarely used but quieter
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank phoenbix2b
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Cottage rest is our regular pitstop as we travel to Anuradhapura almost once a month. The staff are friendly and courteous. Rooms are comfortable. Since the environment outside is terribly hot during the day, the heat tends to stay for few hours even after dusk. Therefore it's preferred to have an A/C room which really helps you stay cool and comfortable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Fahadh N
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

My best friend and i stayed for 3 nights as it was a holiday and the busses didn't work. The manager was very kind and managed to squeeze us in an extra night and even offered to bring us some food from his family meal as most restaurants were closed. The internet didn't seem to work in the room but when i asked they were more than happy sort it out.
Thank you for our stay :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bexcreature
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Property: Cottage Tourist Rest
Address: 38/388 Harischandra Mawatha, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 123 B&Bs / Inns in Anuradhapura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Cottage Tourist Rest 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cottage Tourist Rest is a calm and quiet place situated in the heart of the town and close to the sacred city. You can spend your vacation with your family or friends with a relaxing atmosphere. Our professional staff is very friendly and serves you delicious dishes with a smile. ... more   less 
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