We stayed at the Royal Tourist Lodge just before X-mas and we choose it mainly because of the TA reviews and dates availability. Since the 1st email, Mr Razik gave us good and useful information about traveling in Sri Lanka (we re-adapted our traveling plans after the information he gave us). Mr Razik also booked trains tickets to Colombo without any extra charge and organized a pick up from the airport (80USD). The garden is very nice, even if smaller that what we imagined, but our 1 year daughter could enjoy it and we could enjoy a nice breakfast on the veranda overlooking the garden.
We found it extremely expensive (75USD + 10USD for the baby cot) for what it was (+ 6 USD/ person for breakfast). As other reviews mentioned the rooms are big, but not extremely clean (especially the bathroom where you could find cob webs ) and almost no amenities: 1 small soap (no shampoo), 2 towels for 3 people for 3 days (it is true that we did not ask for more but we were always hoping that we would receive at least a new soap after the room cleaning). As other review mentioned the bathroom facilities need a "refresh".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Tourist Lodge is meant for a quiet escape from the hustle and noise of the ever changing city life. From the picturesque and attractive environment to the variety of ranging cuisine, Royal Tourist Lodge brings you ever closer to a peaceful relaxed Sri Lankan lifestyle. ROYAL TOURIST LODGE is situated about 1 kilometer away and 15 minutes walk round the lake to the city. The guest house is completely away from all sound and air pollution. There are large modern comfortable rooms (Newly Refurbished with Air Conditioning, TV and Mini Bar) with attached toilets, hot water and sit out facing lush lawn ( smoking permitted in this area ), beautiful garden and greenery. Excellent environment for relaxation. Besides the guests will enjoy Sri Lankan family hospitality. Guests are advised not to come with drivers as we do not provide drivers accommodation. However cheap accommodation for drivers could be arranged.Good vehicles and tuk tuks could be arranged for city tours.Arrangements could be made for airport transfer or pick up from the railway station. Shortest approach is from Rajapihilla Terrace. ... more less
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