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Reviewed May 22, 2012

Having read other reviews on Tripadvisor this hotel delivered exactly what we expected. The majority of guests were on tour buses but as independent travellers we felt well catered for. Our room (308) was quite a walk from the main restaurant and pool area but we liked the fact that it was quiet there. We were on the ground floor and unfortunately the view was screened by trees, so if the view is important ask for a room on a higher floor. We only stayed 2 nights and were out sightseeing all day so this was not a huge problem for us.
The room was quite large with a seating area and terrace with 2 chairs. Unlike other reviewers we thought the black bathroom was ok and was very clean. The bathrooms in our corridor had a large air brick/grid so that anyone in the corridor could hear everything!
The buffet was varied and even the fussiest eater would find something they liked. There was a mixture of buffet and cooked to order options and each evening there was always the option of Sri Lankan curry dishes.The dining room did get busy but we easily got a table each evening.
Internet access is available and advertised as a cyber cafe. This is actually the use of a laptop in reception!The cost is RS200 for 15 minutes. Check in and out were both hassle free as you would expect for a hotel dealing with a high turnover.
Overall an ok stay which was good value for money.

Room Tip: If you want a view ask for a room on a higher floor.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank chrisanddunc
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

This was our 3rd hotel in Sri Lanka and was a good hotel choice. The view of the river is nice and there did seem to be lots of mosquitos and we did get bit despite spraying. The bathroom was dark decor and was disappointing at first but it was fine. The restuarant was good service and standard and choice of food. Again this hotel did have some large groups of tour guests but this didn't spoil it for us.

The hotel was due to close end of April for refurbishment and this was the reason given for all the special offer and lower price wines not being available- cheapest red wa £25 so we didn't bother.

We booked a spa session at the hotel which was £24 each and lasted 1.5 hours. we had head & full body massage, followed by a steam bath and then a warm bath which was full of natural oils and herbs ( it was brown in colour). We did feel better after this as had aching legs after lots of climbing steps sight seeing,
Would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gillwing
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

We had stayed here 3 years ago and this stay was for one night but only a couple of days before the hotel was shutting for a major refurbishment. We were concerned this might affect our stay but the staff and food were as good as last time and the hotel was still fairly busy. The pool was looking a little dated and it would be a stunning location for an infinity pool so I hope this is included in the makeover! Do stay in the garden until dusk to watch the fruit bats flying down the river to their feeding grounds (there didn't seem to be so many this time but still worth seeing)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Olddownboy
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

The hotel is in a really good location with stunning views overlooking the river. We were lucky enough to have a room with a balcony out onto the gardens. We only stayed for one night & the pool looked so inviting when we arrived early evening after another tiring day of touring. Unfortunately as we didn't have long we didn't have time to use it.
Our room was lovely & spacious & we had a lovely big bath. Staff were all very friendly & helpful & checkin was very fast. Kandy seemed a lovely place but didn't have much time to explore unfortunately. Maybe stay here again when we return another time.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Sam F
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

As we found with all hotels in the city areas, they sacrifice that 'personal' touch compared to the hotels in the more rural areas. Despite this, the room was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was well presented but we did get a few problems with mini ants. We had a balcony which overlooked the river and lawn area. Although we did not use the pool during our stay we observed it to be fairly busy with a good view of the river and jungle.
The buffett had quite a lot of variety, sometimes hygiene was not always observed, such as covering up some fruit and bread to prevent the flies getting on them. The food was tasty though. Most of the staff were very friendly, but as a white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes i did observed a lot of the younger waiters starring at me a lot which made me feel a little uncomfortable; i felt like i had to stick by my husband's side most of the time to combat this.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Banno27
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