I booked a room here for a couple of nights based on the reviews here. What a mistake! The owner was indeed very nice (if a bit absent), but that counts for nothing if the room makes your skin crawl and you just don't feel comfortable there.
The room smelt musty, was damp, dark and the bathroom hadn't been cleaned in a long time. The bedding didn't look or smell clean. We forked out for air con, which we didn't need in the end and had to turn off anyway. The unit spent the whole time stopping and then restarting, and each time it restarted it would beep and wake us up.
Dinner wasn't great either. Watery curry and bland noodles. They also don't sell beer, so bring your own. The nearest shop selling beer was about 1km away. Breakfast was just hoppers and tea, no fruit.
Poor value for money at $30 a night bed and breakfast. We stayed in far better places for the same rate. I'm sure you can get a much better price if you just turn up and haggle, but as so many of the recommended (Rough Guide/Lonely Planet) guesthouses were booked, this didn't seem like an option.
After 3 weeks in Sri Lanka staying at guesthouses found in guidebooks and on Trip Advisor, I can only conclude that most reviewers on Trip Advisor are either on crack or have been paid. Honestly, how many people really remember the name of owner of all the guesthouses they stay in?! Deeply suspicious.
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