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“Comfortable home. Very helpful staff!”
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Chez Allen
Ranked #26 of 265 Nuwara Eliya B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Rooms are very comfortable, with a big bed and clean bathroom. The food isn't spectacular, but at least breakfast is free and you can ask for a refill of your tea/coffee anytime. Malika, Allen's wife, was a gracious hostess and we felt very well taken cared of. The brother, Patrick, was also our tuktuk driver for our three days stay. He knows many shortcuts and took us to places not mentioned at all in the Lonely Planet. I would recommend getting him when you want to go around places that are not so touristy. All in all I would say good service from everyone in the household.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We are the other couple that missed money. It isn't the large sum but someone is doing it very smart (only stealing euros and very smart only one banknote). I don't know who to blame (son, other guests or owner) but it is strange coincedence that two people was robed at the same time during the probably dinner.

To bad since it is a good value for money (although breakfast and dinner ar very very overpriced and not so good - so avoid to eat there).

Ask for two room in front since one in the back is full of mould and with no sun. That room is no good for money.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Igor M
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Chez Allen is a good place to stay regarding its location. Its only a 10 minute walk away from town (taking the shortcuts!!) and has a great view from the veranda. The family are very friendly and helpful. My wife wasn't well during our stay and they gave her some ayurveda medicine. We also had a great trip via the brothers tuk tuk to Lovers Leap and Pedro Tea Plantation. Lonely Planet says to go to the plantation first but the brother knows a walkway to Lovers Leap and its fantastic (and very steep!!). If you do this, take some pens as the children ask for them, rather than money. The food was good but if having the curry and rice and you like spice, make sure you tell them. The room was fine, but make sure you ask for one at the front for the view.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank 335PaulD74
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. Allen was very helpful in arranging a trip to Worlds End and his wife is a very gracious and kind hostess. We ate bfast and dinner in the guest house and they were good, especially the vegetarian curries with rice. The rooms are very basic, as you would expect in a guest house, but clean.

Be aware that the Buddhist temple in Newara Eliya broadcasts it's 05:00 chats over loud speakers every morning. It can be heard all over NE. Also, Chez Allen is undergoing an expansion project. While we were here, construction started on the floor above the current rooms at 08:00 every morning. Construction was done by about 16:00.

Lastly, it gets cool here at nite, so bring warm clothes. There is no heating.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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1  Thank Mark D
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

The place was great, untill i found out that money from my bag was missing! An other clouple that stayed there found out that also with them, money was missing. Even though you can lock your door, it is possible to enter through the window, or balcony, which probably happend to us while we were having dinner..... So keep your valuable belongs with you at all times there!!!!!!
It's a sour taste after a nice stay...

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
3  Thank Maaike T
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Chez Allen is a very pleasant guesthouse with homestay-feeling. From the bus-station or the center of Nuwara Eliya it is a 20 minutes-walk to the guesthouse. If you have heavy luggage, it is better to take a tuk-tuk to get there. From the perfect terrace of the guest-house and the frontfacing rooms you have a superb view over the city and the surrounding hills.
Rooms are in a two-storey, very beautiful house and are simple, but spacious with hot water and they are very clean at absolute reasonable prices (about LKR 3000 for a double room).

The owners Allen and Malika were very friendly, and we had a lot of fun with Allen and his friends. We absolutely can recommend to stay here.

Room Tip: The "family-room" with two double-beds has no views
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Happy_Balloon
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

We stayed there 3 nights. Staff is very kind,smilling all the time. Food is ok,the breakfast omelette delicious(for a european taste). They helped us find and organize the daily trips. Older son is very entrepreneurial,keen and up to his job. The only less exciting thing is the room (standard double). There is no view and humidity gets to your bones,so you can easily catch a cold. However,to sum up, very good service and atmosphere. International but not too much.

M&M from Slovenia


Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 45B Underbank, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
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Ranked #26 of 265 B&Bs / Inns in Nuwara Eliya
Price Range: $15 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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