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Galway Forest Lodge
Ranked #24 of 28 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We were group of friends who stayed for two nights in this hotel.In our entire stay in Sri lanka
this probably worst hotel we stayed. Rooms are dingy,out dated bathroom quality and decor was of poor standard.The mixer for hot water never worked properly ..so be prepared to freeze when you take bath.The hotel althogh located next to tea estate be prepared if you get room facing labour colony of tea workers. Vegeterians and Indian food is almost non exsistant. Lunch and dinner is exorbitantly priced for quality of hotel. Hotel is located far away from town so if you dont have your own tranport you are totally handicapped. You get much better food in town at almost 1/3 price of this hotel. Only good point about location is you can take nice walks in tea estate nearby

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

Very nice carpeted room, but bathroom could be really better. Also, the view through window was to the other part of the building, grid fence and someone's garden.
As it is quite cool in the room, there is no possibility to rise the temperature, also, no complimentary coffee or tea, only bottled water. Also, the sounds from out of the room was quite noisily.
Except from the bathroom and no hot drink the room left a very nice impression. As we spent only one night and it was raining, the view outside the window and walking was not important.
Also it had free dialog wifi connection - the visitors from other countries while using dialog roaming network gets the message with free wifi connecting data to mobile.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

There is nothing to do with any forest here. Its just a name. The location is quite ordinary and the rooms are very small. At least the room we were given.
There is no lift in the hotel and we had to climb up o third floor each time.
Credit needs to be given for room facilities and cleanliness though. The room had a heater and we really needed it in November.
Food was pretty ordinary and not really tasty. Restaurant itself was pretty small but it was clean.
The entire hotel is very neat and tidy and that is a plus point, but if you are going for a honeymoon, then perhaps best to avoid this hotel as it does not give the feeling of a leisure stay. It is more of a transit stay, i.e one night kind of stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

This was the first day of our trip to SriLanka and we were yet to realize how difficult it is to get vegetarian food and also how expensive. After a tiring 5-6 hours journey from Colombo airport to Nuwara Eliya early in the morning, it was a shock for us to be told that they did not have much vegan options. The hotel is quite far from the market area and we had no choice but to order what was available. The restaurant nearly robbed us, food was so expensive. But when the breakfast arrived it was so appetizing, delicious and filling that we agreed to ignore the food bills.

The room décor was quite ancient and bathrooms quite small, but clean. The bed linen and towels were not spotless nevertheless clean. They have no lifts and the stairs are the only options which are again quite high. The hotel also has a recreation room with billiards and sofas to relax and enjoy your tea/coffee in the evening. The reception area has a corner bar with small cozy seating and a television. The second day of our hotel stay was also the day of the World Cup Finals between India and SriLanka. It was a very different feeling to be standing among SriLankans in their own home and cheering against their country! The hotel staff was very friendly and we enjoyed the final match with friendly banter.

The hotel is surrounded with tea plantations and it’s a good idea to visit these early in the morning with the Sun’s rays just warming you up. With its oldtime setup and cozy atmosphere, the hotel is a good choice to spend a couple of calm days relaxing away from the traffic and everyday rush. But you must have some sort of transportation to get around or else there is nothing within walking distance.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

We landed up in Colombo early morning and drove directly to Nuwara Eliya. We had requested for an early check-in which was promptly honored by the staff at the front desk. We were a bit disappointed by the location of the hotel on the 1st day. Next day when we explored around we found a tea garden right behind the hotel, which can be reached walking using a bylane next to hotel.

We found rooms to be decent but a bit dilapidated! It wasn't bad or uncomfortable but wasn't exactly value for the money paid. The restaurant in comparison is well kept and serves hot food, which is very much required in the cool climate of Nuwara Eliya. The group's favourite was french fries & cutlet which was made to perfection. We were there in Srilinka during Cricket world cup & final match was between India & Srilanka on the day we were in Nuwara Eliya, so it added fun to our stay! Overall the hotel staff was very hospitable & courteous.

A good thing about our 2 rooms was a common area in front where we could relax as a group before retiring to our individual rooms! We were on a shopping & sight-seeing spree in Nuwara Eliya so didn't utilize much of the remaining facility there. They had a guest center with pool tables etc which was decent and in shape. Though the hotel lacks swimming pool or any play area for kids on their premises. The kids were restricted to the rooms most of the time.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Bangalore, India
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

It gives a good old felling of living in 70's from the way the rooms are mantained to the billiard tables.. Nice relaxing place... food was awesome... they even had a band the night we stayed there..

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

The rooms appear to be hit and miss, so gon't be afraid to request a room change if not happy with the assigned one. Our room was recently renovated, however the bed linens and towels were not spotlessly clean. If tall enough, you'll see layers of dust on top of the bathroom mirror'-) I suppose we can forgive it, as Sri Lankans don't seem to be tall in general to notice;-)
The food is nothing special.
A passible hotel for a night's stay.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Galway Forest Lodge
Address: 89 Upper Lake Road, Havelook Drive, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #24 of 28 Hotels in Nuwara Eliya
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Hotel Class:3 star — Galway Forest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 56
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