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“River front mansion”
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River Edge
Ranked #12 of 27 Aluthgama B&B and Inns
Cairns, Australia
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“River front mansion”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

From the moment we walked into this mansion, we knew we had found the special place we were looking for. We wanted a base to come back to a few times that felt like home and we could stay for 9 days in a row and not get bored! Wow, were we in for a surprise!
Firstly, it is a house on the river edge with 2 swimming pools (one 26 deg, one 28 deg!) a huge deck overlooking the river with many types of chairs to lounge on! Then there is the balcony, then there is the lounge... so many chairs to sit on! Oh, and then there is the top balcony if you get one of the top rooms, with amazing views views over Bentota.
This has got to be the cleanest place we stayed at in Sri Lanka by far with Bundu, "the cleanest Man in Sri Lanka" constantly cleaning and polishing ALL day long EVERYDAY! He is a legend!
The other personality here is the owner, Bobby, who really makes you feel special and part of the welcome and at home!
We feel so much at home here it is UNBELIEVABLE!
There is awesome wifi all over the house, even on the deck and cable TV in all 4 of the bedrooms. The beds are very comfortable (we are fussy), showers great and did we mention how clean this place is!
If you appreciate a break from the Hotel scene, this place is for you!
Enjoy and give this Bundu and Bobby a big hug from us when you see them. You wont be disappointed.
Patrick and Belinda Peck

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This hotel was strange, because we had very contradictory experiences here! The location is very nice. It's by the river; you can take a boat to the other side from where you cross a resort and lo! behold! you have the most beautiful beach of Sri Lanka right there. The hotel is also done up very nicely. It is a colonial mansion that is very tastefully decorated. The rooms are quite large too. We had dinner here one night and it was cooked well. Breakfast was decent too.

The glitch is that it is run by an extremely lazy man who is just strolling around the house all day. All chores are done by an old man (the only caretaker there) who seems very displeased with everything you ask him to do - including cleaning your room, or even making you a cup of tea!! Wait.. it does not end there. The owner said he has no arrangement with the boatman and I'll need to pay Rs.50 per person per way. I protested saying that was not what he had told me when I had called to ask how far the beach was. After that, he paid for all the boat trips we made.

Furthermore, the place is locked from every possible direction till 8.30am!! That is when things start moving!!! We wanted to go for an early morning stroll on the beach, but found ourselves locked in the massive bungalow. The man wouldn't even answer his phone!

On the whole, we got a lot of grief because the owner was so lackadaisical about everything and the old man was extremely snappy. If you aren't looking for any service but want a beautiful house with a beautiful view, this may be the place for you. For everyone else, try keeping away!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: River Edge
Address: 125/30 River Ave, Aluthgama 12080, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Western Province > Aluthgama
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Ranked #12 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Aluthgama
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River Edge Sri Lanka/Aluthgama

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