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“Wonderful owner and great food”

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White House Residence
Ranked #10 of 35 Habarana B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful owner and great food”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Basic accommodation but the super friendly owner and awesome food made it a great stay. The owner went out of his way to be helpful and was so pleasant. Only negative was the room could have been cleaner ( needed a good sweeping) and there is no hot water in the shower. Rice and curry, and the breakfast were all excellent.

Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely welcome from Samantha who owns this beautiful and relaxing tucked away treasure. The food was fantastic and although basic our room was clean and spacious. We had a lovely evening sharing stories with our guide and Samantha, highly recommend it.

Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Dear travelers, keep away from this place. I have been traveling for a whole month in Sri Lanka and it has been the only bad experience. You can check all of my other reviews.

We ended in this place because a three-wheeler driver strongly recommended it to us. He seemed to be associated in one way to the owner of the place,... At least they where close friends.

The driver was the worse person I've met in Sri Lanka, at the beginning he was friendly, he offered us a tour to spot wild elephants in his vehicle, we told him that we would pay him 1500 rupees if we spotted over ten wild elephants and 1000 if we spotted bellow! During the whole 1 hour trip he kept wanting to drink and drive, after we forbid him to do so,... his mood change and he started being aggressive. Finaly we just saw one elephant! He refused to be paid 1000 rupees,... and got even more aggressive

After he drank the beers in the hotel and after his second beer he started harassing my friend, and that point other friend got serious with him and he backed up.


The place announced free wifi,... however the wifi wasn’t working.

When we stayed there, there was no possibility of ordering food for dinner, it had to be delivered from other place.

At one point when were not all together and the owner tried to kiss the girl that was travelling with us, while she was trying to cook. After being rejected he backed up.

We did the laundry at this place, and some clothes of my friend where missing. After reporting this to the owner, her clothes mysteriously reappeared.

After the bad experience we left without having breakfast, and we went to the Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana to have the best breakfast we had in Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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whitehoureresidence, Owner at White House Residence, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
With reference to the review juanma85 about white house residence on 28 October 2013.I as the current owner of the white house residence would deeply extend my deepest apologies for such inconvenience which is said to be occurred. As a present manager/ owner of the white house residence under the new administrative . we have managed to the serve much dedicated,friendly and pleasant service to our valuable customer's . we have made all the possible service/ facilities available at our guest house with are prescribed on our web site .please feel free to inquire about white house residence at any given time and once again. I would invite all our valuable customer's to come and enjoy your precious holiday with us.our dedicated and friendly service with definitely make you a really happy event.
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Additional Information about White House Residence

Property: White House Residence
Address: Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana 663660000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Habarana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the city of Habarana and within vicinity of all the famous places, the ideal location for your rest stay. The White House Residence offers rooms packaged for the backpacker as well as the discerning traveller. ... more   less 

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