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Selara River Hide Out
Shanghai, China
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9 reviews
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“Wish I had read the other comments before staying here.”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

On the face of it this place seems good. It's got a lovely location. Yes the rooms are a bit basic but Sri Lanka hardly offers value for money when it comes to accommodation and this compared with prices of other places in the country is reasonable.

The dinner is poor value. Forget the Lonely Planet's "does great thing's with river fish" - unless you like your fish fried to a crisp.

The kicker though was the missing $100 discovered in Galle the day after we left. A big argument ensued between my girlfriend and me and ruined the whole day. Judging from the other comments here I think we can now safely say it went missing from my girlfriend's bag during dinner. Like one of the other comments said not all the money was taken. There were two $100 notes and only one was taken.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I am interested in looking for accomadation around Uda Walawe and planing to vist to Sri Lanka during my easter break , therefore I am interested in styaing at Selara River Hide Out .

Furthermore the photos of the hotel was appealing and interested me to stay in the hotel with the lovely food they provide .

I couldn't find a contact detail in order to book my stay therefore appreciated to hear from the hotel soon .

Thanks ,

Mark from New Zealand .

Room Tip: Alll the rooms are good and love if I had the middle room has a good view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

My husband and i stayed there for 2nights. Location was so nice with the river flowing just in front of the our hut and the jungle type environment made a classic blend with the coconuts leafed huts with clay. our room had a nicely made wooden bed and wooden chairs.Bathrooms specially had a waterfall type shower which was interesting. We had a different type Sri Lankan food and even we requested the chef for some dishes we would like to have. Manager Mr. Geethika was really helpful,they arranged a safari to Udawalawa national park. Prices were reasonable with the service we got. Really happy with the friendliness of the staff Can recommend for anyone who likes to go out from the busy lifestyle.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

we have been the only guests at this terribly dirty location and there has been only one staff person - the `manager` himself, so no one else could have stolen the money (2000rp) while we enjoyed a safari tour.
we got the least valueable dinner: "rice with vegetables" (parts of a carrot in plain, oiled rice) of our srilanka trip. (1500 rp. for 2 portions)
the cook has been a very nice guy but he was just not able to cook and left the place while we were eating.
after we found some very nice locals, who invited us to lunch in their house, the staff was going mad at them, because they `stole their clients`.
over the night and the next morning, the tabwater including the toilet stopped to work at all. the manager knew about this but prefered doing nothing against it - he didn`t even have a look. instead of this he fed some street dogs, which barked 1m in front of our door the most time.
this was definitely the worst accommodation I ever had in my life.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Has so much potential but the place has been left in disrepair for too long and is tired, unclean, and uncared for.

Nice chap running the shop who was very helpful.

Incredibly over priced and should be a third of the cost.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

The days of the description in the Lonely Planet guide are sadly long gone, and the Selara is now rat-infested and in serious need of maintenance. The bathroom plumbing was leaking (which kept the bathroom floor wet), the sheets and towels threadbare with holes and the rats kept us up in the night with their rummaging in the room and leaving their droppings. The local manager there is slick and more interested in making money off you selling you a trip to the park rather than dealing with managing the property and attending to his clients. The kitchen was full of flies. It is a shame to see the neglect that has occurred over the years.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Selara River Hide Out
Address: Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Uda Walawe National Park
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Ranked #22 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Uda Walawe National Park
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Selara River Hide Out Sri Lanka/Uda Walawe National Park

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