On our way to Arugam Bay via Thanamalwila, we decided to break the journey at Uda Walawe. We thought ‘Kalu’s Hideaway’ near the Uda Walawe dam would be a perfect place to stay overnight. However, we were in for an unpleasant surprise.
The Kalu’s Hideaway is overpriced for the facilities that were available. For Rs 17,000/= a night (half board ) we thought they would at least provide the facilities they promised. But that was not the case.
We were given a room in the so called ‘newly’ built section. Alas! it was worse than an old section! There was no hot water in the bathroom although we were told there would be. There was no telephone in the room. The bed linen was not that clean and the room was a little bit dusty. Furthermore, there was no mirror in the room.
When we inquired about the hot water, we were told that the hot water system is solar and there was no hot water because it was a cloudy day!! And there was no electricity back up or it was not working. Very lame answer practiced by many!
The meals were quite ordinary. You could buy those meals from a standard café for the half of that price!!
If you want to pay by a credit card, be warned that they do not have an electronic fund transfer system. They have only the 20th century old manual system.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 14 Fourteen Spacious rooms including 5 Superior rooms,6 Deluxe, 2 Chalets & 1 Suite, the hotel caters to the most unique clients. It provides the butler service with personalized dining menu of your choice. The Hotel is located just 5 Minutes next to Udawalawe National Park & Udawalawe Lake. From Colombo 187 km to the Hotel and around 04 hours drive from Colombo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalu`s Hideaway Hotel Uda Walawe National Park
- Kalu's Hideaway Sri Lanka/Uda Walawe National Park