This place was wonderful, with the one sizable detraction that it is quite far outside town. In fair weather, with a bicycle, it shouldn't pose much of an issue, but in rain or for those who don't want to cycle, it's inconvenient. The hosts were exceptionally kind, friendly, and helpful, and the room was lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, but just wished we could have walked into town.
Showers but no toilets on 8th floor, except public bldg toilets poorly maintained (and very far from rooms). Also a very, very bad problem with mosquitoes indoors, for some reason. dead ones already smashed on the walls when we entered, and neighbors kept slapping the walls all night, so we weren't the only ones. We slept completely covered, and still got bites on our faces. Good location and nice staff, but need more toilets and better pest control.
This was a seemingly great hostel, but there were some people there--we couldn't tell if they were residents, staff, or both--who would be up at 2 or 3 in the morning doing laundry--which was located just outside our door. One of these same men also made our friend, a woman staying in a private room, very uncomfortable by constant staring, and always happening to be nearby when she exited the shower.
The "facilities" menu lists air conditioning, high speed wi-fi, a restaurant, and several other things that are not provided. There was an air conditioning unit in our room, but we were told we could not use it. The wi-fi worked--extremely slowly--and we had to request it to be turned on every time. There were restaurants approximately 20-30 minutes walk away (she said 7-10). There was a very large amount of mosquitoes (we killed 17 the first night) and no mosquito net provided.
It's an expensive room, but for a few days of relaxation it can be well worth it. The food is very good, though also more expensive than you will pay in other places. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom clean, and the host very willing to accommodate requests.
Basically not much to shake a stick at, except for one of the restaurant's waiters and the hotel owner. She was actually very nice and came up each night to make sure everyone was pleased--probably because she knew how disappointing the hotel was.
We booked a room with AC, but it didn't have any. After 3 requests, they brought a portable AC to the room--with no exhaust or condensation tubing, so it pumped an equal amount of hot air out the back as cool air out the front, and shut off every 3 hours because the drip pan was full. The power went out for quite a few hours, and when the power was on the internet only worked 1/2 the time, and never in the room. Don't pay for AC here. Don't expect wi-fi. Do expect heat and mosquitoes.
There are a lot of guys standing out here most of the day. Not sure what they all do, as very few seem to ever work. We ate dinner one night at a guest house, and when we named Surf City the woman said "the place with all the boys standing?" It's apparently got a reputation for this, whatever that means.
It is a little bit of a hike up the hill, but the view from the balcony is worth it. The school right next door is noisy from about 6:30 or 7:00 a.m., but for early risers it is no problem. The food here was the best we had in Kandy. For 550 per person the cook makes an amazing rice and curry with numerous sides. Highly recommended. The manager/owner will call a three wheeler for those who don't want to walk, and can arrange tours around the area.
It's a little out of the way, but it was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Like many places, it was difficult to get any hot water from the shower.
This hostel was fantastic; one of the best we've ever stayed at. The staff are amazing, and the guided tour of the canyon with Walter was incredible. We stayed on an extra day and had to replan our itinerary because we loved it so much.
We only had two problems with this hostel: there is only one toilet for men and one for women, and when the lady cleans she uses bleach that she does not wipe off. When I finally could get into the bathroom, my pants were ruined by leaning against the sink.
Great location, good kitchen, good commons, and some great rooms. Our towels and sheets were wet--probably because the roof leaked during the previous night's storm--but we got new, mostly dry towels. The shower didn't drain well and the bathroom flooded. The air conditioner also stopped working in the middle of the night. Everything else was great, and we wished we'd stayed longer.
Only problem was no bug screens on the windows, and the mosquitoes at night were horrendous. The second night we requested a fan and it was much better.
The bathroom situation was less than ideal, as there was one bathroom for two private rooms, but that bathroom was situated right next to the kitchen/bar, and everyone else used it in spite of a sign on the door (unenforced) telling them not to.
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