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Ratna Gem Halt

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Affordable, big rooms, attentive staff, hot water and traditional Sri Lankan breakfast. We were recommended this place as an alternative to modern hotels, and as an example of an extant colonial rest house in Sri Lanka. The building is massively built and for all the space there are only 12 rooms, meaning that each room is vast (upstairs). We paid...

Thank Julien H
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in the cheapest rooms that everyone says are awful and we found it really pleasant. Extremely clean, nice ambiance, amazing view. The owner is passionate about gems and is very helpful and honest. Food was also great. Can't really fault this place!

Thank hollyequin
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

We are confused about the negative reviews- we had a wonderful stay for a great price. Clean, delicious food, beautiful view- we "splurged" and got the upper level rooms with a/c and hot water- (which, mind you, was priced at half the cost of most places we have been in Sri Lanka. We've been traveling now for 1 month.) We...

Thank JMCBerry
Reviewed 7 January 2015

Ratna Gem Halt is a pleasant small hotel with 10 rooms of three quality tiers. It is relatively inexpensive (top price room 3000Rs with a/c, 2500 without- £15 incl breakfast) with beautiful views, down to lower rate rooms which we did not really see but did not appear to be too bad. We stayed in the higher rate 2500Rs room....

2Thank blh101
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 14 October 2014

Although we were sort of put off by the Trip Advisor reviews that seemed really bad, I was sure that the person who reviewed as Excellent had not had the same experience as those putting Bad and the guide was clear that there were levels of comfort in the hotel, so we went. We were not disappointed. The top floor...

2Thank Amesthyite
Providence, Rhode Island
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Staying at Ratna Gem Halt was the highlight of my travel experience in Sri Lanka. I made the reservation in advance of arriving and Ratna, the owner, was a magnificent host. I arranged two rooms with A/C and what I got were two rooms overlooking the most spectacular view of mountain ranges in Ratnapura. The rooms were large and breakfast...

1Thank DelorisG4
Reviewed 20 February 2014

I chose this hostel tempted by the free pick-up service and the room price (1000 rupees). But got none of these! Came to Ratnapura after climbing Adam's Peak, totally exhausted. I called Ratna Gem Halt hostel to come pick me up from the bus station as they state to give a free pick-up service, but they don't! So I got...

2Thank Hello_from_the_Moon
Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 10 February 2014

This place is a perfect example of how low-value Sri Lankan accommodation is. The prices on their website are fake so don't rely on them. Moreover it's clearly written "Free pick-up service" but this isn't true, you have to pay your tuk-tuk/taxi to get there. The rooms are overpriced, very small and if you want hot shower you have to...

5Thank Raoul D

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Additional Information about Ratna Gem Halt

Address: 153/5 Outer Circular Road, Ratnapura 70000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Sabaragamuwa Province > Ratnapura
Price Range: £8 - £9 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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“Top floor rooms are the best quality, although slightly more expensive. They also have beautiful views as the hotel is built into a hillside.”
blh101, 7 Jan 2015 | Read review
“I'd say that if you are on a budget you can still afford to stay in the middle rooms. Don't go too cheap on the lowest floor and then complain...”
Amesthyite, 13 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Stay in rooms close to service desk.”
  • room with a bucolic view
  • view from top floor
DelorisG4, 26 Jul 2014 | Read review
“No good rooms here”
Hello_from_the_Moon, 20 Feb 2014 | Read review
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