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The Sands (previously Ramada)

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The Sands (previously Ramada)

Does anyone know when The Sands is due to re-open (formerly Ramada resort). We are planning to visit in January 2012 but do not want to book yet only to be moved to another hotel because The Sands isn't ready. Thanks.

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1. Re: The Sands (previously Ramada)

Hi there....

A tale of two halves here i think !, The Sands, formerly as you correctly say Ramada Resort Kalutara, and before that The Golden Sun is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, it will be reopened "when fully" complete as a 200 room beach resort hotel , from it's current 95 to 100 rooms.

The first phase was due to have been finished at the end of November this year, but somehow i think this may not come true !, the second half will not be finished until late 2012 or early 2013 !, it has to be bulid from scratch..

This hotel was formerly owned by the Ramada group and managed by Aitken Spence, a Sri Lankan company, the latter have now bought the property and are at last spending the money it badly needed, but Ramada was reluctant to spend..

Interesting point maybe, Mercury Direct's website does not show prices/availability until February 2012, maybe they know something we don't ??

The owners have actually earmarked the hotel's new name as "The Sands By Aitken Spence Hotels....

Will try to find out more info from my contacts at Aitken Spence....

Regards

Dave

Edited: 08 October 2011, 23:07
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2. Re: The Sands (previously Ramada)

Thanks for that. Mercury Direct have quoted us a price for this hotel for the last two weeks of January, as have Cosmos. Think we will wait to book until we hear via the forum that the hotel is actually open and how much the ongoing building works will affect our stay.

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3. Re: The Sands (previously Ramada)

Hi again...

Sorry a little late getting back to you regarding the opening date for The Sands, formerly Ramada Resort Hotel..

I was informed today from usually reliable sources in Colombo, that this hotel will open on or before November 31st this year, this will be the original 100 rooms and NOT the new 100 rooms, they will not be ready until early to mid 2013...

Regards

Dave

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Do you if there has been any refurbishment of these rooms or any of the public areas of the hotel?

Many thanks

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5. Re: The Sands (previously Ramada)

we want to stay here at easter would you recomend this? avril sheffield.

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we want to stay here at easter would you recomend this? avril sheffield.

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