I can agree with the reviewer who said this place was designed by someone with megalomaniac tendencies. My room in the villa building at the far end of the hotel was enormous but in all the wrong ways. There is a separate sitting area with small windows that overlook a fountain, armoire and bench for your suitcase in the entryway of the suite. The main room is also enormous with ceiling fan, air conditioning, bed, dressing table with mirror, then large bathroom with both glass shower and bath tub. My initial reaction was that this looked nice. Returning to my room at night I realized half the lights in the shared entryway with the neighbouring suite did not work, nor did half the lights inside my suite. The windows in the sitting area provided no privacy when I was getting clothes out of my suitcase. The air conditioning could not actually be adjusted despite displaying different temperatures and there was no blanket so I alternated between freezing and roasting at night. Later I found out my neighbour, who was also in the group tour with me, used a bath towel to cover herself to keep warm. The air conditioner did not reach into the sitting area so there is no point trying to use except to access your suitcase. The room was huge but still the dressing table was dimly lit. Light switches located everywhere so going to bed was a bit of a trial. On a positive note the pool was clean during my stay, the pool attendants were helpful, the underwater speakers are a novelty and the whole patio area is a pleasant place to relax. The restaurant is located in a separate building near the front lobby. The selection and quality at the breakfast buffet was great but a la carte dinner service was slow and passable. The gift shop accessible from the restaurant had a good selection of clothing but there was no air conditioning wasted here so it was not a pleasant place to spend time while waiting for our food.
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- Also Known As:
- Mandara Rosen Kataragama
- Mandara Rosen Sri Lanka/Kataragama