I can only say to anyone who has booked the Full Moon Garden hotel in colombo. DONT GO we arrived quite late from our flight from bkk It had been raining quite hard. We were shown our Delux room, we we had booked through agoda paying approx £48.00. What can i say !!! the room was a very poor offering we did look at each other and say well what must the standard be like. checking with the boys, we asked is this delux. Yes sir we were told with a very pleasant smile. We understood from the hotels web site that they offer 24 room service. we asked for a coffee to be told no sorry. in our "room" was a jug of water. not bottled, so we didnt bother with that. We were only staying one night so both just thought make the most of it but if this is delux in sri lanka what were we going to look forward to for the next 2 weeks.
I got into bed and it has to be said my side was ok. however my husband was not so lucky. his side was wet through. looking up at the ceiling it was quite clear that they had a problem with water coming in. was it rain or the room above we dont know but clearly we couldnt sleep in a wet bed. we called the reception and asked to change room. Why sir what is the problem their is no water. my husband demonstrated the problem by ringing out the bed cover were a very large puddle (small lake) was now on the floor OH MY GOD said the room boy. who disapeard and returned with a new bed cover, the bed sheets and floor all wet through and he brings a new cover. Everything done with a smile and i dont understand English. we explained that we did not want to sleep in this room, do you want another room,
It might be an idea ,but at least now he was getting the picture.
We moved a couple of doors down same standard of room, but this time bed appeard dry. Now at this stage you could call me picky but on going into the bathroom it appeared that a garden party had been thrown in this room, and the bath was the garden. dirt and soil all over. I pointed this out to the boy who again smiled. This room ok sir he asked my husband. One thing i have learned through travel to India and Asia is dont shout It wont get you anywere. I was now close to shouting. Could you get us a taxi we asked we want to leave. It was no point trying to get anywere close to a clean and dry room in this hotel. of course he didnt understand. Get me the manager I asked, I at this point started taking photo s of the room. In a split second he learned English. The manager appeared, very polite and of course with a smile asked what is wrong with the room. with a hand display around the room i said do you need to ask. He smiled. I then said tell me because we have never been to sri lanka before, is this what we can hope for and expect from your country for the next two weeks. he thought about that one and asked, would you like another room sir.
We once again trotted our bags to another room, this one i take it was a delux room. much nicer and if i m honest quite ok. The front door didnt close very well but hey ho.so what. we jumped into bed, it was now around 2.30 am. Because of the front door I decided better be safe than sorry and i put our bum bag with money passport etc in with us. Now had i not put the light on to do this we would have probably slept in complete happiness however I did.
With this super delux room came the additional extra of the in room pet,!!!!! I dont get excited about the odd bug, I m a fan of I m a celebrity so so scare to easily, However my first thought that we had a small rat or big mouse was quickly cleared up by my husband s shout of thats the biggest cockroach i have ever seen , running round the room armed with the waste bin (him not me) he set about the capture. We returned to bed, now with the lights all on and bum bag still in the middle and me with one eye open. we had a lovely nights sleep!!!. I am very pleased to say that our next hotel the mermaid in kalatara was not in the same class as this one Thankyou Mermaid we will now start to enjoy Sri Lanka. I will write more on this hotel when we leave.
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