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Thenu Rest Guest House
Ranked #128 of 270 Galle B&B and Inns
Kendal, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very disappointing place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We did not recognise this place from Tripadvisor descriptions. We had booked online, expecting a good standard, but when we arrived, we did not get the room which we had thought we had reserved. Instead, we were led through dusty gloomy corridors to a dirty room with grim untiled bathroom, greasy light switches, filthy bathmat, floor in need of a scrub. The over-bearing owner did not help matters. We are not difficult people, and we have stayed in various standards of accommodation in many parts of the world, including India and the Far East. However, this is not acceptable. If the owner wishes to charge these rates, he needs to clean the place up and refurbish the sad, dusty interior. Other guest houses in Galle offer better value for money and a better experience.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank William D
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

Rooms are clean and bathrooms like everywhere on the island ;) Perfect location in Fort where is very close to the beach and restaurants. We wasnt eating there but our host invite us for a tea and that was delicious. I liked terrace with sofas, glasses and sink already there, so we had nice small party :)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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444 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2012

Thenu rest is a wonderful guest house and value for money in the fort. It is strategically located just 50m from cafe punto and close by to many of the forts tourist attractions. Lovely family, great views.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank scottplume
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59 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2012

Nice, clean place and good location but everything comes with a price. First, they didn't honor the agoda hotel voucher. They said they had not received payment and we as the guests, had to call agoda to settle the issue. Then we found out it was because they themselves didn't confirm payment with agoda. Then, the water pipe in the bathroom burst and the boss told us to live with it. The fact that the boss talks and behaves like a hooligan didn't help.

The style is pretty laissez faire: security is a tad higher than that of public license swimming pools. Anyone can just walk into the rooms.

There are also dozens of mosquitoes.

Oh, and all the dishes except for rice & curry (I hope) don't come with rice. It is not stated on the menu. We paid about US$0.50 for a plate. Food was great because they served us takeaways. The lady boss said she did the cooking though there wasn't any action in the kitchen.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank KrisMcDull
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

the owner picked us up in the train station. we had the front room facing the old dutch hospital. the room is ok, aircon is cool, toilet works well. Since the family runs it, seems they don't have inside workers so the door is closed at 10pm, too early for us. Price is not so cheap after all... plus they offered breakfast in the morning, our fault also for not checking if it's included... we had to pay quite alot for it ... we'd rather to go somewhere else to have more proper breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nichelley
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012 via mobile

A traditional Sri Lankan styled guest house in the heart of the old fort. Run by a lovely family who make you feel at home. Great location in the heart of beautiful Galle. Few rooms in a popular location so you may need to book early.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LindsyJames
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London
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

This was the second time we have stayed at Thenu Rest. The friendly and helpful owners made such a favourable impression on us the first time and so we did not hesitate to return on the second visit. On this occasion, we arrived without booking in advance and were lucky to be offered the same room as on the first visit.

Thenu Rest is a family home but guests may use the ground floor lounge in which is located a computer with free wi-fi. The guest rooms are located on the first and second floors. I'm not sure how many - perhaps six.

Being on a budget, we usually opt for non-a/c and our room was one of two on the top floor. We thought the room was delightfully (even romantically!) presented, small, but nicely furnished with a compact and clean ensuite bathroom. Some people might find a non-a/c room rather hot at night, but it was no hotter than any of the other non-a/c rooms I've stayed in in the south of Sri Lanka.

Just outside the room was a useful open-air seating area, which was used by only one other room and so it was a lovely place to sit and relax and listen to the sound of the sea just a few metres away. There was also a sink there and so it was an ideal place to wash clothes and leave them to dry safely.

We sampled the food on one occasion, and the owner brought it upstairs to our outdoor seating area - very tasty, reasonably priced and very generous portions! As in most places in Galle Fort, there are no alcoholic drinks.

Thenu Rest is located at the southeastern corner of Galle Fort. As such you will not be able to watch the sun go down from your balcony, but on the other hand you won't have to pay the huge premiums which the hotels on the western side will charge you for the privilege! At 2500Rs for the room, we thought this guest house measured up very well to the other places we looked at in the Fort.

All in all we were very happy with Thenu Rest and we shall stay there again the next time we are passing through Galle.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Londonone2
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Property: Thenu Rest Guest House
Address: 12 Hospital St | Fort Galle, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle
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Ranked #128 of 270 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
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Number of rooms: 19
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