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Ocean View Guest House
Ranked #87 of 117 Galle B&B and Inns
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“Lovely situation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2011

Revisited (last stay 2005) for three nights. Nothing changed, still made by the wonderful view of the ramparts and sea from the upstairs front rooms. Rooms small with just adequate bathroom. Good service with excellent breakfast and tea/soft drinks on order.
Advertised Wifi only works at one desk in the corridor. Mosquito nets need repairing (or replacing) No alcohol permitted, but there are plenty of other places for a beer. Most annoying feature- the persistant hard sell to visit the family jewellary shop by the entrance.
Best feature, rooftop garden with spectacular views, and a resident tortoise.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

We paid USD 45 per night for an a/c room without breakfast, expecting a basic but comfortable experience.
We were initially given a tiny, claustrophobic, hell-hole of a room. The a/c only recirculated hot air with no cooling effect whatsoever. There was filth by the side of the bed.
The curtains were filthy.
The bathroom was old, grotty and completely unacceptable if you are paying USD 45 per night.
The only saving grace of this hotel is the wonderful staff. There is a charming lady and a very helpful gentleman, whom we assumed to be in the employ of the family. Nothing was too much trouble for these lovely people. When we complained about the room they did move us into a slightly better room and did get the a/c in that replacement room to work. However, although the replacement room was better, it was still not worth USD 45 per night. The bathroom in this room absolutely stank of urine/drainage issues.
I gave up backpacking many years ago. Ocean View is essentially a backpackers' dive charging trumped-up rates.
The family that owns the guest house also owns the attached jewellery store, and we became tired of the constant invitations to examine their wares.

Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2011

Now, I wouldn't suggest you go out of your way to stay here, but my experience was nothing like some of the nonsense written by other reviewers.

Our room was pretty small, but the bathroom was smart and spotless and well equipped and we had a comfy four poster bed (with a mozzie net attached to the frame so it didnt drape over us or fall off the bed in the night). Nice balcony and roof garden for watching the sunsets.

Hostess was very nice and very helpful, gave us info about restaurants and things to do. We did get ambushed about their shop on the way out (but by the shop assistant not by the guest house owner). Food isn't really their thing other than at breakfast.

$50 including tax - there are smarter places in the Fort but I don;t expect they would be cheaper as Galle seems to have its own pricing structure!!

Taxi in their car to Colombo airport was again a bit pricey at 11,000R including the tip that the driver extracted. But it's a very comfy car and we got there in 3 1/2 hours!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Uncle_Gareth
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Cardiff
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2010

This was the worst place I have ever stayed in. Don't be fooled by their website, this place is very rundown. The room had a double bed with really dirty mosquito netting round it. There was a funny smell (musty) in the room and there was a bidet in the bathroom with something in it. The shower curtain was thin and I put my finger through it and there was a bizzare window in the shower so anyone walking up the stairs could see you. Although the A/C worked we were kept up all night with a window that kept banging in the wind. I don't think we even slept for 5 minutes. The worst thing was that they charged us a lot of a poor room. They quoted one price and then added a 10% service charge without telling us. The total cost of the room was 4000 rs +, which is very overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thessaloniki
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2010

one of the best places to stay in Galle (saw everyone in this price), bit pricey but worths it, the owners are lovely, well educated and mannered, and the guest house has a beautiful terrace, with real grass as a carpet, -sthg i 've never seen before!- with a lovely view of the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast was lovely, and homemade.

totally recommended...

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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1 Thank GoutmanEliz
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Wiltshire
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21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2010

I spent 4 nights at Ocean View in december, the owners were most helpful, With transport from the station & around town, coffee at all hours, breakfast just when you want it, any small problems with the room appologised for and rectified (couldn't work the AC). The situation couldn't be better.
The jewellery factory was a big plus as a craftswoman myself, & I did give into temptation, but the sales pitch was very low key and it was a joy to deal with such nice people, as were all the Sri Lankans I met on my trip.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Newcastle. NSW.Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2009

How many Ls are there in appalling? Want to know how an ATM feels? Stay here.Up selling from the moment of check in - gem factory tours , tacky baubles for sale , transportation, overpriced food, smelly room, guests under constant supervision. All the atmosphere of a Taliban recreational club.
And the piece d'resistance?
Try an owner who has you escorted to her power desk, seats you slightly lower, and then conducts a sign-in/check out ritual which involves trying one last series of up-selling manouvers; followed by an inappropriate series of questions related to the costs of all your previous accommodation and airfares.
Ohh , almost forgot , and then adds 10% "service charge" to the bill without prior notification.
Probably the most unpleasant accommodation I've endured in 40 yrs of travelling

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ocean View Guest House
Address: 80 Light House Street | Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
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Ranked #87 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocean View is a Guest House located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. It has clean and comfortable A/c or Non A.c rooms with luxury attached ensuites with running hot/cold water. Some rooms have Sea Views. Spacious Balcony and Roof Garden for Relaxation. Halal food and no Alcohol. Wifi wireless Internet Connection for our guests ... more   less 
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