This hotel has seen better days and its rooms and facilities look tired. However, I was bowled over by the size of the bungalow, which had a (very big) living room and a separate bedroom.
What really impressed me about this place, however, was the service. When I stepped into the reception area, I was greeted warmly by not one but both receptionists stationed there. They appeared genuinely glad to see me, which was a nice touch.
The food in the restaurant was so-so, but the servers were very pleasant and earnest.
As I had to check out very early the next morning and thus miss breakfast, the hotel staff also arranged for a takeaway breakfast pack for me to take to the airport. It consisted of a generous offering of a croissant, a piece of cake, a savoury pastry and a hard-boiled egg - all thoughtfully wrapped individually in foil or cling film - and an orange and a banana.
Lastly, what I really liked about this hotel is its proximity to the airport - about a 10-minute drive away - which is crucial when you need to reach the airport at 5am.
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Tree Hotel Sri Lanka/Yatiyana