We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of March on advice of our guide book which recommended a basic but clean place to rest your head whilst in Kandy. As the below review there is much construction work currently taking place but after having a conversation with a local restauranteur we took this in our stride as the locals are obviously devastated at the 150 room hotel being constructed in their midst, robbing them of their view and custom, not only on completion but in the building stages with the noise and disruption. That said we really didn't notice the noise all that much. On arrival the house is modern, clean and well presented, our room however was a different story. Our bedding was stained and minimal and the mosquito net provided smelt so bad that we removed it and took our chance! The room was minimal and generally clean but was in desperate need of an upgrade at best and a fresh coat of paint. We really felt that small improvements would have made a big difference. As it was we never felt completely at ease in our room or in the house, the owners were nice enough and the young men who work there lovely, we always felt that the gentleman owner was always out to get more of our money. Upon asking of our plans in Kandy then proceeded to tell us that we they were unattainable in a tuc tuc which we had organised and that he should instead be our driver (for nearly 4 times the cost). In the end we stuck to the tuc tuc and found that most of the place which we 'out of reach' via tuc tuc were actually perfectly near. Overall the place could do with a good spring clean, new beds and more helpful owners who genuinely had travellers best interests at heart. It is also worth noting that for ourselves and other guests who we spoke to, the booking system is less than accurate, we were 'lucky' to actually find our room available having received no confirmation and there was an incident where-by a family of four, with young children arrived and their room had been given away, leaving them looking for an alternative in the dark. If you were to stay here I advice checking and double checkin, via email and phone (as we had to) that your room is actually reserved!
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