This hotel has come a long way from its humble days. It is operated by the Sri Lanka Army and has a camp feel to it I feel the hotel could do without. The civilian staff are average and could benefit from better exposure and professional training if they are to attract and sustain a higher notch of a customer base.
There is ample parking but you may not find a corner to pull over if there were a wedding or function here. This hotel offers discount pricing to members of the military so it is not uncommon to see them here. Do inquire if they have events scheduled and the nature of the event before you reserve this hotel. The April/May season is often booked by various regiments in the Army to host their New Year functions. Throughout the year one may also encounter government department staff trips here. Depending on the nature of the event you may inconvenienced by the PA system blaring all day.
I would go BB on the reservation and order meals to the room. Although the menu is limited the food is delicious and prices reasonable. The ambience in the hotel is of a cheap one. This can be overlooked if you are checking in at a low price and need a place to sleep in the air-condition. This is a value for money hotel that is affordable to many.
We once arrived here without a reservation to find the hotel booked to capacity! There was not a hotel in the vicinity that had a room. So do ensure you secure a reservation before coming here.
On another occasion, we did reserve a room on the new wing. Upon arrival in the evening we were told to wait because a General was yet to check out of his room! After a lengthy wait we were assigned another room because he was a General and no one was going to remind him to vacate! Perhaps you would not be unlucky to experience such a double standard of hospitality. I would still visit here for a good night or two of reading, swimming and sleep.
The beach here is not great. Avoid the villa rooms on the lawn. I would opt for the new wing only.
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- Also Known As:
- Laya Beach Sri Lanka/Wadduwa