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“Lovely but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Other Corner

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The Other Corner
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“Lovely but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed at The Other Corner for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was a great base for visits to Sigiriya, Dambulla and the surrounding area and is set in a beautiful and incredibly tranquil location. The food and service were terrific and the rooms lovely, albeit a bit dark. Our one criticism we had was that it seemed disproportionately expensive compared to everywhere else we stayed in Sri Lanka. Our bill for 2 nights' accommodation (B&B) for a family of 4 was US$500 + dinner etc. We were expecting to play just over US$400 for B&B accommodation which seemed pricey anyway but we hadn't read the small print (our fault) about tax and service of 23% being added on! This seemed incredibly expensive when we stayed in some lovely guest houses and homestays elsewhere in the country with pools, air con and fabulous food for US$60-70 a night! There's no question that this is a lovely place to stay though, but I guess it depends what your budget is as you can probably find better value elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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TheOtherC0rner, Owner at The Other Corner, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Dear Ann White,
Many thanks for posting your reviews about 'The Other Corner' on TripAdvisor.
When we investigate why you have paid + US$ 500 per 2 nights for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, we found that in June 2013 you have booked online our 'Main Lodge' exclusively for 6-8th April 2014 for which we allow 7 adults on basis BB. This information is clearly indicated in all online booking agencies. Once a client make such a booking, the booked accommodation will be blocked accordingly. Ideally you would have booked a Triple Room for 2 Adults and 2 Children below 12 years, which would have costs only US$ 130 nett per day, inclusive of all taxes + SC.
As we see this is a genuine mistake you have done at the time of booking, what we can offer you a considerable discount next time. Or if you could recommend TOC to your family or friend, we can extend a similar discount, based on availability of rooms at TOC.
Thanking you.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Nice staff - perfect service from the welcome to the cooking.
Environment in nature as we were Robinson crusoe (hut in trees wood bungalow) and ecological dimension
Cooking : perfect restaurant of the hotel, delicious diner and breakfast
If we had time we would have spend more time in this fantastic place!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

The Other Corner is beautifully set into its natural environment and is a terrific base for exploring this region of Habarana.
We stayed here for three nights. The first night we arrived very late after a long flight and drive and we were shown to our little fuss and left to get some much needed sleep. Our room was a very nice natural bungalow type and had been prepared caringly for us with beautiful petals lad in detail across the bed. However, the following morning I managed to break the lever in the shower causing the water to spray out uncontrollably. . The staff sprung to action with the grounds man/handyman getting absolutely soaked trying to fix this problem. They managed to do a temp fix which allowed us to shower and the manager moved us to a room on one of the buildings on stilts. IF you judge a place by how they manage a problem then The Other Corner gets 10 out of 10 here.
The room on stilts shared a huge balcony with an adjoined room and I loved sitting up high in the early morning listening and watching to the jungle come alive. Our balcony had a gate for getting on and off elephants which was a new one for me! We only ate dinner here on our last evening and it was nice though unremarkable. Breakfast each morning was very good with fruit, a choice of eggs with toast and preserves. Plenty to set you up for a day sightseeing.
And what a fantastic choice of places to visit which is the real reason we were in Habarana. It is a perfect location to see the jewels of the Cultural Triangle and we loved every minute of our time here.
Staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Our one regret would be that we did not have enough time to just chill around the hotel grounds.
In all I would certainly recommend a stay at The Other Corner and if you have time relax in the hotel grounds.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We really enjoyed this place. It is a great setting - right next to nature. The villas are like safari lodges and comfortable with everything you need. In my opinion though, they need to be cleaned a little more thoroughly and a little more on going repair would keep the bathroom for example in better condition. I loved the surrounding area though - a great vegetable patch to look at, lots of wildlife - squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, eagles, owls and more. The food was good too and the staff helpful but at times a little slow and disorganised - nothing major though.
There is a really nice guy Dilip (I think) who seems really knowledgable about the area and wildlife. I would have loved more time to just explore the plants and wildlife around the hotel with him . The location is great for seeing the surrounding countryside and national parks. we had fantastic trips out onto the lake and an elephant safari and trip to Sigiriya. Really a great place.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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TheOtherC0rner, Owner at The Other Corner, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Many thanks for your sincere review/comments with what you experienced during your recent stay at 'The Other Corner', Sri Lanka.
We as management will possitively look into to all the short comings you faced with and address same to improve our standards. Once again thank you for your partonage at 'TOC' and will look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Warm regards,
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

The Other Corner never fails to impress our guests. With their sincere commitment to maintaining a cohesive relationship with the environment, aided by the laid back atmosphere, fed by the edible landscaping within the encampment and all of this held together by the tranquil location makes this de facto choice for the ornithologist, the naturalist and the nature and wildlife photographer alike.

If you are considering the ideal adventure to expose your shutter to some of the most natural presentations an environment can offer you, The Other Corner would be a choice worth considering! The national parks and jungle environment are all easily accessible from this rustic yet elegant retreat. You might be interested to know this green business is owned by a nature lover and avid nature photographer.

While the above was described in relation to nature lovers and photographers, this property is ideally suited to the hard worker where a hard rest is recommended. With the sound of traffic and blaring horns clearly absent, this environment with its clean air will boost your health and help realign you with nature.

Room Tip: All chalets here are ideally located. Eric the manager would be useful if you need assistance.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

We went to The Other Corner to witness the elephant gathering at Minneriya and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. eric and all of the team were very welcoming and also very knowledgable about the area. The setting is absolutely gorgeous and the tree houses are great fun but also surprisingly luxurious. The food was terrific and - although they do not serve alcohol- they are happy to bring you for a very short tuk-tuk ride to pick up supplies :)

From the Other we were very close to Minneriya and Sigiriya. We also availed of an early morning boat ride on their own grounds which was magical.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Maroc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed here 2 nights with our 2 children. We loved it ! Nice rooms with pilotis, comfortable beds all in nature . You can hear the noises of the peacocks at night it is really strange in a nice way, you have the feeling you are in the jungle!!
Food is really excellent ! Everybody is welcoming .
Thank you the other corner !! We were happy to choose this place.

Stayed February 2014
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Property: The Other Corner
Address: Anuradhapura Road | Laksirigama, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Habarana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Other Corner 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated within 172Kms, about 4 hours drive from Colombo towards North Central of Sri Lanka, 'The Other Corner' is a place of rare beauty and tranquility. The picturesque Eco Resort is located within easy reach of National Parks, Historic Sites, Cultural Triangle and best beached in Sri Lanka. The Other Corner is an ideal layaway for tourists and naturalists, photographers alike. ... more   less 
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