Great location, only 700 metres from the base of Adam's Peak climb and with picture postcard views of the mountain from the balcony. For < USD 70 and with dinner and breakfast provided, this guest house is good value for money on the face of it, but there are some areas the owners should address if they are to make this a more pleasant experience for guests of all races.
Being a Lankan born Australian, I made my reservation on-line. Upon alighting from the vehicle, I was approached by a staff member (short, stocky young guy). He was there to take the bags, but on noticing my Sri lankan appearance, promptly told me that the hotel only accepted 'foreigners' and walked back without the bags. Here I was thinking that Sri Lanka had gained independance 66 years ago and colour discrimination was a thing of the past! Alarmed at this attitude, I approached the manager (bearded guy), who was very courteous, polite and accommodating. Clearly, there is no 'foreigner only' policy, but the staff need to be better trained to handle locals as well as the 'foreigners' who book on-line and not judge people by their appearance, as I'm technically a foreigner anyway with an Australian passport. The rooms were spacious, but the bathrooms need to be improved. The bathroom mat was extremely dirty and there are no shower curtains meaning that water gets splashed all over the bathroom floor, making it wet, dirty and damp. The hot water unit is there for appearance only and does not provide hot water. The solitary bathroom window hadn't been cleaned for ages and there were cobwebs and dead insects hanging from the window curtain. Towel racks and soap holders were broken. I felt bed bugs crawling all over my legs when trying to sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Relax and let your soul truly unwind in the Slightly Chilled Guest House (formerly Yellow House). Gayantha and Nirasha will make a great memory of your trip to Sri Lanka. Great service, great rooms and great Sri Lankan hospitality! Adam's Peak should be part of your trip in Sri Lanka! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Slightly Chilled Hotel Dalhousie