This is my last day here at the Michelle Boutique Hotel staying in room 114 and I’ve decided I’d take the time to let future, potential guests know my personal thoughts. The Michelle is rated as a 5 star hotel and the question is, does it deserve it?
I have witnessed whilst being here a disgruntled gentleman who after only just arriving was telling reception he was not happy with his accommodation and leaving straight away! Not good start hey!! I don’t know what his particular issue was and it doesn’t really concern me.
I came on this holiday as a last minute break from my work where I live in Dubai. I resourced the hotel through Booking.com and of course, read the reviews on tripadvisor.com. I was looking for somewhere I could just switch off and relax, lay in the sun and do very little, whilst in pleasant surroundings. I chose Sri Lanka as I had already been there in 2009 and stayed in a different 5 Star hotel relatively close to where Michelle is located. My wife and I had toured Sri Lanka extensively on our first trip and feel in love with the place. The landscape is breath taking, food is fantastic and its people always wear smiles.
The reason I am telling this almost as a story is that I feel compelled to convey the reason why as much as the thoughts themselves.
So what is 5 star? In Dubai where I live 5 star hotels are ten a penny. Hundreds line beach fronts and the downtown districts, all brand new and all pristine in appearance and their maintenance. Sri Lanka is different and people coming to Sri Lanka should be aware of that. Both my 5 star hotel experiences here have been very similar; beautiful surrounds, well designed layouts, great views, infinity pools etc etc, but both had areas that you would say were in keeping with a London, Sydney or Dubai 5 start hotel. What I’m saying is that people in general are sometimes too eager to see the bad in something. Yes some of the paintwork looks tired in areas….but so what. Yes you can walk across service areas (as in the picture taken and stupidly put on the tripadvisor site, which was by the way right next to my room, and did it bother me?….not). Yes some of the items on the food and drinks menu never emerged for the length of our stay…but so what. I could go on and on if I wanted to waste my time looking for fault!
Instead I would prefer to tell you; how stunning the view is, how the staff are just attentive enough (sometimes you do think a little too laid back) as to not be invade your holiday space, how great it was every morning to have breakfast on the terrace by the plunge pool and listening to the waves on the beach, how good room service was, how reasonably priced we found the hotel for food and drink, how attentive the staff where to our needs and most importantly, how relaxed I feel at the end of the week. When I set out on this holiday, I wanted to switch off and recharge my batteries, well with the help of the Michelle and its team its ticked all the boxes and I can only give it 10 out of 10, and you know what, all the little stuff doesn’t matter.
Well done Michelle, we’ll be back.
One small note and unrelated to the Michelle is if you are looking to see sights (I would strongly recommend Whale and Dolphin spotting which we did on this trip) there are two options; 1, order your own taxi/driver for the day or 2, have the hotel (whichever you stay in) arrange it though one of their associated agents. Either way make sure you know where you want to go and what you want to do and stick to it, otherwise (and this happened on both occasions) you will end up going to places that you don’t want to go, where the driver has financial interest (i.e. back handers for taking you “the tourist’ there), where you will feel pressured into buying something and or go on a boat ride and where the person who you are paying to drive you around is controlling your day. On both occasions it ended with a falling out with the driver and tainting what for the most, was a great experience. If you allow it to happen you’ll be going to several tea factories, a number of Gem stone shops, spice farms etc etc. Make sure the hotel knows you don’t want to be messed around by the driver and you won’t go if that’s what they (the driver) is expecting to do to you. You’re in control, you choose and stick to it.
P.S. You can spend a good few hours wondering around Galle Fort, so, get the driver to take you there tell him to disappear (as he’ll probably have connections there too!) and tell him to come back several hours later, then go explore. It’s safe, it’s friendly and you’ll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Michelle is the latest addition to the high end Boutique hotel collection in the country and is a true star in the making. Nestled amongst palm fringed surroundings on the golden sandy beach with a spectacular view of the horizon, It certainly is a hideout for those who seek absolute peace, tranquility and ultra modern comfort.Michelle will enchant you with its exquisitely designed maze of stunning suites refined by the extravagance of the matchless ocean view and manicured gardens. Its sixteen luxuriously styled suites with contemporary finishes, premium facilities and separate lounge / living are an indulgent `new’ to her mind and body concept which stands to reason why “Michelle” is passionately committed to allure her guests to the finest in decadent hospitality. One could reach the hotel in one hour along the southern Expressway from the Kottawa entry point in Colombo.The primary objective of Michelle is to provide good value for money "In a home away from home" setting and make dream holidays a reality. Indulge in barefoot luxury in a world of your own, the tranquil atmosphere, with luxurious comforts that will pamper you to an infinity holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Michelle Boutique Hotel Sri Lanka/Balapitiya