Excellent hotel outside city of Colombo
25/09/2016 varuni570, Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you have work outside the city, and don't want to deal with the crazy colombo traffic, this is a fantastic location. The best thing about the hotel is the staff. They are genuinely hospitable. Not ... more
If you have work outside the city, and don't want to deal with the crazy colombo traffic, this is a fantastic location. The best thing about the hotel is the staff. They are genuinely hospitable. Not like the mechanical hospitality you get in Singapore, Bangkok and Indonesia. I must say the best person out of the lot is Ravindra in housecleaning, who does a great job in cleaning the room and went the extra mile to create some animals out of bath towels for my two children, who got very excited every time they saw one. I think in the end he ran out of animals to make as I ended up staying more than 2 weeks.
One draw back I hope the management will tackle is the front entrance. It is right next to a main road with high speed traffic. When I was at the reception a guest had opened the front door fully and it did not automatically swing back to close and my 2 year old just ran outside. It was a miracle she did not run across the main road heading straight for the traffic. She just there with me seconds ago and when I turned to look for her again she had disappeared and a guest at the reception informed me. Thank god she ran on the pedestrian and the receptionist had run after her to collect. The security staff does not watch the front door very well. But I really thing they need to put some safety feature or some kind of fencing. In that sense it is not a very child friendly hotel to stay.
The other item they should tackle is cocktails. They need to train the barman on how to make good cocktails and the volume in each cocktail. I tried a Mojito and a margarita it was no where near the Sri Lankan hotel standard apart from being international standard. I requested a second batch for the Mojito as the first was watery and did not have the right balance of ingredients, but even the second batch was not good. The second time I ordered a margarita and was below average and decided not to waste my breath by complaining as the guy simply cannot do the job.
If you come on work and want to stay outside the city and don't have 2 to 6 year old children. This is a fantastic place to be. less