I think I haven’t mentioned it before… but during our stay in Sri Lanka we managed to stay in four (!) different hotels, and one of those was paid for the entire holiday. Yes, I know, it sounds silly, weird and impractical. But as they say, wisdom comes with the experience. And next time we come to Sri Lanka, we are going to plan our vacation and accommodation differently. But for now, I can share the valuable information with you about the places we stayed in.
Main hotel… or actually – the guest house Hillstreet Villa (located in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia area). Reviews of that place were good, also pictures of the rooms looked nice, so we decided to book it for our stay in Sri Lanka, since we didn’t really have any specific plans for our holiday. We also arranged the driver through the Hillstreet Villa, and it meant that we could get the keys of our room right away. And that was a big plus, since our plane arrived 4 o’clock in the morning.
The street where guest house is situated:
Front yard and entry:
View from the terrace:
* for me personally this was extremely exciting, since I have never seen a banana palm tree before
Kitchen, dining and living area for the guests:
Here is the photo of our room:
It had a bed, table, chair, drying rack, small TV and a ceiling fan. Wi-Fi worked well. Bathroom was in order. Only thing you should keep in mind – they do not really have a hot water in that kind of places. So, it took me a while to get used to wash myself in the “sun-heated” water. Mainly because at home I always prefer super-hot shower. “Almost boiling”, as my husband says. But overall, I was quite satisfied with our stay in Hillstreet Villa. It’s very basic, clean (very clean!) and on a budget (it was around 10-12 euros per night, if I’m not mistaken). And what’s important – owner was friendly and helpful. We didn’t like our first room and he offered us an upgrade.
Nathashiya Holiday Inn. Really liked this hotel! Tidy and clean, very nice soft beds, AC, TV, big bathroom with bathtub and shower, and a balcony that overlooked the lake Kandy:
And it seems that I was so stunned by the view, that I forgot to make pictures of the room itself. That’s a pity but no can do.
We also stayed one night in Ella, in the hotel Pasla. It’s located on the main street. Might be a bit noisy in the evening but the streets are dead after 11PM. Room was good size, and it had everything what we needed for one-night stay. It was nice and basic. And it’s the first place in Sri Lanka where I could enjoy real hot water… although by that time I got used to slightly warm water, so it didn’t really matter to me anymore.
Staff was friendly and helpful. And I could recommend this hotel.
View from the terrace:
But the gem of them all was without a doubt – historical Mount Lavinia hotel. We were lucky to stay here two nights before getting back home. And that was a real treat!
They say that Mount Lavinia was named after Sir Thomas Maitland’s mistress – a Portuguese-Sinhalese local dancer named Lovina.
Legend has it that a tunnel connected the building to Lovina’s house, so the lovers could meet in secret.
Mount Lavinia hotel is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Sri Lanka. Initially built as the Governor’s residence in 1806, it has been operating as a hotel since 1947.
Visiting this hotel was like a time travel for me. As soon as I entered the hallway I felt like 21st century was left behind, and I stepped into the past – Ceylon, British Crown colony to be exact. This hotel definitely has the old-world charm.
Here is our room (ocean view, as requested):
And here is the video of the view from our balcony.
One of the most important things (at least for me) – was the service. And it was exquisite! Staff was not only friendly and very helpful, they made me feel welcome… more than that – they made me feel important. I felt like a princess! And that without a doubt was the best experience ever! Even though I have visited many different hotels in different countries over the years, from 2 to 5 stars… I have never felt as good as I felt in Mount Lavinia hotel. In my opinion it was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in my life! And I will for sure come here again next time we are in Sri Lanka.
Hope you enjoyed it!