Mahaweli Reach Hotel
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Our driver doesn't understand the concept of a lie in, we left Habarana at 8am! First we took a little detour to a Batik workshop, very beautiful and time consuming to produce. Unfortunately a little out of our price range. Then we went to Golden Temple at Dambulla. Very old temples set into the caves with original paintings, and 151 Bhuddas! Again …
A relaxing day today, we spent the morning in Kandy Botanical Gardens. The park was full of unusual trees and creatures, most of the trees are populated with fruit bats, they are out of harms way luckily however if they don't get you the pack of wild monkeys will. After running away from the monkeys we found ourselves in the orchid house, some …
17 Feb - After breakfast leave for Kandy, a city set amidst an artificial lake and lies at an altitude of 488.6 meters (1629 feet above sea level) in the centre of the island and surrounded by the mountains. Stop at an exotic spice garden at Matale, then continue to Kandy still the very much focal point of Sri Lankan culture and was the capital of …
... sleep won and I feel asleep in my chair. Luckily my fellow passengers woke me as the train was about to depart Kandy. The journey lasts just over three hours.
Arrival into Kandy is exceptionally crowded, all the trains, taxis and buses all meet in the same place. Drivers will be vying for you custom. And it seems the preferred method to get a tourists attention here is for them to ask "Hi, where are you from?", Different from the "Hello, my friend" I experienced ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Beautiful hotel with a good food and service, had a fully equipped gym shame there was no free wifi not paying £8 for 1 hour.
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Much Maligned Mahaweli
We stayed at the Mahaweli Reach for two nights and totally enjoyed our stay. The main body of the hotel is stunning to look at and the pool area is so well laid out. Our room had a balcony overlooking the river and although the room was slightly faded around the edges, it was spotlessly clean, and the location more than compensated for any slight faults. Previous reviews for the hotel were less than complimentary about the food in the hotel. We had six meals, both buffet and waiter service, and could not fault anything that we ate. A good mix of local and western food, with some food cooked to order at the buffet. The food was as good as anything we had in Sri Lanka and compares well with The Beach in Negombo.
Stayed at this hotel for two nights whilst visting the Cultural Triangle, what a disappointment, the room needed refurbished & the bathroom door was held together with tape. The food was absolutely terrible, the worst we had while in Sri Lanka. The staff tried to make amends, we did not eat in the hotel & when we asked for a good resturant we were sent to another hotel which was even worst. The only redeeming factor for Kandy was the dancers but again paid 600 rupees for two drinks, one price for the locals & a highly inflated price for tourists. Sri Lanka needs tourists to come back but even though we don't mind paying higher prices we were sometimes charged ten times higher than the local prices, we bought a book coming doing from Sigirya we paid 2000 rupees, in another shop the same book was 400 rupees. Also our driver did not warn us about this & he brought us to various places where he received up to 30% as a "backhander" for bringing us there. This happened all the time during our three week stay.
I will preface my review by saying that I don't think a 5 star rating is in order for this hotel. That being said, for the incredibly low rate we paid (amounting to less than 60 US dollars), and considering the conditions of the residences in the neighboring areas, it was a lovely hotel; well worth every penny. The excellent service is what I will remember most. We were greeted warmly by the ever-helpful staff with warm moist towels and fresh juice in the lobby before we went to the rooms. The property was pretty and well-kept. The rooms were spacious and the bathrooms clean. The meals were very enjoyable, a mix of western and Sri Lankan foods that satisfied both locals and tourists, adults and kids, in our party. I have no complaints from our time there and look forward to our next stay.
A bit disappointed
I was a liitle disappointed with this hotel. Although the room was nice, and it had a nice bathroom, the rooms in the wing were arranged in a horseshoe shape over an unattrative courtyard. The rooms at the back of the hotel preseumably were better, looking over the river. the food was also disappointing - on the first day I had a dead fly in the dessert which rather put me off the rest of the meals, which were mediocre buffet affairs. The meals were also accompanied by a loud, and not particularly good, club singer. I would say this hotel is fine provided your expectations are for a three star hotel.
On the plus side, the staff were friendly and attentive.
Dont ever eat anything
The hotle rooms are good staff and srvice is good but for the life of it dont eat anything from the resturent I stayed at the hotle from 24th to 26th and on first day at dinner my wife told me the Rice is gone bad and I was saved but on next day I had a vegetable dish and had food poisining and still on Medication so for your safty do not eat at the hotel
Very Good Hotel
My partner and I stayed in this hotel for two nights in May this year during our tour of the Island. I thought it was a very nice hotel and the staff were very pleasant.
Perhaps if you are used to the fast pace of living in a big city you might find the approach taken to life here to be somewhat laid back but a happier more friendly people you could not meet. I think their laidback nature should not be mistaken for not caring though.
We thought the food was fine!
The pool was lovely!
The view from our room was great!
In summary definately a good place to stay for a couple of days while you explore everything Kandy has to offer!
Stay here at your peril. My husband got food poisoning from the buffet and was laid up the next day making us miss our botanic gardents trip. Actually, that was lucky because our bathroom caught fire (owing to dodgy wiring) and I was able to close the door and evactuate my sick husband and our belongings before thick black smoke engulfed the room and the corridor outside. There were no fire detectors or extinguishers nearby but thanks to my actions it was contained and they managed to put it out. That was not the worst of it though, the staff were totally unconcerned and acted as if it were a common occurence. They gave us a baseball cap with the hotel's slogan on it to appease us. Needless to say it didn't. We checked out later that day and when we returned home we complained to our travel company. They relayed the complaint to the hotel who responded saying it was "only a small fire" so there was no need to apologise!! Our travel company disagreed and compensated us out of their own pockets. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
Our original 3-night stay in the Mahaweli was extended to 4, because we could not move on to the next leg of our trip due to the tsunami which struck Asia in December 2004. The tsunami struck on our third day, and after this the hotel was under great pressue and (so far as we could see), coped admirably. My comments therefore just reflect the first two days' stay.
Real fivestar quality
We've been here 3 times now and everytime perfect quality. Maybe one difference with other reviewer is that we book through a local agent and my wife is Sinhalese, so hotel knows that IF they provide bad quality (which happened at 2 N'Eliya hotels...) hearsay will spread quickly.
Anyhow, really perfect setting. Riverside but close to Katugastota town, marvelous pool close to restaurant and river, spacious rooms with all clean maintenance, and very friendly staff with just that extra touch of service!