The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels Kalutara
Excellent Beach Hotel
Rooms a good size, staff couldn't have been more helpful, buffet style food well above average, pool and beach area very good, only criticism was that bathrooms need refurbishing
My husband and I stayed at the Golden Sun Hotel in August for our Honeymoon. We had a fantastic time all the staff were polite and couldn't do enough for us. The hotel was clean and tidy, always to a high standard. We would recommend this hotel to anyone. Although it was not their peak season we had a super honeymoon - it was like having the beach, pool and staff all to ourselves. Bliss.
Good in parts but not for those sensitive to smells or poor air con.
We were in this hotel on full board for two seperate periods of a few days as part of a 2 for 1 VJV. package tour of 2 weeks including 5 other (all better but 4 / 5 star) Hotels in Sri Lanka in April 05.
Air conditioning was not cooling properly in our rooms, also on the second floor rooms oily smells from air con (we complained to our rep. & swapped rooms twice so tried a total of 4 rooms) we talked to other guests in our group who had complained / room swapped re. aircon too. The main hotel dining room had no operating air con. despite claim in hotel description - fans worked here and helped a lot.
Carpets on all floors smelled rather unplesent and needed proper cleaning / shampoo also lifts in particular smelled horrid. (Tsunami was probably not the reason as ground floor & part 1st floor had been mainly affected).
Buffet Vegetarian food V.Good , Deserts excellent, but meat often a bit tough. Service Good.
Pool V. Good for this class of hotel and Gardens OK.
Most staff were friendly and realy did try their best but, the poor air con. and nasty smells realy let this hotel down - what a pity - we hope these are fixed soon!
Just spent 4 very relaxing days at the Golden Sun. The staff are very friendly, the food is very good, the rooms are spacious with excellent service. A wonderful beach. Not luxurious but good value for money.
What more could you ask for!!
Loved the peacefulness
Have just returned from staying 7 days here. Very pleasant staff lovely choice of food. Lovely beach. Water areobic staff very enthusiastic!!!!!!. Wonderful massage up on the roof. Saw man climb palm trees collecting toddy and the icing on the cake was releasing baby turtles back to the sea.Altogether a wonderful place.
Hotel Golden Sun - Sri Lanka. - Devastatingly Awful.
A very poor quality hotel. It aspires to be shabby. A tired, worn-out and faded memory of a quality hotel. Food is lukewarm and immensly inedible. I wouldn't wish a holiday at this hotel on my worst enemy.
FANTASTIC BUT ARE THEY OK OUT THERE
Came back to England on the 7/12/2004 from the superb Golden Sun Hotel what a beautiful place fantastic food -service-people,
if only we could go back now and give help to all the friends we made especially Mahesh our friend
God bless you Mahesh and your family we pray you are all safe.
We will return-one day
We have just returned from this hotel 30th November 2004 and had a great time. The staff can not do enough for you and the food was great. We never once had to go and get a drink as this was brought to us and the sunbeds were made available at our favourite space. The entertainment staff are good at getting visitors involved in the games and the bar staff never seem to stop working. We appreciated the flowers left in the room each day and look froward to our next visit.
Can't wait to return.
I too found this hotel great. Friendly staff, always at hand if you need them.Great food. Clean rooms and Hotel bars- resturants.Can't wait to return to this Hotel.
We Will Return!
We returned on 22 November from the Golden Sun Hotel, after a truly wonderful holiday at a superb hotel with a great team of staff. We have never come across staff so friendly, helpfull, and willing to make our stay with them really special.
From reception to restaurants, bars and room boys and garden boys, they were all smiley and happy.
Good selection of food, fresh bedding and towels every day, usually beds made with decorative flowers, so pretty, and a really good pool, a gem of a hotel.
The sea is a bit scary if you'e not a good swimmer,there are a few beach boys but they are good too -especially if you spend a few rupees with them.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels Kalutara
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... betraying the vast quantity of betel nut he has munched his way through.
Token small purchase made we head for the door, but the brother insists that we come check out a temple with him, he tells the kids there is an elephant there, and naturally this has them panting so we agree. We noticed the younger brother looked a little non-plussed about the elephant claims, and when we asked him to confirm simply waggled his head from side to side. There is a distant sound ...
... eat with their hands, including rice, which is really not practical, and always, always use their right hand because the left hand is considered dirty. I therefore have to get used to it because I am left-handed and this doesn't come to me very naturally. The cuisine is very much similar to indian cuisine with traditional foods such as biryani, roti, and lots of curries, which ...
... I almost fail to notice a family walking past with a brand new washing machine...
After waiting around for literally hours, we finally get into a minibus and make our way to Colombo to the homestays in which we'll be living. This is my first taste of the Sri Lankan road, and one immediate thing I have learnt is that road safety isn't really a thing here. Seatbelts are non-existent, there are barely any traffic lights, and ...
... in Petturah district, which is full of markets. I replaced my sunglasses that I lost the day before and Kim replaced her flip flops that were falling apart. I think we probably both over payed slightly, but its hard to motivate yourself to argue over a few pence. Either the markets of Colombo are much more ordered than the rest of Asia, or we are getting the hang of it. We were able to dodge traffic, politely decline goods, weave past stray dogs, eye up ...
... bar (Sun Hill by name) for a bottle of something reviving and duly replenished I carried on.
Really, I do not recommend this walk to you. Sure you have the sea and the interest of the occasional train heading up or down the Coast Line but there is really very little to see. I'm glad I did it though, it is always nice to just wander round less visited places, Heaven knows I do it in London all the time. To be perfectly frank, I do it everywhere I ...