The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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
Travel Blogs from Kalutara
... scene but the place was deserted. We got tuk tuks all around the city to popular bars, so quiet. We even got a tuk tuk 15 km out of Colombo to a backpacker beach town, absolutely dead. So instead we got burger king and sulked.
The next night we did stumble across one bar, it was a sports club bar which was supposedly popular. We went in and to our surprise there were some people! It was an ex pat bar and coincidently it was trivia ...
... Independence Square. A series of specialty shows housed within an older style building with absolutely no signage outside, and little inside. The others bought a few items here then we decided to head over to Odel, an outlet for Sri Lankan made international brands. However, it had started to rain so we had some 'short eats' while we waited for it to clear. It was still drizzling when we found a Tuk Tuk driver who knew where Odel was, and was prepared to drop the others off, get ...
... uur tijdsverschil in de andere richting. Waarom in godsnaam geen 2 of 3h? Alsof dat half uur het verschil zal maken?! Zeer vervelend om internationale afspraken te maken als je het mij vraagt. Kalpitiya here we come! But first we are going to explore some culture in Colombo and Kandy. The attentive reader has probably noticed something strange already with the flight hours. In Malaysia it is 1h later than in Thailand. So far nothing special but between Sri ...
... from base camp at the places we could jump in at, the first one was really low and easy, finding out later that there had a been snake in the water was slightly terrifying though. Next up was the rock water slide which was fantastic. I had been fairly relaxed about one of the higher jumps, but when I got up there I did get more scared. I don't think it helped that we had all queued up for so long and some people were fairly nervous, I did ...
... wanted to have a beer and sit by the ocean watching the sun set... However, no alcohol for sale on this strip... And we didn't fancy a sprite! We stopped off at an English pub on the way home and had a beer! Hanging, we hit the hay at around 8pm! Then woke up just a few hours later (11:30pm)... And are currently still awake! (2:10am)... Jet-Lag is kicking in nicely! ...