Hotel Mermaid & Club
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... out in the morning and that all I needed was a bed for the night and a cab at 4.30am. "No Problem" was just what I wanted to hear so relieved to have found somewhere I started the bartering process for the room. It was during this process that I missed the key comment which only bobbed to the surface of my consciousness an hour or so later as the dawn broke. On agreeing on a price of 1200 rupees, or £6 he said "we usually charge that for 3 ...
... nearly trod on a huge snake. After running in the get the manager (cool) and him telling us it wasnt poisonous we calmed down a bit and John got some photos of it munching on a frog (I was still too scared to go near enough!).
After lunch we had the Ayurvedic massages which was very relaxing. I spent a bit of the day researching about the Ayurvedic way of healing and what each dosha meant ...
... until dinner...dinner....Michael had selected the restaurant before take off from Zurich, yes yes, food is still on top of his list!!! So off we are to the Ministry of Crab...Sri Lanka has lots of crabs but most of them are exported to Singapore and until 2011 it was almost impossible to eat some in Sri Lanka...but since 2011 the restaurant Ministry of Crab opened and only serves wild, Sri Lankan crab and only the days' catch. We go for a big specimen over ...
... present quite frequently during whole that time I've been on a move from location to location in Sri Lanka so far. All students are dressed in white uniforms with black belts and black shoes. And you can notice students on the streets all the time. Education must be quite strong here. That would probably explain why people are so well behaved and speak English really well, at least compering to other Asian countries like Thailand or Vietnam, where you still can communicate in ...
... walking on or crossing the road seem happy going where they want to go with confidence that they won't be run over. Yet another amazing discovery I made during the numerous road journey up and down the country is that there wasn't a single road traffic accident! There is a lesson to be learned here, people. Think about it. Train travel never fail to fascinate me, so that's why I make it a point to include a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mermaid & Club Kalutara
The mermaid was wonderful, we had 2 weeks of relaxing and brilliant service. The staff we always kind and helpful.
We fully recomend this for destination in Srilanka
Shaun & Anne Ingall
Loved the Mermaid!
We have just returned from spending 10 mights all inclusive at the Mermaid. We really coudn't fault it! Lovely rooms (CD player, flat screen TV, Air con), great food and a fantastic location. The staff were wonderful. We would definately recommend this hotel.
Just returned from two weeks staying at the Mermaid. We had good & bad experiences here. The rooms have been recently refurbished & are quite nice, however, don't let them put you in room 101 as it's very noisy very early in the morning- one day the reception staff were playing the Rolling Stones at full blast at 6.30am, & every day from 7.00am, the grounds staff had conversations at the top of their voices right outside the room.
Just got back from a 2 week stay at the Mermaid Hotel. All I can say is brilliant! The hotel has just re-opened after refurbishment and the rooms are a good size AC, TV, CD player. Staff can't do enough for you. I can highly recommend the massage along with all the other facilties in the sports centre. I went on a trip to Kandy with Sumi, one fo the beach boys. The trip was very well organised and proffessional. Can't wait to go back.
We stayed 10 nights at the Mermaid Hotel & Club, wish it had been longer. What a wonderful place, everyone is so friendly and make you feel very relaxed and couldn't do more for you. The rooms are clean, spacious, the attention to detail is second to none, your beds in the evening are prepared with a flower while you are having dinner. The food was excellent, a lot of choices plain and spicey food. If you have any requirements or do not like spice or curry then the Chef will make you special requests, you must make sure you let the hotel no before.
Everything was relly good, the staff are very friendly and help you with whatever you need. The rooms are really nice and the furniture is all new and beautiful. The sports centre has a lot to offer, with a fully air conditioned GYM. The trips from the hotel are really good as long as your are prepared to travel long distances. I cant wait to go back next year!!!
Cheap and Cheerful
Stayed at this hotel September 2004, it was not the best, but the price was OK. The rroms were very basic and so was the food. We found the staff to be the joy of the holiday, they couldn't do enough for you. We would not go back to this hotel, but may visit Sri Lanka again but not at this time of the year as the sea is very rough and dirty.
Ive been to this hotel twice and my husband has been there 3 times - we love it!!!
Great food, great trips, low cost !
spent xmas and new year 2002 all inclusive, travel company wanted far to much for tours, went to beach boys and found Silver he arranged 2 -3 day tour all inclusive $150 for 3 of us a/c bus +4* hotel in candy, we were given the Bs knees by the locals and felt very safe. Went everywhere even into tamil country and it was great, check silver out he is the man and tell him john sent you from england as he fell in love with our daughter josie-lee and we were very safe with this guy.
Stayed for 10 nights all inc. end of July 2004. Very friendly, helpful staff. Good clean, air con. + fan room. Balcony with sea view. Excellent choice of Sri Lankan food. Very attentive staff. Wine not inc. but a reasonable price. Beach boys great - don't be afraid. Sammi will sort your trips excellent reports from all who used him. Try Bentota river trip -loads of wild life. Tailors outside hotel on the left really excellent quality. 'Quality Jewellers' near Tangerine beach hotel fanastic workmanship and good prices. Green Bamboo restaurant for wonderful Prawns and rice Sri Lankan style. Did a 4 day tour first Penewara Elephant orphange, Sigiriya Rock, Kandy, Hill Country. Fabulous!! My wife managed to sprain her ankle on the last night(no arrack involved) excellent treatment by hotel and airport staff(Emirates)