Transit in Colombo

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
Trip End Jan 17, 2013

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Good Wood Plaza Hotel

Flag of Sri Lanka  ,
Sunday, February 5, 2012

Arrival in Colombo. Three hours away by flight from Bangkok. The trip was so special because one lady pilot drove our plane safely to Colombo,Sri Lanka.
My onward flight to Dammam would be next day, so Sri Lankan Airways gave accommodations to all passengers having such long connecting flights. It was clear written in the ticket that the airline will provide a hotel in Sri Lanka if the transit period is more than 8 but less than 24 hours. So be it! After receiving a referral from the airport transit desk, we (I'm now with a group) went to Sri Lankan immigration for passports stamping. We went down to the arrival area and an airline representative waited there to give us our hotel voucher. We waited mostly 30 minutes for the transit hotel bus which picked us from the lobby.

Good Wood Plaza Hotel. This hotel was just five minutes away from airport. It might be the reason why the airline chose this as a  transit hotel for their passengers. The reception was really nice and the hotel has its own unique design. We were three persons shared in a room (same nationalities) and it was not a problem to me. I'm always ready to a room sharing.
The staff lead us to our rooms separated from the main building passing the hotel's restaurant The hall was dark and the room allocated for us was on the ground floor. I really disappointed on the room because it wasn't like a room of a hotel which already has name and famous. Besides, it was a transit hotel partnered by Sri Lankan Airlines with great sky services.
Well, the room was so ordinary with a unidentified foul smell (bat or rat urine?). I thought, my nose has problem but my room mates complained the same. We started the air condition and for an hour ,the room still hot. We started the ceiling fan for help and seems effective but the smell was everywhere. There were folded fabrics hanging on every bed ( mosquito nets) but nobody used it. This room was for three persons but the towel available was only one. The compliment bottle of water was not sealed, so we thought that it was just came from the faucet. We therefore went to restaurant to buy a bottle of water for 120 rupees. Anyway it just for one night and our noses was immunized of the bad smell.

Restaurant. Both breakfast and lunch for me were average. The restaurants staffs were gladly served all guests from 7am to 11pm. They were smilingly assisted me when I needed to change a currency to rupees and offered me to try Sri lankan best beer.

Attractions. The hotel's swimming pool was no longer attractive. The water seems not cleaned and not treated. Anyway, Squirrel captured my attention! Their numbers in this place was amazing. Crows and squirrels filled the trees near the hotel but hard to capture from my normal camera. Lucky, there was a wedding prenuptial in the hotel!

Bye Sri Lanka, "A Land Like no Other!" I wanted to navigate your wonders but I'm only on transit. Left Colombo at 18:40pm.
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