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Genuine Humbugs

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is about a 20 minute bus journey from Nuwara Eliya in a beautiful setting on the side of a mountain. There is a scattering of houses in Hakgala as well as the botanical gardens, but not much else.The bungalow is a little way down the mountain from Humbugs restaurant. When I stayed there it was very quiet, which...

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Colombo, null, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We wanted to have strawberries and humbug is renowned and one of the few original places in Nuwara eliya. The service is good and prices was decent. What we noted was the lunch is very popular as well.

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Palitha J, Owner at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your appreciation,and we are happy you enjoyed your meals.

Alnwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 January 2016

The care/restaurant here is idea for a stop for drinks or snacks on the way to or from Nuwara Eliya. It is right opposite the Hakgala botanic gardens and just a few kilometres from Gregory Lake and the main town. Humbugs serves a range of drinks including strawberry juice and an extensive menu of casual foods including pizzas, sandwiches, and...

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Palitha J, Owner at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your appreciation,and good to know you enjoyer your meals

Pokhara, Nepal
Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

It's a small hidden jem in nuwaraeliya. Strawberry and pancakes dish was amazing... Freshly made. Looking forward to visiting there again for a overnight stay. Service was quick, and efficient. Decor needs refurbishment but I enjoyed the lay back nature of the whole place.

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Palitha J, Owner at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review complete ,refurbishment is now in operation , it did need a face lift, please do visit again , and see the improvements. Kind regards Palitha

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 18 August 2014

No Hot water supply continously.we have inform several times about hot water problem. Mangement & the workers are trying to save the money (or the owner orded them).Overall good place. we have to think again again going there or not.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We love going to Nuwara Eliya whenever we can. Humbugs (the original bungalow) is nestled below the road and has a homely, friendly atmosphere, complete with comfortable furniture and a Grandfather Clock to boot in the spacious sitting area. Fire is lit in the evenings and the meals are on-order, fresh and especially my favourite potato chips (not fries) wow!....

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Palitha J, Owner at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review . and sorry for the long delay in responding , please do visit again , and see the improvements we have made to make you more comfortable. Please do meet me during your next visit. Regards Palitha

Colombo
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Humbugs Hakgala in April and loved the stay, The room ws clean n pleasant opening up to a lovely garden, The bungalow which is over a century old,is maintained very well and the bathrooms are recently renovated and are pretty roomy, Food here was quite tasty,Only order LOCAL cuisine,as the western options were not satisfactory, Also ask...

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

I've been going here since 2009 and my recent visit made me regret all my previous visits. The strawberry juice had more sprite and a hint of strawberry. The ice cream was cheap and offered no value for money. The waffle was so bad mainly because of the spoilt cream. Worst part was that they tried to justify all that....

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Walking distance from Hakgala gardens off Nuwara Eliya we found a astonishing place to spend are honeymoon.... When we arrived there they welcomed us warmly. The room was excellent & the bathroom was so clean & tidy. The garden was filled with beautiful flowers, words can't describe the beauty of the location, you have to see for yourself. We could...

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Palitha J, Owner at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your appreciation,and great to know you enjoyed your meals.

Lae, Papua New Guinea
Reviewed 17 January 2014

We stopped here on a recommendation to try their strawberry drinks. Two of us ordered the strawberry juice drinks and the other two ordered the strawberry milkshakes. From our table we could look into the kitchen and noted that it didnt look all that clean. Nevertheless we ordered and drank our beverages. They tasted fine however within a hour of...

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Palitha J, Manager at Genuine Humbugs, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about your bad experience. We will look into this immediately.

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Opposite Hakgala botanical gardens 9 km from Nuwara Eliya on main highway, restaurant 50 covers well maintained colonial tea plantation bungalow built in 1912. Refurbished, indoor/outdoor sports with a breathtaking view of the Uva Valley and in the midst of the strict natural reserve, mountain climbing, 13 miles to Worlds End. Pioneers of strawberry dishes (strawberries with fresh cream and strawberry pancake) in Sri-Lanka. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Genuine Humbugs

Address: Meena Ella Nursery Hakgala | opposite Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Nuwara Eliya 22200, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Nuwara Eliya
Price Range: $35 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Genuine Humbugs Hotel Nuwara Eliya
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“If you go with a family then get the family room. the other rooms are great as well though but smaller.”
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cheynew2014, 19 May 2014 | Read review
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maithrij, 1 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Check the bathroom too and see if the hot water really works before deciding on a room.”
agnostic, 20 Dec 2012 | Read review
“Request for deluxe room that has garden view. One room even has a door that opens out to garden.”
63cecilia, 13 Nov 2012 | Read review
“we stayed at the old bungalow that has 4 rooms only. we did not see other building.”
yhirsch, 30 Sep 2012 | Read review
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