We stayed at Mrs. Padmini Nanayakkara's when we first arrived in Sri Lanka. Although our stay was pleasant overall, having travelled around the country for a month, we realised that this guesthouse was ridiculously overpriced for the price we paid (4,500 rupees per night). By way of comparison, we stayed in a modern hotel with air con, where our room backed directly on the beach, in Hikkaduwa, for less.
Our stay was made pleasant as the host was very hospitable, and took her time to chat with us ans provide refreshing tea when we first arrived. There was a also a very nice garden to enjoy breakfast in. The location is also ideal being away from the main street (Galle Road) which is heavily congested.
However, the rooms were VERY basic and well worn. To re-echo another reviewer, our towels also had holes in, windows had holes in them, and the mosquito netting provided (there were lots of mosquitoes) was inadequate as it was old, dirty and had numerous holes in that too. Moreover, we found our bathroom to be very dirty (lots of other peoples hair etc.).
This would be a very good budget option if the pricing was made more fair. I suspect that a lonely planet recommendation had helped to inflate prices.
Finally, when I made the initial booking I asked for 2 nights stay and was quoted 4500, which I thought was reasonable. However, upon checkout, there was a misunderstanding as she meant 4500 per night. This was not made clear at the time of booking so having to pay 9000 meant we left not feeling very happy at all.
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