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Ocean View Guest House

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80 Light House Street Fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
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#138 of 249 B&Bs / Inns in Galle
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Ocean View is a Guest House located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. It has clean and comfortable A/c or Non A.c rooms with luxury attached ensuites with running hot/cold water. Some rooms have Sea Views. Spacious Balcony and Roof Garden for Relaxation. Halal food and no Alcohol. Wifi wireless Internet Connection for our guests
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Rossco wrote a review Feb 2016
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom6 contributions4 helpful votes
Got this place from Lonely Planet and it had a good write up, it COULD have been good as the other rooms looked nice with good views from what I could see... Except for ours!! It had one tiny window, mimicked a prison cell and was tiny, the bed was knackered and the bathroom was damp and smelled. I walked up the main stairs, grabbed the banister and the whole thing came off in my hand, a similar thing happened when I moved a chair.. Either I don't know my own strength or the place is a bit tired!??
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Barbara M wrote a review Jan 2016
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Firstly, my apologies for the long review, but bear with me and save yourselves the outrageous expense and valuable time. Sri Lanka is as beautiful as its people and I have Trip Advised the wonderful hotels, guest houses and restaurants it was our pleasure and delight to visit. This, however, was the worst place I have ever stayed in any country. Indeed, we stayed in a room in Laos that had no windows, rugs, wardrobe or en-suite bathroom and it was cleaner than this 'hotel room'. Trip Advisor needs to remove even the lowest click rating. We booked this place on-line while travelling in Sri Lanka, a trip we had saved for four years to go to. This was the only place that we heard back from as we learned that there was a literary festival on during our stay and so we assumed that most places must have been booked. We were offered a Queen Room with Sea View and a standard room for my brother in-law. Lonely Planet tells of 'pleasingly old-fashioned rooms'. They got it wrong, again! We should have gone with our gut instinct when the owner of the attached jewelers pressured us to purchase before we barely sat down to organise the rooms. We were then informed that we had to pay up front at which point I asked to see the rooms. We had been travelling for 10 hours and so I will accept that we didn't look too carefully due to exhaustion. However when we paid the $100 and $60 and went to shower, it became very apparent how dirty and badly maintained the rooms were. There was no sea view without moving the heavy corner placed double bed our of the way (impossible) and leaning far beyond the ruined bug infested dilapidated building site directly outside our window. The bathroom door did not close and its window had no bug screen which would also not close. The bathroom was filthy and the floor was so sticky that we wore our flip-flops in the shower, which only had a drip that was so week you had to run around in to actually get wet. The soap provided was from the previous guests, the sink was badly cracked and dark dirt filled. I had to clean the toilet seat myself. The air-con in the bed space and ancient fan were so old and noisy that sleep was impossible with either of them on but any form of air movement was essential with the humidity. The beds mosquito net behaved only as a bug attraction and no amount of Deep deterred the infestation. All surfaces were sticky and dirty, except for the sheets which they were damp and sticky. My brother in-laws room had a window that opened onto a filthy noisy service hatch and was as dirty as ours but had it's own fetid stench. We went down to ask for a move to the rooms that we had actually booked and were informed that they had been given to other people. We decided to go online and look for somewhere else but their internet did not work despite numerous attempts. We decided to grin and bare it and go for dinner. When we returned at the oh so late hour of 10.30pm, we could not get in. After much door bell ringing and knocking a motorbike appeared and told us we had to enter in through the rear! As soon as it was light and as mentioned, without any sleep or breakfast (as we did not trust the kitchen hygiene standards), I went to visit other guest houses to see if this standard and cost was the norm for Galle. It is not. In fact it appeared, from the 6 places I visited, which were spotless and far better priced than our accommodation, was of such poor quality that I would be shocked if it had any form of health approval. I spoke with the owner Yesring (sp?) when I returned and firstly queried why we did not get the rooms we had booked. I was told in convoluted nonsense that this weekend was busy and so they were simply given to who ever arrived before we did, despite the 'offer and acceptance' agreement. I demanded our money back in full and was offered a paltry $20! If my complaints were invalid, there would have been no such concession. I was told that this place has the best roof terrace to watch the sunset....this was Yesrings justification for the high cost. A beautiful sunset (which can be seen from the cleaner more comfortable ramparts) is not enough if you cannot sleep.This is also a Halal house and so there is no alcohol allowed, which you are not informed about until you have paid and see this sign on the way to your room. This, we did not mind, indeed we respect this but if there is one place in Galle where alcohol is needed it is here, if only to enable a false sleep. I have written to the local tourist office, I have reviewed this dump on many other web sites, I have contacted Lonely Planet to see if they have actually stayed here, and I will be contacting every other guide where this place is rated. Booking.com will also be contacted where I will be demanding our money back. Thank you for your patience. Do not risk your wallet or your health by staying here.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Poshbacking2016 wrote a review Jan 2016
London, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
We chose this guesthouse due to the roof terrace. It is quite an expensive guesthouse at $60 per person per night, but we thought it looked great for a couple of beers whilst the sun sets... At no point on the booking website (or until after we had paid 3 nights in advance) was there a mention that this is an alcohol free guesthouse. Other issues with this guesthouse include a 1030pm curfew, also not mentioned before paying, no laundry service (when mentioned in the booking details) rather dirty bathrooms and the 2 double rooms we booked were both twin rooms, one with no window. The number of mosquitoes in the rooms is huge, but the staff did offer to spray the rooms. None of these are however the main issue with the rooms we had. Our rooms were the 'standard' rooms on the ground floor, unfortunately the onsite shop described on the booking website includes a gem workshop in which the staff started work at 7am hammering metal and using power tools directly outside our rooms. We left after one of the 3 nights we booked. On discussing our reasons for leaving early we were assured that the fact that the guesthouse is halal and dry is mentioned on the website. I checked again, it isn't. I agree that it it absolutely within the rights of the owners to run a halal guesthouse, but it seems somewhat duplicitous not to mention it before we had booked and paid when having a drink or 2 is not uncommon for people on holiday. In fact the first we knew about the no alcohol policy was when we were shown the roof terrace after paying and mentioned how nice it would be to have a beer there. We were offered new rooms by the owner on the first floor, which may have avoided the noise but obviously not the no alcohol policy and curfew. No refund would be given when we left (apparently the website still needs to be paid). I asked that the fact that the hotel is halal and has a curfew to be added to the details people can review; hopefully the owner will update to avoid anyone else being disappointed. Positives would be good air con and view from the terrace.
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Date of stay: January 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Derick S wrote a review Nov 2015
England, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
Colonial style room, finely furnished inclusive of an antique style bed with a mosquito net that was quite helpful. Loved the view of the Indian Ocean from the roof garden. Great service. Helpful staff and friendly owners.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Anna G wrote a review Aug 2015
Florence, Italy49 contributions15 helpful votes
We stayed here for a few nights. The room was small and bathroom with no window. However it was clean, had hot water and the people were welcoming and helpful. It has a nice view from the garden and from some of the rooms :) ask for a room on the higher floors.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean View Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Ocean View Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Lihiniya Gems (0.3 km), Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (0.2 km), and Galle Fort (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ocean View Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and a rooftop terrace.
What are some restaurants close to Ocean View Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Isle Of Gelato, The Bungalow’s Restaurant, and Galley52.
Is Ocean View Guest House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Galle.
Are there any historical sites close to Ocean View Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (0.2 km), Galle Fort (0.4 km), and Meera Mosque (0.3 km).