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Denver, Colorado, United States
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Humbugs is a hidden gem in Sri Lanka; one that should not be missed during a visit to Nuwara Ellya, Horton Plains, or the Hukgala gardens. The rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. The food is excellent with strawberry delights to savor. But the best part is the friendly staff and gracious owners who willingly share the dynamic history of... More 

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

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2011

I took my family to Humbugs which was recommended by a friends. My kids really enjoyed the garden. The place was beautiful, the view from our room was quite amazing. The rooms were clean and the food was really good. One thing which made us feel very much at home were the staff. I would definitely go back here, the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2011

Wow, I wouldnt know why someone would say that this place is less thatn fantastic. You are in a valley, surrounded by misty mountains and afantastic view. True, the weather when we were there was not good but curling up inside with a hot chocolate solves that. The place was clean and neat and full of old world charm. For... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2011

We stayed at this quiet, family-run holiday bungalow - located in Hakgala, which is about a 15 minute drive from the Nuwara Eliya town - for 2 nights in Feb 2011. In order to confirm our reservation, we were cordially requested to make full payment to their bank account. We were able to check in as late as 11pm and... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2011

I had booked a room at Humbugs on the strength of some of the Trip Advisor reviews and pictures and arrived in the pouring rain along the terrible road (its being upgraded) from Nuwara Eliya. We were not impressed. The interior of the bungalow was dark and damp and the room even worse. The bedsheets seemed mouldy, the bathroom extremely... More 

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

Sorry you were disappointed with the rooms ,we do maintain good standards the bath room fitting were out dated ,at that time this Colonial Bungalow was built in 1912 ,and since fully up graded and maintain our standards. Weather: You happen to come during the monsoon as for the main Highway, was being widened and carpeted by the Govt: which... More 

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liverpool
1 review
Reviewed 17 February 2010

I was in Sri Lanka in Dec 09 and visited this bungalow in Nuwara Eliya Hakgala. Humbugs is a homely, cosy place with a beautiful view. The food was fantastic and what made it worth going was the staff, who were very obliging!I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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Wiener Neustadt, Österreich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2010

We staid at this hotel for several nights and we therefore can say that we got a realistic image of it. After having booked a double room, we arrived in the evening. Only after being brought to the rooms (quite a long way from the restaurant), we were told that we cannot stay in a double room because we arrived... More 

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

The family room was booked in advance,for family of 5,without informing the management a friend of the guest,occupied the same room,(which made it 6 persons in total) and the management requested him to take another room, as this is the policy of the Guest House(as we stipulate the number of persons in a room).and the Guest chose to leave. More 

kotte
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2009

the location , staff and the services were excellent. Just in front of Hakgala Garden it was the perfect place for us that time as nuwarw eliya town area was too rainy and misty. The strawberry gardens and the view of the reserve was great. the food and the services in the restaurent above was excellent. The cost was the... More 

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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2009

this charming little restaurant/inn situated in the hills is a perfect get away for a family. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the rooms very clean and the food is par excellence, with some great strawberry dishes. Great value for money.I recommend this place to anyone visiting srilanka.Thanks ..keep going!!

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U.K
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2007

We were quite taken aback for its cleanliness, well kept Garden and the walkabouts we had, We hope the same standards will be maintained through out, congratulations keep the good work if you want to be in business

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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: €24 - €41 (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.”
  • Manicured garden growth
  • A view when you enter
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  • A quaint garden surrounding
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  • A view from the hall facing outside
  • one of the cozy bedrooms
 of 5 bubbles cheynew2014, 19 May 2014 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles maithrij, 1 Feb 2014 | Read review
“Check the bathroom too and see if the hot water really works before deciding on a room.”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles 63cecilia, 13 Nov 2012 | Read review
“we stayed at the old bungalow that has 4 rooms only. we did not see other building.”
 of 5 bubbles yhirsch, 30 Sep 2012 | Read review
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