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“Everything average other than location and architector, can't understand what's all the fuss about”
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Jetwing Lighthouse
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We were having a residential conference with a one night stay starting from Friday.

The good stuff. For a start the location is superb, you get overwhelmed by the closeness to the sea and view when you are sipping their welcome drink. You can see Bawa style everywhere you go from exterior to interior of the hotel although it is quite old and in need of a renovation. The architecture of the hotel is a very refreshingly pleasant experience. Their staff is very attentive although they mixed up a room upgrade, but it was rectified very swiftly. The rooms are spacious enough, clean and complete with all standard facilities for a five star property. I relay liked the bathroom area together with the closet. From my experience with Jetwing Hotels all these are sort of a given. It's a pity they don't have more room types, meaning you either have a deluxe room or a saute.

But the real letdown is the food. We started with lunch on Friday which is average. But the dinner is below average specially with regard to Dessert spread. Okay, I can understand the weight-age for traditional Sri Lankan desserts when majority of your guests are foreigners. But I don't think even them enjoyed it. The dessert spread mainly consisted with Sri Lankan new year treats and your roadside sweet treats (of course made within the hotel).
But the real surprise was the lunch on Saturday, we were astonished to hear that there's no international buffet lunch on a Saturday at a five star hotel. Since we were a group we got a special limited buffet lunch, but in terms of a general guest you have to order from A la carte menu. Later we learned that its there policy and Saturday barbecue dinner and Sunday lunch are their main attractions in terms of food.

All in all, its an average experience and I can't understand the big fuss about this property other than Bawa architecture and location.

Room Tip: Ask for a room closer to main restaurant since its a large property.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Thank Nadee W
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Jetwing H, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Dear Ms. Nadee,

Thank you for taking the time to post a TripAdvisor review on Jetwing Lighthouse regarding your recent stay and sharing your experience with us. We at Jetwing Hotels truly value guest feedback as we are constantly striving to better ourselves and upgrade our level of service and experience offered to our treasured guests.

Thank you for recognizing and appreciating the attentiveness of our associates. Being able to swiftly rectify a mistake without causing a hassle to our guests is most important. However of course we are sorry to learn that they mixed up your reservation details in the first place.

All Jetwing Hotels certainly do go beyond and above in making sure our guests are given the best of all facilities when holidaying with us, thank you for distinguishing us as such.

We would like to thank you for taking the time to share with us as to why our service failed to meet your expectations. We are most disappointed in reading that you were let down by the quality of our food. Our Executive Chef has been informed of your feedback in order to rectify this with urgency.

Please know that as a standard all Jetwing Hotels try as much as possible to offer set menu’s to our guests for lunch and dinner so as to offer a very personalized service rather than the average open buffet. For guests such as yourself who would prefer buffets we do offer a barbecue buffet for dinner on Saturday’s as well as a Sri Lankan buffet for dinner on either Wednesday’s or Thursday’s and Sunday lunch as well.

Again, please accept our most sincere apologies for the areas we have failed you in and thank you for your honest feedback. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again in the near future.

Ayubowan

PRIYANTHIKA WIJENAIKE
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We stayed for 3 nights at the end of a tour of Sri Lanka before returing home. This is indeed a great hotel to unwind, relax, and use for seeing Galle Fort which is close by. The hotel has 2 large swimming pools, a small private beach; although the sea waters are not recommended for swimming. The spa was good. The buffet restaurant changed theme each night and had good food, whilst the 'fine-dining' Cinnamon restauarant was a little over-rated and lacked atmosphere. My only complaint after a good stay was the slow check-out procedure with only one staff on the ground floor desk manning reception, telephome reservations and check-out. It is especillay an issue when a tour group of 30 people queue to check-out and I would expect Jetwing to better staff its functions.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Jetwing H, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Dear Mr. Clive,

Thank you for your review of Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle Sri Lanka subsequent to your recent vacation at the resort.

Thank you for choosing to stay with us for the last three nights of your holiday on the island together with the rest of your group of friends. We are very pleased in knowing you found the hotel to be a great place to unwind and relax at. The Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers is the best attraction in Galle is certainly only a short distance from the hotel.

Thank you for your honest feedback on our fine dining restaurant. We value your comments greatly and we will be looking into ways of creating a better atmosphere at the restaurant with urgency. We are very sorry to know that your check out process took a while which we know is a hassle. Please know that we have a designated telephone operator as well as a reservations agent and cashiers throughout the day and we have informed our Front Office Manager of this so as to rectify the matter with urgency.

Again, thank you for your honest feedback of your experience in staying at our resort. We value guest feedback such as yours greatly as it helps us in maintaining our high standards.

We hope you will return to stay with us to enjoy the facilities of Jetwing Lighthouse and for a more relaxing stay.

Ayubowan

PRIYANTHIKA WIJENAIKE
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This is a good hotel, but it doesn't quite live up to everything it promises. The rooms are comfortable enough on the "club" side of the hotel and the views are very good given the hotel's privileged position on the rocky shore.

We booked the airport transfer from the hotel. This was ok, but for USD150, you might expect a 2hr transfer to include a couple of water bottles etc. It's this type of little detail that is missing here.

The hotel website includes references to childcare and babysitting, but when we asked for this it suddenly seemed very difficult to arrange. There is no playroom for kids and the pools are not particularly kid friendly. A playroom is such a small investment of space that makes such a difference to parents. It really is unacceptable that a family hotel doesn't have one. There is a little paddle pool for kids but it's tucked away in a corner and it seems an afterthought.

Our main issue during our stay was the varying quality of service staff. Most of the breakfast staff are young boys and men who generally are unsure of what they should be doing. The either hover over you incessantly at the table or then chat in groups and largely ignore you. In general, nothing was very easy to arrange. Excursions always required several clarifications and reiterations. Even then we were left in some doubt as to what would actually happen.

The tuktuk drivers outside the hotel operate a bit of a racket whereby each guest is allocated to one driver who then views you as their property for the duration of your stay and tries to push services and shops to you. It's fair enough perhaps, but tiresome after a while.

Overall, the recently opened Amari hotel a few hundred yards up the coast looks like a far better choice for families. We ended up paying the dayrate there a couple of times just to have access to their services. Rooms there look better too for lower rates.

Overall Jetwings was ok. But no better than that.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
Thank TheGlobalFinn
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Jetwing H, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Dear Sir,

First and foremost please allow us to express our most sincere apologies for the inconveniences you have faced while holidaying with us. We are deeply disappointed in reading your review and knowing you were not satisfied with vacationing with us.

We understand that minor details such as providing water when you are picked up for a long journey goes a long way. We are thankful for your suggestion and we will look into immediately implementing such a system which would offer a better service to our valuable guests.

Please note that as mentioned on our website babysitting is certainly provided at the resort. We have well experienced ladies at the hotel who are professionally qualified to care for children and will carry out their duties in the guest's private room where the child is most comfortable or any specific area requested by the guests. We feel this offers a more personalized service rather than the more convenient way of caring for all children at one given time and place. However in order to carry out this personalized service babysitting requests needs to be informed a little ahead of time so that the ladies too can allocate their timings clearly for each of the different children. We fear this may have been your inconvenience, not being able to make prior arrangements. we are truly very sorry if your requests were not met.

However we are thankful for your suggestion of having a central child care centre and your most valuable feedback will be shared with our higher management.

Please accept our most sincere apologies for the inconvenience you have faced at the restaurant. Rest assured your feedback has been taken seriously. The Restaurant Manager as well as our Training Manager have been informed of this for immediate rectification. Service such as this is definitely not the Jetwing way and we are truly very sorry that you had to face such a situation of negligence.

Kindly know Sir that the hotel does not have its own transportation division, rather recognizing our social responsibilities towards our community the privilege has been offered to our townspeople so as to contribute to sustainable development. These individuals have been trained by the hotel in order to offer an equally professional service to our esteemed guests. We are very sorry to know you were inconvenienced by them and we will definitely inform them of your feedback in order to prevent such incidents occurring in future.

It is our goal to restore your confidence in our company by solving these issues and preventing them from happening again. Thank you again, for your honest feedback. We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again in the future.

Ayubowan


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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

We spent a fabulous 6 nights at this hotel in mid October. Our room was spacious and the bed extremely comfortable, it must have been 7’ across! We were in the block nearest reception and we had fabulous sea views from the balcony.
We only used the Cardamom Restaurant for our meals as it seemed to be good value. The food was delicious especially the buffet breakfast. You can sit outside and watch the waves crashing on the rocks below.
The main swimming pool is heavenly, especially for an early evening swim, before dinner.
As the hotel is a short tuktuk ride from Galle Old Town and we spent several happy days exploring there and even had dinner at The Forte Bazaar Hotel one evening.
The staff are always polite, courteous and helpful and we would have loved to stay longer.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Jetwing H, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Dear Ms. Rachel,

Thank you very much for your descriptive review on TripAdvisor on your recent stay at Jetwing Lighthouse.

We are very pleased in reading of your experience at our resort. Knowing a guest left the property satisfied is our highest compliment.

We certainly do have a beautiful property here and we are happy to know you appreciated its beauty. Thank you for your compliments towards our pool, comfortable room, the high quality food made available at a reasonable prices at our main restaurant and most importantly for recognizing our associates to be always polite, courteous and helpful.

At Jetwing Hotels we greatly value guest feedback as we constantly strive to maintain the highest level of personalized service. It was very encouraging to note that you were beyond satisfied with our service.

Thank you for staying with us and it was a pleasure to have you as our guest.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Jetwing Lighthouse for another memorable stay.

Ayubowan

PRIYANTHIKA WIJENAIKE
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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Nice hotel, great beds, nice people, clean rooms, good food and drinks!

Nothing bad to say. Two pools, some restaurants and a great view.

We enjoyed our time. We stayed in the 'club' section, with bigger rooms (nr.23).

Go to the turtle hatchery cente, just 3 min walking.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Christianmocking
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Jetwing H, General Manager at Jetwing Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Dear Guest,

We thank you for reviewing Jetwing Lighthouse on TripAdvisor with a five star rating.

Reading your review gives us much joy in knowing we have been able to provide you with a satisfactory vacation. Thank you for complementing our pools, room, quality of food and especially our associates.

At Jetwing Lighthouse, we greatly depend on the feedback of our guests to maintain the high levels of personalized service. We truly thank you for the time taken to share your experience and recommending us to fellow TripAdvisor reviewers. The team at the resort is thankful for your kind compliments and hopes to see you again very soon for yet another memorable and hopefully a longer holiday.


Ayubowan!


Priyanthika Wijenaike
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Jetwing Lighthouse

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Additional Information about Jetwing Lighthouse

Address: Dadella, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle District > Galle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Galle
#3 Spa Hotel in Galle
#3 Family Hotel in Galle
#3 Luxury Hotel in Galle
#5 Romantic Hotel in Galle
Price Range: €198 - €402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Jetwing Lighthouse 5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An iconic landmark that stands along the Galle coastline, Jetwing Lighthouse blends minimalist elegance with splashes of sophistication set amidst breathtaking ocean views. Designed by famed architect Geoffrey Bawa, this luxurious hotel lets you indulge in the finer things in life as you travel back in time and explore Sri Lanka's colonial past. ... more   less 
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