Nice staff, but built next to a railway track

My appraisal: The Ranveli Beach Resort is a pleasant hotel and competitively priced at about $US50 a night.

It has a nice swimming pool, wi-fi in the lobby area only, nice food for guests priced at about 20% higher than the local “walk-in” restaurants/bars, the beach is a 5 minute stroll across the country’s busiest railway line, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

My room had a one-speed ceiling fan, an effective aircon that came off the assembly line about the same time as Mark Taylor first swung a cricket bat, a cathode tube TV with 4 channels (Al Jazeera, Bollywood movies, black-and-white Indian movies, Indian National Geographic), no bar fridge, hot water that was temperamental when in a good mood, clean linen, newly tiled floor, and a leaking toilet bowl.

Oh, and a large balcony from which to watch the trains roar by. The train noise would easily exceed Australian decibel regulations.

Ranveli Beach Resort, Sri Lanka

Ranveli Beach Resort, Sri Lanka


Ranveli Beach Resort, Sri Lanka

Ranveli Beach Resort, Sri Lanka

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