Accommodation Review – Villa AmiLisa, Galle, Sri Lanka

And I am now up to the last in my accommodation reviews of places I stayed in India and Sri Lanka back in March/April. Galle is a great little town with some of the best eating options you’ll find in Sri Lanka, and we were lucky enough to stay in the historical fort area. The down side to the fort area though is that prices are way up! Cross to the main part of town and things are much cheaper. But for location the fort area can’t be beaten! Everything is within decent walking distance – restaurants, a beach, multiple tourist attractions and of course, the Galle Cricket Ground!

But this is about where I stayed! Well, my wife and I. And that was at Villa AmiLisa – it was around $68AUD a night, which is no bargain I guess but it is in the fort area as I mentioned. And it’s a pretty nice hotel, which offered us a welcome drink and had a sign at the entrance to the courtyard welcoming the arrivals of the day to the guesthouse, so that was a nice surprise.

The courtyard area was very pretty, I liked it a lot but there were a number of plants which equalled a few insects that like to appear at meal times. Breakfast was included in the price and there was a choice of Western or Sri Lankan breakfast, depending on you taste and how you felt – the night before. The staff always asked in advance. Fair enough, they had to prepare and it was fresh. The Sri Lankan breakfast served typical Sri Lankan fare such as egg hoppers and dahl, the western breakfast had eggs, jam and toast, both I think had a serving of fresh fruit, so it was a pretty decent way to start the day!

The room was nice enough, on the first floor (second floor if you count the ground floor as the first floor). It had a polished concrete floor, a small desk, a safe, a TV too. The bed was a decent size, a Queen I think as I know that the few times we had a double bed it was very cramped. And this wasn’t cramped! It also had a mosquito net that was unneeded for the time we were there. Fan and air-conditioning as well. Good size, could have been a little bigger I guess.

The bathroom was long as thin, so the space had been divvied up in a basic fashion. The concrete floors etc are clearly the ‘in’ thing these days, and I guess it keeps the place cool. The shower was nice – good flow. Water drained a little slowly.

The staff were all pleasant and helpful, very friendly. I even recruited one to be in a video! And the location was 5 minutes from the best restaurants by foot, less to the beach, so all in all there were a lot of pluses. Room service was only every second day I think, which could have been better. The courtyard had a nice bar with lots of drinks to choose from.

So, all in all a good place to stay. Nice town, nice guesthouse!

Andy’s Ratings:

Value for Money: 3/5

Location: 5/5

Service: 3.5/5

Noise: 3.5/5

Cleanliness: 2.5/5

Total: 17.5/25 [70/100]


Thanks for reading, May the Journey Never End!

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