French Garden Tourist Rest

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Average rate: $26 - Hotel class: 2 stars
488/4, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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French Garden Tourist Rest Anuradhapura Reviews

gingerbatik gingerba…
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French Garden Tourist Rest Jun 10, 2013
The French Garden Tourist Res is a sister hotel of the Milano Tourist Rest in Anaradhapura Sri Lanka. This modern two storey guesthouse located close to the new bus station which is located 200 meter away from the hotel and 300 meter to the new railway station in Anuradhapura, which is handy if you know where to stop.

At the main street which is 50 meter away from the hotel small street, is a public bus stop which go to the old bus station and there are plenty of three wheeler just waiting outside and offer to take you around the ancient city, but you need to bargain the price. I find that the price of the three wheeler outside and the hotel is quite similar. It cost me Rs 500 from the new bus station to this hotel as I do not know where to stop. Unfortunately cannot get less price than that.

This hotel also within walking distance to many local eateries, shops, mini market and several hotels nearby. Unfortunately the hotel name did not match the place, as the hotel only has a very small garden in front of the building and not much flower either, so not much greenery in this place.

There is one small restaurant next to the hotel garden which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at quite high price plus additional 10 percent tax on top of the price. I ordered spicy chicken with rice and drink, the food was good with good serving but the service was a bit slow and it takes some time to order and make sure the staff understand what I ordered as it seems they did not speak much English except one guy at the receptionist counter. And it takes some time for the food to arrive.

When I was there, half of the rooms are full but I do not see other people inside the hotel or in the restaurant. The staff is friendly and helpful even though they could not speak English.

The room I have is at the front of the house facing the parking lot, near the living area, and the room itself is quite small and compact, luckily the queen size mattress is really comfortable as this is brand new hotel and the entire place is very clean. There is one dresser in the room and internet is free and quite fast and reliable. It was very quite at night time as the hotel located at a small road and not many traffic pass by. It cost Rs 2,500 for the room without air condition and Rs 4,000 with air condition. Luckily, there is hot water in the shower, but it is too hot in Sri Lanka and I usually use cold shower.

The hotel offers three wheeler services at a fee to explore the Ancient town. From memory, it cost Rs4,000 for the whole day around 8 hours ride plus need to pay the entrance fee to the Ancient town. Overall, it was good place to stay for sort time and easy to get around the centre.
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gingerbatik says:
you welcome Brian and thanks for reading the review:)
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013
spocklogic says:
I see, I was thinking Indian Rupee, different from Sri Lankan Rupee. Usually in reviews I try to give the USD equivalent also to avoid confusion on prices. Thanks for pointing out the correct pricing : )
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013
gingerbatik says:
yeah, quite expensive for Sri Lanka especially so many poor people in the country, other SEA country can have better room than this. Btw, I think Rs2400=usd18.50
Posted on: Sep 12, 2013
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French Garden Tourist Rest Overview

The hotel's garden offers a tranquil corner to sit and relax. The property has a dry cleaning service, a laundry service and a concierge. This hotel proudly comes with a pets-accepted policy. The hotel is less than 10 minutes' drive from SLAF Anuradhapura (ACJ). The hotel's staff will be able to assist in organising and booking tours and activities during your stay in Anuradhapura, as well as give restaurant recommendations.

Families can relax knowing there is enough space for them to spread out in the specially designed oversized family rooms. The rooms are equipped with a ceiling fan and the hotel has room service.

French Garden Tourist Rest Amenities

  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Tour Desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Desk
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Towels
  • Shower
  • Family Room

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