- Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
Unwelcome, down the road and someone has a key!
We booked Serene Kandy despite some of the reviews on here. We are aware that we are travelling in low season and hotels are not at capacity. We had booked a room in the East Wing and so arrived there. There was a reception, closed, and a security guard who told our driver that we were not expected and to go away. We had not realised from booking that the East Wing is an entirely separate building down the road. We persisted and went to main hotel reception, where again they told us they had not got a booking for us. Finally they gave us a room, back in the east wing, which wasn't ready. We did not get any information - wifi password, bottled water etc. Dinner, breakfast and the pool were in the main wing, a 3 minute walk down a very dark, windy road where traffic goes fast. It gets dark at 6pm and we felt uncomfortable. They reluctantly offered to pick us up in a tuk tuk (heavy rain) but this service was not offered again. We had booked dinner and it must be said, food was amazing. However, be aware that drinks (including water) are extra - they kept bringing us more and then charged us. We accepted all of this, however, at 1.30am on our final night we were awoken by a very large party in the lobby of our wing. After a while, our door was unlocked from the outside. Fortunately, we had the security chain across, but it is unacceptable that someone else was given a key to our room, potentially putting two solo females at risk.