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“Excellent staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Gimanhala Transit Hotel
754 Anuradhapura Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #12 of 39 Dambulla B&B and Inns
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Excellent staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Nice mid range hotel, limited but good quality menu, good clean and regularly cleaned rooms, with excellent friendly and helpful staff, had a minor medical problem during my stay, and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating couldn't fault them.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We liked this little hotel as the service was very friendly (it was the only place where I tried to tip the porter for showing us our rooms but he refused it as he hadn't brought up our bags!), courteous and the food for kids & Westerners in general (their main customer base) was good.

We had 2 rooms 207 (which had hot water & wifi as it was close to the stairs) and 209 (which didn't but we were assured hot water would be sorted soon).

Breakfast was ample and dinner affordable. We swam in the pool and relaxed in between our cultural visits. If I was to take another trip to this part of Sri Lanka, I would stay here again.

My only complaint would be that you have to walk in your swimsuit through the restaurant to get to the pool and once you are wet, you walk back the same way. They should find a more discrete way of getting back to your room. During our visit, they were laying a new terrace and there is a lot of building work going on at the far back of the property but nothing that impacted on the enjoyment of our stay.

Room Tip: If you choose a room near the main stairs, you may get wifi and hot water easier :o)
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
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Mabalacat, Philippines
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Well actually this hotel has character trying to be chic but not there yet! I personally like old (antique-ish) displays it gives charm to the lobby, walls and stairway but once you go to ur room you'll feel its really old! They have to consider doing a renovation specially the toilet/shower room. Room is big though and the canopy bed with mosquito net looks nice. Super slow wi-fi needs upgrade is just frustrating waiting long to be connected. Breakfast buffet is so-so. The pool area is still doing some finishing touches. The staffs are helpful and nice so kudos to that.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

This was a very convenient hotel while visiting the Cultural Triangle. We had a driver and the hotel provided accommodations for him as well. The hotel is nicely laid out and has a restaurant, pool and bar.

The rooms could use some tender love and care... The room was spacious and the bed and linens were decent. The room came equipped with an aircon unit and a ceiling fan but both made quite a racket which made it a bit hard to fall asleep both nights.

The restaurant offers an ongoing morning buffet and evening buffet. We would recommend you order A La Carte. We did not enjoy the breakfast items, however; the menu options were quite tasty. We really enjoyed the Gilled Chicken with BBQ sauce and the stir fried vegetables with rice.

It's a decent place for the price you pay.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Staff, food and room is medicore: for tourists uninterested in Sri Lankan culture; food tuned to foreigners--stale at best. Hot water ran out after 5 minutes; wifi only in the lobby. Buffet breakfast and lunch is unispiring

Room Tip: Choose another hotel
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Stayed one night while transiting through Dambulla to visit the caves there. Spacious hotel with large dining and bar area. Large outdoor swimming pool with good seating area with sunbeds. Room was large with efficient A/conditioning. Very pretty and spacious dining area with nice bar area ( best we found in the area). Food was good and good value for dinner and breakfast next morning was very good. Wifi ok but just worked in reception area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed here as part of an intrepid tour. Lovely big pool and nice well stocked bar at hotel. Rooms were average and full of mosquitoes, bathrooms were basic and this is where the mosquitoes were getting in from. Fine for 1 night only

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gimanhala Transit Hotel

Address: 754 Anuradhapura Road, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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