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“Basic but ok” 4 of 5 stars
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Sun Flower Inn
Temple Junction, Dambulla, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #11 of 39 Dambulla B&B and Inns
Basel, Switzerland
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“Basic but ok”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The hotel is located in a poor area. So it's quite a walk to the city center. The room was very basic and clean, but enough for one night. There are mosquito net over the beds. The bathroom is ok but when you took a shower the whole floor is wet because there is now shower curtain.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Definitely the area is not the best, as others have pointed out, but still walking distance from everything you'll do in Dambulla so it's not too bad (I'd probably walk back while there is still light, though). Food is alright and reasonably priced (about 1500 rupees for a dinner for 2 with beer). The day tour the husband organised for us (Sigiriya, a safari and drop off in Pollonaruwa) met our expectations; our driver (his brother) is pleasant and patient, although we didn't get to ride in the nice SUV!
The room in itself not particularly nice, with one of those curtain-less showers that make a mess every time, and possibly the worst pillow I've seen in my life, unusable shape, hard as a rock and, on top of that, smelly.
Overall not a bad experience, but could have used a better sleep before that long day!

Room Tip: We got a room with fan only; probably the A/C ones are better.
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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
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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328 helpful votes 328 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Bed whitout the over sheet. music and dogs all the night. nothing around the guesthouse (also completly no light in the street). Bad food,horrible bed. One of the worst night in all my life. A nightmare!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

The approach to Sunflower was rather off putting, narrow laneway off main road with old shack homes, street dogs and in a poor area. Wonder what I was getting myself into. My room was in newer building on top floor, very clean, small balcony where I could sit outside. Family just lovely and friendly. Food very fresh, simple but tasted great. Very affordable rates and Dambulla good area for day trips to Kaudulla NP and Sigiriya - good bus service. Dambulla quite pleasant town compare to some and interesting market to wander and watch locals.

Room Tip: Rooms in newer building, upper floors.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Clean room, Best food, and Great family.
We spent 3 night in this nice house.
Mother made us Sri lanka food. It was absolutely delicious.

Father is such a kindness person.
i assure you that his advice will be helpful to you.

I recommend Safari tour too. That was amazing. There ware a lot of Elephants.
We had really good time with them.
We will come back again!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We are 4girls. Stayed 3nits4days. Cozy. cleanly nice room! Hot shower. Fan. Own Balcony.

Dada owner offered a day tour for us where we wanted heading to.
They make nicely n kindly the tour by a nice car due to inconveniently transportation by bus n train .
We went to Sigiriya,jeep safari (u will see heaps of massive elephants n baby )I put pictures of view,Polonnaruwa, golden temple,teeth temple, Trincomelee marble beach,herbal garden, they recommend what is the best to do or see for you:)

Although mum makes food was so nice!! Brekky n dinner if u wish they make what u want.
She made us do love Sri Lankan foods!!

I really recommend this guest house!! If you are going to Sigiriya or so. You base just this house in Dambulla. Cost much cheaper than tuktuk!!
And tuktuk driver also take you everywhere famous. But they give you too many options that you would be willing to do n makes you confuse.
as far as I know .they charge you after a lot. So if u like to go around . definitely take dada 's ride!!
Worth it!!
I really wanna go back to this house! Good to meet nice people!!
I want u to feel what I felt:)

Enjoy the trip!!

Stayed October 2556, traveled with friends
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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Great short term stay solution, comfy rooms, great food and great hosts. Family is very nice and Mrs. is a great cook. They have a little restaurant in the house and that was the best food I have eaten in Sri Lanka! Everything was so great that we stayed one noght more! Didn't wanna leave at all.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Temple Junction, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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