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“Impressive pool & lounge area!” 4 of 5 stars
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Thilanka Resort and Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   51 Godawalayaya | Morogollawa, Dambulla, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Impressive pool & lounge area!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The tricycle ride into the awesome pool & lobby area really impressed us. It felt like being in paradise after you enter from the car park area.
The whole hotel area consists of mango trees, rice paddy and other fruiting plants. There are 4 big rooms in each building that line the boulevard parallel to the paddy field. The room is very spacious and has full length windows on two sides!
The restaurant provides excellent food, one of the best we had, whether it is a la carte or buffet!
Several minor things prevents me from giving it a 5 star. The toilet is bad, it is a basic concrete toilet with strange layout. Ventilation is bad and there is an odour. Wifi is only available in the lounge area. The spa massage I got is unimpressive.
Otherwise, this is one of the better hotels we stayed in!

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The entrance to this small and tranquil hotel is stunning. Lovely gardens and a long drive to the foyer where a beautiful pool surrounded by rice padis. The rooms are comfortable and the staff friendly and welcoming. The rooms are well placed throughout the hotel and the spa was an experience. We loved returning to this quite and peaceful hotel after a busy day visiting the ancient sites of Anurhadapura. Wifi was only available in the lobby. The buffet for dinner was good value and the breakfast varied. A hidden gem!

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Big large rooms, excellent condition. Lots of greens around have to be careful of mossies but kids enjoyed satellite tv. No internet in room, only in lobby. You get chariot from car park to reception . 100's of mango trees! There's a green luscious paddy field next to it! A true Hidden spot!

Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Friendly floor manager. Great pool and location. The rooms are clean and big. Everything looks beautiful and the bar is nice too. It's a shame there was no wifi in rooms but just in public places. Breakfast is great (you can request omelettes which are nice) and the optional dinner is pretty good too if you like Sri Lankan food.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

this resort is my favorite out of 3 hotels stayed during my ancient capitals trip in Sri Lanka. This hotel is based on European style design with spacial rooms. Smart and valuable choice for anyone who wants to visit Matele district (Sigiriya).

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Thilanka hotel in Dambulla have a huge area with a wonderful pool and fruit garden. The room was clean and comfortable with air condition. There was only wifi connection in the restaurant, the bar and the lobby(we did miss it in the room). The bathroom was luxurious, even with an jacuzzi.
But the best of all was the personal service. The receptionists was excellent in english, they did always solve our problems and made us feel welcome. Especially I would say thanks to Vajira Luckmal, for his great hospitality and good mood.
Overall I warmly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Lovely hotel with a pool over looking the green paddy field and a large garden area you can walk around for hours.
The rooms are spacious, although some things need a little touching up. The room I stayed had a nice jaccuzzi which worked fine, but my friend's room had issues. The staff is friendly but sometime a little clueless. They were in the midst of a renovation so hopefully the hotel is doing much better now.
The food was ok, nothing much to rave about.The menus can use some more variety.. Its been more than 2 years since i visited so hopefully they have got all these little things right by now.

Overall enjoyed the stay..specially that raw mango juice which I have not had anywhere since..

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 51 Godawalayaya | Morogollawa, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Family Hotel in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thilanka Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel- 24 luxury Suites with AC, fan, TV, DVD, mini bar, safe, telephone, WIFI, jacuzzi or plunge pool. Ayurveda spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis and colleyball located in a 25 acre orchard with 2 rivers. ... more   less 
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