We stayed at this hotel for two nights during our trip around Sri Lanka and after enduring a Sri Lankan bus journey to get there we were not disappointed with the hotel choice. On the drive to the hotel by tuk tuk we were immediately struck by the beautiful scenery surrounding the hotel, notably the amazing Sigiriya Rock. On arrival at the hotel we were provided with a complimentary drink and then shown to our room which was very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. The fridge and free access to a safe were also nice touches. We found the staff to be very friendly and despite the size of the hotel and number of guests staying they seemed to remember us from day to day. Although the hotel is used by tour companies for its coach parties it did not feel crowded or impersonal, despite the fact there were approximately 80 French tourists staying when we were there.
The location of the hotel is ideal for spotting nearby wildlife; in fact you won't have to travel far. We were entertained by a troupe of 30 or so monkeys tipping the contents out of the room maid's trolley and throwing the roof tiles off the roof for almost an hour one afternoon. We were also awakened at 6am one moring with the monkeys running across the roof of the hotel, but this is to be expected in the middle of a jungle!
The only complaint we could make echoes another reviewer (stratford123) about the restaurant. We had the buffet lunch on our arrival but found it to be expensive as we don't eat that much for lunch so we asked if there was another menu we could order from that evening. My girlfriend ordered the rice and curry and was given 6 bowls of various curry dishes and rice and I had to help her finish it. When I ordered the same thing the next night the quality of the food was still excellent but it was all put on one palte and in far smaller quantities. The restaurant staff always tried to get us to eat from the buffet but at nearly 1500Rs. we found it too expensive, though the quality of the food was excellent.
Overall, we were glad we chose Hotel Sigiriya as a little bit of luxury at a fraction of UK prices. Although the restaurant slightly disappointed us the quality of the room, surrounding scenery, attentive staff and the hotel itself can't be faulted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sigiriya is for the nature-culture lover and the eco-buff. For a perfect mix of the splendour of nature and culture, there is nowhere quite like Hotel Sigiriya. Situated in an eight-acre garden of verdant trees, chirping birds and flitting butterflies, overlooking the spectacular Sigiriya Rock, and just four hours away from the capital city of Colombo. ... more less
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