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Forest Rock Garden Resort

Grama Niladhari Division: No 341, Andarawewa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
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#1 of 54 hotels in Anuradhapura
LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL in Andarawewa, Anuradhapura. On elevated platform. The hotel is built similar to an ancient city, it is extend on a 50 acre land .Unique feature of the hotel is that it comprises 25 in total six ultra luxury rooms with a individual pool, kitchen and a large sitting area.These rooms have modern security systems which includes cameras to monitor the entrance. Forest Rock Garden hotel is the living masterpiece gives its guests the once in a life time experience to go back into the golden days of the Anuradhapura Kingdom in this 21st century with utmost luxury and great sense of royalty, serenity and peace
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
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Grama Niladhari Division: No 341, Andarawewa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
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Nigel W wrote a review Apr 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our visit to Forest Rock Garden Resort (Dec 20th to 22nd 2019) could would have been wonderful but it ended up as a huge disappointment due mainly to the most disastrous food experience I have ever had the misfortune to endure anywhere I have visited in the world. Hidden in the forest, and only six years old though well built to look ancient, with Buddhist sanctuary and library, the resort is a rabbit warren of walkways, with limited signage making it hard to find your way around, especially at night. Our rooms, once we found them, were about 300 yards from the main restaurant area but due to the rain at the time the walkways were very slippery and very dangerous to walk on due to moss and algae that has grown on the paths over the years. The rooms were large and adequate, however the shower was barely more than a dribble and the towels were rather dirty and somewhat thread bear. The pool was a chlorine coloured blue/green and there was a very unpleasant pungent smell around it, needless to say we didn’t dare swim in it. The biggest disappointment was undoubtedly the food. It was “billed” as vegetarian cuisine only, with which I have no problem, provided it is reasonably good. Sri Lanka is known for its excellent vegetarian dishes so we were really looking forward to some interesting tasty food. What we were offered was an utter disgrace. This is a 4 star establishment so one would expect a reasonably high level of food. There were supposed to be two restaurants on site but as we (7 of us) were about the only guests on site they only opened one of them. There was only one miserable menu for both lunch and dinner which was titled “The Snake Menu” (presumably they meant snack,) with very little choice, the main dishes included a cheese sandwich, a couple of pasta dishes, vegetable fried rice, vegetable noodles and vegetable biryani, they also had cashew nuts, on their own, as a main course! “I ask you!” The vegetable dishes were just awful, the portions were small, probably a good thing being so awful, they contained about 95% rice or noodles and barely 5% vegetable. This is totally inexcusable. You would get better food in a cheap railway café. We felt they couldn’t be bothered to offer us quality food because there were so few of us staying. If one is offering a 4 star resort service, that should be regardless of the number guests at the resort. What a great shame to destroy what could be wonderful experience with such shoddy menus and food. There was a slight improvement on the last evening when they had a buffet which offered a bit of variety and at least we could then serve ourselves, but this only appeared to be the case as there was a VIP staying at the time. There didn’t seem to be anyone of managerial status in the resort at any time. As some other reviews have stated this has potential to be a fine resort but they need a complete rethink of their whole offering. The serving staff were all pleasant, as ever because they are always looking for their tips. My/our tip is don’t go there!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Alan P wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom104 contributions41 helpful votes
There are a lot of reviews and photographs on this sire showing what a large land area the Garden covers and all the concrete links at tree top level to get to your rooms (bungalows). We stayed here for three nights just prior to the Covid-19 problem really kicking in as it was a location on our group tour. It is full of character and truly lovely. An added joy was that there were few other guests because of the looming emergency but I think it would be tranquil anyway. The food (all vegetarian) was excellent: choose the Sri Lanka Curry with Accompaniments if it is on. The staff members were great, particularly our waiter - a young man armed with a catapult to keep the monkeys at bay. They advertise a spa but this is not really a facility as they just bring in a therapist when there is a booking. Too much hassle.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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avidtraveller-Pen wrote a review Mar 2020
Charlwood, United Kingdom77 contributions51 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights at the start of our Sri Lanka tour. The hotel is very spread out over a huge site and a concept based on Anuradhapura with rooms connected on walkways set above ground. The good points - the room was enormous with four poster bed, comfy sofa and twin shower. The swimming pool was the best setting I'd ever seen although the floor was slippery. Evening meal was ok if you had the traditional Sri Lankan option. Lots of wildlife. The bad points - breakfast was the strangest combination of food on one plate. Staff did not have a great command of English so communication was difficult. A huge fridge, but empty! The macaques are a problem stealing food from breakfast guests, baring teeth and quite aggressive - we had a waiter armed with an air rifle guarding our toast. With a bit more staff training, a more varied menu and an understanding of 'western' food, this hotel could be wonderful.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Stkristofer wrote a review Mar 2020
Abersoch, United Kingdom64 contributions14 helpful votes
I have never experienced such a wonderful, first class place in all my years of travel. This place is simply, awesome, inspiring, reflective, sensational, incredible....there just are not enough superlatives to describe it. I felt like a princess in an ancient kingdom, i have an interest in Buddhism and meditation so for me the place was perfect. Our room was like a tiny palace, two king size beds, a lounge, dining room, dressing room, bathroom separate from the double shower suite, and further bathroom. Outside there were patio areas in the tree tops, we ate extraordinary Indian vegetarian cuisine, at breakfast we dined in the freshest of fruit. Served with cheeky monkeys in the trees, and the mot excellent and attentive staff. All in all we Love Sri LANka and it’s beautiful, smiley people and have found the perfect,perfect place in Forest Rock Gardens. thank you to the owners and staff for this ...most perfect place on earth xx
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
moonflower59 wrote a review Mar 2020
Gosford, Australia720 contributions193 helpful votes
Sadly, we only stayed one night but what a lasting impression. Rooms are spacious and supremely comfortable. Service was prompt and caring. All meals are vegetarian and delicious.....and we are not vegetarian. If you can, stay here.....the layout and environmental considerations are worth more than a look.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Forest Rock Garden Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Forest Rock Garden Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) (9.4 miles), Short Handed Statue (9.4 miles), and Nakha Vehera (9.4 miles).