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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights. Our tour was booked into this place so we didn't choose it, but it turned out to be a good choice. It is not a fancy top-end hotel, but a decent and basic one. The staff are friendly, if not as forthcoming as in some other countries, but maybe that is a cultural thing.... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came to this restaurant when I'm traveling to Dumbella It's a good open buffet restaurant with lots of foods variety almost all foods are Halal only one dish and they tell you to be careful there is a good view front of the swimming pool good one

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S Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our 'guide' recommended this place for lunch . I suspect he was on commission. We've since had a 'conversation'. I suspect you'll have come to this place under the same circumstances so this post is to try and reduce their four star rating they display. Buffet lunch at lkr 1,200 per person. Combination of different food types all very average.... More 

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Gimanhala, Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

First of all we would like to Thank you for your comment. Please note that following are not excuses, but explanation of the actual situation. * We are a Transit Hotel, we have been patronizing by more than 200 people per day for the Buffet Lunch. * The Daily Buffet Lunch operated from 11.30 am to 03.00 pm. * The... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We have been to Gimanhala over the years, using it as a pitstop en route to other destinations further afield. They have never failed to disappoint and this time too we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived even before 7am but were told we could have breakfast if we didn't mind waiting a bit. It is a peaceful location, even... More 

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

It is such pleasure to note your comment on us, Sir. We believe your comments (both positive & negative) motivate our staff, encourage Management and also a blessing. It is also nice to hear that you enjoyed money worth Breakfast and its content. Once again I must Thank you on behalf of Gimanhala team, for visiting us, commenting and encouraging... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights whilst touring Sri Lanka. It was a pleasant stay and the hotels restaurant is lovely. The rooms are quite old fashioned but the wifi and tv are good. • Great food and drink • Rooms are ok – they do have mosquito nets • Great location for Golden Buddha and Sigirya

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valuable Guest, It is great to note that you comment on us on Tripadvisor. As you have mentioned, our rooms are looks quite old, but will be refurbished in the near future. Thank you for visiting and commenting on us. Wish you all the very best ! More 

Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a very popular hotel in Sri Lanka which is been their in the business for a very long time. I have stayed at this hotel 4-5 years back in two occasions. If compared to the service levels back then with my recent experience, it is sad to say that it has gone down significantly. The breakfast had a... More 

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

Mr. Anuk, Greeting from Gimanhala ! Comment you made on us mentioned about our Service back in 4-5 years. If you could elaborate that statement for our better understanding & further improvement would be appreciated. You can reach us through 'tripadvisor or gimanhala@gmail.com' Thank you More 

Melbourne, Australia
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It's well located, only moments from the shops, has a tranquil pool area which we used a lot, free and reliable WiFi, and a wonderful breakfast selection. The rooms are tired and sparsely furnished, with mosquito nets above the beds. There's both AC and ceiling fans. The only disappointment was the shower was... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

It's a two star type hotel - but rooms are large. Also you will see the intent to do better. Wifi works great. Restaurant is great - quite good variety. Complimentary breakfast was awesome. People are friendly - always talk with a smile in their face. Negative - bathroom has a pungent smell which bothered me-but for one night stay... More 

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valuable Guest, It is great to note your comment on Gimanhala and we really enjoying make our guests comfortable during their stay. The fact you mentioned about our bathroom, will be fixed immediately. Thank you for visiting & commenting. Wish you all the best ! More 

Colorado
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65 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

After climbing to the top of Sigiriya and then to the Dambulla Temple caves, we needed a shower before we went to the airport for our 36 hr trip home. Our driver took us here and they charged us 4500 LKR (approx 31 US$) to use the room and shower for 45 minutes. We thought that was the full nightly... More 

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

First of all, we would like to Thank you for visiting Gimanhala. It is regret to note that you have been unhappy because we have not been given a discount on the rate. Our finding is that you have checked- into a Day Use room @ the rate of Rs.4500/= and you have not requested for a discount on arrival... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Ate at this restaurant for both dinner and breakfast. Pretty great buffet selection for both meals - think they do something similar over lunch Rooms themselves are average for a two star hotel. Relatively clean albeit basic but convenient place to stay for those visiting dambulla and sigiriya Five stars for the food, three stars for the rooms

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Gimanhala, Front Office Manager at Gimanhala Transit Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Valuable Guest, Thank you for visiting & commenting on Gimanhala. Much appreciate your "Star"grading. Best of the Luck ! More 

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Center with Internet Access
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Additional Information about Gimanhala Transit Hotel

Address: 754 Anuradhapura Road | 754, Anuradhapura Road, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Price Range: $69 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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