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Gimanhala Hotel
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Rooms are clean with LCD TV and A/C. Helpful staff. Swimming pool clean. Buffet breakfast has Asian and western section.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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3  Thank Mig26
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

Dambulla and the Gimanhala Hotel were our base for visiting Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnoruwa (and then heading on to stay in Anuradhapura). There aren't a lot of choices for accommodation in the area and they all seemed overpriced. We chose the Gimanhala because it seemed central and it had a swimming pool and wifi. Well, you don't always get what you expect...but we ended up happy with what we got... (read on)

The big disappointment was that the wifi was "broken" when we arrived. (We had confirmed just a day earlier that they did, indeed, have wifi.) We complained, noting that we came to the hotel in large part for the wifi and were paying a lot more than we had elsewhere in Sri Lanka. (Our room, including breakfast and all taxes was 8800 rupees/night.) The staff couldn't solve the wifi problem but they went out of there way to help us. In addition to calling in the wifi repair man, they offered to let us use their computer (with internet access) for free (instead of the usual 200 rupees/hour). We explained that we needed to use our computer in order to upload photos and they worked out a way for us to plug in to their internet. It meant that we had to work in the lobby rather than in the comfort of our room but we really appreciated that they went above and beyond to ameliorate the situation.

That wasn't our only problem, but they fixed the other one as well. When we arrived, our room smelled like sewage. We saw that the toilet was leaking. They immediately came to clean it up and agreed to give us a new room. Problem solved.

Once we were in our fresh-smelling room, we appreciated the high ceiling, ceiling fan, air-conditioning, TV, and updated, tasteful decor. The rooms are clean and rather charming -- though they would benefit from some brighter lights for reading.

We also loved the beautiful, warm pool. The poolside restaurant is overrun by tour groups at lunch time (but the excellent staff still served us quickly). In the evening, though, we had it almost to ourselves and enjoyed excellent rice and curry. Our kids found plenty of "western" options on the menu as well.

And, finally, the location was, indeed, excellent. Just across the street we could catch a bus to Sigiriya or Polonnoruwa or buy snacks or groceries. Within Dambulla itself, it's a short tuk tuk ride to the beautiful cave temple.

Overall, the Gimanhala turned out to be a lovely hotel -- thanks in large part to the attentive and kind staff.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank MEJT
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

Disapointing room - very dark and no balcony or veranda, but large pool with nice seating area. On main road but no problems with traffic noise. Seemed to cater predominantly for tour groups.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ABC084
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

The Gimanhala is a very nice hotel, with most courtious welcome, very good service, best restaurant in town. The rooms are large , very clean, and rather quiet if you ask tro be as far as possible from the road. The pool is large and is very nice after a long morning or day visiting the sites of the cultural triangle.It is a perfect base to visit all the Unesco sites in that region. The ratio price/quality is very good

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank marianneLGaillac
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Reviewed October 15, 2010

We stayed in this hotel on our first night in Sri Lanka. After a long drive from the airport to Dambulla (because of the crazy traffic) we had a great dinner at the hotel. The room was ok and clean, with a good bed with mosquito net, an important thing in this country. The bathroom was not that good but wasn't a big problem because we only stayed one night. The hotel is by the main road in Dambulla, it's quiet at night, and only a short drive from Dambulla Cave Temple, wich was perfect to start our tour.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank filipahugo
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