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“Smelly, dark and dingy! Avoid this place at all costs”

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Dambulla Rest House
Ranked #43 of 82 Dambulla B&B and Inns
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“Smelly, dark and dingy! Avoid this place at all costs”
Reviewed January 13, 2010

We had booked 1 night at the Rest House (listed in Lonely Plane guide) in order to visit the Dambulla caves. The staff were very friendly and helpful. However, the state of the Rest House was dire. The smelly, dark and dingy rooms were made even more dreadful because the windows were all painted out. It was like the Taliban had re-decorated the place. What could be the reason to paint out the windows? To save on having window curtains???
We couldn't spend a night there and checked out and carried on to Sigarya. The staff were a bit embarrassed. We wrote a note to the Management stating why we couldn't stay there. I hope they read the reason and act on it.
The location of the Rest House is great for visiting the Dambulla caves. However, the caves take about an hour to visit (including walking there) and don't require an over night visit.

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Property: Dambulla Rest House
Address: Matale Road,Dambulla, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A convenient place to stay when visiting the rock cave temples or when en route to the ancient cities, the Rest House has four large rooms, a pleasant verandah, a well kept garden and the meals are really excellent. Day trips can be organized to Sigiriya, Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa.The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium is also near by ... more   less 
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