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Saman's Guesthouse
Ranked #13 of 93 Dambulla B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 19, 2011

I've spent there 2 nights in very cosy, clean and nice room. cheap accommodation ,fantastic food and intelligent, helpful well-informed guys that own and manage this guesthouse make it really good place to spend few nights while in Dambulla. The tomato soup, I've ordered there was the best in my life! And if u order srilankan food- like rice&curry you will most likely not be able to eat 3/4 of the plate because they give so biiiiggg portions !!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

To some extent I agree with the previous writer:
Rohan (Rashan) is a remarkable person going out of his way helping his father run the guesthouse. We had the same experience with regards to hospitality and had very interesting discussions with him.

like the previous writer, we cannot recommend enough the food we were served. We did not feel the need to go into town for dinner. Everything is prepared in their own kitchen, and if you want you get an extensive explanation of how the vegetable grows and how it is prepared. Besides that: they made our 10 year old son like curry! (and that is an achievement).
And not to forget the orange juice! The only place in three weeks that managed to produce freshly squeezed orange juice. I don't know how they did it, but we stayed in many guesthouses and more expensive hotels, but only here we got fresh orange juice. Very remarkable.

As for the rooms: we actually liked it. It was clean as anywhere in Sri Lanka ( which is in no way a disqualification). We did have a little problem with a malfunctioning toilet, but we resolved it quickly.

It turns out the whole place will be renovated shortly. I pray they keep the corridor where the room lay on. It has a convent-like effect, but still feels very familiar.

We stayed three nights and had the most amazing insight into Sri Lankan life. Literally the whole family is helping out in running the business, from running errands to sweeping the grounds.

Rohan set us up with a driver to take us to Anuradhapura, who also acted as a sort of guide, and took us to Mineriya Nationak Park.
All for very reasonable prices. And no strings attached, which is quite rare.

We have grown quite fond of the family and developed a liking for them. Of all families and hotels where we stayed Samans definitely made the best impression.

Great value for little money.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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3  Thank AlMiBa
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

I have both pros and cons to write about this guest house but I have nothing but good things to say about the family who owns the place!

Rashan was the main host for the place and he was outstanding at his job! A little bit about Rashan- He grew up in Kandy and was schooled in German and then spent 5 years studying archaeology in Italy, so he's fluent in English, Italian, and German! He is always at your service if you need anything but will also sit and talk with you for hours about Buddhism, Sri Lankan history, or whatever. He's extremely personable and approachable. Rashan offered to guide us during our day visits to Sigiriya and Pollonnarua (but guest house obligations kept him from coming with us... 3 couples were arriving that day). He did go out of his way to take us to another ancient city that no tourists know about that is near Dambulla. There were only 5 major structures in the archaeological site, but we had it all to ourselves... it was truly amazing! (and it was free) Rashan is the ultimate host and we were so happy to have met him at our first major stop in Sri Lanka.

The food served is outstanding! The classic 10 course rice and curry meal couldn't have been better. For some reason we expected it to be cheaper than $6 per person, but I guess considering what you got it was a great value.

Now on to the actual rooms of the guest house. Unfortunately, the rooms were less than impressive. This place has so much potential and has really cute furniture in the rooms but it is very uncomfortable for the following reasons:
1) I think we were the first people to sleep in our room for quite some time and there were dead insects and cobwebs all over. Maybe they cleaned it after the last guests left, but if it had been weeks then they needed to give it a once-over. Very disappointed.
2) The bedframe was very unstable and even thought the mattress itself was comfortable, every time I moved on the bed the frame shook and made awful squeaking. Needless to say, I woke up quite a bit during the night.
3) Not enough pillows or sheets to accommodate all guests. We had only one twin-sized sheet between the two of us and they could not offer us another. The pillows were very thin to begin with and we were put in a triple room so we were happy to have an extra pillow... BUT when a few more groups arrived they took our third pillow because they didn't have enough. Boo.
4) You cannot keep the mosquitoes out of the room. Even with the mozzy net you get bitten because the net is too small for a double bed. No fan in the A/C room and the A/C only works some of the time (they had problems with consistent power).
5) No curtains at all on the windows... probably nobody was looking in, but we were still nervous about changing in front of them at night. The sun blinds you in the morning.
6) Overall we got very little sleep those 2 nights.

Now I'm still giving this place 4*s because I feel as if the hospitality of the family made up for the shortcomings of the room. BUT this place has a ways to go. Don't expect to be comfortable, expect to meet some amazing people and have some fantastic conversations and experiences. $30/nt for a A/C room is what we paid, but normal price is I think $35 and this price is much too high in my opinion. I think the room was worth $20 max. Not sure of the price for fan rooms.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: May 2017, traveled solo
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Stayed: August 2017
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Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Address: 245 Kandy Rd, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
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Free Parking
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Ranked #13 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Dambulla
Price Range: $34 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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