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Thilanka Resort and Spa
Ranked #6 of 15 Hotels in Dambulla
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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“An excellent find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Only stayed overnight as part of a tour but what a find! The hotel is secluded and consequently quiet. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean as is the equally large en-suite bathroom. The food on offer is buffet style at meal times but of a high standard. Unfortunately, breakfast was not as successful as the meal was tepid.

Having said that, I would return here again. Great location.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Paralimni, Cyprus
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights as the first stop on our tour. Had some reservations from previous TA reviews bu have to say we could not have faulted the room, food, service and staff attitude. This was the only hotel which asked us to complete 2 customer satisfaction forms. Clearly they are trying to learn from feedback.
Two niggles, wi-fi only in the main building and we arrived on a public holiday so no alcohol was served that day!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had no real complaints but felt there were some contradictions. The hotel looks spectacular at first sight and has very well kept and well organised grounds leading past a jokey cricket pitch to the river but.........
# the only communal area is in an impersonal reception space
# the restaurant looks better than it performs
# the rooms ( ours at least ) although luxurious in some respects with heavy drapes and wide bed, good lighting etc, have poky washing/showering/loo with a truly ENORMOUS bath (football team size) accompanied by a notice advising water conservation.
On the whole it's fun to stay there - but not for long.

Room Tip: Try to get one just beyond the pool rather than way out along the path
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rob M
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

An excellent Hotel build on 25+ acres of land an absolute piece of paradise. The staff are so friendly & helpful. Highly recommend if travelling to see the Rock temple as the is less than a kilometre away.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

In a nice garden several bunglows with four rooms each form this hotel. Near the reception hall one finds a nice looking pool. The property could make up for a nice hotel...

In reality we found ourselfs beeing put into a dirty room, full of ants, spiders and cockroaches with dirty linen and windows so dirty that closing the curtain was the better option. Again room lay-out and facilities were not bad at all but in a state of complete neglection.

Dinner, available only as buffet, was almost ineatable, all the meat was cold as was the fish and the vegatables - obviously taken out of the fridge (I hope) and put into the heated buffet bins to get warm by itself). Breakfast was not the better.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is nice and the setting is spectacular, but our room was just okay. For the price, I expected more. The sliding glass doors in our room wouldn't close, so all manner of frog, lizard, spider, you name it, came into our room. It's Sri Lanka, so I can deal with that, but our bathroom -- holy god it smelled like something was dead in there! I didn't even want to go in there to use it (and it was a lovely bathroom with a great shower) the smell was so overpowering.

That said, the staff was great and the food was very good. I just wanted a bit more polish for my $130.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

I spent a very enjoyable two nights at this hotel in the new year and it was a thoroughly relaxing and picturesque setting which was a pleasant retreat to return to after hot, tiring days exploring the surrounding area.

The reception and bar areas are effectively outdoors, although covered overhead and it's a particularly attractive area so sit with a drink in the evenings as the sun sets and the lights create a warm and homely atmosphere. The location of the hotel is very peaceful, with only the sounds of the surrounding wildlife to listen to. Although I'm not a pool person, the very long swimming pool and exceptionally well kept grounds provide a very pleasant view which extends to the surrounding countryside. I have to say how hard working the many staff within the grounds were, constantly sweeping and keeping everything tidy and always with a warm smile and a "hello" as we passed.

Our room was very impressive, with a very comfortable bed which made it hard to climb out in the mornings! The large bathroom was very modern and well appointed, with a whirlpool bath, very large rain shower enclosure and some soft lighting options. The hotel provide small spa products each day and the banana shower gel was just amazing! I didn't visit the spa during our stay but the prices were very reasonable and the range of therapies looked very tempting.

The staff at the hotel couldn't have made us more welcome, they were friendly and chatty and we got to know the manager and bar staff particularly well during time spent relaxing with evening drinks. They were always interested in what we'd been doing and made time to talk to us even though they were busy, they also had a wonderful sense of humour and made our stay really enjoyable.

The breakfasts and evening buffet meals were a little restricted and the food was a little cold which we found in many of the hotels and restaurants we ate in, however it was good enough and I have no real complaints. Breakfast is a choice of hot dishes, cereal, fruit, bread, jams etc and the chef makes pancakes in the buffet area when guests request them which was a nice touch. The evening buffet offered a selection of curries and rice, soup and desserts but as I said, a little restricted in choice. I recommend the lentil dahl however, it was delicious.

Overall I was very pleased with our choice of hotel and would definitely return if I was to go back to Sri Lanka, I wouldn't have liked to have missed out on the wonderful hospitality of the staff at Thilanka.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Thilanka Resort and Spa
Address: 51 Godawalayaya | Morogollawa, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Dambulla
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Dambulla
#4 Family Hotel in Dambulla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thilanka Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique hotel- 24 luxury Suites with AC, fan, TV, DVD, mini bar, safe, telephone, WIFI, jacuzzi or plunge pool. Ayurveda spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis and colleyball located in a 25 acre orchard with 2 rivers. ... more   less 
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