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“Friendly owner, but not very clean”

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Lakmini Lodge & Restaurant
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“Friendly owner, but not very clean”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

The Lakmini Lodge is close to the Sigiriya rock and the view from the tree house is really beautiful. The owner was always very friendly and the food was okay. Sadly our room was really damp and smelly and the bathroom was dirty. Of course this is a budget guest house, but all in all I must say that for what it was it was still to expansive. They are building new rooms on the compound which looked nice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I loved staying at the Lakmini Lodge. Chandy and his family are so friendly and helpful. Plus the setting is perfect with a stunning view of Sigiriya Rock across the paddy fields.

The rooms were large and clean, the bathroom huge!

Chandy also helps out with advice on where and when to go to see attractions in the area which was perfect as we used the lodge as a base for seeing the surrounding area too, such as Polonurawa & Dambulla.

The evening meals cooked by Chandy's wife (I forget her name, sorry) were lovely and plentiful too.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

We stayed two nights in this lovely lodge - at first glance it seems a pretty basic hodge-podge collection of spaces, but a closer look reveals its hidden charms - especially the tree house! The place is run by one of the hardest-working proprietors we met, carrying all the food over from his own house and shop down the road (and carrying all the dishes back), organising transport and tours, and generally ensuring everyone was comfortable and happy. The food was served family-style, which meant we got to meet some lovely people, and breakfast in the tree house was amazing. On the negative side, things were a bit dusty and worn, the windows weren't particularly well-sealed and the bathroom was pretty basic, but after some of the places we stayed, these were very minor issues!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

What a wonderful place.

The rooms are pretty basic but clean and functioned perfectly, one thing that bothered me was that the mosquitonet smelled terrible. We had the first room by the 'restaurant' so avoid this one... :)
Tandi, the lovely owner, did everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
The food here, which his wife cooks, is simple but very tasty and some of the best rice and curry we had on our trip.
Fantastic is the ever mentioned treehouse they've built in the back - it's got an amazing view over the rock - and is the perfect spot for any meal of the day or sundowners at night.

Prices are very decent - 2500rupies for a doubleroom without AC and 450 for dinner (per person). The breakfast is also very good at 150 ruppees pro person. And I can say for sure say that this was our most of the price worthy and overall nicest hotels (including food) in Sri Lanka.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

The owner of this delightful hostel was quite possibly the friendliest man I have met. He was incredibly helpful and friendly throughout our stay. The hostel itself is also a delight, with a treehouse in the garden with a beautiful view of the sigyria rock, as well as fantastic food. The rooms were of good value and good quality. I cannot recommend this hostel enough.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

The owner, Chandi, is incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms were very nice and clean and the food was pretty good as well. If necessary, they can provide Wifi and can also help you on your trip to Sigiriya Rock. Not too far away is a fancy hotel where you can get some western food.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Breda, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

This place a really the best place in Sigiriya.
The rooms are clean and the staff verry friendly and helpfull.
The rooms with bathroom attached are clean.

the treehouse is amazing with a great view on Sigiriya Rock.
Breakfast is served in the treehouse, so it's the best way to start your day.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lakmini Lodge & Restaurant
Address: Main Street | No.126, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 108 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel is set in the beautiful area of Sigiriya and boasts picture postcard views of the spectacular natural landmark. Wake up in one of our spacious, modern, air conditioned rooms and enjoy views of Sigiriya, Lion Rock, from the stunning roof terrace. All rooms have free WiFi, private bathrooms with shower, toiletries and towels. Choose our premium rooms and enjoy private views of Sigiriya from your balcony. Only a ten minute walk to the entrance of this natural heritage site, there is no better place to stay when visiting Sigiriya. Minneriya National Park is 10km from Lakmini Lodge. ... more   less 
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