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Nilmini Lodge
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights - our room was 2000Rs per night with fan. Reasonably expensive but a good room. NIce garden and veranda to relax on - sociable too - as you can chat with the other guests and have dinner together. The dinner was ok (400Rs) - rice, dhal, salad and fruit in some sort of combination, but was slightly bland - could do with some more spice. Breakfast was the standard toast, jam, eggs and tea (350Rs)

It rained while we were here (actually the only time whilst we were in Sri Lanka) and they had a couple of power cuts, but sitting on the veranda by candlelight as the rain came down was actually very relaxing.

They have wifi too which costs extra (300Rs)

Overall a good choice in Sigiriya, which is a very small village and only a 10 min walk around the corner from the site itself.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

Nilmini lodge

The evening meal was really good plenty to eat and hot and fresh; rice, Dahl, curried veg and salad and fresh fruit for pudding. It felt homely yet was the nicest setting in the street to eat. Cheaper than our previous hotel and given the lack of options in town a good bet. 

The staff were all so friendly chatting but not intrusive and giving advice when asked (like how to get to hotel sigiriya to use their swimming pool) 
when we first arrived they only had the a/c room but the next day we got a simple room behind the lounge, this room was naturally cooler and pleasant. 
The free wifi was a huge bonus as it worked well most of our stay. 
This hotel had a really homley feel about it, especially when we got to play with their shy but cute puppy! 
Highly recommend this place, come with an open mind. 

Lee & Sarah

  • Stayed: August 2012
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KaveenChanuka, Owner at Nilmini Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy. It's pleasure to treat you. I hope you will come again to Sri lanka.
Thanks again.

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Reviewed June 8, 2012

My partner and I spent 2 nights there in March 2012. They have different kinds of rooms, some very cheap and basic at the back (1,200 SR), but we chose one with air-conditionning (2,500 SR including breakfast). The room was simple and quite small, however the family are very friendly and I thought the food was good. She made noodles on the second night, cause we'd had enough of rice & curry, and even agreed to make watalappan (a Sri Lankan dessert) when we said we hadn't tried it yet. Also, the lady gave us loads of advice when we were wondering what to do on the 2nd day. She recommended a pool in a nearby hotel with a beautiful view of Sigiriya Rock, and Pidurangala Rock, which is another Rock with a cave temple, which only costs 3 dollars and is not well-known so we had the place to ourselves.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

My friend and I stayed at Nilmini for one night while we were visiting the rock at Sigiriya. The accommodation is basic but comfortable (1,200LKR for a twin room) and the family was very nice. When it comes to eating there though, I recommend going next door. Nilmini overcharges for the amount, and standard of food you receive. We did dinner at Nilmini, they charge 350LKR per person for rice and curry, which would be respectable price if they served you a curry. We however were only served rice, dhal, and a tomato and cucumber salad. The food next door is half the price for generous portions and has double the flavor.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank ridintherails
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

It was the cheapest place we could find, small fan room with cold shower, but for 1 night enough. They have an internet cafe and offer wifi (300 rs per day if I remember well), meals and transport to any part of the island, not the cheapest, but for the ones that are not good at bargaining it is ok. The breakfast was way overpriced.
Excellent location for walking to the rock, as it is 5 min to the side entrance, and then you walk along the moat to the main entrance which is really nice and relaxing.

Room Tip: We had a room in the back with dogs barking and hauling the whole night, so be prepared.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ksenija312
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