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“quite basic, but clean, safe and homely”
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Nilmini Lodge
Ranked #80 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Reviewed December 29, 2013

the simple, basic room and bathroom had all I needed for a good night's sleep. very welcoming familiy, great service, delicious Sri Lankan breakfast, with a view the lovely garden. I came without previous booking. would stay there again any time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Ilka D
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We arrived here to be told there had been a mixup and there was no room for us despite email correspondence and a telephone call the day before as they had requested. In the same email requesting us to call them they had the cheek to say people who booked without turning up were mean; well what about lodge owners who turn away guests who did everything that was asked of them. We ended up at a lovely homestay instead who couldn't have tried harder to please us so good riddance, Nilmini Lodge!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alison M
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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights overall.
Our room was basic but ok and clean.
The family are really helpful with information and tips about the local area.
The breakfast was good value at 300Rs - lots of toast!
Nice common areas to relax in also.
Really close to the entrance of Sigiriya and Pidurangala rocks.

I would stay here again, but some of the rooms could do with a spruce up

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Sus704
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

in Sri Lanka is not so easy , I knoow , but every time I cannot understand how such kind of poor sleeping is so expencive ! 1500 rupie without wi-fi connection , hot wather and breakfast
the peolple is absolutely friendly and they help you really a lot

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Thank paolosbg
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

When we arrived at this hotel and told we would love to have the room, the owners told us to leave because they were full. But we did make a reservation witch was confirmed a month before and also a few days before just to be sure we would have a room. The owner said this was not true and that we were lying. Unfortunately for him we had printed this confirmation. .. He said we still had to leave. Later he said he did have a room. Then he asked us to pay 4000sr more than the price we agreed on before(1500)! He was pissed and we really didn't feel comfortable whit the situation so we left. Later we did find a way better place for way less money. I would say. Avoid this place!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank Eefnl
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KaveenChanuka, Manager at Nilmini Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2014

Please accept our apology and thanks for your comment. As you aware of we have taken your reservation without any payment. After your comment we have changed our phone reservation system. We are still accept phone reservation but customers should reached our place before 2:00PM. Upon the payment when doing the reservation we ensured to keep the room until customer reached. Recently, we faced so many difficulties. because most of the people do the phone reservation but not coming. Thanks!

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

Me and my brother stayed here for one night at the end of August. The owners were very friendly and showed us to our rooms promptly. The rooms are very basic and fairly small, the bed was on the small side but comfortable enough. The bathroom again was relatively basic but okay. We had lunch, dinner and breakfast here, all of which were fairly good. The owner was very helpful and recommended the best time to go to Sigiriya. The wifi here is okay, but costs 150 Rupees a day. The location of the guesthouse is brilliant, a 15 minute walk to Sigiriya rock. Whilst Nilmini Lodge was relatively basic, its location was perfect and the food was good. But, the drain was blocked in our bathroom, resulting in an unbearable smell. We also thought that compared to other places we stayed it was slightly overpriced.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Ali H
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed three nights here in May 2013 . A good clean room with en-suite . The family are very nice and are very helpful with advice about the local area . The rates were quite reasonable for what you get . There is a nice garden to relax in and it is set back from the road . Breakfast is available for 300 LKS and there are restaurants along the road a quick walk away. Wifi is extra but available. No top sheet on the bed so bring a sarong is a good tip. Close to Lion Rock and the other climb Pidurangala do both if you have the time.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nilmini Lodge

Address: Main Road, 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 Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 135 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range: $10 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NILMINI LODGE - Welcome to Nilmini Lodge. Nilmini Lodge is the best & cheapest place in Sigiriya. We have started the business in 1974. We are more than 35 years in the business. It's a pleasure to treat you. 10 minutes walking distance to Sigiriya rock. We have what you need all the things. * High speed internet with Wi-Fi. * Bicycle service * Tours arrange on request * Taxi service * Arrange jeep safari to Minneriya National park. * Free tour around Sigiriya, by Morris minor car (over 3 days stay at Nilmini Lodge). * Beautiful garden to relax. Thank You! A place like no other! ... more   less 

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