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Ancient Villa Hotel
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Ancient Villa Hotel
Ranked #73 of 107 Sigiriya B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Rooms very basic; when I arrived only 2 of my 5 lights were working, asked for this to be fixed and got one more. Shower was worse than useless, asked for this to be fixed and they suggested I use the shower in the staff compound instead of fixing it. Bed was uncomfortable and only just long enough for my less-than-lofty 5 feet and 7 inches.
There basically isn't anyone working front-of-house, and so most of the time I had to talk to the cook if I wanted anything doing as his limited English was the best of the three of them. As a result, customer service wasn't a high scorer.
My breakfast (went for the scrambled eggs) was good and the dinners I had, whilst overpriced, were probably the highlight of my stay - though that isn't saying much. The outdoor, natural setting was very pleasant.There are bugs, so if this is a turn off for you, maybe don't come to the Sri Lankan wilderness?
I chose this place off the back of the Lonely Planet 'top choice' in Sigiriya recommendation but it's anything but the BBQs they highlighted failed to materialises there weren't enough people staying, apparently - poor.
Good for exploring Sigiriya and Dambulla in a day, easily accessed by public bus, just hop on at Dambulla toward Sigiriya and, once you've gone past the sign declaring you're in Sigiriya, it's at the 2Km stone.
I was charged 12,000 rupees (£60/$95) for my two nights with breakfast, dinner and beverages, which isn't great value for this area. They have a tuc tuc at your disposal (when they're around) which charges the same as local rates.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

After 17 days of traveling through Sri Lanka we came across a lot of different places. Most were really nice, clean, had great hospitality and good food. Of course we also came across some less satisfying places where thing could be improved, but we don't tend to complain much.

We stayed two nights in Lonely Planet's top choice in Sigiriya: Ancient Villa Hotel.
We left the Hotel being so frustrated that we needed to share this. And by doing this we hope it will not happen to anyone else.

The bbq was recommended, but way overpriced for really bad and overcooked food. And don't take fried eggs for breakfast cause you'll get it almost raw.

We had a really dirty room. Empty toilet roll on the ground, rat sounds, (attacked) dead gecko on the floor, frog in the sink, yellow dirty ground tiles, ants in the bed..shall I go on?

The people supposed to be very nice and helpful, but their english is so bad that is takes ages to explain anything.

And then, on top of all this..the car that was arranged to take us to Kandy smelled real bad, was leaking water when it started raining and broke down just before we arrived in the middle of the traffic and they didn't even apologize and demanded the full price.

We really hope that they will be able to improve the food, hygiene and english so that they're worth being the top choice again.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank MeikeBo
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

This place could be amazing, but isn't.

There are around a down little hexagonal cabanas set in a large garden, and they are quite cute with their own little veranda. The problem is that they are run-down. The bathrooms need fixing up, and they need to be better maintained to avoid damp.

The garden is full of birdlife and I was visited bothy mornings by a little woodpecker. However, the areas where people walk need to tidied up. It just looks so unloved.

Very good curry from the kitchen and huge portions. Also they are very generous with breakfast and give free tea refills.

This place could be phenomenal with just a little investment and enthusiasm - but the feeling you get is that they just don't care enough to bother. Real shame.

Oh, and do Lonely Planet writers actually visit these places. Their write-up is so off-the-mark it's hilarious!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank calumpage
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Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here from 7-8 may 2013. We were the only people around. We stayed in a cabana, which is very basic. The bed is ok, Nice mosquito net. The bathroom, and especially the shower is very old and needs replacement. The owner is Nice and friendly. Food is ok, we had better. When you decide to stay here dont be afraid of frogs, gekko's, ants and a dozen more creatures in your cabana ;) but hey its the jungle!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank RensenEefje
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

It may be unfair to post this review as it was pouring with rain during our stay, but this was one depressing place.

Our room was away from the main reception/dining area. You will need a torch. Our air con was not working, we only had a little fan. The room, whilst spacious, was damp, and smelt of damp. There was only one light, which meant that once the natural day light faded, we were more or less in darkness. Wifi only worked in the reception area. The location was not great, there was nothing else around, and was a 300Rp tuk tuk to the rock. There were no shops nearby. The guest house is not licensed. Gun shots (to keep the elephants from crops!) and a rave could be heard throughout the night.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Samuel W
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights. There were no people around, not even the owner. They gave us a bungalow, which was so stinky from the mould, that we had to ask for another room next day. I am really sorry to give a review like this, because the people were kind (as almost all the people we met in Sri Lanka), but the second room was also very dirty, there were all kinds of bugs, and about 4 frogs (actually the frogs were nice, cause they ate the other bugs) in the room. The fan was not working at all, no wifi, and no electricity till 5pm. Lonely Planet writes about the great barbecues in the evenings. They just have it on special days, we thought we are lucky, cause we picked that day, but when we asked they just said no, there are not enough guests for a barbecue..Luckily we didn't want to stay in the hotel all day, but spend our time looking around in the ancient cities.
The food was totally overpriced, and much worse than at any place we ate in 2 weeks. We were very dissapointed, and believe me, as 2 young backpackers we are not choosy at all.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Reka B
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Ancient Villa is situated inmidst a kind of jungle garden, with several bungalows. Each of them has a terrace. The small open air restaurant is very nice and they serve good food. These are the same owners as the Rice Villa clos to Pollonaruwa, another very nice place. Staff and owner are extremely friendly and helpful to organise your stay and trips in the region the best way. They do pick-ups at bus stations as well. Ask for prices and conitions (rooms, trips, safaris), and they will try to find a good way for you and your wallet.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 2nd Mile Post, Sigiriya Road | Galakotuwa, Kimbissa, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
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Ranked #73 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Sigiriya
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ancient Villa Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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