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Paradise Inn
Ranked #15 of 114 Sigiriya B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Milton and the whole family provided the most amazing couple of days for us over the New Year celebrations in April. We stayed at many fantastic hotels in our time in Sri Lanka - 2 adults travelling with 2 children (aged 9 and 6). Service is usually brilliant in Sri Lanka but this guest house provided an outstanding service in every way. I really cannot rate this place highly enough. The house is spotless and rooms brand new and so well maintained. The food was exquisite with little touches including homemade cakes (delicious). The family are so lovely and give a loving welcome - including playing board games with our children. New Year is like Christmas here and we were welcomed with open arms to join celebrations including the precious bottle of Arak! TOP TIP - Milton is a brilliant guide ad organise extremely good value safari at national park and climbing the rock as well as drivers. So if you contact him and the family they will arrange things for a really low stress time. By the way our daughter (6) climbed the rock no problem and had a great sense of achievement. WE LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE FAMILY. Stay there!

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Kate P
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

We loved our visit to Sigiriya and our 2 night stay at the Paradise Inn. Too bad we had already reserved our next hotel - we would have happily stayed an extra few days here. Milton and his wife are fantastic and so friendly, plus the food was some of the best we had! I loved the cabbage with cinnamon and the breakfast - no problem for vegetarian only, which we requested.
The room was spotless, with a very nice bathroom, and very much appreciated air conditioning. Milton took us one day to visit Ritigala, which we loved, and Sigiriya Rock is within walking distance. Great view from the backyard with the rice paddies and Sigiriya Rock. Home off the main road, so very calm. Bus stop very close by at the College.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

A very kind family will welcome you at Paradise, in a garden filled with birds overlooking rice paddies. It's very quiet, and there's a lovely lake you can swim in down the road (bit of a walk). We stayed in the brand new A/C room, spotlessly clean. The food, prepared by the family, is delicious, and you'll be impressed with the way all the kids pitch in and help. Lots of smiles come for free.
You can walk to Sigiriya Rock (about 20 mins) so that's handy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Amanda T
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Mr. Milton and his family are very welcoming. You'll get a fresh fruit juice when you arrive. A great dinner. Very clean rooms with an attached bathroom. AC. Mosquito-nets. There's a nice view on the Sigiriya rock and Mr. Milton's rice-fields. Breakfast is delicious. They'll provide anything you need! Mr. Milton can also guide you around in the region if you can spent more then 1 day in Sigiriya.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank travelingwithtw0kids
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We really enjoyed staying here, lovely family and exceptional hosts. Rooms are clean and comfy and the food was great. Lovely walk to a nearby lake too. The bathrooms look brand new and are quite large. Very happy with our choice in Sigiriya!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Carol C
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I contacted this Guesthouse by email 2 weeks before arrival and confirmed my booking for 2 nights. Once in Sri Lanka, and 6 hours before reaching the Guesthouse, I sent another email just to make sure they would be ready for our arrival. When we did arrive at 4:30pm that afternoon, the owner's wife and daughter told me that they had guests who had decided to stay an extra night, and therefore the room I had booked was not available.

As we were to find out later in our Sri Lankan trip, this is not an uncommon occurrence: Many guesthouses overbook if they get the chance, then hope they can fob you off with alternative (invariably much inferior) accommodation.

In this case, the wife offered us what looked like an unused store room with a bed in the middle. For toilet and washing facilities, she walked us 60 yards through a muddy garden (yes, by now it was dusk and had started to pour down, so our options were rapidly becoming limited) to a small stone outdoor loo and open-air garden shower (and I mean "open"). This, for a reduced price of 1,800 rupees.

Ok, so for me it's just "one of those things" that happen on holiday, and on this trip we're not budgeting for luxury, but my partner was not at all happy about the room, and the prospect of wandering around in the mud, in a pitch-black garden trying to find the loo in the middle of the night. Of course, it would also be impossible for her to wash under this open shower for the Sri Lankan family and neighbors to see.

In these circumstances, with now little option to find alternative lodgings, we accepted the room provided we got the room we had booked for our 2nd night. As I was feeling tired, grotty (having spent 8 hours on buses) and by now somewhat hacked-off, I had a bit of a go at the husband, Milton, when he got back.

So our first night was definitely not good, but things improved from then on.

As others have reported, the food is good, and the room we had booked (when we finally got it) was modern, spacious and clean. Milton's family are very welcoming, and Milton took us to Sigiriya rock and a nearby Giant White Buddha temple in his tuk-tuk. There is also a great uninterrupted view of the rock from his back garden.

We spent 2 days in Sigiriya, and it rained for most of the time, which limited our activities somewhat. If you're travelling at this time of year, be aware that it can be very wet in much of the hill country. When travelling budget, once damp it can be hard to get your clothes dry again. Milton's wife very kindly ironed my partner's trousers just before we left to remove the dampness.

The website for this guesthouse is http://www.sigiriyaparadiseinn.com/, but take into account my earlier comments if you want to make a booking in advance. If you are a beer-drinker, stick to juices as you'll pay 350 rupees a bottle here.

Just as a literary side-note, since the owner is called "Milton", I think they should rename this place "Paradise Regained"!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We travelled a family of 4 and stayed 3 nights (and ended up coming back for 2 more days). This is the most wonderfull guesthouse You can imagine. The family takes so good care of the guests. The atmosphere in the house is very happy.
The rooms are very clean, and cleaned every day. The beds are very good. The food is so fresh and crisp and tasty that it is hard to believe and the rice is home-grown. The breakfast was very tasty with hoppers and roti and not the usuall white toast bread.
It was by far the best food we had in our 5 weeks in Sri Lanka.
The garden is very nice and shady and with lots of beautiful birds. You have wonderfull views of the rock from the garden. The nearby lake is very very beautiful.
Milton is a wonderfull guide with an impressive knowledge and lots of intuition of what his guests might need and want. Somehow every couple in the guesthouse felt that the tour they had was absolutely perfect. This guesthouse deserves much more than the five stars You can rate. We could easily stay several weeks here

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Anne Birgitte A
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Address: 125/D Kayanwala Road, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
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Ranked #15 of 114 B&Bs / Inns in Sigiriya
Price Range: $24 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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