PO Box 1, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Room With A View
A good standard hotel with fine views of Lion Rock. Nice and relaxing after the arduous climb of the rock.
Unique Quality: 120 elegantly designed earth-toned cottages with duplex style air-conditioned rooms with ceiling fan, telephone, piped music, mini bar, bath/shower, WC, private veranda.
A nice retreat
I thought this was a really nice hotel. We were on a package with aitken spence tours, which arrange hotel and private driver. I felt this was one of their nicer properties in which we stayed at. The area is quite wooded and you feel quite isolated from the rest of the world. Rooms are divided into groups by animal or bird(can't remember). We stayed in the kingfisher section. Rooms are quite nice. Not luxurious, but definately comfortable. There are stickers on the windows asking residents to keep them closed, since a monkey could enter. I did see a lot of monkeys outside our room. Plus a mongoose. At night you have to watch out for tiny frogs getting into your bathroom. They are very small, cute and harmless-plus they go after the mozzies. in the evening, the staff will do turndown and put mosquito coils in your room.
For meals, you can do the buffet or a la carte. We did buffet for dinner,which was around 10 usd per person (not including drinks). Have a nice selection of sri lankan food and some western dishes. Some Chinese too. The staff are very friendly and are quite helpful. The only complaint was that i requested an electrical convertor for my phone from the reception and it never arrived.
Sigiriya is an isolated spot. From this hotel you have lovely views of the Lion's rock, which is the highlight of the area. There is no real town here-just shops built for tourists. For meals you are limited to the hotels. From this location-you can use it as a base to discover the other ancient cities in the cultural triangle. One downside, the pool is quite small and not very nice. It's close to the restaurant/bar area.
One silly thing, we noticed at the three aitken spence hotels, we visited they really enjoy playing musak. They have the cheezy music playing in the restaurant or bar. Some sri lankan music or almost anything would be better. They also pipe the music into the rooms, which you can easily turn off.
keeping an eye on the rock
Well, a great location for what would have been a great hotel... which in fact was not. Don't misunderstand me - the hotel is really nice (and expensive) - but it seriously lacks king size beds: all rooms have twin beds.. which makes you wonder: have they ever heard of couples??? At the end - after some insistence - they agree to join the beds...
Unique Quality: As I said not the rooms (because of the beds)... the nest asset of the hotel is the view over the rock - a perfect view, from the swimming-pool. it's quite a scenic and pleasant day to relanx and refresh yourself after having reached the top of the rock
Directions: not far from the rock. When the road bisects, continue until the very end
The hotel has been carefully developed not to disturb the forest. The rooms are individual cottages arranged in six clusters, each with its own theme. Each cottage is comfortable and spacious, with its own veranda and an artistic decor in keeping with the theme of each cluster. Courtesy of the ever-attending staff and their gracious hospitality, you really feel as if you're a guest in a village community. Children are most welcome. They have their own bird watching trails, bicycle rides, playground and guided tours of the gardens, educating them about nature conservation.
As many as 169 varieties of birds have been sighted within the boundaries of the hotel. Aside from birding walks, you can go into the forest on the back of the hotel elephant, or take a jeep safari to the nearby Kauduluoya or Minneriya National Park. There are village tours too or you can go yourself on one of the hotel bicycles.
Committed to ecological harmony, the place is almost self sufficient. Vegetables, mushroom, chicken, mutton, eggs, pork, milk and curd come fresh from the organic farm on the premises. All garbage and sewage are recycled and made useful.
The wide V shaped open-air restaurant and the bar serve excellent food and drinks. It's a real pleasure to sit there in the evening, cocktail in hand, listening to Sri Lankan classical music, whilst gazing at the mythic rock in the middle distance. The ayurvedic clinic is an important aspect of the hotel and is supervised by a qualified doctor from an old family of traditional medicine practitioners. You might get treatment for specific ailments or for general well-being, as well as relaxation through massages, steam baths and saunas.
If you have the time and the inclination, you can also play tennis, badminton or mini golf and even cricket on the well maintained huge playground
We didn't lodge there but had lunch there.
The food's good. Lunch buffet (until 230 pm) costs Rs700. I had a chicken chop with rice and dessert for about Rs500. The soda waters kill you off at Rs100 per 500ml. Add another 10% service charge and another 10% on top of that for tax. This 10-on-10 sucks and really distorts prices stated in many guidebooks.
Apparently, the veggies come from their organic vegetable plot. There's also a piggery, cowshed, and chicken coop at the children's farm (good if you're trying to keep your children occupied).
The rooms are stand alone terrace houses. An open air concept.
Try the ayurvedic treatment at the clinic just at the entrance. Although a little on the steep side, they are professional.
Unique Quality: Pool where you can see monkeys frolicking in the near distance (and apparently the rock too).
The restaurant has a open air concept, which is pretty good for enhancing your appetite.
Directions: Not too sure how to describe. Ask the locals though be sure they don't lead you somewhere else.
More about Sigiriya Village
Well, a great location for what would have been a great hotel... which in fact was not. Don't misunderstand me - the hotel is really nice (and expensive) - but it seriously lacks king size beds: all rooms have twin beds.. which makes you wonder: have they ever heard of couples??? At the end - after some insistance - they agree to join the beds... As I said not the rooms (because of the beds)... the next asset of the hotel is the view over the rock - a perfect view, from the swimming-pool. it's quite a scenic and pleasant day to relax and refresh yourself after having reached the top of the rock
Hotel Sigiriya Village
The hotel 'rooms' are bungalows surrounded by a very nice tropical garden with small ponds and large trees full of birds and monkeys.
Close to Lion Rock
Located in the cultural triangle area. This hotel has views of the stunning lion rock. For more information, see my accomdation tip in Sigiriya.
bedroom at Sigiriya Village
Where to stay ?
I have narrowed down my selection to following hotels.
Could you please help me make a selection among them.
1) Hotel Riverina or Kani Lanka ?
2) Hotel Giritale, Royal Lotus, Hotel Sigiriya or Sigiri villege ?
pls give me the pros and cons of any of these hotels.
RE: Where to stay ?
Only on 2). Both HS and SV are excellent places near Sigiriya Rock, stayed on both places. Not in the two Giritale ones so can't judge on them.
HS has a better view of the rock, esp. from their pool, but only has a standard garden and floors full of rooms on concrete corridors. SV on the other hand has only some places where you can see the rock (including pool) but as a living area is superb. Extensive garden and all rooms on ground floor spread over the garden. Quality is also good, spacious and really 3/4-star in the service and facilities.
For all other hotels, maybe also worth to shop at traveler's review sites outside VT, like tripadvisor.
Have a nice trip,
RE: RE: Where to stay ?
Thanks Erik ...
Actually I'm more in to HG and Royal Lotus, coz they seems to have a wonderful view of the Giritale tank (atleast in the pictures).
RE: Where to stay ?
I have worked for Kani lanka when it was called another name and was there just a few weeks ago. It is a beautiful hotel with a very clean beach and great service.
I also worked for Sigiriya Village hotel and I have been there as a guest as well. In my eyes it is one of the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. The view of Sigiriya from the restaurent and the garden designed by great Jeffrey Bava is something you should not miss. Don't for get to try the herbal massage!
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Sigiriya Village Hotel
Address: PO Box 1, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka